29 March 2015

WHEN MOTELS WERE KING # 1

I've been posting a few shots of vintage Americana motel signs of late over on my Instagram feed. I snapped these shots during our 2012 road trip along Route 66.  Think I'll share them here too, Some I may have posted before, most I wouldn't have, more soon.

Pow Wow Trading Post
The Pow Wow Trading Post, Flagstaff, Arizona
Roadrunners Retreat Restaurant
All that remains of the Roadrunners Retreat Restaurant in the Mojave Desert near Amboy, California.
Sun and Sand Motel
Sun and Sand Motel. Santa Rosa, New Mexico
Westward Ho Motel
Westward Ho Motel. Alamosa, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
Roy's Motel Cafe
Roy's Motel Cafe, Amboy, California

28 March 2015

STREET ART OF KATHMANDU

A friend just shared a link to some awesome street art found in Kathmandu, Nepal. The BBC Richer World team visited recently and noticing how good the graffiti was they created this album. Some examples below, click the link for the rest (Artists unknown unless stated)...

Artist: Daas
Artist: Deadline

25 March 2015

OLD PERTH # 28

Beaufort St

It might be the hay fever that's causing me not to be able to study, which in turn is making me feel glum, which leads to homesickness, which makes me do this blog post in an attempt to cure that, which fails and makes me more homesick. BUT, you get these cool vintage photos of Beaufort St as it cut it's way through my old village, Mount Lawley/Highgate/Inglewood as a result...


Beaufort St, this is what the Planet Video Store and Planet Book store once looked like, now a Mexican take away
Queens Hotel (pre beer garden). Oh so many beverages have been consumed here over the years
The Astor Theatre, thankfully this still looks very much the same
I'd mention what these shops are used for now except they change hands so often, but you should recognise them, opposite  the Beaufort St Merchant
Once the R&I Bank, now a Dome Cafe
One of my fav haunts in the 80's, it now has an extension on the front and has been empty for years (last used as The Pony Club)
That bend in the road, Beaufort St Inglewood, complete with Trams

To see the rest of the Old Perth series (and you know you want to) just click here

21 March 2015

LOW RIDER

Low low rider.
I drive past this car a lot, I finally snapped a picture of it. I should get the make and model too... next time.

chopped

18 March 2015

OLD PALESTINE

I found these very cool old photos of Palestine while trawling the National Gallery of Victoria's archives a while back.

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus Christ, built by Constantine the Great, Palestine
Rachel’s tomb, Palestine
Tiberias, Temple Place, Palestine
Tomb of the Virgin Mary, Jerusalem

THE HOOD # 306

Time lapse  - Cax One



A cool time lapse by Cax One, regular viewers will be familiar with his stuff, if not click here...





16 March 2015

OKAY THAT'S ME MASSIVELY HOMESICK RIGHT NOW

My home town of Perth, Western Australia, captured in a visual love letter by Steven McNeilage


This has made me feel equal amounts of happy and glum, so very good.

14 March 2015

HOBBITON USA

Hobbiton USA, clearly 25 years before it's time. If only they'd waited for Peter Jackson to do his thing...

Rivendell, not as picturesque as I imagined it
Frodo, half rabbitt, half manchild
The precious?
It's okay New Zealand, you've nothing to worry about

11 March 2015

I PRESENT THE CORD AUTOMOBILE

I'll be honest, before yesterday I had never heard of these cars. I got a solid lesson in them from a man on crutches when I spotted these all lined up near Sovereign Hill. Beautiful car, you can read about them here.

More Cords
Chocolate
Sky Blue
Silver
Cord
The Cord
1929 Cord
Westchester
Guard

09 March 2015

ALL THAT LEGO IN MY EARLY YEARS COULD HAVE PAID OFF

I have a confession to make, when I was young I did a whole lot of LEGO. I mean a lot, I'm not proud of it, but it was a confusing time in my life. We had access to all kinds of stuff, Meccano, KerPlunk, Old Maid, you name it we had it. It often got in the way of real life, but as I grew older I overcame these habits and cleaned myself up. This is now a regret, because this weekend I got to speak with a guy who's making a living out of LEGO. He's not dealing in the stuff he's just doing this...

Begonia
400 man hours and 100,000 pieces of lego to make this giant Bergonia Flower
Lady Bug
Lego Flower
Frog
Frog in the fountain
Behind

If only I hadn't listened to those goodie two shoe adults and stayed on the LEGO. I was building some most awesome rectangular houses back in the day. Imagine what I could be doing with that skill set now. Thanks a lot everyone!