Australia

Not all Reference Libraries are equal!

February 5, 2010

So admittedly the title of this post is stating the obvious. But, I want to write a short prologue to a post that will appear in the next week or so. I am preparing a (long) post on visiting reference libraries and the things I have learnt along the way in the hopes that it […]

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I’ve got so much to tell you!

February 4, 2010

So, for those who took notice (and i’m happy to say that’s way more than i thought would) I went missing in action for the last 5 weeks. Around Christmas I realised I needed to take a short break to get the rest of my non-blogging existence in order, and because I have been travelling […]

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Funding Universities in Australia based on student performance?

December 15, 2009

I’ve been following the UK debate about research impact, and specifically the REF – see here. Today The Australian reported on similar discussions in Australia. The Department of Education has released a white paper on funding based on the performance of students as opposed to the professors. Among the measures being considered: generic skills tests […]

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The power of Sorry

November 17, 2009

Kevin Rudd, Australian Prime Minister, and Malcolm Turnbull, Leader of the Opposition, delivered a national apology to the Forgotten Australians who suffered under institution care. Many of these children were sent from England because they were orphans or by parents who thought they were sending their children to better lives. The hurt may remain and […]

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Lest We Forget

November 11, 2009

 War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.              In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and […]

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A(nother) New Adventure Begins

September 20, 2009

Today I am leaving on a jet plane (once again) to the far reaches of the globe. At least on the other side of it again. 38 hours of travel from the north of New South Wales to the South East of Scotland. Like many Australians there is just something about Peter Allan’s lyrics that […]

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These are a few of my Favourite things

September 20, 2009

’cause I can and it was recently my birthday which should give a woman like me a chance to exercise her perogative it is time to remix “My Favourite things.” This is a birthday tradition for me! Besides I love the song and this year for the first time in a number of years I […]

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Trains, Planes, and Utes

September 18, 2009

I’ve always been slightly romantic about the notion of train travel. Many long train trips from Tamworth in the north of New South Wales to Australia’s capital, Canberra, which took the better part of twelve hours, jaded me for a number of years. Lately though I’ve been remembering why I enjoy it. Like the art […]

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There’s no place like home: Returning to Oz

August 22, 2009

Source There’s no place like home….there’s no place like home…..there’s no place like home. Clicking my heels together I’ll slip on the ruby reds (climbing inside a QANTAS jet (oh so appropriately)) and fly away home later today. Now is the time to look forward. I am looking forward to being back in Australia and […]

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A Declaration: I Love what I Do but its not what I Love most!!

August 20, 2009

This post is partially a followup to an earlier post – “Passion, vocation, calling, and finidng a Job you actually like” though it has been in the works for some time. See the end of the post for other related Goannatree posts. —————————————————– I love what I do! I also make a Declaration of Dependence. […]

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