A Mermaid by John William Waterhouse

The story of a mysterious mermaid in Milford Haven 1795 A.D.

The 18th century was a time of British exploration, rapidly growing technology and restless souls wanting to travel. Many people from the well-to-do class including a woman called Mrs. Morgan wrote of her adventures and then had it all conveniently bundled, printed and distributed as Mrs. Morgan's Tour of Milford Haven, published in 1795 and then…

An operatic journey through our solar system at the speed of light

Join me for an operatic journey at the speed of light

If you're like me and tend to gaze up at the night sky and wonder about life and the meaning of it all then you can't help but be swept up in the events of the past few weeks. NASA estimates that 1 billion earth-like planets in our galaxy alone NASA New Horizons Crew find…

Lapland Over Four Splendid Seasons

Lapland Over Four Splendid Seasons

Lapland straddles the northern-most regions within Sweden and Finland. Yet this place is more than merely the legendary hideout of Santa, it sparkles all year round with serene natural beauty. Whatever the reason and whatever the season, you should go there. Spring The spring in Lapland is brief and boisterous, with many creatures all clamouring to…

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

A solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring phenomenon that visits earth only once every couple of years or even decades. Ever since ancient times, humans have been fascinated, fearful and reverent of eclipses. Myth and the Solar Eclipse Ancient Greeks, Mesopotamians and Egyptians were the first to record solar eclipses. In 585 BC, Herodotus wrote 'Day…

The Bridge in Wynyard Quarter in Auckland CBD. Looks lovely during the night and the day time too

A Full Moon in Scorpio: Culinary Adventures and Moonlit Walks Around Auckland Harbour

The Boy and I went to one of our favourite haunts in Auckland, the endearingly named Miss Clawdys. A southern American style tapas joint nestled within a group of vibrant dockside restaurants and bars in Auckland CBD. After the meal we basked in the wavering neon lights and the large full moon (in Scorpio) that…

Rediscovering the World's Fair in 1939, New York

The World of Tomorrow – Yesterday: The World’s Fair in 1939, New York

This  bright bold fold-out map from the World's Fair in 1939 along with postcards, pictures and a documentary speak volumes about a new optimism following the bleakness of the Depression and a blind faith in technology and all of the hopes and possibilities of the future. Click image to see larger detailed version. Watch an…

Welcome To The End Of The World - And It's Amazing

Travel: Welcome To The End Of The World – And It’s Amazing

Welcome to Slope Point. This is no man's land - southernmost tip on New Zealand's South Island. Basically what happens is that air circulating from Antarctica bursts forth towards these shores and create ongoing turbulence that's so violent that trees are warped and gnarled in perpetuity, and envelop the landscape in twisted, morphed shapes. This is…

The Paris Metro After Dusk

The Paris Metro After Dusk

The Paris Metro is a beautiful work of art that has been depicted in many films and photographs over the years. Although many daily commuters would argue that it's a stinking cesspit instead! It looks a lot more attractive than many other subways across the world and I enjoyed travelling on it when I was…

The Post-Apocalyptic Underground Lunchroom

The Post-Apocalyptic Underground Lunchroom

One of the more quirky destinations in New Mexico is Carlsbad Caverns. Located 228 metres below the surface is a diner/lunchroom that is frozen in the middle of the 20th century. The eatery sells cold cuts and food stuffs that don't require cooking (as they don't have cooking facilities), along with souvenirs. Over the ensuing…

Life in a Doughnut-Shaped World: NASA Artwork From the 70’s

In the 1970's NASA and Stanford University held three space colony studies. Attendants of the course produced artistic renderings that showed what could theoretically be possible in a future inter-planetary world. This doughnut-shaped world was a pristine, insular and remarkably beautiful space sanctuary called the Stanford Torus. Click on the images below to magnify and view…

Book Review and Giveaway: In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut

Book Review and Giveaway: In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut

(Contains no spoilers) In a Strange Room is by well known South African writer Damon Galgut. This is the story of global travel and directionless transience. Of a man desperate for meaning and yet terminally lacking in hope. Part memoir, part fiction, it's unlike any other travel book you've ever read, because it evokes a…

The Legacy of Robert Burns in Scotland

The Culinary and Poetic Legacy of Robert Burns in Scotland

Robert Burns is a cult figure amongst Scottish people for his celebrated poetry and folk songs from the 18th Century. He used to write in the Scots language and also English with Scots dialect. Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns has travelled far beyond Scotland, to become a universal song for New Year's Eve. Every…

Inter-Planetary Topography and Splashes of Colour

Map Porn Part 1: Inter-Planetary Topography

Have you ever pondered about the topography of the moon's surface? Well I have. My brain works in weird and wacky ways. So naturally before we expose what the moon's surface actually looks like, you need to see what the moon would look if you were on acid. courtesy of The Mighty Boosh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4qxQRKAI2o Previously,…

The Secret Back Door to the Entire World

The Secret Back Door to the Entire World

This is just perfect for armchair travelers and people with incurable wanderlust. Take a step through this virtual door and be transported to some of the most curious, random and exotic locations in the world, all courtesy of Google Maps/ Google Earth. What a clever idea by this British door replacement company. Surely the marketing…

Top Seven Weirdest Places In the World to Swim

Travel: The Seven Weirdest Places In the World to Swim

Some of the most startlingly beautiful places in the world have yet to be explored. If you're looking to have an off-beat swimming experience that you will never forget, here are seven great ideas that will set your imagination alight. 1. Starkenberger Beer Resort This Austrian beer resort offers everything for the beer-lover and more.…

Future Moto Retro: Imaginary Auckland

There's a strange nostalgia that happens when we view the future through a wonky, circus mirror of the past. This is where romanticism and nostalgia explode into a glitter bomb of exciting possibility. Welcome to Auckland in the year 2000, as imagined in 1956 by iconic New Zealand ad designer Bernard Roundhill. Roundhill loved the possibilities…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 3

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 3

As promised, here are more amazing creatures both big and small who call Sydney Harbour home. Although if you are planning on a snorkelling or diving expedition, be aware that most of these creatures will be elusive, shy and unwilling to interact with you. Seahorse Seahorses are gorgeous, mystical and delicate creatures. They have captivated…

Welcome to Melbourne's Rapidly Vanishing World

Welcome to Melbourne’s Rapidly Vanishing World

In just about any city, formerly unfashionable places undergo rapid revamps. Suddenly overnight, these shabby, overlooked places become cool. It's a fickle and inevitable transformation. A sublimination and muting of tastes into the oblivion of current fashion. This is the case in Melbourne's western suburbs: Altona, Seddon, Footscray, Yarraville, Sunshine and Newport. Every city with…

Why Airline Food Is Better Than Normal Food

Why Airline Food Is Better Than Normal Food

These dainty, foil covered goodies are placed lovingly in our laps, as we rocket across the sky in seemingly impossible gravity-defying metal capsules. They are placed by the busy octopus-like arms of air hostesses, as we hover over the Nile Delta or Vladivostok at 4 am. The 'haves' in first and business class get Mozart…

Five Creepy Islands in Sydney Harbour http://wp.me/p41CQf-97

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 –…

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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 and…