Mythical Australia

Mythical Australia

The nicest thing about the mythical Australia, the one that appears in the poems of Banjo Paterson, is that it really exists – perhaps not as simplistic as a light reading of the poems might suggest, but it’s there and it’s real, and if you go out...
The London Stone, Cannon Street

The London Stone, Cannon Street

The London Stone is an ancient chunk of oolitic limestone to which the city’s fortunes are said to be tied; if the stone is removed the city will fall – or so legend has it. ┬áConsidering its importance it doesn’t enjoy a very glamorous position...
Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Carved boar guards the entrance to Osborne House, the Italianate palace on the Isle of Wight that served as Queen Victoria’s summer retreat and favourite home for nearly fifty...
Sunrise, Adelaide Hills

Sunrise, Adelaide Hills

The dawn’s first rays touch the tops of the gum trees in the Adelaide Hills, at the start of another hot summer day in South Australia. ┬áThe stone wall was built by European settlers in the late 19th...
Twilight over London

Twilight over London

A winter’s day comes to an end in London. The old Victorian street lamps along the promenade have not yet flickered on, but the birds are settling into the branches of the trees, the Thames is shimmering silver, and in the distance the dome of St Paul’s...