16 July 2014 – Today I spend the full day in Koya-san, Japan. It becomes the midpoint of my trip, where they inner change I’ve come here to execute crystalises. Continue reading Full day in Koya-san (Japan 2014 Day 7)
The year so far for me has been an eclectic mix of sights, sounds, words and wonderful people – it’s hard to believe we’re already 25 per cent into 2014!
March has been dominated by capturing how things look and feel rather than creating portraits in the imagination with words. Continue reading March 2014 – What it looks like
From the end of December 2013 to the beginning of January 2014 I took a two week road trip. I set out north from Sydney, overnighting in Forster with some friends before continuing on to Pottsville, where I put my feet up, read some books, and relaxed my way into the new year.
For years I’ve had a wall hanging in my home, a present from my mother years ago, with the Chinese symbol for peace at the top and bottom framing a quote from the Dalai Lama – my religion is very simple, my religion is kindness.
On Tuesday morning I shook the Dalai Lama’s hand. It was unexpected.
The opportunity came up because I had been asked to take some photographs by Greens NSW MP John Kaye, who was hosting His Holiness at an event in the NSW Parliamentary Theatrette – the Dalai Lama in conversation with the ABC’s Andrew West, presented by Stuart Rees and the Sydney Peace Foundation.
I spent New Years Eve this year with some of my oldest friends having a picnic on the grounds of Vaucluse House in Vaucluse, which afforded a fantastic view of Sydney Harbour and the fireworks.
When I was at Macquarie University, it wasn’t uncommon for guys to remark ‘There’s a women’s room, where’s the men’s room?’ (The clever answer was ‘the bar’) and you might ask a similar question about International Women’s Day, which is this coming Sunday. Coming from a family with extremely strong women, who haven’t always had it easy, I think a ‘global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future’ is a pretty good idea. You don’t have to look too far to find celebrations of the achievements of men, do you?
Tonight I went to Prince Alfred Park, in Parramatta, for some Lunar New Year celebrations. I was a bit disappointed. The festivities had been advertised as a ‘Twilight Noodle Market‘, in reality it was just a regular market, complete with Carnies, and only one noodle stall out of about a dozen food outlets. I had a chorizo hot dog. It was good.