Voyagers – A Tribute to Australia’s Cameleers

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Between the 1860s and the 1920s around 2,000 cameleers, with over 20,000 camels, came to Australia from Afghanistan, Baluchistan and what is now Pakistan. In those days, before motor vehicles, camels were the ideal pack animal and were well equipped to cope with the harsh environment of the Australian Outback. Continue reading “Voyagers – A Tribute to Australia’s Cameleers”

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Narrabundah – The Little Hawk

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I actually called into the Narrabundah Shops (Narrabundah is a relatively close suburb to the city centre though somewhat off the tourist map) to have breakfast at a nice looking café I had spotted a little time before. It was closed. In fact everything was closed apart from an IGA store (supermarket) and the place was pretty much deserted, as well as looking rather decrepit (that is apart from the café and a couple of restaurants which I have not frequented). Granted, it was 8am on a Sunday morning – though that doesn’t account for the decrepit look! Continue reading “Narrabundah – The Little Hawk”

Luna Park – Just for Fun and Art

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If you only go to Sydney’s Luna Park to have your photo taken in front of the funfair’s iconic clown face (based on Old King Cole) entrance then it’s worth the trip.

Luna Park is modeled, in art deco style (look at the towers by the entrance), on similar parks in Melbourne and Adelaide (the latter of which closed as Sydney was opening) and on the world’s first Luna Park which opened on Coney Island, New York in 1903. Continue reading “Luna Park – Just for Fun and Art”

Mansudae Art Studio

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The output of this art studio can be seen everywhere in North Korea.

Every statue of the leaders, every painting/image (as opposed to photograph) of the Leaders right down to the lapel pins worn by every citizen and all the great monuments such as the Monument to the Foundation of the Korean Workers Party were designed and, in the main, produced here. In addition to this, the studio has very active painting and pottery sections (among its thirteen sections). The studio’s most recognisable piece of work is the Mansudae Grand Monument in the city centre. Continue reading “Mansudae Art Studio”