Amazing Vintage Star Wars Art

Ralph McQuarrie (1929-2012) was an American conceptual designer and illustrator. He had a keen sense of aesthetics and imagination that set him apart from other illustrators. So he was a natural choice for George Lucas, who looked to him for inspiration for the Star Wars trilogy. McQuarrie was responsible for designing many of the film’sContinue reading “Amazing Vintage Star Wars Art”

The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand

Introducing the Sky Bastard who terrified the shit out of my Maori ancestors in New Zealand… Common Name: Haast’s Eagle Scientific Name: Harpagornis moorei (Discovered and named by Julius von Haast in the 1870s) Traditional Name: Te Pouakai or Te Hokioi (Meaning the ‘Old Glutton’ in Maori) My Name for him: Sky Bastard (Why? Because he wasContinue reading “The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand”

Australia and New Zealand’s Coolest Gardens

Here in the southern hemisphere, we have a spectacular variety of ecological conditions, mammals and birds. From tropical and sweaty to arid and tinder dry. From swampy and sea level to sky-skimming and alpine. Aussie and Kiwi gardens are just blooming wonderful at any time of year. Here’s some award-winning and well-loved private gardens inContinue reading “Australia and New Zealand’s Coolest Gardens”

Historic Jukebox: Jamie XX & Edgar Allan Poe

Be transported into a different reality. With these floating, untethered words and music that I’ve curated or stumbled upon accidentally. In any case they are evocative and inspire deep escapism and magical voyages into the history of the world. Enjoy! There will be more Historic Jukebox to come! Instructions 1. Play Video. 2. Read Text.Continue reading “Historic Jukebox: Jamie XX & Edgar Allan Poe”

Stunningly Beautiful Meteorite Section Looks Like An Email From Space

This striking and odd meteorite section looks like an email from space or a painting sent to earth by an alien race. For those who are curious (all of you!) these mystical, geometric markings are formed by post-atmospheric cooling. Although these striations and patterns are made by nature, they are reminiscent of a flyer forContinue reading “Stunningly Beautiful Meteorite Section Looks Like An Email From Space”

Five Creepy Islands in Sydney Harbour

Sydney has some nefarious and idiosyncratic history. Nowadays it’s presented with a shiny, modern patina of progress. Although little more than a century ago the story was less chirpy and cheerful and more like a bad episode of Survivor. 1. Cockatoo Island This island has a somewhat grim intriguing history, matched by its demeanor –Continue reading “Five Creepy Islands in Sydney Harbour”

New Zealand: An Ode To Young Volcanic Countries

Do you think that volcanic places make the most beautiful and dramatic destinations? I believe they do. Volcanic places are the crossroads of the earth’s crust! Where the techtonic plates of the earth combine and form mountains, volcanic activity, thermal lakes and more. Think of Iceland and New Zealand, two of the most remote andContinue reading “New Zealand: An Ode To Young Volcanic Countries”

Unseen Art from Australia’s First Fleet

This gorgeous selection of detailed drawings will be shown at the State Library of New South Wales’ TAL & Dai-ichi Life Derby Collection. The drawings come from the private collection of Australian art collector Kerry Stokes, among other collectors. Some of these treasures haven’t ever been seen before by the public! Anybody with an interestContinue reading “Unseen Art from Australia’s First Fleet”

Book Review: Madame Verona Comes Down The Hill

By Dimitri Verhulst Translated from Dutch by David Colmer Portobello Books 2010. Enduring love in a remote Flanders village is given a quirky twist, in this novella by Dimitri Verhulst. Translated from Dutch by David Colmer, it doesn’t lose any of its magic or immediacy in English. The story opens with the beautiful and forlornContinue reading “Book Review: Madame Verona Comes Down The Hill”

Book Review: The Red House by Mark Haddon

The Red House by Mark Haddon is a domestic drama that gets right under the skin of family life. The idea of ‘family’ takes on an intimate, shockingly beautiful and grotesque patina in this book. The story centres around a brother and sister and their respective families, who take a seemingly innocuous trip to stayContinue reading “Book Review: The Red House by Mark Haddon”