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Another upgrade, another deprecated theme

This morning’s software maintenance upgraded WordPress. Had to poke around on Google to figure out why my site had vanished, and what to do about it. Nothing dramatic: database upgrade. Good, there everything was, in the admin panel. Nope: the old theme had been deprecated too, so I had to choose another. Might as well […]

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Chile and Antarctica Trip report

Home again, safely

This is just a quick note to say that we have made it back to Sydney safely. The task of transferring and sorting photos from the trip must now begin, and we will have to get down stories of the travel in Antarctica fairly quickly, before the memories start to fade. So there will (yet) […]

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Chile and Antarctica Trip report

Last day in Torres del Paine

Well that seems to have flown past, but I understand why. We spent a morning trying to get a replacement camera to meet us in Punta Arenas, but came to understand that it could not be done, (at least in that way). Cameras come with batteries in the box, and so cannot be shipped air-freight. […]

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Travel days…

The 20th was our last full day on Chiloe, and we had an easy, cultural day. Drove to Dalcahue and caught the vehicular ferry to the island of Quinchao, just across the channel. Then drove to the town of Achao, about half way along. We walked along the waterfront, which has a shiny new board-walk, […]

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Boating to Chelin and Quehui — Unesco church and walk on the beach

No road travel at all today! We started with a stroll down the hill to the hotel’s jetty, to board the Willichi again. All aboard, we set off in the direction of the island of Chelin, site of one of the sixteen Unesco-preserved wooden churches around Chiloe. Along the way, we passed a couple of […]

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Punting the Chepu river and the sunken forest

Today started with another fairly long drive up to the north-west corner of Chiloe, to the Chepu river.  There we met Seignor Alfonzo, our river guide and boat driver. Apparently there was a strong earthquake some time ago, and the resulting tsunami pushed 20km up the Chepu river valley, killing an area of riverside forrest. […]

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Boating to Mechuque

Had a marvellous day, yesterday. A boat trip from Tenuan to the island archipelago of Mechuque, including some kyaking around between the islands, some zodiac sightseeing, and a walk through the main town of Mechuque. Well, Andrew did the kyaking and Cath did the zodiacing, but fun was had by all. The wind was quite […]

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Arrived Chiloe

I mentioned, previously, that when we arrived in Santiago, we showered and went to bed, in anticipation of a 4AM start, for a flight at 6:30 or so. Luckily for us we woke up around 8PM, decided that we didn’t need dinner, but would see how the network was going. At that point we (re)discovered […]

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Well, that didn’t last long…

I think that our NBN stayed up about ten hours, before bouncing another two times. In my personal yesterday afternoon, I’d been sent an SMS to say that NBNco were going to be doing network maintenance in my area, and that I should expect outages. So perhaps that’s OK? Anyway, my stats show that the […]

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Touch wood: network up for more than an hour!

Several sessions with Telstra service techs later, and an overnight “watch” was able to convince them that sure enough, my modem had been in yoyo mode. Their remote-end tests, and the ones also done on behalf of NBN infrastructure all suggested that the network side of the wall socket was “fine”, and that the problem […]