Popping in to Hearst Castle

Popping in to Hearst Castle

      Halfway down the Pacific coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles is an extraordinary monument to a remarkable man. Hearst Castle was built by William Randolph Hearst, a newspaper magnate in the 1920s and 30s, in the days when newspapers were...
Kawah Ijen: Beauty in a Hellish Place

Kawah Ijen: Beauty in a Hellish Place

      Antok has a hernia. He has dropped his basket of sulphur and sits against a rock on the mountain path. “Obat, obat – medicine, medicine,” he calls as he clutches his stomach in obvious agony. We have nothing but cameras, passports and...
Rare Maps Reveal Early Australia

Rare Maps Reveal Early Australia

    An exciting collection of rare historic maps, newly on display in Sydney, are a vivid reminder of how Western Australia literally got onto the map. Antique map dealer Louis Kissajukian has spent the past three years assembling the collection, entitled...
A Margaret River Cottage of Your Own

A Margaret River Cottage of Your Own

    There’s a  plump old sheep standing under a fig tree, chewing and gawking at us as we drive into the property housing Margaret River Holiday Cottages. “Kids love that sheep. It’s the third old one to take command of that coveted spot under the fig,”...
Remembering the Fallen at Ypres

Remembering the Fallen at Ypres

    On Passing the new Menin Gate   Who will remember, passing through this Gate,   The unheroic Dead who fed the guns?   Who shall absolve the foulness of their fate, –   Those doomed, conscripted, unvictorious ones?   Crudely renewed, the Salient...
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