Southern Beech

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The Southern Beech supplies the segue for a series of Southern surprises.

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Nippur and The Great Trench

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The extraordinary excavation of Nippur at the end of the 19th century provided extraordinary evidence that the Fall of Babylon [officially 539 BC] coincided with the transformation of cuneiform into Arabic letters at the Arabian Horizon [637 CE].

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Nippur and The Glass Road

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Can glass bead holes be used to string people along?

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The Orion Fly-By

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The iconography associated with the Orion constellation is [quite literally] an open book but it’s pictorial narrative depends upon the pages being correctly sequenced.

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Seeing Sirius

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When the brightness of Sirius suggests it’s only 362.45 AU distant [instead of the officially mandated 8.6 light years] then it’s worth taking a second look.

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Ditrianum: Major Earthquake Warning

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Forecasting WHEN a major earthquake will strike is one step closer to predicting WHERE it will strike.

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Indian Salt: Wallace Line

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The official Story of Sugar deploys an armada of Austronesians to transport sugar cane across the Wallace Line.

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Indian Salt: Kingdom of Funan

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The modern version of the Sugar Cane Story forgets about the fragmentation of Greater India and the destruction of the Kingdom of Funan.

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Indian Salt: The Elephant Bird

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The story of sugar contains some terrifically tall stories.

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Gunnar Goes North

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Metal detectors unearth pots of gold and the occasional can of worms.

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Parallax Postscript

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Many astronomers seem to identify with Marvin the Paranoid Android who claimed he possessed a “brain the size of a planet”.

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The Fuckwit Song

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“Save Australia” from grandstanding politicians.

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Parallax Perspective

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Solving the Stellar Parallax Clusterfuck suggests Gamma Draconis is about 10,850 AU distant and that Sirius is [only] about 360 AU away.

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Parallax Proxy

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The fourth step towards solving the puzzle of the Stellar Parallax Clusterfuck involves comparing parallax distances with an established distance proxy.

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Michael Rectenwald: Springtime for Snowflakes

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Michael Rectenwald discovered his fall from grace was a learning opportunity.

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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish

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Tired of tinsel?

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Parallax Patterns

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The third step towards solving the puzzle of the Stellar Parallax Clusterfuck involves assembling the pieces of the puzzle to see the fudge hit the fan.

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Parallax Problems

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The second step towards solving the puzzle of the Stellar Parallax Clusterfuck involves trying to discover which pieces of the puzzle are mangled or missing.

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Parallax Prelude

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The first step towards solving the puzzle of the Stellar Parallax Clusterfuck is to open the box and familiarise yourself with the individual pieces of the puzzle.

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Lies, Damn Lies and Climate Statistics

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1959 was a good year for B Movies and flying skeletons.

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Tom Luongo: Flying Monkeys

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Once upon a time Hollywood produced cheap B Movies because they helped to make the Main Features look like dazzling works of art.

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The Marne Money Manufactory

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This paper was read before the Numismatic Society on 22nd November 1838.

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Bristol-Mendip Hoard of 1866

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Somerset silver stashes lead to sequencing surprises and solid gold.

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Cretinous Cretaceous

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Geologists aren’t genetically goofy – they just collect cretinous concepts.

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Jeff Taylor: In The Final Analysis

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Something very curious might be happening in the United Kingdom. Have the electorate finally learnt: YOU can only get what YOU want if YOU vote for it!

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Wealth Redistribution Through Climate Activism

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2019 has been a very educational year for Carl Benjamin.

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TOTO and the PHOTS

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It’s often said that fact is stranger than fiction.

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Ravenna Revealed: Curious Clues

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The mosaics of San Giovanni Evangelista provide some very curious clues.

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Ravenna Revealed

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Serendipity serves up some surprises.

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Three Flavours of 700 Year Old Fudge

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The last 2,000 years have been punctuated by three catastrophic horizons that have spawned three different versions of history.

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Dennis Rawlins: Olbers’ Magic Square of Sky

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Heinrich Olbers is best remembered for discovering Pallas and Vesta.

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1212 Children’s Crusade

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Time to settle down boys and girls.

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The Dodwell Dead End

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The Aleppo Test provides some painfully penetrating perspectives.

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Alaskan Muck: Sol Invictus

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Buckle-up for a bumpy ride managing your cognitive dissonance as the Alaskan Muck series ends with a bang as the Solar Parallax and Sol Invictus fall into place.

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Alaskan Muck: Prime Suspects

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In the blame game the prime suspects are usually eliminated [one-by-one] from the investigation until a neatly packaged single actor scenario is revealed such as “Miss Scarlett” in the “Conservatory” with the “Dagger”.

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