We found a cool hidden street in the Blue Mountains!

I visited the Blue Mountains again with my friend whilst in Sydney. For $2.50 on a Sunday it is a must, and my friend notified me of a street he really wanted to see in this small town via some online research. I had no idea about it, but I am glad we went on the search for it here in Katoomba.

It is smack bang in the middle of town, however being a fairly sleepy town nothing makes it stand out without keeping your eyes peeled. Beverly Place is the street and more information can be found by clicking here.

The street isn’t a particularly long one, but it is crammed with art of all styles and messages. Some of the art is more hidden than others, so it is important to check every wall of each building to not miss anything during the walk. Here is a gallery of the art, click on any image to enlarge.

What do you think of the art? It was a hidden treasure in the city and I am glad I discovered it on my second visit. Have a favourite? Let me know!


Thank you again to all my followers and regular readers, and hello to you if you are new to my blog!

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Happy blogging,

Sam

Monkey business

Spotted this guy walking on rainbows as he shelters from the rain. But is he collecting the rainbows? I’m not sure what is going on here but I’m sure many interpretations can and have been made.

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I enjoy the colours and their contrast to the dull rain.

I found the artists Instagram, which I have linked below. Here, he comments under the image on his page…

So it turns out the chimp is a rainbow dealer. Not a bad thing to deal I guess…

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Artist: Nitsua on Instagram

Location: Rainbow Beach, QLD, Australia

 


Thank you again to all my followers and regular readers, and hello to you if you are new to my blog!

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Happy blogging!

‘Our dreams can reach further than our voices are heard’

I found this interesting piece on a wall just outside of my hostel at Rainbow Beach, QLD.

 

At first I thought the artist was making me work to find the Instagram page, however it really is pablitosomething.


Although I do agree that our dreams can reach further than our voices can be heard, I feel it is important to work hard enough to make our voices heard as much- and as far- as possible.


Artist: Pablito Something on Instagram

Location: Rainbow Beach, QLD, Australia

Just a tortoise riding a crocodile…

Not something you see everyday, but something I discovered whilst in Townsville as I killed time in the city before heading down the east coast.

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This was so big I wouldn’t have been able to get a close-up shot.

Update- *That was until I looked at this again online and realised this was a pretty big car park and I could have went in, but never mind.*

I thought it would be a nice addition to my Street Art section.

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This is the work of Belgian street artist ROA, unfortunately I haven’t been able to locate an official social media page to link, despite many unofficial channels displaying his artwork online. It appears that the artist likes a degree of anonymity as information is hard to find, but has a strong interest in drawing large animals in a rather dark manner.

Location: Townsville, QLD, Australia.

Artist: ROA

Should I add a Street Art page?

I loved the Elon Musk street art that I shared yesterday, and it has motivated me to ask you lovely readers something that has been on my mind for a while.

Should I add a ‘Street art‘ section to my blog? I regularly add these to my posts whenever I find some on my wanders, and I think it would be nice to add a page at the top of my website alongside my About/Daily Ramblings/Travel Diary sections so anyone with an interest can find all the related blog posts in one place. I love street art and most of the works have the artists name alongside them, so it would be a little publicity for them.

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I think it is cool to discover these hidden around cities and if you are around these areas, find them for yourself.

I would appreciate feedback on this, I personally feel it would go well alongside my photography and I can relate to many of the messages in such pieces of art.

Have a great day and I hope to hear from you soon!

Sam

Artist- @katiemarieshriner on Instagram

My thoughts on Elon Musk smoking weed

This great piece of street art is the work of @lushsux. It was created in the aftermath of what became for me a very sad controversy on the Joe Rogan Experience in the past few days, during a conversation between Joe Rogan and Elon Musk.

If you haven’t seen it, Joe asked if Elon wanted to try some weed during the lengthy conversation and Elon took up the offer. This can be seen below. For your convenience, the weed ‘incident’ occurs at 2:10:00 (that’s two hours, ten minutes). The above artwork is taken from the exact reaction he had after inhaling.

This is such a shame because this podcast was such a great and insightful look into Elon Musk’s mind, and Joe Rogan as ever provided a great conversation. Looking at the likes, this was in fact one of the highest rated podcasts that he has uploaded from the ones I have watched.

As this happened live, Musk even started receiving texts from presumably either family, friends or colleagues asking why he was smoking weed on a live podcast to millions of people. But this is what I like about Elon. He is so laid back and doesn’t seem to care too much about what people think of him. If this was heroin, it would be a different story in my eyes. The shock would be justified. But this was a substance that is legal in LA, where the podcast takes place.

They also drank whiskey during the podcast. You know, alcohol, that thing that causes so much trouble in the world. It is funny how we pick and choose what we are offended by, and how much of this is determined without much logic or reasoning. People don’t really seem to care about the drinking, but the smoking seems to still be fairly taboo. I find this fascinating.

It is as if we have been programmed to be offended by certain things. If only we were able to talk about the things that offend us and question why they do, instead of just simply being offended and sticking to this simple and not very productive plan. Why is weed more shocking than alcohol? Why should this level of hysteria create headlines such as ‘Tesla in Turmoil’ as seen here The Telegraph, resulting in an executive feeling the need to resign (if this was indeed the reason)? Okay, the CEO of any company smoking weed is in fact something you do not see everyday. But again, this is why Musk is such a refreshing change for me and so many others. He isn’t robotic. Well, some would say he must be a robot to maintain such high work ethic and creativity, but what I mean is he doesn’t feel the need to stick to a script and tick all the traditional boring boxes. This is why he stands out for me so much more than anyone else right now.

-He wants to colonise Mars and take humanity beyond a single planet species.

-He doesn’t like how busy cities are with traffic so is creating underground tunnels to relieve congestion.

-He wants to increase the amount of electric cars so founded Tesla.

-He isn’t happy with the speeds of transportation and his proposed Hyperloop would reduce commute times from hours to minutes.

He literally wants to take humanity to a higher level, and people are offended by weed for a second? The funny thing is, he didn’t even inhale. He admitted that he doesn’t ever do it, this was a one off.

And for me personally, this kind of mentality- to ignore the positives and obsess over the negatives- is why we aren’t progressing at the rate we could be on this planet. We love to hate and conflict much more than we are willing to evolve and improve the species. The people that see a man that is revolutionising the way we live and raising the bar for our species and say ‘hey, he just smoked weed, I don’t like him’, are people that really lack the inspiration that I try to feed off. Would I choose a person that dares to be different over a person that doesn’t, especially when the offended person provides only a fraction of the ambition, intellect and execution? 100%.

Being offended is easy, and easy doesn’t get anyone anywhere.

 

 

 

A Zelda reference in street art?!

Just a quick update on this post for those that may have read it whilst I lived back in Sydney (and for those that are new to my blog!). The artist behind this piece is Reg Mombassa, a New Zealander that moved to Australia and has a distinctive style of art that can clearly be seen in the image above and below. Thank you to Mark Holsworth for the information, I have linked both Mark and the artist here so you can go and check out their pages.

This is what I love about the internet, I have moved from Sydney to a rural town way up in Queensland temporarily and I am still able to find out information about the artwork around a construction site from people I haven’t met in person, located anywhere in the world. What a time to be alive.

I hope you are all have a great weekend!

Sam


I like the street art here, although it doesn’t seem to be art that was been created by a passer by. But then again, would a construction company bother to make their workplace more aesthetically pleasing with art? I am doubtful, but remain optimistic. Also, would a hard-hat help in an accident involving that GIANT metal container 30 odd feet above them? Again, a little doubtful. One of their hats actually fell off shortly after I took this shot, rapidly reducing the life expectancy for a few seconds. He survived.

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It sure makes the area prettier. In fact, it made me pay much more attention to an area that I wouldn’t have paid attention to at all. The scene in the piece is very strange. I can see the Harbour Bridge in there, can you spot it? Also the tree on the right of the image takes me straight back to my childhood. For any Nintendo 64/ Zelda fans out there, it has a rather striking resemblance to The Great Deku tree that dies in the beginning of the game. Spoiler alert, although it has been twenty years.

This was a very emotional moment for childhood me. (This is actually the graphics from the more recent 3DS version, I wanted to let this be known)

Saying that, it is pretty remarkable that the graphics that were used on a large console have now been revamped and used on one not much bigger than an iPhone. They probably are capable of these graphics on a smartphone now. But this doesn’t take away from the fact that this was a game ahead of its time, showing what is possible by pushing something to its limits. Something I feel I need to do more with myself, using my capabilities to the best of my capability. It would be a waste not too, a Ferrari wasn’t made to be driven around country roads at 30mph, so why should we limit ourselves?

So that is the inspiration I take from the art located at Wynyard in Sydney’s CBD. If you get something else from the image, let me know. I would love to hear it.

One thing I have noticed since I have been blogging is that I have not played video games. At all. This isn’t really possible whilst travelling and I am sure that if it was possible, it would have serious repercussions for blogging. Gaming can be addictive and with games becoming more and more movie-like in graphics, I am not surprised. I wouldn’t be surprised if gaming becomes more popular than cinema… Has it already? Why watch a movie when you can be in control of one? When I am done with my travels I may get back into it. Video games are an art form, and one that really inspired me as a child.

If a twenty year old video game had the ability to still inspire me, I can only imagine what the future holds…

My dream last night

I had an incredibly vivid dream last night. This is the second time that I have posted about a dream that I had and I may keep them coming from time to time when I have one that really stands out. This was my first dream post, this is my second. I also used this picture of street art from Brazil on my last one as I felt the art was as crazy as dreams can be. Crazy and limitless in potential.

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I actually had two dreams, but I have managed to forget one before being able to blog about it. The one I remember was incredibly real. I was so present in the dream, it wasn’t a lucid dream but I felt I was making the thoughts that I was thinking and not just being a passenger or an audience member to the dialogue.

I was at work in the hotel. Now our hotel has both temporary guests and permanent residents, the top four floors are owned by residents. This was also true in the dream, however the layout of the hotel differed slightly. I was made aware of this in the dream after some temporary guests were unable to get to their floor. It turned out that the guests got into the wrong elevator- the one dedicated to permanent residents- so their key card would not work. This is factually true, the keys wouldn’t work. However the guests would not have been able to access the elevator at all as they need a pass to get through a glass door. This door wasn’t in the dream and I asked myself why. This is what is so fascinating about dreams, they are a completely new world that we find ourselves in but don’t often realise until we wake. Sometimes we do realise whilst in the dream. We realise we are experiencing a reality that isn’t reality. Very Matrix like, and I imagine that I was pulling the face that DiCaprio’s character did in Inception.

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I then remembered that I left my desk unattended to assist these guests. My run back to the front desk had me jumping over chairs and around tables that would not be there if I was to run in my real job. There was a kids party going on also, so it seems like my brain installed a restaurant or some kind of venue in the middle of the hotel for whatever reason. Whilst I was running I remember truly feeling like I was running. I could feel the plastic of the chairs I was pushing out the way. I could feel the world and it wasn’t hazy. I could hear the kids laughing as I was dodging them playing. It was all very present as were my senses.

Once I got back, this is when the dream really showed a dreams true potential. The weird section that can only really take place in a mind whilst asleep or under the influence of hallucinogens. Actually this is pretty tame for someone that has just taken mushrooms I would imagine, please let me know if you can confirm this. I would love to say I have tried them but I haven’t.

The automatic doors into the lobby from outside were swapped with one single, black door that resembled a door that should be on the front of a house. There were some loud bangs on this door. I couldn’t see outside, and it wasn’t too long before I realised what the bangs were. A guy burst in using a wheelbarrow. Of all things, a wheelbarrow. Immediately I knew it was a robbery and conveniently I had the till drawer right in front of me. To make the situation even more strange, he didn’t have a gun. He had a drill. This drill was held to my head and I handed him the money. He took the money, however he didn’t take the drill from my head. The dilemma here was that he kept shouting demands, however I could not understand what he was saying. He kept shouting louder and with increasing anger, not helping the fact that I couldn’t understand what he was saying. It was then that I decided to fight back and take the drill. I was able to grab it from his hands and he backed off slightly. He maintained eye contact and looked like he was still willing to fight.

And just like the end of an episode, it ended there.

I woke up and have no idea how the rest of this dream would play out. Did I wake up because my adrenaline was pumping? Does adrenaline flow during a dream? Maybe my brain was becoming too active to remain in a sleeping state. I don’t know. What I do know is dreams are too fascinating to not think about or speak of. It is another mystery in life that just begs for our curiosity and an increase in knowledge.

If I can remember a dream, I will easily spend the whole day thinking about it. Life is too short and there are too many mysteries. Our brain, the thing that tries to evaluate mysteries, contains many mysteries. We are a mystery trying to analyse itself, and that is incredible.

 

One of my posts has a hundred likes… (Just another thank you post)

I just wanted to give a little update to you guys, my Happy New Year! post currently has 105 likes at the time of typing this. This is pretty insane considering most of the posts I have typed over the course of the four years of being a blogger probably average 3-4 likes each.

This is most definitely due to engaging with the community more instead of just putting posts out there. I used to spend most of my time typing up posts and publishing without actually venturing too far from my own site. This isn’t because I didn’t want to, I just couldn’t find the time to blog regularly and connect with other blogs. The only reason I am able to now is because I am spending most of every day blogging. I really want to reach out to more and more and allow my blog to grow further to help develop as a blogger. This is the only way I can really push myself and achieve the goals I want to achieve, even if it takes up much more of my free time.


And of course, it wouldn’t be possible without people actually wanting to read the content, so thank you for choosing to.

With that being said, I want to use this as a quick chance to ask a couple of questions to my regular readers. What do you think of the blog? Do you like where it is going? Is there something in particular you don’t like, or would like to see in future posts?

I know these are pretty open questions, and I am open to any kind of response. I haven’t really asked this before so I think it’s a good idea to make a start and touch base with you once in a while.

I’m working tonight, meaning I’m all ears until sunrise (it’s currently 9.50pm here).

Enjoy your day and make it one worth blogging about!

Sam