Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Highgate cemetery-here be vampires

They say there are vampires at Highgate cemetery.

I wonder....

Some of these graves do look a little disturbed

I suppose that's why some people put guardians on their tombs.

Looking at it case by case....

George Eliot-not a vampire

Karl Marx - vampire hunter? All the bourgeoisie produces is its own grave diggers...( it sounded better when I said by the gravesite..what else do you say by the grave of Marx?)

Douglas Adams would be if he could be... ( the paper pinned by a pen says "so long and thanks for all the fish)

Sidney Nolan ?- vampire?
..I think we have a winner....

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Last day in Paris

What to do on a snowy last day in Paris.....

Catch the metro to the Invalides

Walk to the petit and grand palaces...

Say hello to Winston

And salute the General

Hop the metro to Chatelet

Walk to the Luxembourg Gardens

Walk past The Sorbonne

Visit the museum of the middle ages

Pass by some Roman ruins

Walk through the Latin Quarter...

Cross the Seine

Catch the metro and stroll down the Champs Elysée

And finish where you started

Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower is a spectacular object...that is undeniable...

It's a beautiful metal sculpture of outstanding,awe inspiring wonder..

..and it's big, very big....

It's also the symbol of one of the world's greatest cities...

And the views from it are spectacular

It's also completely useless, a purely decorative object plunked in the middle of a great city.....

Now I happen to live in a city that has another beautiful awe inspiring metal sculpture in it. This object also represents one of the world's greatest cities....

And it's big, very big......and practical.....

Mmm we might have Paris beaten on this one.....

Friday, February 22, 2013

We're a happy lot in Amsterdam...

What a difference a day makes and what an amazing place is Amsterdam. So many sounds, barge horns, bicycle wheels on cobblestones, tram bells and a melange of languages bubbling in the air.....

The smells- the sea, the coffee, the hashish

The visions of ancient buildings leaning precariously against each other trying to stay upright, and the tastes of rich food and salt spiced air- honestly Amsterdam is a sensory wonderland...

Vincent lives here! - no photos please, Vincent is shy...oh the sunflowers are alive - I think they're triffids......

Rembrandt also lives here, he's a bit of an extrovert.

And Anne Frank lived here too...

OK so a very sketchy looking character asked if I was offering a 'massage'. (cough) and I nearly got run over by bicycles but,

I love Amsterdam.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Denis. the headless menance

According to legend, Denis, the Bishop of Paris was persecuted and beheaded. He then picked up his head,walked 6 km and preached a sermon.

So I went to visit his house today.

I confess I am totally rapt in St Denis he is cool !

How could you not love a man that walks around carrying his own head.?. It's macabre, fantastic and totally surreal,but I am a big fan of the headless saint. Oh he's also the patron saint for....headaches....ummm...'s classic Gothic..... So it's fitting that his home is dominated by the crypt.

St Denis'  basilica was the traditional resting place of  French Royalty. Many of the tombs were destroyed during the revolution, but many were fortunately saved.

And what bits they found of Marie Antoinette and her hubby are there too.

It's truly a creepy place and I'm sure it's haunted. 
It was very cold, it felt like a thousand icy fingers were trickling down your back.....

And as for all those Goths in ain't seen Gothic until you've seen St Denis and its headless guardian..

Saturday, January 12, 2013

About Me

I am the owner and operator of HAT- History of Australian Theatre.
HAT has a large database of names of people who were associated with the Australian Theatre between the years 1880-1960. It also has a large number of pictures and articles about Australian Theatre History. HAT is non profit and has been non profit since it started in 2004.

Associated with HAT are the following websites.

The HAT blog

A regularly updated blog about Australian theatre history. It includes short stories, photos, comments about theatre in Australia.

The HAT Flickr project
A regularly updated photostream of postcards and photos from Australian Theatre History.

 Stage Whispers Magazine.

I am the historical features writer for the print and on line version of Stage Whispers Magazine.

HAT ebooks.

I have published several ebooks available through most platforms.