Author Archives: jb

Cutting a new orbit

Steve Fullmer is an American potter who lives in Tasman, just up the track from here. Known him for ages and a day and he’s a pretty cool dude. The Suter Gallery in Nelson is honouring him with a retrospective … Continue reading

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Arrived to find that lodgers have settled in. Not sure about the rent – they’ve made multiple deposits, though…

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Here we are then…

Fish and chips and a pint of Fortress from the Golden Bear…

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From Siam with love

Met Panida Rintanalert, the lady who owned this delightful store in Bangkok, sometime in the early 90s. Modern styles in women’s clothing with a strong traditional influence and exclusively in silk, cotton and linen, mostly hand-woven. The French ambassador’s wife … Continue reading

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Hanging out with Santa

Young friend Yin pointed me in the direction of the Central Embassy mall, built on the grounds of the old British Embassy on Wireless Rd. Pretty flash joint with Pucci and Grada or whatever they’re called, but not a patch … Continue reading

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For the capital of a Buddhist nation…

Bangkok really does some shit-hot Chrissie decorations. (No wonder it’s so hot here, what with all those light bulbs…)

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“Which flight are you on, then…?”

Silly question. The right question is “When are you going to the airport?” If you’ve worked in the aviation industry, you might get rebated travel as one of the perks. But you only get to fly if there are fewer … Continue reading

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