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  • Opera Australia performs Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle
    on Nov 28, 2016 in - Australia Music
    [First published on The Plus Ones] Strap in for an epic opera experience. Opera Australia’s momentous production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle is a sequence of four works, each one a marvel of music, performance, direction, and artistic design. It...
  • The legend of Sleeping Beauty in the Gardens of Fitzroy
    on Jul 26, 2016 in - Australia Magical Latitudes
    Once upon a time in the Gardens of Fitzroy, the dainty princess Sleeping Beauty slumbered with the possums in the long grass. He had fallen into a deep sleep after biting an apple, which was poisoned with ethanol and amphetamines.Thankfully, his loy...
  • See penguins in St Kilda for FREE
    on Jun 17, 2016 in - Australia Animals
    Every night, a bunch of cute Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor) swim into the harbour at St Kilda, Melbourne. If you go to St Kilda Pier at sunset you can see them swim and waddle to their nests among the rocks of the breakwater.You can see them in...
  • Cocks, cops and communists in China
    on Apr 25, 2016 in - China
    I recently went to China for a writing residency. The time was split between Yangshuo and Guangzhou, both in the south-east of the country. Here are a few photos and observations from the trip.Yangshuo is a super popular destination among the Chinese...
  • How to survive White Night in Melbourne Every year a bunch of cities around the whole hold an all-night arts festival, called White Night. The festival first started in Saint Petersburg, Russia.Here, it's a "journey of discovery through the heart of Melbourne with music, food, film,...
  • The Crazy Birds of Iguazu Falls
    on Feb 2, 2016 in - Argentina Animals
    There are many species of birds living around the Iguazu Falls, but when you're on the Argentinian side, standing in "La Garganta del Diablo" lookout ("the Devil's Throat"), you'll see hundreds of little dark-coloured birds flying in and out of the m...
  • Lebanon's religiously inclusive Santa ClausChristmas is a state holiday in Lebanon. Lebanese people celebrate Christmas on 25 December, except the Armenian Lebanese, who celebrate it on the Epiphany on January 6 – which is also an official holiday in Lebanon.There hasn't been an official...
  • ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ by Opera Australia
    on Dec 9, 2015 in - Australia Music
    [First published on The Plus Ones] Opera Australia’s production of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ is magnificent, visually stunning, and a glorious treat for your ears.The brilliance of Mozart’s music is matched by superb singing and acting fr...
  • Bathe in sewage for salvation
    on Oct 30, 2015 in - India Cultural differences
    The famous Hindu city of Varanasi is situated on the murky banks of the Ganges. Hindus believe bathing in the river causes the forgiveness of sins and helps attain salvation.[Below] Bodies are ceremonially cremated on the banks and swept into the...
  • Melbourne Opera’s production of ‘Mary Stuart’
    on Sep 16, 2015 in - Australia Music
    [First published on The Plus Ones]Photo courtesy Robin HallMelbourne Opera’s production of Gaetano Donizetti’s historical drama ‘Mary Stuart’ (Maria Stuarda) offers a brilliant opportunity for people of any age or background to whet their ope...
  • Beautiful Architecture in Paris
    on Aug 31, 2015 in - France Architecture
    One of the big reasons I love Paris is the architecture. Even buildings along ordinary streets evoke a grand sense of history and culture.Copyright © 2005-2012 The Life Less Travelled Blog. All Rights Reserved...
  • 7 reasons to submit your writing
    on Aug 10, 2015 in Writing
    [First published on]Is your head full of story ideas? Write them down and submit them. [Photo: Drew Coffman/Flickr]I never used to submit my writing anywhere. I used to keep it all in a drawer, hidden from the world like a t...
  • Fried Food Vending MachinesFEBO is a chain of "automatic" fast-food restaurants in the Netherlands. Customers buy hot food from the vending machines, which are constantly re-stocked from a kitchen.Commonly sold items include croquettes, frikandellen (mince-meat hotdogs), hambu...
  • New study shows gay marriage causes global warming
    on Jul 9, 2015 in #auspol - Australia news
    A new study published in the American Journal of Climate Science concludes that same-sex marriage will contribute significantly to global warming. These findings come after a recent Supreme Court decision legalised same-sex marriage in the United Sta...
  • David is the giant, not Goliath.
    on Jun 16, 2015 in - Italy
    I had never thought Michelangelo's David would be so big. The figure alone is 4.34 metres tall (14'2"). Look how small the people are directly in front of the statue (above).Michelangelo was commissioned for it when he was only 26, and he worked on i...
  • David was the giant, not Goliath
    on Jun 16, 2015 in - Italy
    I had never thought Michelangelo's David would be so big. The figure alone is 4.34 metres tall (14'2"). Look how small the people are directly in front of the statue (above).Michelangelo was commissioned for it when he was only 26, and he worked on i...
  • ‘Don Carlos’ at Opera Australia
    on May 30, 2015 in - Australia Music
     [First published on The Plus Ones.]Photo courtesy Jeff BusbyLike any good performance, an opera will transport you to another place. The scene, setting, costumes and music should hold and absorb you in a fantasy. Opera Australia’s producti...
  • ‘Don Giovanni’ at Opera Australia
    on May 21, 2015 in Melbourne Music
    [First published on The Plus Ones.]Photo courtesy Jeff BusbyIf you’ve never been to the opera before, Opera Australia’s production of ‘Don Giovanni’ is a cracker to satiate your curiosity. Mozart’s two-act opera is based on the legend of Do...
  • What Armenians cannot forget, they are loathe to remember
    on May 7, 2015 in - Armenia Current events
    Anzac Day was a bitter day for Armenians. While Australia was commemorating the brave efforts of those who served in World War I, Armenians were coming to terms with a century of Turkey’s genocide denial.On the night of 24 April 1915, Ottoman Int...
  • Kathmandu's Dunbar Square before the earthquake
    on Apr 28, 2015 in - Nepal Oh Poo [exclamation mark]
    In light of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, here are a few images I took of Dunbar Square when I visited in 2005. These photos show parts of Hanuman Dhoka, the complex structures of the Royal Palace, which spreads over five acres.Several of th...