Photo Friday -Motionless Monster at Seven Spirit Bay

Photo Friday -Motionless Monster at Seven Spirit Bay

At first I don’t see it – although it is big, it is very well camoflaged, lying motionless and sun-dappled in the mud, in the  mangroves on the edge of the small stream. It’s length is more than twice my height, and longer then the little three metre tinny with outboard motor that we are [...]

Holy Toledo Batman!

Holy Toledo Batman!

Holy Toledo alright – all I can see around me are rows of steel knife blades, glinting in the light – am I going to need Batman to save me? Happily no, I am in a shop, a shop proudly displaying the centuries old tradition of superb steel blade-work, originating centuries ago with swords and [...]

The Bondi Beach Drag (Queen) Races - Photo Friday - Stand Out

The Bondi Beach Drag (Queen) Races – Photo Friday – Stand Out

In a sea of bright spandex and stiletto heels, the competitors prepare for the main events of the afternoon – the handbag discus, the 3-legged stiletto race, the feminine posing section, and then the big finale (for any contestants that haven’t already twisted their ankles wearing stiletto’s in wet sand) the Dainty Dune Dash. The [...]

Marrakech - seventeen years between tagines

Marrakech – seventeen years between tagines

Marrakech first seduced me when I visited in 1988. So it might seem surprising it took me over seventeen years to get there a second time – what can I say, so many countries, so little time! And it just confirmed to me all over again, how much Marrakech enchants me. So what makes it [...]

Sydney Biennale -brilliant or bore?

Sydney Biennale -brilliant or bore?

The Sydney Biennale is on again, but what is it and should I bother? You’ve maybe seen the features in the newspapers but still not sure exactly what it is? Well I went and checked out the core part of it, the art walk, to help make your decision easier. So cutting to the chase, [...]

Return to the temples of Angkor Thom - part 2

Return to the temples of Angkor Thom – part 2

Surrounded by hundreds of mysterious serene faces carved on massive stone towers, scrambling through the rubble of a temple whose walls look like they would have fallen over if they were not intertwined with the massive root systems of ancient trees, these are the memories of the Cambodian temples that I loved the most on [...]

Photo Friday: Aqua

Photo Friday: Aqua

Snorkeling in Turquoise Bay, Ningaloo Reef With its clear turquoise water contrasting with its red sand beach and cliffs, Turquoise Bay is a beautiful landscape, and thats before you even get in the water. The secret here is to  start at the southern end of the bay, and drift with the current which will carry [...]

Return to the Temples of Angkor Wat part 1

Return to the Temples of Angkor Wat part 1

I get off the plane at Siem Reap at 7am into a wall of heat, and a wall of paper-pushers (literally). In a charming homage to colonial bureaucrats everywhere, the process to get a visa on arrival in Cambodia goes like this:  I hand over my visa form and cash, walk twenty metres to the [...]

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