***Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness 2013 – my blog’s second award!

April 14, 2013

Haha, a new award, and quite a mouthful. But an award from a respected blogger is gratefully accepted; so thanks heaps to  Diary of an Internet Nobody for thinking of my writing, and its recent evolution into a modest blog. `An aging hippy living in Devon’, Dale classes his work as `eclecticism, humour, nonsense, opinionated ranting, […]

Soul Searching – a sense in ancient science (South Island, New Zealand)

May 8, 2013

We linger in the dark after coffee, among deserted café chairs of bleached wooden slats, tables and simple benches. The air smells of seaweed, salt and garlic. The night cries of wheeling gulls float across Moeraki Harbour – ‘sleepy sky’ in Maori – as little blue penguins nest between waterline rocks at our feet. The […]

The Winds of War – Freedom x 4 (New York, USA)

February 25, 2013

To the west, lay a somehow insignificant cityscape: the stacked steel and glass profile of a floating Manhattan. We’re among 7700 tonnes of precision-cut gleaming white stone taken from 12,100 tonnes of quarried granite: an architect’s melding of modern imagination and ancient form, the 1.5-hectare Franklin D Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. I’m reminded of the […]

Birds of Paradise – chickens rule OK (Melbourne, Australia)

December 4, 2012

They sit in the kitchen – Mr and Mrs L – overlooking a backyard of woodpiles, wheelbarrows and tussocks of native grass. It’s early summer. The pungent scent of rambling Chinese jasmine wafts across the yard and mingles with the smell of last night’s rain. The weekend menagerie headcount is underway over fruit toast and […]

After the Opera – the sad passing of Marzipan the cat (Melbourne, Australia)

March 26, 2013

Many in Melbourne this week are mourning the passing of Marzipan, the grand old tortoiseshell diva of the city’s theatre scene. The much-loved Astor cat died on Sunday 24th March 2013 Australian time after a lingering illness, at the ripe old age of 21 years. It was back in the early 90s when Marzipan made her […]

Rumours of Wrongdoing – finding Tennes Kaspara (Lofoten, Norway)

November 23, 2012

Cars and trucks wait in orderly lines, the Moskenes-Værøy ferry still one hour distant.  It’s the northern autumn and rain arrives as I leave my car. The church I pass is small, the wet bluestone black. Behind, a mound rising to leaden skies, its sides shrouded in bush and showers of rain. Not far now. […]

Red Desert Dreaming – modern times, ancient magic (The Kimberley, Western Australia)

March 19, 2013

Strange figures are painted in broad strokes of red ochre – Wandjina spirit-men – eerie round faces with big pools for eyes. I stand next to Maurice, “a Worara blackfella” and a driver at local mines. I ask him why they have no mouths. His voice is hushed, as he points at the staring spaceman […]

Happy New Year Frank – a friend indeed (New York, USA)

January 2, 2013

A guy has fallen on hard times, huddled under gentrified tenement stairs; on one side his clapped-out shopping trolley bound by trash bins and black cast iron pickets. The stairs span from streetside pavement up to an ornate doorway, moulded guardian face glowering overhead. He seems in his 60s, but his real years are anyone’s […]