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Perth, week 2

The second week in Perth is over. Yesterday we went to Rottnest Island, named by the Dutch sea captain Vlaminck (“rats’ nest”) who mistook the quokkas for large rats; it is Wadjemup in the local Noongar language, and Rotto informally. … Continue reading

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Farewell Adelaide

We move on to the next stage of the trip, from Adelaide to Perth. This was only my second visit to Adelaide. I intended to have a holiday, in the hope of seeing off the last vestiges of shingles. I … Continue reading

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Family visit

Last week, Neill and family came to visit us, as part of their Scottish holiday. We had a very pleasant time, with breakfast in the White Chimneys in Pitscottie, a walk through Dura Den and over Blebocraigs, an afternoon at … Continue reading

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Who are these?

Who are these bright young group theorists in Durham in 1977? Thanks to John O’Connor for the picture.

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Shingles

It turns out that what I was suffering last week in Istanbul was not the effect of a bang on the head (though that may have contributed perhaps) – I had shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus as … Continue reading

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Keevash on triangle decompositions

Today Peter Keevash finished four and a half hours of lectures on his latest improvement of his result on the existence of designs. I have heard him talk on this before, but in a one-hour talk he had time to … Continue reading

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Caps in AG(n,3)

For the past week and a half I have done little but mark exam papers. At some point during this, I looked at Tim Gowers’ blog, and read that a very significant improvement had very recently been made on the … Continue reading

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