A Plot With A View

Cullen, a small North Sea fishing village sitting on the wild coastline of Banff, is guardian and home to one of the most unusual “Garden’s Of Remembrance” or Cemeteries I have come across for some time. Nestled in a corner of the coastline close to the village, this is the resting place for pets with a coastal view of the best Scotland has to offer. The village of Cullen is probably better known for the Scottish delicacy known as “Cullen Skink” a delicious creamy soup made from smoked haddock and potatoes and is widely served as an everyday dish across…

Drifting Down The Darling

On our travels around this great land, we have been fortunate in meeting a great many people who live and survive in the most inhospitable and hostile environment imaginable. Coupled with the remote environment, one can only admire the resourcefulness, humour and goodwill that pervades the outback character. Water is gold, so its no surprise that rivers like the Darling are held in reverence by those that need it and use it. Enter Tony Pritchard, a character we met at Pooncarrie, wrestling his canoe from the clutches of the Darling to return north after another paddling adventure for a couple…

Festival Island

In decades past, the good residents of Hobart often referred to their home town – the capital of Tasmania and now a burgeoning city of 218,000 – as ‘Slowbart’. There never seemed to be much going on here, much less anywhere else in the state. Local food and wine were mired in 1976; the arts scene danced a slow shuffle to the ‘finding funding’ blues; the odd sporting event and – with the honorable exceptions of Dire Straits in 1986 and Faith No More in 1993 – no big-name international bands ever toured there. A listless malaise permeated the entire…

No Roads

Imagine living in a city that has no roads. Sure there are plenty of footpaths bridges and alleyways but the Italian City of Venice is just that, a city built on water with a network of canals. In a lagoon located at the northeastern part of Italy, a group of 117 islands seperated by canals and linked by bridges, form the beautiful city of Venice. A city whose roads are made of water and the past is more apparent than the present. The canals are surrounded by impressive and rich buildings called palazzi and churches built in Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance or Liberty…

A German Wedding On an Italian Island

Torcello is the most northerly Island of a group in the Venetian lagoon which are easily visited and still inhabited. The Island is home to no fewer than a dozen people who gain a living mostly from tourism. Torcello’s landscape seems linked to a time of the late Roman Empire and exudes a Medieval charm characterised by the architecture, small Piazza and the imposing Basilica Of Torcello. The seclusion and charm make it the perfect location for those people aspiring to a Venetian themed wedding in a quiet accessible area away from Venice. This was what we had stumbled upon…

We know The Words

For those of us around in the 70s the thing we remember most is the music. There are songs that we thought we had forgotten, as soon as you hear a riff they come flooding back…….. The 70s produced a smorgasbord  of hits and artists, a culture reflected in the fashion and music; it was bold, creative, loud, confident and vibrant. So the opportunity to be transported back to the 70s for just a couple of hours was too irresistible to ignore.  Here we found ourselves kicking loose with a crowd of mixed age revellers, complete with mood lighting and…

The Girl With The Half Smile

The artwork of Morton Bartlett is represented in their doll like features. At first site I interpreted the works as clever reproductions of children’s toys. They are so much more than that. Morton Bartlett has captured the embodiment of joy, sorrow, love and loss his children possess. That is the way he sees them. Bartlett’s work is part of the curated exhibition as The Museum of Everything, seen at Mona Foma by Kunsthal of Rotterdam.

Smug By Name

The Australian street artist Smug, or Smug One aka Sam Bates has quietly painted an industrial scale mural on the wall of a house in the suburbs of Tasmania’s capital. The mural features a well known local identity, an artist and street character familiar to residents, retailers and cafe owners around the restaurant precinct of North Hobart. Smug has lived in Glasgow for the last 12 years and was coaxed to Hobart by the house’s owner who had seen similar industrial size works overseas in London, Lisbon and the Mission District of San Francisco. His work is well known overseas…

The Power Of The Cross

The cross is widely recognised as a symbol of Christianity. The cross was adopted by DarkMofo curators as a theme for the recent event held in Hobart, over the month of June 2018.  The use of the upside down cross, drew controversy from various quarters. Some see the theme as dark and occult-like, where upside down crosses are a public statement of anti Christian values. What ever you think, the cross is a powerful symbol. It certainly evokes an emotional response that most of us haven’t even thought about or even understand. Since it’s inception the DarkMofo Festival has been…