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Our aim is delight and discovery. Visiting new places and taking a fresh look at familiar places, we seek to give unhurried attention to things that deepen our understanding and surprise us with new insights.

unhurriedtraveller

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18/11/2012. The above is signed simply ‘unhurriedtraveller’ in the hope of inspiring others to become unhurried travellers as well. However, it has become awkward not to have a personal name attached, particularly as a number of people have submitted comments using their own names. While my interest in unhurried travel is undimmed, in recent times entries on this site have been less frequent as I have been concentrating on preparing entries and translations for the website Philosophical Garden. That website has a focus on the ideas of the Greek philosopher Epicurus, whose name and philosophy were better known in the Australian context when a classical education was more common. There is much in this topic to be explored by unhurried travel, though in these days there is need for hurry as well.

Stuart Pickering

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The motif of a tall ship under sail coming into harbour became part of the traditional iconography of early Sydney. The example shown in the header image is one of a number of historical motifs worked into stained glass windows of the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney.

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The avatar for this blog, depicting a tall ship on a blue ocean, has reference to the significant role sailing ships have had in expanding knowledge of the world; the environmental friendliness of wind power; and an idea expressed by the philosopher A.C. Grayling in an essay entitled ‘Travelling’ (Thinking of Answers, 2010, pp. 256-259, at p. 259): ‘The best form of travel is by sea, because the pace is right.’

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