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the shadow of the past

G2D2, 3: excursions

Yaokun Wu wrote me about the China Three Gorges University logo: Another understanding of the logo of TGU is some sailing boats and books, meaning sailing in the sea (river) of books. As evidence for this, here is a picture … Continue reading

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G2D2, 1: setting the scene

I’m in Yichang, at the China Three Gorges University, for the conference and summer school G2D2 (“Groups and graphs, designs and dynamics”). This is the sixth meeting in the series: the previous ones were G2C2: Groups and graphs, cycles and … Continue reading

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Mary Queen of Scots Way

Walking is very popular now. To meet the demand, many new named long-distance paths have been created. I wrote earlier about my proposed X to Y walk, which I fully intended to do when I retired, but I haven’t quite … Continue reading

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Old Codger’s Combinatorics Conference

Wednesday was the Old Codger’s Combinatorics Conference at the University of Reading, a one-day meeting organised by Anthony Hilton. The position of the apostrophe is correct: it refers to the fact that Anthony admits that he is an old codger … Continue reading

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Linstat 2018

Or, to give the full title, International Conference on Trends and Perspectives in Linear Statistical Inference, with Celebration of Tadeusz Caliński’s 90th Birthday. The conference was in Będlewo Castle, once a private residence for a noble family which had more … Continue reading

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Anniversary

Today is the 50th anniversary of my arrival in Europe. I arrived in Southampton on the Shaw Savill Line ship “Southern Cross” on 21 August 1968, after a 36-day voyage from Sydney. I intended to stay three years or so … Continue reading

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Pilsen, days 3 and 4

After the rush of the first two days, things quietened down a bit, so I can stop and look around me. The conference logo, and an explanation, is here. Norman Biggs, one of the pioneers of algebraic graph theory, speculated … Continue reading

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