After Steampunk Frederick, I decided I wanted to do something with my steampunk costume. Not just wear my various steampunk bits and pieces – and I certainly have collected a few over the years – but have a complete themed outfit. Then I saw a hat a jewelry vendor had, with a brim of test […]
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One commentator on the above photo says the venue looks smaller than his flat, and I can believe him (the bar does actually go back through the archway under the Pride flag, but you can’t see the band from there so it was pretty empty until you reached the smoking shelter). Nonetheless, once we’d got […]
Published in: 2011 Pages: 576 Edition read: E-book Series: 3rd and final book in the Leviathan trilogy Book description: Alek and Deryn are abroad the Leviathan when the ship is ordered to pick up an unusual passenger. This brilliant/maniacal inventor claims to have a weapon called Goliath that can end the war. But whose side […]
Around the turn of the twentieth century, the extensively expanded cottage that had once serviced the small whaling operation at Boronia Beach was turned into the Boronia Hotel. According to the Greater Hobart Trails: “It was popular in the days when the old ferry docked at the jetty at Kingston Beach bringing day-trippers from Hobart. Folk […]
I also run a Steampunk Community site on Facebook.
My last event during Tesla Con last weekend was the teapot races. Twenty-seven cars and racers were there for the event, not to mention a large and appreciative crowd. I talked to a few racers who said they’d seen the event at the International Steampunk Symposium earlier this year and it inspired them to give […]
The top image for this article is courtesy Gerard Tohill Photography – all rights reserved. I am grateful for him contacting me to set the record straight, because I do prefer to give credit where credit is due.
Image courtesy of Gerard Tohill Photography – all rights reserved
“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” L. P. Hartley
These days, we take income tax for granted as a necessary evil. Income tax isn’t the only method of taxation that burdens us, but it seems the most logical … right? Surprisingly, income tax is a modern phenomenon. For a long time, people were against an income tax because they saw it as a breach of their right to privacy. During the 17th century, British coinage was devalued because so much of it was clipped; the edges cut, shaved or filed off because the coins were made of gold or silver. Taxation was the option taken by the government to make up the deficiency this created.
There was a flat rate of taxation per house, and then more windows you had, the more you…
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Alas, my cat, Felix Fluffy Bum, has bitten me for the third time in ten weeks. The second bite put me in hospital with cellulitis, and now I am antibiotics again to prevent a second bout of cellulitis. My doctors (and husband) are encouraging me to rehome Felix, as he isn’t the best cat for a diabetic.
My problem is that none of the rehoming facilities for cats will accept a biter. If I hand him in to the RSPCA, I can’t guarantee he won’t be put down. What I need is a nice farm in South East Queensland who would like another mouser, or a hermit with wooden legs who never has visitors.
Felix is a remarkable handsome boy, and 98% of the time he is a sweet boy. I really need some suggestions as to how to rehome him.