History Archive

Oct
12
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Joestu tetrapods

The Dogs and Demons of Joetsu

The small coastal city of Joetsu on Japan’s north coast highlights some of the problems facing modern Japan.

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Oct
12
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The tiny photo booth built into the wall of the Cliffside Plank path on the south peak of Mt Huashan.  Below is a thousand meter drop.

Mt Huashan, China

Huashan is a mountain located  about 120 kilometres east of Xi’an- China’s old capital.  It’s home to some very dicey walking tracks, a really spectacular set of cable cars, a tea house perched on a cliff face and a photo studio with some genuine occupational health and safety issues.

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Sep
22
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Waves on the coastline near Gansbaai

Western Cape, South Africa

On South Africa’s western cape we visited the coastal towns of Kalkbaai, Hermanus and Gaansbai.

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Sep
12
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Workers outside a department store in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Chengdu & Sichuan province, China

The entry point for my brief tour of China was the southern Province of Sichuan-famed for its incredibly spicy food and baffling theatrical performances.  I flew into the capital Chengdu at the start of October and explored the city between bouts of rain before venturing out into the nearby mountains.

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Sep
12
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Customers browsing the stalls for fresh seafood at the Tsukiji fish market.

Tsukiji fish market

One out of every five fish caught on planet earth is sold at Tsukiji fish market.  Every day more than 2000 tons of fish pass through the market in Tokyo’s Chūō district.

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Sep
06
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Skytree is hundreds of meters higher than any other building in metro Tokyo. the contrast is especially apparent in Sumida which is made up of mostly low-rise apartments.  The tower has an immense presence at ground level that's hard to convey in photographs.

Tokyo’s Indestructible Skytree

2015 led me back to Tokyo. This time I spent most of my time in the district of Sumida in Tokyo’s Northeast.
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Jul
02
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The Nagakin Capsule Tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa

Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo

The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo is a run-down testament to the ambition of some of Japan’s most celebrated post-war architects.

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Jul
02
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Robert Bösch

Robert Bösch – Mammut 150th Anniversery

Dozens of climbers with red lights mark out the Hörnli ridge route to the top of the Matterhorn to pay tribute to explorer Edward Whymper and his team, which ascended it for the first time 150 years ago.

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Aug
29
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Pergamon altar frieze

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Some images of Berlin’s controversial museum of near-eastern antiquities including the massive Pergamon Altar.

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Aug
22
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Olympiastadion

Olympiastadion, Berlin

Photos taken at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium- site of the infamous Nazi games of 1936.

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Aug
20
0
Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Memorials of Berlin

No other place is so heavily freighted with history than the city of Berlin.

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Jul
06
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Instrument boxes in Notre Dame.

Parisian Relics

Images taken inside Notre Dame and the Cathedral of Saint Sulpice in Paris.

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Jun
07
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Gaur Diorama in the American Museum of natural History

American Museum of Natural History, NYC

Some images taken of the collection at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Jun
02
0
Demonstrations and civil unrest in Turkey began on 28 May 2013 in response to government plans to remove Gezi Park in Istanbul.  The violent response by authorities to the initial protest prompted greater crowds in the following days.  It's estimated that three and a half million people took part in demonstrations in a number of cities across Turkey.

One protestor holds a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk- seen as the founder of modern Turkey and a much more secular ruler than the current President Recep Erdoğan.

Civil unrest, Part II

The previous set of photos was taken on Istiklal avenue approaching Taksim Square.

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May
31
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A visitor looks out over Manhattan from the observation deck of 30 Rockefeller Center

Top of the Rock

The view from the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

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May
22
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Hallway inside St. Agnes high school in Detroit.  Ice and debris cover the floor.

St Agnes Church, Detroit

It’s hard to know how people feel about tourists climbing around in the ruins of their neighbourhood.

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Apr
26
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Teck Cominco Zinc Smelter

Some photos from our guided tour of the Teck Smelter in Trail, BC.

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Nov
12
0
The central cemetery in Dili- site of the Santa Cruz massacre in 1991 in which Indonesian troops killed more than 250 people gathered to mourn the death of Sebastião Gomes a young supporter of an independant Timor.

Visiting the Graves

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre.

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