When ABC Radio calls you in for a chat with the fabulous Sarah MacDonald on the nationwide programme, Nightlife, and tells you that you’re going to be transmitting from ‘The Tardis’… … the logical assumption is that you’ve either misheard, or the person giving the instructions is a Doctor Who tragic who has been at the …

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A funny exchange with a friend recently. Already rather bemused by my fairly colourful/convoluted/dysfunctional career path, she overheard me discussing my forthcoming publications with another friend. “A COOKBOOK? WHAT!? You’ve written a bloody COOKBOOK now?” she exclaimed. No, I explained. Not a ‘cookbook’. But a ‘Cook book’. As in – a book about James Cook, …

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