Poland in the summer is filled with enveloping sunlight, as bright and life affirming as a hug. Vibrant life, bees and flies take a circuitous route through fields of barley, poppies and wheat in the countryside. The air filled with drifting dandelion and pollen. A cacophany of bird song fills the countryside accompanied by a… Read More Celestial ceilings and soaring skies in Poland
Just because I love cartography, here’s a couple of remarkable Scandanavian medieval maps. Note the dominance of several kraken and sea monsters off the Norwegian coast and how each country is barely hanging on by a thread because of these menacing beasts. Here be magic, Vikings and mysterious beasts. Velleius Islandia by Abraham Ortellius (1603)… Read More The Viking Imagination: Medieval Cartography of Scandinavia
In this series of podcasts, Australian writer and broadcaster Richard Fidler and his friend, Icelandic writer Kári Gíslason travel to Iceland to regail us with the stories of the ancient Vikings; tales of blood feuds, dangerous women, fugitives and warrior poets. They also go to the windswept country to discover more about Kari’s own mysterious origins.… Read More Medieval Icelandic Sagas: Tales of Blood Feuds, Dangerous Women and Warriors
Photographer Frank Hurley snaps his whimsical and wise looking Greenland esquimaux dogs named Basilisk and Ginger-bitch during an Antarctic expedition between 1911-1914. Thanks to the State Library of New South Wales. See original.
The Lewis Chessmen were likely to have been made in Trondheim in Norway from walrus ivory. This kind of bone was hard to come across at the time (1150-1200 A.D), as it required hunting during a brief window of time per year in the Arctic Circle, using primitive hunting tools of the time and in… Read More Here be the Viking Hoard: The Mystery of the Lewis Chessmen
Photographer Duane Michals pushes the boundaries of photography with evocative, erotic and sensual images. I’ve written about Polish poet Anna Świrszczyńska before, she also has a similar aesthetic. I think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody’s face in a photograph.… Read More The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michals
We visited Zamość Fortress (Polish: Twierdza Zamość) and town on one of those perfect Polish summer days where the sun and heat pelted down and made everything bright and vivid. Locals and visitors in this far south eastern city of Poland seemed to have a spring in their step on this fine day and everyone… Read More A trip to the Renaissance fortress and city of Zamość on a sunny summer weekend
Courtesy of Karim Nafatni “This was my last flight as a 1st officer. Took this shot to immortalise the amazing moments i had the chance to experience flying on the right hand seat. It was time to move to the hot seat , the captain’s seat ;)” Source: Imgur
In Kyushu, Japan you can step into a quaint, cinematic vision of the English Lake District or Cotswalds region parked right in the centre of mountainous Japan. Although all is not as it seems. This place has a distinctly enchanted Harry Potter and Beatrix Potter vibe that will delight and bewilder you. There’s a petting zoo,… Read More Welcome to the English Countryside – that’s so English it’s Japanese
A composite image of Montmartre and the Milky Way by Faula Thierry Found on Imgur (By Faula Thierry)
Polish food could be considered similar to many other central European traditional dishes. There’s a sprinkling of a German, Czech, Slovakian, Ukrainian and Russian influences here. Although any Pole worthy of his or her passport will patiently explain to you that while there are similarities, Poland are the original creators of some of the most… Read More Polski jedzenie/ Polish food: My om nom nom nominations
Beautiful fungi Schizophyllum commune (aka “split gill”) by Steve Axford. Source: Imgur . [Shitty joke of the day] I wonder if Steve is a Fun Guy who likes fungi?
I had the pleasure of meeting Michel Faber at the Auckland Writers Festival this autumn. He’s a reserved, humble and softly-spoken fellow who was gobbled up by the overly bold interviewer, someone far less important, whose name escapes me. Faber brought with him onto the stage a pair of dainty red women’s shoes and only… Read More Book Review: The Fahrenheit Twins by Michel Faber
Millions goes into marketing New Zealand as the ideal place for an international relocation for migrants. And so thousands of people emigrate here every year from abroad. New Zealand has a lot going for it if you love nature, have a lot of money and can afford to cruise around on a yacht all day.… Read More Let’s talk frankly about New Zealand
The Odra river is the lifeblood and backbone of Wrocław. The river stretches from the Baltic sea and snakes past the borders of Germany and Poland through Wrocław. On the banks of the Odra there are countless beautiful bridges, islands, parks, streets, municipal buildings. As the sun set during one of the longest days of… Read More The mindblowing history of Wrocław told with music and light on the banks of the Odra