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,…

RJs View Of The World

This is RJ, he is young and recently up-wardly mobile. He is discovering things and a very welcome distraction from the things we should be doing. I recently visited RJ and unwittingly demonstrated how easy it is for the elderly to loose their balance and promptly fell of my motorcycle while parking. His response, a couple of weeks later was a classic demonstration his flexibility. A message from the young, Kudos to RJ! Mike Briggs, Hobart November 2016

At Your Own Risk….

Its been a wet spring in Hobart, October in the south is known for its unstable weather producing windy and often wet blustery conditions. The opportunity for the skittish population to migrate outdoors has them on edge. The ritual of fish and chips at the waterfront is strong.. The waterfront’s Silver Gulls have had slim pickings this spring. The flock mob prospective punters hoping their flooding techniques will have the target of their attention abandon the food. To some this exercise is one of pleasure, its the closest they get to the any member of the avian world and feeding…

A Lick O Flame

WE have still need to ask, What is the meaning of burning effigies in the fires at these festivals? We may think that all the effigies consumed in the flames on these occasions represent witches or warlocks, and that the custom of burning them is merely a substitute for harsh justice. Besides, it means that we destroy the evil itself in destroying the effigy. Perhaps this explanation of the burning of wooden or straw figures in a human shape at the festivals is the most probable. With this character of the effigy, representative of the spirit of vegetation or apple…

Home Alone

Some pictures say it all. Time spent in the United Kingdom you cannot but notice the Englishmen’s devotion to their dogs. A few years ago when dogs weren’t allowed most places, the authorities realised that dog owner’s represented a much larger proportion of the local business market than first thought. So they decided dogs were welcome with their owners at most establishments, especially pubs, restaurants and cafes. Business improved and dog owners no longer felt the need to stay indoors. Take a look every where you go in Briton the locals have their friends at their sides. day trips, pubs,…

Fat Betty

Emerging from the fog, like a beacon, like a guiding light is this strange half man shape carved in stone and painted partly white.. The medieval cross known as Fat Betty or White Cross stands beside a trackway on Danby High Moor at the head of the Rosedale Valley on the North York Moors. Fat Betty has acted as a wayside cross/marker stone for hundreds of years for travellers going between Rosedale and Westerdale, the nearest village being Botton, a few miles to the north. But it is easy to become lost on these windswept moors and so these crosses…