Nokor

Wat Nokor, Kompong Cham, Cambodia, October 2015:  A short video exploring the strange fusion temple complex of Banteay Prey Nokor. The original 11th century Mahayana Buddhist shrine has been added onto over the centuries and incorporated into a bewildering and sprawling complex of wat’s and stupa’s. However it was a very peaceful visit with not another […]

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Sinai

Sinai Peninsular, Egypt, December 2005: A short video documenting an excursion from Dahab on the Gulf of Aquaba- to Mount Sinai in the southern interior part of the peninsular. My travel companion and I were determined to do this independently using local transport, whether it be on the back of a 4WD or on the back of a […]

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Ephesus

Ephesus, Turkey, 2005: On my second visit to Turkey in late 2005, I visited the ancient ruins & tourist mecca of Ephesus.  I was in the area staying in nearby Selçuk so it was rude not to check out this historically important 3000 year old city- despite the tourist hoards. Ephesus was an ancient Greek city near the coast of […]

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The Lost City: part II

Olympos, Turkey, Friday Oct 28th 2005:  Two years after first visiting Olympos (in South-West Turkey) I returned. I was part way through an Athens to Cairo overland trip that would take me to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and eventually Egypt. As it turned out I stayed a lot longer than planned… I ran into “Smiley”soon after […]

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Loch Ness

Scotland, 1999: While visiting Loch Ness in 1999 I did what surely everyone else does- some good old-fashioned monster spotting. Although I didn’t get the “money shot”of the legendary beast- just another conveniently out of focus picture- I did perhaps more remarkably, capture a British RAF Tornado fighter jet hurtling down the loch accidentally, whilst taking a photo through a window at historic Urquhart Castle.

The Loch Ness Monster is reputedly a large unknown animal that inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Popular interest and belief in the creature has varied since it was first brought to the world’s attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with minimal and much-disputed photographic material and sonar readings.

The most common speculation among believers is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs.The scientific community regards “Nessie”as a modern-day myth, and concludes that sightings are either misidentification of more mundane objects, outright hoaxes, or wishful thinking. Despite this, the Loch Ness Monster remains as arguably the most famous example of cryptozoology.

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Newgrange

Ireland, 2001: Newgrange (Irish: Sí an Bhrú) is a prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland, about one kilometre north of the River Boyne. It was built about 3200 BC,during the Neolithic period, which makes it older than both Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. Newgrange is a large circular mound with a stone passageway and chambers inside. There have been various debates as to its original purpose. Many archaeologists believe that the monument had religious significance of some sort, either as a place of worship for a “cult of the dead” or for an astronomically-based faith. Once a year, at the winter solstice, the rising sun shines directly along the long passage into the chamber for about 17 minutes and illuminates the chamber floor. It is the most famous monument within the Neolithic Brú na Bóinne complex, alongside the similar passage tomb mounds of Knowth and Dowth, and as such is a part of the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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