Shinkyo Bridge: Nikko, Japan

One of the top three bridges in Japan, Shinkyo is located in Nikko. Nikko is an out of the way type of place, very small and (one gets the feeling) seasonal. It’s about 3 hours from Tokyo by train. Deceptively, the bridge is located against a main road and traffic around the area is quite…

International Cat Day

It’s not always easy, being the owner of a cat. Unlike a dog, a cat will always make you work for their affection – never giving any guarantee of how long they will show that affection for, or when, or why. It’s been 4 years since Elwood came to live with me and in that…

Morbidly Curious: The Paris Catacombs

I’ve got nothing against the bucket list concept. In fact, I’ve had about 85 versions of my own going for the last 15 years. It’s good to have goals. As I move through and cross items off though, I can honestly say that it’s not always a good experience… Certainly, it never turns out the…

Strangers on the River

I love old timey things. The older the better, especially if we’re talking about photographs. I’m particularly interested in Carte de Visite (CDV), Daguerreotype and tin-type era portraits. It’s the faces of strangers that draw me in (we’re all visual creatures after all) and I like to think about the lives these people might have…

Disappointment

Disappointment is such a harsh word I’ve always thought. When you’re experiencing it, it feels like a weight or a burden. Something that sits in the pit of your stomach or hangs around your neck like a constant reminder of missed opportunities or mis-judged impressions. Whether you’re disappointed in yourself or in someone else –…

Change in Tune

This is not the first time I have undergone a change of heart about the nature and purpose of this blog. A little while ago I attempted a re-launch, which was short lived and a bit disappointing (to me). The short story about why this failed is also simple one – time management. It’s been…

Seeking people with an Elvis Tattoo

This is a call to anyone with an Elvis tattoo – I want to hear your story. I am writing a paper on Elvis tattoos and the meaning behind them and I need to speak to all those people out there like me, who have decided to brand themselves with the image of The King….

On the Record: Part I

Side bar: I bought myself a record player for my birthday last year and have never actually gotten around to using it… despite having almost the entire Prince back catalogue on vinyl (it’s one of my most prized possessions)…I just always seemed too busy or too disorganised. And so, it has been sitting in my…

Documentary Sunday!

There’s no time like winter time (in Armidale at least) to stay in doors, safely tucked up in front of the heater; and since we’ve hit that time in the year when the outside climate is truly foul I’ve decided to put my time to good use, not through further university studies, but through catching…

#reboot

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on this blog, which has really been down to the fact that I haven’t been doing a whole lot of travelling, or if I have, it’s been too brief to really find the time to post. After my fabulous trip to my beloved New Orleans last year…