Sir Thomas Brisbane’s arrival in New South Wales in late 1821 was met with the usual degree of pomp and fawning. It has been suggested, however, that Brisbane’s interest in the New South Wales governorship was as attributable to his passion for astronomy as to the desirability of the position as a prestigious career move and the rightful reward for his duty and talents.
Lately we attempted to jump on board the current global social gaming tsunami that is Pokémon GO. In terms of numbers, we had no idea if we would get one or two lonely souls, or a whole pack of Pokémon GO obsessives hell-bent on snaffling their umpteenth Pikachu. Would I approve? Further, would I tweet?
It’s important to have a best bud when you’re growing up. For many boys the transition from boyhood through adolescence is defined by wanting to fit in. Do you need to act tough to be accepted? What happens if you risk sharing your deepest feelings with your best bud?
Tennyson's Enoch Arden was inspired by a story that Thomas Woolner passed on to him – but whose story and of whom?