Well so far I’ve lasted just over a whole month in the blogosphere so I thought I’d take the opportunity to post a bit of an update on the aim of this blog and some of the places I want to take you the readers in the next few months.
First of all thanks for the comments and encouragement – it is great to know that some of this geekery is of interest to others. It’s been interesting to see what topics have attracted the most attention, so far the most popular have been this one on what children can learn from collecting postage stamps and this write-up on the recent use of T-34 tanks. It is difficult to think of two more antipodal topics! That is the direction I intend to continue to take – an eclectic mix-mash of content all with a history bent.
There are plenty of exciting topics to look forward to in the upcoming months including more tales from maritime, military and New Zealand history, secret societies, gold rushes, shipwrecks, Nazis, postcards, menus and assorted ephemera; and practical self-help guides including ‘What to do if the Japanese attack Wellington’.
To update yesterday’s post – I’m pleased to say that despite snowing the night before the weather was perfect for budding astronomers. I spent the morning at the local observatory where both 19th and 21st century techniques were used to view the transit of Venus. It was a fantastic experience to observe the same event that once attracted so much scientific attention; and to get a firsthand perspective on the size of our solar system and our place in it.
© Lemuel Lyes