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When will the bubble burst?

When will the bubble burst?

Posted on: 26th May 2019| By: Marielle

So there was a striking African-style head sculpture we hadn’t quite got to see when we first visited the Highline, and we decided to wind our way back to the Hudson Yards to find it. All over again we were knocked off our feet by how much development is going on in the city. When…
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Oculus, World Trade Center

Oculus, World Trade Center

Posted on: 25th May 2019| By: Marielle

What strikes you about New Yorkers is the yadda-yadda-yadda. It’s constant. Everyone walks around with a white golf tee hanging out their ear; everyone is hustling or in the throes of clinching a deal. They bark into their phones — held horizontally like Kim Kardashian — or they talk to themselves (they have an earpiece) or…
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Whitney & Modern Art

Whitney & Modern Art

Posted on: 24th May 2019| By: Marielle

This is before even getting to the Whitney, wall decoration in the Meatpacking District. Our interest was piqued by an exhibition at the Whitney Museum — artists of the 1960s and 1970s who used bold, saturated, hallucinatory colour to stimulate perceptions. It was at that time that acrylic paint became newly available, with a greater…
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SoHo & Lower East Side

SoHo & Lower East Side

Posted on: 23rd May 2019| By: Marielle

The prints on the underside of our feet are disappearing we’re doing so much walking in the city. But the good thing is there’s no shortage of exercise. And some quality time in the lower precincts of Manhattan always delivers a few good photo opportunities, so here, a day in the life of . ….
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Crazies in NYC and Vegans in Boston

Crazies in NYC and Vegans in Boston

Posted on: 22nd May 2019| By: Marielle

There’s someone on a park bench reading a book titled Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic & Histrionic Workbook. In a subway car two diminutive kids, who couldn’t be more than 7 or 8, are having a serious discussion on exploding cheeks and the use of laughing gas. Then a Black American guy boards, thrusts his chin into…
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An ever-changing Highline

An ever-changing Highline

Posted on: 18th May 2019| By: Marielle

It constantly amazes me that an abandoned, derelict series of railway tracks can be so utterly transformed that it has set into motion its own building boom. In the meanwhile it draws a constant pitter-patter of hundreds of thousands of feet across its concrete plinths, whatever the time of day, whatever the weather. (Don’t think…
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NYC … easing slowly in

NYC … easing slowly in

Posted on: 17th May 2019| By: Marielle

We’d forgotten just how noisy the Big Apple is. The incessant reverberation of grumbling helicopters and growling jet planes trawling the skies; the plangent blare of car horns; the howl and wail of sirens; the hiss and sigh of buses’ pneumatic brakes; the beep-beep-beep of reversing trucks; the trundle and echo of trolleys pushed backwards…
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NYC … 11 degrees and counting

NYC … 11 degrees and counting

Posted on: 15th May 2019| By: Marielle

Long-distance flying is not pretty. Our 11-hour yowling baby-marathon is almost a distant memory. Not quite, but almost. Then there was the serious body odour (across the aisle, not ours) on the second leg. So not much sleep across our 24-hour journey. And then, finally in the Big Apple, we also didn’t factor into the…
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Mokala voted tops!

Mokala voted tops!

Posted on: 8th May 2019| By: Marielle

It’s amazing … out of all our Instagram images … cheetah, lion, owls … this photo of Mokala National Park got the highest votes! When we first visited, what we weren’’t prepared for was the scenery —— wild as Kgalagadi and colours as deeply saturated. Lying just southwest of Kimberley, the park is a synthesis…
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Mozambique’s many faces

Mozambique’s many faces

Posted on: 24th April 2019| By: Marielle

It takes a lot of pushing and shoving by all of us — a boatful of snorkellers — to shift the Rubber Duck into the shallows before we all clamber clumsily in. With a spurt of engine power, the boat slices through cresting waves towards heaving walls of water that appear insurmountable, yet the vessel…
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