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Peter Macinnis

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Happy grandfather, travels, writes for adults and youngsters, mainly history or science. Published by the National Library of Australia (Australian Backyard Naturalist May 2012, another book Curious Minds October, 2012, Big Book of Australian History, 2013, 2015, 2017). Talks on ABC (RN), translated into 7 other languages. Winner of the W.A. Premier's Prize for Children's Literature 2013 and other awards.

Writing blog Old Writer on the Block. Google it and say g'day!

McManly on most social media. His Kokoda Track: 101 Days was a 2008 Eve Pownall Honour Book in the CBCA 'Book of the Year' awards. His Australian Backyard Explorer was the 2010 Eve Pownall Book of the Year (listed in 2011, in the prestigious international White Ravens list of chi
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Peter Macinnis Alice Liddell and Eric Blair, who are the lead characters in 'Sheep May Safely Craze'. They are mine. The book has just gone up in a Kindle edition,…moreAlice Liddell and Eric Blair, who are the lead characters in 'Sheep May Safely Craze'. They are mine. The book has just gone up in a Kindle edition, so it is time to 'fess up. Alice Liddell will be known to all fans of Lewis Carroll as the original Alice, while Eric Blair is the name that George Orwell was born with. There are a number of pointers to this in the book, but you need to be on your toes.(less)
Peter Macinnis My WINTER list includes Robert Whyte and Greg Anderson's 'A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia', out next month, and as I get ready to write one of…moreMy WINTER list includes Robert Whyte and Greg Anderson's 'A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia', out next month, and as I get ready to write one of my last handful of books ('Not Your Usual Rocks'), there will be a lot of geology:

Ivar B. Ramberg et al., 'The Making of a Land: Geology of Norway';
Ari Trausti Gudmundsson, 'Living Earth: Outline of the geology of Iceland';
Roger Osborne, 'The Floating Egg';
Jan Zalasiewicz, 'The Planet in a Pebble';
Marcia Bjornerud, 'Reading the Rocks';
Charles Lyell, 'The Principles of Geology';
C. A, Süssmich, 'An Introduction to Geology of New South Wales';
Griffith Taylor, 'Sydneyside Scenery';
Martin J. S. Rudwick, 'The Great Devonian Controversy', and
a couple of metres more of shelf.

For relaxation, Scandinavian crime: that and the first two rock books reflect where I was, this time last year.(less)
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I am running down towards advanced middle age, all in good form, and as Granny Weatherwax says, I aten't dead yet.

I spend my time working as a volunteer gardener in a local sanctuary, and as the visiting scientist in a local school, but I still have a few books in me: there is one more book for younger readers in the works, and I have cleared most of my backlog into e-books on Amazon Kindle.

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Description: Short pieces (I aim at about 700 words a time) on the origins and mutated meanings of certain interesting words. I have about half a book, and I return to fossick around the outlines every now and then.
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A superb piece of work. The location is the Persian Empire, and its attempt to extend its borders to the west, but it begins showing us where the Greeks and the Persians came from, how they thought, how they operated. There is necessarily a certain a ...more
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A superlative read that is on top of my re-read pile.
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The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories by P.G. Wodehouse
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“There is a remarkably distinctive smell emitted by fearful bureaucrats. It is acrid, rank, and seems to cling to the clothing and the hair. Acting like a pheromone, it drives senior management to form small defensive herds from which to scream homicidally at middle management that they must not tell junior staff who can fix the problem what is going on because everything, including what has just been reported on the radio, is secret.”
Peter Macinnis, Poisons: From Hemlock to Botox and the Killer Bean of Calabar

“There is a remarkably distinctive smell emitted by fearful bureaucrats. It is acrid, rank, and seems to cling to the clothing and the hair.”
Peter Macinnis, The Killer Bean Of Calabar And Other Stories: Poisons And Poisoners

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“The writer found that certain freshwater crustaceans, namely Californian species of Daphnia, copepods, and Gammarus when indifferent to light can be made intensely positively heliotropic by adding some acid to the fresh water, especially the weak acid CO2. When carbonated water (or beer) to the extent of about 5 c.c. or 10 c.c. is slowly and carefully added to 50 c.c. of fresh water containing these Daphnia, the animals will become intensely positive and will collect in a dense cluster on the window side of the dish. Stronger acids act in the same way but the animals are likely to die quickly. . . Alcohols act in the same way. In the case of Gammarus the positive heliotropism lasts only a few seconds, while in Daphnia it lasts from 10 to 50 minutes and can be renewed by the further careful addition of some CO2.”
Jacques Loeb

“In the circle where I was raised, I knew of no one knowledgeable in the visual arts, no one who regularly attended musical performances, and only two adults other than my teachers who spoke without embarrassment of poetry and literature — both of these being women. As far as I can recall, I never heard a man refer to a good or a great book. I knew no one who had mastered, or even studied, another language from choice. And our articulate, conscious life proceeded without acknowledgement of the preceding civilisations which had produced it.”
Shirley Hazzard

“Science is part of culture. Culture isn't only art and music and literature, it's also understanding what the world is made of and how it functions. People should know something about stars, matter and chemistry. People often say that they don't like chemistry but we deal with chemistry all the time. People don't know what heat is, they hardly know what water is. I'm always surprised how little people know about anything. I'm puzzled by it.”
Max F. Perutz

“The division of our culture is making us more obtuse than we need be: we can repair communications to some extent: but, as I have said before, we are not going to turn out men and women who understand as much of their world as Piero della Francesca did of his, or Pascal, or Goethe. With good fortune, however, we can educate a large proportion of our better minds so that they are not ignorant of the imaginative experience, both in the arts and in science, nor ignorant either of the endowments of applied science, of the remediable suffering of most of their fellow humans, and of the responsibilities which, once seen, cannot be denied.”
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“At one time, the state of culture in Czechoslovakia was described, rather poignantly, as a 'Biafra of the spirit'. . . I simply do not believe that we have all lain down and died. I see far more than graves and tombstones around me. I see evidence of this in . . . expensive books on astronomy printed in a hundred thousand copies (they would hardly find that many readers in the USA) . . .”
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