My Continuing Obsession…

My obsession with wall art from all Australian cities is obvious from previous postings. Rather than the the reputation graffiti taggers have, I find the wall art dominating some our large city side streets a treat. These hidden gems are art to me, a view some city Councils are bound to disagree with. Many artist are becoming well known for their large scale rendering being favoured by developers and Councils to add flavour and colour to our otherwise dreary suburbs. The view from my hotel room in Melbourne was such a surprise, a building used as a canvas, was brilliant,…

Wainwright, Pain and Pleasure

Walking Alfred Wainwrights Coast to Coast there were many things that came to mind every day in my near exhausted state, bloody Wainwright was one them, as his paths led us up another fell only to descend and ascend yet another. I say this with the utmost respect for the man who devoted an entire life time to exploring the fells of the lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. He is responsible for creating the Coast to Coast route that follows a system of trails for 192 miles from the West coast, starting at St Bees…

Being Shoreditched

A triangle of influences has made Shoreditch into one of London’s most distinctive and unusual areas. To the East, Bangla-town and Brick Lane – London’s celebrated curry mile – are a riot of smells and colours from the Indian sub-continent. In the West, the looming towers of Liverpool Street and the City represent the world’s most concentrated area of finance and sophisticated business hotels. And right in the middle of it all is Spitalfields market, a citadel of the working classes and home of the cockney music hall tradition. The result is an area where trendy bars sit next to…

A Frequent Paddler

A frequent paddler prepares for a another journey. He travels from Heritage Landing on the West Coast’s Gordon River, via St Johns Falls and then to the mouth of the Franklin River. The paddler has frequent paddler points, logged with Heritage Cruises, the chaperones of access to the wild west coast for those wishing to go look,see!. Mike Briggs, Heritage Landing – Gordon River, West Coast Tasmania. February 2015

A last Look

The abandoned Kaikohe Hotel has been bought by the Ngapuhi runanga, which plans to demolish the building while it comes up with a plan for the prime Broadway site. The sprawling hotel had a glorious past – the Queen is said to have stayed there on her first visit to New Zealand – but has since fallen into disrepair. It was declared a dangerous building earlier this year and its owners, the ANZ Bank and Cameron Enterprises, were ordered to demolish it or make it secure by July 15. Much of the interior was stripped by the last publican, Neil…