Collarenebri, in northern New South Wales, Australia, missed out by 'that much' on having its own railway station. Instead, the planned line was cancelled nine miles from the town. In this video, we explore Pokataroo, the end of the line, and discuss what might have happened if the line had been completed to its planned terminus.
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It's not easy separating fossils from everything else that comes out of the ground -- especially when some of it plays tricks on you!
In this video, Dr. Elizabeth Smith of the Australian Opal Centre in Lightning Ridge, NSW, Australia, demonstrates some of the imposters, illusions and complications in the process of identifying fossil material found on the opal fields.
In this video I meet up with Ross Jackson, project manager for the NSWGR 900/800/700 Class "DEB Set" restoration project. These guys are working tirelessly to restore a NSW Government Railways railcar set that ran up until the 1980s, servicing most of New South Wales. Here, we take a tour of the train and discuss the future of the project!
Lightning Ridge, in northern New South Wales, Australia, is a unique place with a spectacular name. In this episode, we meet up with Barbara Moritz, from the Lightning Ridge Historical Society to learn not only how Lightning Ridge got its name, but how it was three towns for the price of one -- Wallangulla, Nettleton and Lightning Ridge.
The man with the opal teeth: Harold Hodges' teeth are one of the strangest and most popular items in the Australian Opal Centre's collection of mining heritage and cultural artifacts. In this video, we check out the teeth, the man, and the trams that make up this bizarre but awesome story. Thanks, as always, to the AOC for their support and access to their awesome things, and thanks to Barbara from the LRHS for her insight and participation!
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It's been a while since I've posted any music, so, uh, let's do a whole bunch at once. Here're three bits of noise, Montauk, Hardtack Teak and Sally-Anne Test. None of them are overwhelmingly remarkable, but I'll leave it to you to be the judge. If you like them, leave a comment, or something. If you don't like them, I guess you can leave a comment, too. I'll probably ignore it, though.
Another episode of I Don't Understand is up, you can watch it below, or on YouTube. This one is about mazes and opal mining history!
Hello hello. I've just started a new project -- an educational channel on YouTube.
The first episode of I Don't Understand is now up, featuring an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Smith at the Australian Opal Centre in Lightning Ridge, NSW, Australia. Dr. Smith explains how crayfish (yabbies) use secret stores of calcium that they keep inside their heads to allow them to generate new exoskeletons as they grow.