Adrift in Hong Kong

May 25, 2011
Floating figures by Fang Lijun

In Hong Kong the only way is up. One tower block after another in neat rows, all the way from the outskirts of the city to the centre; gigantic skyscrapers protruding from the skyline. More

Blog Numero Uno

May 18, 2011
John McDonald Blog Post image

To blog or not to blog? That is the question. Up until recently I would have answered: No way. But with each day, as newsprint becomes more and more obsolete, it seems that the virtual world is becoming a more reliable platform than the real one. My prejudices against this form of communication were probably … More

Elvis in Parkes

January 9, 2008

Imagine a sleepy country town of twelve thousand inhabitants transformed for one week every year by an invasion of raucous aliens wearing white bejeweled jump suits and huge wigs. Imagine a town on the edge of the Australian outback where the summer temperature rises regularly past 40 degrees Celsius, causing the tar on the roads … More

Olympic Kitsch

September 17, 2000

It was always going to be a media bonanza, but the orgy of praise heaped on Friday night’s Olympic opening ceremonies exceeded expectations. Whatever fears SOCOG or the IOC might have held for Sydney 2000 were swept away in a tidal wave of adulation, as columnists and talking heads vied with one another to find … More