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Perth has no taxis

March 2nd, 2007

Just back from a couple of days in Perth for work. This is my second trip to Perth, and the

first time that I’ve had a little bit of time to look around. I had to travel down to

Mandurah (about an hour south of Perth), and got to have a look around Rockingham and Fremantle

on the way down. Some very nice scenery on the way (along with a fair bit of ugly infrastructure for

wheat exports and other ports).

However, my overwhelming impression of Perth is that there must be about five taxis. For the whole

city! Walking down the main street in the middle of the day we walked for 15 minutes without a single

free taxi coming along. In which time, in fact, we’d reached our destination. It’s the whole mining boom

in a microcosm.

However, after 6 meetings on one day (with Tuesday finishing at 7pm) I’m pretty tired. Still, I’ve

pretty much finished the write up work from the trip and can now relax and write posts for the blog.

Papercraft Christmas

January 17th, 2007

One of my christmas presents this year was this a papercraft penguin.

This weekend just past I found the couple of hours to make the thing, and

here it is, looming from the bookshelf in my home office.

Paper Penguin 1

Some more pictures after the cut. This thing is huge: 53cm tall.

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Good news

December 1st, 2006

Well, as it’s finally been announced, I can tell people that I was just promoted to EL2 within the Department of the Treasury. I’ll be staying in more or less my current position, but my current position will be expanded a little bit with more responsibilities.

Oh, and I bought one of these.

Back from Perth

September 28th, 2006

After a very long night, I’m back in Canberra from Perth.

The flight back was packed with West Coast Eagles supporters, in search of any flight to the East coast in order to make their way to Melbourne. Which suggests that there’s just way too much money going into this mining boom.

Anyway, I’ll post some more once I’ve had enough sleep to recover…

At least my excuses for not updating this site are getting better…

September 26th, 2006

Apologies once again for the lack of updates.

This time I do have a good excuse (well, for the last couple of days, at least): I’m in Perth at the Conference of Economists. Presented my paper yesterday, and it seemed to be well received. However, as a result me and my email are separated, and I only have intermittent access to the Internet in breaks.

Perth seems nice, although (as usually happens) all I’ve seen so far is the airport, the hotel, the conference venue and the pub. We have the conference dinner at the zoo tonight, but I’m not sure if we’ll get to wander around or not. I’ll take my camera just in case.

I fly back tomorrow night (Wednesday), on the red-eye flight that leaves around midnight and gets in at 6am in Canberra. Oh fun!

T-Shirts I must own

August 29th, 2006

Dark Side of the Garden - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

I think I’ll go get my order in…

The Diet

August 7th, 2006

OK, not a good couple of months. Time to take this seriously now.