It’s been a while since I have blogged. Life – overseas trip, time spent with our dog Harry, major life changes, and side projects have got in the way. I finally bit the Twitter bullet and took to active tweeting at @SapphicSci and my other alter egos @LipstickLabCoat and @GildaCorday. My side project, Ferocious Cabaret, a local community group in Brisbane, Australia, has gone through a relaunch and we will be putting on bigger and better shows for up and coming performers (of burlesque, cabaret, drag, stand-up, acoustic music and song) in 2017. Check out our new website here.
I’d been telling myself for a while to get back to blogging. And low and behold this afternoon while buying an afternoon chocolate snack I spotted some fungi – stunning cream and grey specimens of Coprinellus disseminatus commonly known as Fairy Ink Caps. Check out my Friday Fungi Spotting post for photos of these delicate fungi.
But meanwhile I couldn’t help but share a photo of our dog Harry.
Image – copyright Sapphicscientist
And a little plug for Ferocious Cabaret
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Over the weekend of 12th and 13th March I volunteered and checked out the World Science Festival Brisbane held in the cultural precinct at Southbank, Brsbane, Australia. Wow! An awesome experience!
My girl and I headed in to Southbank (the festival’s main location and home to Brisbane’s cultural precinct comprising museums, art galleries, the state library and performing arts centre) on the Saturday. As I was on my shift, my girl checked out Street Science (science shows, displays and demonstrations in the cultural forecourt near the Brisbane River).
My shift was at QAGoMA (the Queensland Art Gallery-Gallery of Modern Art) as part of the Art Conservation Apprentice Program – a behind the scenes and practical look at preservation and conservation of artworks. Participants put broken ceramics back together and learnt about mourning and preserving photographic works (testing the pH of mounting boards, microscopic examination to find out how the photograph was printed).
Fresh from my shift I met up with my girl for lunch Greek street food. Then it was on to see Dear Albert, a play written by Alan Alda based on Albert Einstein’s personal letters. He had a tumultuous love life, and was a passionate scientist and comedian. Fascinating!
Next it was more Street Science – we saw Australian tarantulas and golden orb spiders being gently placed on willing kids’ hands – such fascination and lack of fear! Kids sifting through piles of rock and bones experiencing palaeontology, 3D bioprinting, robotics, reef conservation and the science Olympiads.
Then to round out the day we saw Loggerhead turtles hatching from their eggs and earlier hatchlings swimming in tanks. Amazing! The hatchlings were to be released off the coast of Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast where it was hoped they would catch the current and evade predators.
On Sunday my shift was in the Whale Mall at the Queensland Museum. It was a kids activity – the Lego Tower Challenge – build a tower strong enough to hold a pile of text books. The kids has so much fun. So lovely to see kids of all ages, genders and background getting stuck into building. Fun but exhausting! After my shift I wandered around Street Science then caught up with my parents for a late lunch.
What a day! What an experience! Privileged to have been involved. Can’t wait for next year. And no I didn’t get to meet or see Alan Alda. Maybe next year?
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Some photos of advertising in South Bank, Brisbane in the lead up to World Science Festival Brisbane – 9th to 13yh March 2016.
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