Tropical Romance: Biological engravings of the Victorian era

15 12 2014

John Gould’s Birds of Papua New Guinea


World wide weird

17 11 2014

The Brazilian city of Belem, on the banks of the Amazon, is best known for its colourful riverside market of rainforest herbs and strange, monstrous fish, almost constant rain and more recently, a vibrant music scene that has spawned the likes of Jaloo and Gaby Amarantos. It was also here, in my early twenties, that I experienced one of the more exotic episodes in my travels, waiting out in a decaying nineteenth century brothel for an emergency credit card – my lifeline to the outside world – to arrive. Yet this week it has been in the news for a string of “whats app” murders, preceded by a mysterious text message telling people to stay off the streets..

The residents of outer-suburban Paris were terrorised by a tiger this week, sighted (and photographed, indistinctly, of course) outside a local supermarket. Despite a massive military manhunt the beast has still not been found, although after several days and some track mark analysis, the threat was downgraded to “Eurasian lynx”.

And finally, a sinkhole opened today on a busy pavement in Hong Kong’s own Causeway Bay, swallowing a passing pedestrian, who was later rescued by an ambulance. A friend told me something similar had happened in Beijing once, but there the unfortunate victim had been boiled alive by leaking hot water pipes.

Fabulous beasts

17 11 2014

1 11 2014

Japanese weird…

9 10 2014

Beautiful foreigner walking polar bear in Shibuya

Cai Guo-Qiang’s Animal instinct

1 09 2014

A few years ago I was amazed to see (online) artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s 99 flying wolves for the piece “Head On”.

Last year he returned with another stunning installation in – of all places, Brisbane. “Falling Back to Earth” – a surreal lagoon surrounded by 99 animals drinking, was staged as part of the city’s impressive Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (an event which Monocle magazine claimed had landed the city for the first time on the world cultural calendar).

Certainly, this piece is impressive.

Bugging out

28 06 2014


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