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PORTUGAL COMES TO PETERSHAM – Festival in Photos

"It feels like I'm in Madeira, mate."

“It feels like I’m in Madeira, mate.”

It’s on again, the annual Biarro Portugues – the Petersham Food and Wine Fair.

I was there with the requisites – a camera and an empty stomach. Continue reading

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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR – Sydney style

The lion (or was it a dragon?) was primed and ready to go.

The lion (or was it a dragon?) was primed and ready to go.

It was a happy, fortunate and propitious start to the Lunar New Year.

One of my well grooved bike ride routes takes me along the Cooks River to the cafe in Sydney’s Bicentennial Park and back.

On the way it passes through the suburb of Flemington, which yesterday was having a cracking good time. I happened to arrive just as the Jin Wu Koon Dragon and Lion Dance Association was expelling evil spirits from the Saigon BBQ and Pho Vietnamese Restaurant, apparently in return for gifts of lettuce hung from the awnings. Continue reading

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SHOOTING THE FALLS – Valley of the Waters

Empress Falls, Blue Mountains, NSW.  Camera in point and shoot mode, letting the mist provide the blurring and the magic.

Empress Falls, Blue Mountains, NSW.
Camera in point and shoot mode, letting the mist provide the blurring and the magic.

It was a good day for taking photos of waterfalls yesterday.

I’d read a bit about how to do it, and practised the technique with a bathroom tap, trying to get that smooth, soft water effect that seems to be compulsory for waterfall shots in magazines.

And where better to try it for real than on a hike with my fellow amateur snapper Duncan down the evocatively named Valley of the Waters, in the Blue Mountains just outside Sydney? Here’s what we learned… Continue reading

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FREE BOOKS AT MELBOURNE BUS STOPS

I love the idea of these pop-up libraries at tram and bus stops in Melbourne.

It took me (and others) a little while to realise that the books were real. And free.

Well done, bookworld.com.au – advertising that people actually enjoy!

POST SCRIPT: Thanks to my correspondent Ian (see comments below) for directing me to Madison Wisconsin’s Little Free Library system. I recommend checking out their website and video.

We need more initiatives like this.

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JERVIS BAY INVADED

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Greenpatch

This week the world’s naval ships will be invading the place we used to camp with our kids.
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UNEARTHING A LITTLE-KNOWN AUSTRALIAN TREASURE

Robert Klippel: Number 751

Robert Klippel: Number 751

Tucked away behind the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra is a little gem too few people seem to find.

The tourist buses pull up and visitors pile into the gallery itself, but few stroll around the back to the Sculpture Garden, where between the lawns, the lakes, the eucalypts and casuarinas are some of the big boys (notably Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin) and a sprinkling of Australia’s finest 3D artists. Continue reading

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