Travel

05.10.11 | Day 2 - Pyrenees (Tourmalet)

Today has been a very hard slog, the weather has been hot so that has made the cycling very tiring. I took a wrong turn after completing the Col du Tourmalet and that meant I had to cycle a further 60 kms - half of it up hill, and spent almost 12 hours (200 kms) on the bike that day....

18.07.09 | Adelaide Antics

I went to Adelaide over Friday and Saturday, ostensibly to go the opening of the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize for which I was shortlisted. Alas, no cigar for me on that front but still proud as punch for getting shortlisted (the other finalists in my category can be found here)....

05.03.09 | Pig City > Brisvegas > ????

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Managed to get back to the old hometown last week. It was both a nostalgic and cathartic experience. The fond memories were all about political activism and the vibrant music scene that developed as a counter to the pseudo police state that existed when I was living there (anyone...

23.06.07 | Beijing

I've just come back from a work-related flying visit to Beijing. My overall impression of the city is of underwhelment and uninspiring - and that's being charitable. I had expected to find more heart and soul - instead it was drab and grey, incessant modernisation at work. There was...

05.12.05 | Sayonara Tokyo

I'm posting this from back home in Canberra, but this summarises my last day in Tokyo. Like most last days it involved some furious last minute sightseeing and shopping. I thought I'd head to the Harajuku area after packing first thing in the morning.

I thought I'd walk around a bit in...

04.12.05 | Shake, rattle and roll

The bi-laterals concluded today was obstensibly a study trip. We beagn by going to the "Tokyo Midtown" project at Roppongi. Along the way I had the opportunity of getting a reasonable photo of one the gazillion skyscrapers here.

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The Midtown project is a $4 billion commercial,...

02.12.05 | Roppongi

Had a "pre-coordination" meeting (welcome to the world of diplomatic speak) on Wednesday that lasted half a day, prior to the "bi-laterals" on Thursday which will be a full day. The Japanese are hosting us in one of their major Government conference rooms (next to the Australian embassy...

01.12.05 | From Tuna to Ginza and Beyond

After leaving the fishmarket it was time to walk to Ginza, everyone seems to catch the train here and most guide books recommend it as well, but Tokyo is a great walking city if you're reasonably fit (I just squeeze into that category....just). All you need is a decent map and you get to...

30.11.05 | Tsukiji Tuna

This post will be in two parts, this was really a "free" day and I have a lot to cover. This is all about tuna and fish and the Tsukiji fishmarket - the largest fishmarket in the world - and it was FASCINATING!

It all began at the crack of dawn, took a taxi from the hotel, and 5 minutes...

28.11.05 | Samurai, Swords and Sashimi

The Japanese sensibility and spiritualism extends to their gardens. What I didn't know is how well cared for and little havens these are. They can be found even on the roof of apartment buildings - as this one was directly across the road from my hotel room.

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A little further along and...

27.11.05 | Forget Tokyo Joe - It’s Detlef san at the Cup

My first day in Tokyo after the flight from Sydney. I got in at 6:00AM and had a troubled sleep, I can't sleep on planes at the best of times but it was hindered by having to fly through a few storms.

Nothing left to do but get to the hotel, have a freshen up and head off to the track to...