Black Palace

“Black Palace” (Damnak Sla Khmao) was a little summer palace of King Sihanouk, abandoned sometime in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. It’s located on Bokor Hill Station in southern Cambodia. The “Palace” itself is not on a grand scale, but the overall spectaular location and many outer buildings must have been fairly impressive in […]

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On Track

Riding the rails from the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh to the southern city of Sihanoukville last year. This rail link had just been rebooted to a twice weekly passenger service after a 15 year absence due to neglect and damage from the civil war. It was the same same but different to when I rode […]

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Arrest

Wellington, March 2016: This man was vigorously resisting arrest by four police officers- perhaps with good reason, perhaps not. The scene was rather bizarre as it all occurred down a lane, well away from the prying eyes of the public. A woman approached me and said “good on ya- keep them honest”. I don’t think me […]

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The Ghost Tower

Bangkok, Thailand, October 2015: The Sathorn Unique (aka the Ghost Tower) is a 185 meter 49 story unfinished skyscaper in downtown Bangkok near the Chao Phraya river. The proposed luxury condominium tower was designed and developed by prominent architect and real estate developer Rangsan Torsuwan. By 1997 construction was estimated to be 80–90 percent complete when the Asian financial […]

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