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My name is Brett Coulstock. I’m a writer and designer from Western Australia

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Kalgan River

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The Kalgan RiverOn Saturday we decided to do the Luke Pen Walk along the Kalgan River. Every time I’ve been to the Kalgan, I’ve been struck by how beautiful it is. The water is often clear and very reflective, and the bushland appears relatively unspoiled (bar some weed encroachment from neighboring farmland).

April and June are fantastic if you’re interested in fungi. Last year I uploaded photographs of Honey Fungus, Scotsmans Beard, a violet bolete, and some small fungi with bright red caps. One of those photographs placed in the Albany Show in the “plants” category. Unfortunately, the server crash in February wiped that post. However, the Kalgan River once again did not dissapoint, and we chanced across some interesting specimens …

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June 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Writers Group – First Meeting

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Well, today was the day I’d set for anyone who was interested in forming a Speculative Fiction Writer’s Group in Albany to meet at the Dome Cafe. One person — Tammy, who by chance had seen the notice in Angus and Robertson this very morning — turned up. So, that makes two of us to start with. I’ll persist and try and get a few more people, and assess if this idea has some promise in a few months. I really hope I (or we) can get it up and running.

It’s 2009 — many years since 2001: A Space Odyssey — and today I had my first every video call! My Dad who got a webcam for his birthday last week, called me up and we had a nice chat. Unfortunately, it was all a bit one-way as I don’t have a webcam myself! :-)

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May 30th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

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Absent Mindedness

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Yesterday I investigated The Dome café in Albany, and enjoyed their Wi-Fi, a peppermint tea and a big bowl of their lovely potato wedges.

People who know me well will be amused (yet unsurprised) to learn that I absent-mindedly dipped a wedge into my peppermint tea instead of the sweet-chilli-sauce; and furthermore, I came disturbingly close to taking a sip of sweet-chilli-sauce instead of my peppermint tea!

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May 27th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

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Mt Hassell

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On Sunday, we did the first climb in the Stirling Ranges this year! We did Mt Hassell, which is a relatively quick and easy one (847m according to Wikipedia). We took about an hour getting to the top, and 35 minutes back down — to be home in time for lunch (herb bread cheesies with warming tomato and capsicum soup) with friends.

We took the wombats with us, and as usual, they entertained us with their antics.

Brett on Mount Hassell

There’s Mt Toolbrunup in the background, and me with my new haircut, which was particularly awful this time :-(

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May 27th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

The Circus

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On Thursday evening, Sue and I went to the Circus Joseph Ashton. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a traditional cirus (the last two times was the Cirque de Soleil who are extraordinary but very “arty” which can get tiresome after a while). It was a four-peaked big-top, pitched over grass.

Some fun clown acts (antics with a floppy raggedy-doll were hilarious; a SuperWash 3000 washing machine act which shrunk clothes and people, and a brilliant knife-throwing act that was an enormous joke — I’m being deliberately vauge here since it’s not fair to spoil the punchlines and comic dimensions of these things). There was also juggling (balls, pins, fire sticks), acrobatics, performing animals (dogs, miniature-horses, and some rather reluctant goats). And some contortion/balancing. We had traditional circus “cuisine” — hot chips and hot-dogs, although we eschewed the fairy-floss!

Anyway, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. A nice, fun evening.

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May 16th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

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The Return

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After a catastrophic server-crash (including corrupted backups), and a holiday to Tasmania (where it would have been actually useful), I’ve finally restored this blog. Yay!

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May 10th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

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