“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”—Robert Louis Stevenson I was preparing to fly last Tuesday; cleaning, packing, planning , communicating and connecting, when this topic arrived in my head. So many of the aspects of travelling from place… Read More When Do You Become a ‘Seasoned’ Traveller?
Every three years, Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art hosts the APT or Asia Pacific Triennial, an extraordinary exhibition by artists from the region. This is my third triennial and I have to say that its the best so far. I’m not an artist and yet as I get older art has become more and more… Read More Visionary Artists of the Asia Pacific
The passenger in the aisle seat opened his package and the delicious aroma of falafel filled the air. “Don’t you like airline food? ” I asked “Well, I’m vegetarian” he replied. ” Me too” And so we began to talk about a shared interest. The topic moved onto Tasmania, the apple isle we were leaving.… Read More Conversations on Trains and Planes
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” George Orwell Sometimes we forget that history is not fixed but open to interpretation. Some stories, cultures and peoples are over-represented in modern Australian history while others remain hidden. “Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and… Read More When Artists Make Our History
In the middle of the week I decided to explore the Brooklyn area on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but haven’t had the opportunity. My original intention was to do part of the Great North Walk starting at the foreshore but as a large… Read More Dangar: Abundant Island on the Hawkesbury
I’m a reader and during this time of hibernation before the start of my personal new year (birthday), I’ve increased my thirst for a good book. Yes, I could buy new books and donate them to Vinnies or gift them to friends when I leave and yes I’m also an e-reader with lots of books… Read More A Hidden Library Gem
Can there be anything more exquisitely beautiful than a finely cut piece of jewellery? Even if we can’t afford to buy it, we can admire and appreciate it from afar. In the case of the jewellery and watchmaking of the Cartier family, I had the rare pleasure of visiting the Cartier exhibiton with my grandaughter,… Read More That Cartier Style
I love movies almost as much as I love books. Almost. Australian, American, English,French, Iranian, Jewish-if the film is good I’ll enjoy it. When I get a chance I take the opportunity to visit my favourite cinemas where I can enhance the cinematic experience with a good coffee/ wine and cheese platter. There’s something sacred… Read More At The Movies-in Style
Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. Ambrose Bierce Each February for the past three three years I abstain from sugar and alcohol. Why? For physical, mental and emotional health reasons. Don’t get me wrong I love a good glass of chilled white wine in summer, but this… Read More Fab FebFast; When Giving Up is Good for You
“Camera lies all the time. It’s all it does is lie, because when you choose this moment instead of this moment, when you… the moment you’ve made a choice, you’re lying about something larger. ‘Lying’ is an ugly word. I don’t mean lying. But any artist picks and chooses what they want to paint or… Read More Do Portraits Lie ?