Monday, June 21, 2010


Hubcaps may hide the car's nuts, but their real attraction is the reflections - ask any dog.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer Hill

The Trophy comes to terms with the Inner West . . .

Here's hoping they don't pull the old silos down, as the flour silos and rail tracks add to the character of the suburb, but real estate development being the whore that it is . . .

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Buddhas of Haw Phra Kaew

Haw Phra Kaew is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha of Vientiane (formerly the royal temple of the Lao monarchy) and is located just across Setthathirat Road from Wat Si Saket. Although no longer a place of worship, Haw Phra Kaew museum contains a gilded throne, bronze frog drums, palm-leaf manuscripts and protects some of the most treasured Buddhist sculptures in Laos . . .

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Lao Chaw Fa

Chaw Fa relates to the umbrellas adorning Lao temple roofs - seated above the 'Chapel' - and vary according to their religious merit. Their design can range from one layer, up to 17 layers - one being for the common people and 17 denoting royal patronage. Although particularly Laotian, they may also appear on Northern Thai temples due probably to the Lanna (or Lannathai) Kingdom - once the power base of the whole of Northern Thailand and parts of present day Burma and Laos.