Kliptown, Soweto - the Lost Generation

Kliptown, Soweto – the Lost Generation

The structures you can see in the left of the picture above are not outhouses or sheds, these are the houses of Kliptown, tiny shacks constructed of corrugated iron and bits of fibreboard and any other materials they can get their hands on. There is no (legal) power, and a communal water supply tap in [...]

Sleeping in Soweto

Sleeping in Soweto

Here’s an idea! I have to stop overnight in Johannesburg, South Africa between flights – yes, the city with a scary violence reputation. So what do I do? Bypass Johannesburg and stay for two nights in Soweto of course. That’s right, in the infamous “townships”. Stay in a Soweto B&B. Now this might seem counter-intuitive, [...]

A view of my Antarctic dream

A view of my Antarctic dream

I should’ve realised before, but I never did until now – when flying from Sydney, Australia, to Johannesberg, South Africa, the quickest way there is under the bottom of the world and back up the other side again. Which is why, part way into the flight, the steward told those of us who were awake [...]

Photofriday: Round: Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

Photofriday: Round: Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

I love the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in October every year, with the sculptures all displayed along the Bondi to Bronte cliff walk, with he gorgeous ocean as the backdrop. This sculpture from 2006 was one of my favourites. This will be my last blog for 2-3 weeks, I am off to Tanzania, to [...]

Pakistan needs our help - still!

Pakistan needs our help – still!

“flood aid slows to a trickle” is the (small) headline in The Australian this morning. “The situation in Pakistan is rapidly getting worse” says today’s email from oxfam. The flooding has been going for a month now and it hardly even makes the news anymore. I am still staggered by the scale of this disaster, [...]

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