Weekly Wrap 616: La Niña takes a break but it is a world of mould, fatigue, and history

I saw the Sun several times during the week of Monday 14 to Sunday 20 March 2022, but its effect was to illuminate the layers of mould that now seem to cover so many surfaces. My greatest challenge was finding a shop with stocks of mould killer. My escape continued to be hours and hours of history.

History is a great place to escape, but it can also be depressing. Recently I’ve been watching the YouTube series The Great War, and I’m not quite half-way through the — gasp! — 724 episodes. And as you may know, I’ve been watching the subsequent World War Two: Week by Week as they’re being produced.

People have been pointing out the parallels between current events and the late 1930s. Watching this history in more detail makes the parallels even more obvious. And watching the evolution of The Great War shows how stubborn incompetence can lead to so death.

Happy days!

Anyway, that’s why I chose this week’s featured photo. It’s the German A7V tank named “Mephisto”, the sole remaining example of the type, which was on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra five years ago.

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The Week Ahead

Once more there aren’t many fixed appointments, but the usual main themes continue: the SEKRIT geek-work that I’m plodding through, some editorial consulting, and possibly some writing for ZDNet.

I’ll also map out the podcast production schedule for autumn. I’ll probably do a solo episode some time this week before the special guest episodes kick off the week after.

On Monday it’s the March Equinox, but since it’s at 0227 AEDT any celebrations will have already been done the night before.

On Wednesday I’ll try to catch a conversation from the US Studies Centre, NATO Expert Talk Series: NATO and the challenges to the rules-based international order.

Friday is a Sydney day, with another mix of personal, social, and work-related errands. The big question is whether the trains will be running by then, or whether it’ll be another coach-enabled odyssey.

Further Ahead

[Photo: The German A7V tank “Mephisto” on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on 18 March 2018.]