Month: February 2017

Hong Kong – Wong Tai Sin Temple

Earlier this month, we spent a week in Hong Kong. It was during Chinese New Year, so all the temples that we visited had colourful decorations. Wong Tai Sin temple in Kowloon is very busy with visitors at New Year. Lots of people crowd around to have their photo taken with the statues of the Chinese Zodiac animals. The rabbit holds a book, probably because those born in a Rabbit year are known to be intellectual, scholarly and learned.




London – Bloomsbury 9

Another Indian writer, Rabindranath Tagore, is remembered with a bust in Gordon Square, Bloomsbury. In 1912, while travelling by ship from India to England, Tagore translated his collection of Bengali poems, called “Gitanjali”, into English. He was the first Asian to be awarded the Nobel prize for literature.



London – Bloomsbury 8

Virginia Woolf is not the only writer honoured in Tavistock Square in Bloomsbury. There is also a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the centre of the park.

In 1909, when Gandhi travelled by ship from London to Cape Town, during the 15 day journey, he wrote “Hind Swaraj” – his first book and the book that formulated a plan for Indian independence.



University of Western Australia – Robert Bridges


Have walked past Winthrop Hall at the University of Western Australia without before having noticed the quote on the long seat which overlooks the pond. It says, “Verily by beauty it is that we come at wisdom” from a poem by Robert Bridges called a “Testament to Beauty” and composed in 1929. The quote relates to the university’s motto which is “Seek Wisdom”

Robert Bridges is not now well-known, but in his own time achieved considerable fame, and was poet laureate from 1913 to 1930.