Matt Smith's End of the Spectrum

Melbourne-based writer and journalist. Purveyor of finally crafted radio plays. A Muppet of a man.

Nostalgia and old school technologies

We often have a powerful connection to items from the past, whether we enjoy the retro feel, or just think things worked better back in those days. One object that … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pollination by bees valued at $5 billion

Australia gets about $5bn worth of free pollination from bees. They’re an integral part of our food chain, and are responsible for one in every three mouthfuls of food that … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Postcards from yesterday: Camp Blanding, Florida

This postcard flagged my interest when I pulled it from a box for a number of reasons – the sender and receiver are on the other side of the world, … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Who is The Doctor’s father?

2013 is the 50th anniversary of the long-running BBC television show Doctor Who. To celebrate I produced a short piece for ABC Radio National program The Science Show, featuring Professor … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Thailand travels – Big Buddha of Phuket

The Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha – or to its friends, The Big Buddha – sits at the peak of one of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata in Phuket, … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Thailand travels – Muay Thai boxing

Anyone who has spent a few hours in Patong must be familiar with the open bed trucks driving around playing high pitched ear-shattering music, loudly proclaiming various days of the … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tim Entwisle on botanical gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne are some of the most lovely gardens that I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting hopelessly lost in. Perched on the edge of the … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · Leave a comment