8 January 2015
It was hot yesterday in Melbourne – the temperature rose to 36 degrees – so I went to St Kilda beach in the afternoon. But, as is typical of Melbourne, the weather turned cloudy and rainy. There were big storms in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.
29 October 2014
El Ateneo Grand Splendid, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful bookshops. The building first opened as a theatre, Teatro Gran Splendid, in 1919 with a seating capacity of 1,050. It was converted to a cinema in 1929, and then into a book (and music) store in 2000.
Labels: - Argentina
30 July 2014
|Somalis displaced by drought queue for refugee registration. [DFID/Flickr]|
My ancestors were refugees from the Armenian Genocide. Chart is the Armenian word for massacre; it’s also one of the first words Armenian kids learn today. When I was five, my father explained, "In 1915 the Ottomans killed 1.5 million Armenians." He spoke of death marches across the Syrian Desert and systematic killings of women and children—a great
25 September 2013
People have been carrying heavy loads on their heads since ancient times. It's very common in developing countries when there is no car nor mule to assist with the shopping. Simply roll-up a towel, shape it into a circle and place it on your head. You're then ready to carry up to fifty-times your own body weight. Or am I thinking of ants?
19 August 2013
The Citadel of Aleppo is a medieval, fortified palace in the centre of the old city of Aleppo, in northern Syria. It's one of the oldest and largest castles in the world and sits 50 metres high on a partly man-made mound. In the past, the entire mound was covered with large blocks of gleaming limestone, some of which still remain today.
Labels: - Syria
25 July 2013
The Kokoda Track Memorial Walk is a walking trail in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. It lies in the Ferntree Gully forest, about 45 minutes east of Melbourne (Victoria). The trail penetrates through a beautiful forest of tree ferns and manna gums, and the sound of
6 July 2013
[Below] His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Today is his 78th birthday.
Shake hands with the Dalai Lama... DONE! I went to see the Dalai Lama’s public talk in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. It was the third time I’ve heard him speak and as always I found it difficult to stay awake. It’s not that his message of kindness and compassion is
14 June 2013
In South America, long-distance buses often stop to pick up food vendors and salesmen. They get on board, offering their food or merchandise to passengers as the bus continues on its journey. And after they finish their sales, the bus stops to let them out. I always
28 May 2013
In 2006, I had an early morning flight from London Luton Airport to Croatia. Luton is actually located an hour out of London, and trains reaching the airport commenced their daily service at around 6am; thus, I had to spend a night in the airport in order to check-in on time.
10 May 2013
These photos resulted from a walk along Little Bourke Street, one gloomy Melbourne evening, last winter. Melbourne's Chinatown extends along Little Bourke Street, between Swanston and Spring Streets. It's know for its wonderful Asian restaurants, offering cuisine from all over the Asian continent. But it seems something else has infiltrated