The ‘Puffing Billy’, Dandenong Ranges.

Author and Photographer Jason Reed. The discovery of steam power just 200 years ago powered the Industrial Revolution but like all one-time technological breakthroughs, the world long ago shunted most steam trains onto the sidelines of history. Yet despite cleaner, more efficient and cheaper forms of transport having taken over, in a small corner of […]

The Nebitype, the Typesetter from Hell.

The Year was 1968. I was completing my composing apprenticeship with the Griffin Press, Marion Road, Netley. My foreman was Alf Freeman, a bald Englishman who had come from England to originally work at the Government Printing Office. Alf had left after a couple of years for the Griffin. There I met Nick Penn, Colin […]

Adorable Owls by Sasi.

Owls are some of the forests’ most regal, mysterious and graceful models for wildlife photographers. These photos by a photographer in Bangkok, Thailand who goes by Sasi Smith show the many different faces of these ferocious, silent hunters. Sasi is a very prolific photographer, and he doesn’t just shoot owls – he has quite a […]

Night Market in Yangon, Myanmar.

Night Market A view from above of a small night market tucked away in a hidden street of Yangon in Myanmar. The people are busy buying and selling all types of produce at a number of very colourful stalls. Image Credit: Photograph by Zay Yar Lin, All Rights Reserved, Yangon, Myanmar, Member since 2014. Source: […]

The Workers Upstairs.

Ann Hall and Michael Francis were both from Photomechanical. Ann Hall left Adelaide for Canberra in the early 1990s and went on to greater things in the publishing industry. Mike Francis ended up working downstairs on the comp. floor on a difficult and grumpy Pyrofax platemaker. Not sure what happened to him in later years, […]

A View of Earth and the Moon from Mars.

Photographic Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona During a recent calibration exercise, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a remarkable view of Earth and its moon from a distance of 127 million miles (205 million kilometers). It’s so clear, you can even make out our planet’s continents. To calibrate the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Orbiter, NASA […]

A Night of Wonder at Collingwood Beach.

photo by Wes Schulstad · · From Pic of the Week Collingwood Beach, Jervis Bay. A 30 frame stitched panorama taken on 29 August 2016. Mars, Saturn and Antares nestle just beneath the MW core and clouds rise from the north west illuminated by cities further up the coast. Source: ABC OPEN: Nights of Wonder […]

Paddington tram depot fire, 1962.

Paddington tram depot fire, 1962. Photo: K Howard; wikipedia On this day forty-eight years ago, Brisbane residents awoke to news of a terrible fire that would cause public transport chaos in the days ahead. On the night of 28 September 1962, one of Brisbane’s fiercest ever fires blazed away at Paddington, destroying the Paddington Tram […]

Rusting Away in Riyah, Lebanon.

An old locomotive rusts inside the abandoned Riyaq train station in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley on 1 May, 2019. Rail transport in Lebanon began in the 1890s as French projects under the Ottoman empire, but largely ceased in the 1970s owing to the country’s civil war. The last remaining routes ended for economic reasons in the […]

Seagull has a fag in Rome.

A pesky seagull which is just one of the thousands that annoy tourists and citizens of Rome holds a cigarette in its beak near the Roman Forum on 11 March  2017 in Rome. Image Credit: Photograph by #Tiziana Fabi / AFP / Getty. Source: Photos of the Week: 3/11–3/17 – The Atlantic