Author Archives: jb

Ancient and Modern

The current exhibition at the Neshnl Gellry of Victoria is quite stunning. Titled Past Legacy, Present Tense it displays recent works by aboriginal artists, drawing strongly on traditional themes and patterns. That would be the bottom image, one from the … Continue reading

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Christmas in Australia

Where they knit socks for trees and have kangaroos towing Santa’s sleigh. (They’re traditionally named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen, but down here it appears they’re all called “Heyskippyyerbastardgetafuckinmoveon”….)

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Shot down in flames

This brick structure was at one stage the tallest building in Melbourne. (The next port of call on this trip, in case you hadn’t worked it out..) It’s a shot tower, which in the distant past – 1880s until the … Continue reading

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Unintended consequences

Carriages on Bangkok’s elevated Skytrain system are plastered with perforated advertising foil, letting folk on the inside look out, but not letting the folk on the platform look in. Commercial considerations high on the list, shade and passenger comfort a … Continue reading

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Macdahnahlds or Burrrgerkaying?

Overheard a couple of colonial cousin behemoths in the Marriott Courtyard lift…elevator*… the other evening discussing culinary adventures in Bangkok “Wanna go tuh McDahnahlds or Burrrgerkaying?” Considered (for about a millisecond…) suggesting Baan Somtum, a recommendation from our young … Continue reading

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Go-faster stripes

My friend @DavidSlack thinks he’s living dangerously in bucolic Devonport. As in: “GUM679 has BMW right of way. Show some pedestrian crossing respect, peasants.” Or: “KSS851 black Golf is a low flying projectile with no time for pedestrian crossings. Approach … Continue reading

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On the way…

Bangkok. Where a bag of fried bananas from a street vendor will cost you 20 baht (€0.50) And this (plus a couple of beers and daiquiris..) hits €65. Mind you, it is the Oriental……

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