Travel Pics Theme: T for Temples. How a Sanskrit symbol became an emblem of horror

The word ‘swastika’ apparently comes from the Sanskrit “svastika” which translates roughly as “good fortune”. It’s been a symbol of luck and prosperity in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism for centuries – in fact, its first use predates all those religions by millenia – going back 11-thousand tears or more. But it’s also been used in Europe for…

Travel Pics Theme: G for Gardens. Hoi An Market Gardens

This week, our Travel pics series is G for Gardens. Here in Australia, as in the US and other industrialised nations, agriculture has been industrialised – we have massive combine harvesters and air-conditioned tractors and giant insect-like cane cutters, and tea-picking machines that replace dozens of workers, and … well, you get the idea. While there…

Travel Pics Theme: V for Vietnam

The theme letter for our ‪‎travel pics this week is V, for Vietnam. For Wednesday of this week, lets go shopping! Here you can see the heads of a group of Aussie tourists, as we get set to head into the Hoi An markets. The Hoi An central markets are regarded as one of the…

Travel Pics Theme: V for Vietnam

The theme letter for our ‪‎travel pics this week is V, for Vietnam. For Saturday, we head to the middle of the country, and the city of Hoi An.   This historic city was initially a harbour for the Cham people – who ruled the coast of central and southern Vietnam for about 1500 years, until…

Travel Pics Theme: V for Vietnam

The theme letter for our ‪‎travel pics this week is V, for Vietnam.   Day two takes us to Hoi An, in the centre of the country. In Vietnam, there is a specific artform known as water-puppets. These Múa rối nước, or “puppets that dance on water” date back to the 11th century as bored farmers, unable…