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Last week I wrote about getting bogged down in the job hunting process, and how destructive and demoralising it has been on a personal level.

Flower Garden
The Flower Garden, Greenwich. It was a dull day, but the flowers made up for it.

The good news is that I've found paid employment which starts on Monday, 7th September in Bournemouth. More on that later, once I get used to being gainfully employed again. For now though, I can tell you that it's not accounting or in any way related to it. Of course, after turning off all the job alerts I've been contacted five times in three days by agencies wanting to put me forward for quite lucrative positions, all of which I've had the great joy of declining. ...continue reading "The Good News & the Very Good News"

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When I was studying for my degree I concentrated mainly on European history, partly because the history of European settlement in Australia really doesn't go back much more than a couple of centuries, providing you start with the colony at Botany Bay, established in 1788. European explorers had visited various places around the continent before then, but detailed, documented Australian history usually begins at that year.

Part of the surviving Norman wall around Wexford and the Water Gate.
Part of the surviving Norman wall around Wexford and the Water Gate.

For the purposes of this blog post I'm ignoring the wreck of the Batavia in 1629. Although settlements were established at that time they were short lived. There are still, however, genetic traces of Dutch sailors who were possibly adopted by Aboriginal tribes on the coast of Western Australia, although there is no way of knowing if they were from the Batavia or other ships wrecked in the area. ...continue reading "A Walled Town & Oliver Cromwell"