|Jet fighters 'for Australia!', |
Much of the middle part of the day was taken up with banks, brothers (the one buying my old car) and car dealers. All done reasonably quickly and home again. It's just a simple upgrade to the previous model so it's like getting into the old car.
I have some finishing touches to make to the Chicago paper, I'm still reflecting on yesterday's discussion at the GOMA panel but mostly distracted by the talk of North Korea's nuclear threats. I've spent much of my spare time today wondering about why the commentary seems to be ramping up the threat more than before. North Korea is usually a bit of a niche interest but it is bigger at the moment. I am cautious but remain on the side that suggests the technology and weaponry hasn't improved sufficiently since the last 'test' to cause too much of a worry.
Mind you, I think Australia, in our foreign minister Bob Carr, could be a little more proactive and a little less belligerent-sounding. Re-opening the embassy actually might have been a good move.
|Immersed in 1893, at 6.12pm|
I was also reading with some concern a speech given by Tony Abbott at the 70th Anniversary of the IPA...some rather inappropriate language and themes for what is by default, a political speech, as I mentioned earlier today.
But at 6.12pm, just as I was about to get dinner, I was tidying up the day's work. I've been immersed in recreating the sights and sounds of two parallel but perhaps linked years in 1893, as it might have been in Japan and Queensland...that's my challenge at the moment...where did the nation-building spheres of these two countries intersect, in 1893 (if at all).
The conference has come around very, very quickly. That. is. all.
Today marks about one-third of the way through this project too, thanks for coming along so far...