Many writers have mourned the death of the Australian milk bar. Overrun by 7/11’s and increased trading hours by supermarkets, the unique little local shop has few finger holds left in the fabric of the modern Australian suburb. I was so pleased to come across signs of life in my recent wanderings only to find … Continue reading
These side by side suburban cottages show a gentle difference in their outer decor. One a little ne’er do care, blousey republican; the other a more judiciously trimmed monarchist perhaps? Whichever way you vote there’s no resisting either on this lovely early summer’s day, just before the hot weather hit Melbourne.
Nature has a way of suggesting shapes in unusual places and it’s irresistible to interpret these forms and see them as something more familiar. Like the wearing away of stones into symbolic shapes – like The Twelve Apostles. (Well there aren’t Twelve anymore, no doubt due to a more acidic ocean) or the ridges of a … Continue reading
Some celebratory eucalypts for Australia Day. Enjoy it where ever you are.
Many of Melbourne’s laneways are revered for their charming revival as cafe strips or sites of energetic street art. Others are left remarkably untouched – grimy, dark places full of rubbish bins and ducting. Balcombe Place off Collins St bears signs of an earlier affluent life, but the highly ornate buildings which create the laneway … Continue reading
My last day of the tour was spent revisiting all those who have been so generous as to comment, not just once, but a number of times over 2013. In the end I had to take two days to get around the planet for this as there are so many kind (or possibly concerned) people … Continue reading
Well it’s a slightly slower World Tour with Ed Sheeran singing “I See Fire” while I’m touring about tonight – in Ed’s words, ’if we should die tonight we shall all die together’ - well it’s not that cheery but it’s meant as a statement of blogging solidarity. The gorgeously self-deprecating Duncan Swallow – (surely Karl … Continue reading
My airmiles were a little curtailed today. Ah the New Year back at work – it starts off so well and by day 5 it’s all over – the great wave of the uncontainable is starting to lap over the wall. My travels today still went as far as lovely Shropshire, Romania, Indonesia, the US … Continue reading
Looking back at all the visitors who dropped by the blog last year and left a comment on the About page – I thought I should do a quick world tour and see what everyone’s been up to and what they’re planning for 2014. This could take a while – especially as I’m listening to … Continue reading
Dipped a toe into the cultural extravaganza that is Melbourne Now today. Fellow blogger and photographer Janina suggested a meet up and where better than somewhere super-arty? The NGV team have gone all out here – a curator/artist’s vivid dream of places, spaces and layers of liberated exhibits. Patrick Pound presents a contemporary wunderkammer in ‘ Air’ which gives an exploded … Continue reading