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The place we stayed in Newcastle is just across the road from this demolished site. From what I explored, it use to be a complex of: a boxing gym, a pub, a bottle shop and a food shop. It apparently was a background of Marcus Westbury’s interview with State Line and a place for some blokes and pigeons to live in.
Most of all, just to get away from Sydney for a while
There have been a lot article talking about Renew Newcastle and Stilgherrian has one as well. For my part, I could not think of anything else but transitional phases Newcastle has been going through. Let it shows from its doors.
There was an old house on Petchburi Road I always admired. It was one of the best examples of colonial architecture in the heart of Bangkok. In my memory, it was a backdrop in some films and commercials representing the era. It was an evidence to show how modernised the kingdom was.
However, the city is moving on and the area is being transformed. Unfortunately, a new development does not spare a room for this old mansion and it has to go. There are some buildings that have been compromised the city growth, such as the old Russian Embassy and Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce on South Sathorn Road but not this one.
I always wanted to have a look beyond the closed gate. Sadly, when the gate was open, there was almost nothing left to see except the structure of memory that would not last long.
When I was in Thailand, 2007 was the tenth anniversary of Asian economic crisis. The Thai Baht currency had been weakened by several attacks from international funds. Finally, the Thai Government at that time was forced to float the currency. The result of this bubble burst, aka Tom Yum Goong Disease, triggered the financial collapses throughout Asia.
Hopewell, Invisible Railtrack
Although Thailand have recovered from the crisis and paid off IMF’s bialout, there are still monumental traces of the melt down, especially, big projects stopped their constructions ten years ago. These are some of the unfinished enterprises in Bangkok: Hopewell Project, upper level train link from the old Bangkok Airport to the city, a building that has never been erected from the ground, a luxury apartment that has been painted only half way through, and a site that is converted into a street vendor park.
Thanks to Photo Friday for Destruction challenge that leads me to do some research on this iconic St Barnabas’ Anglican Church on Broadway or The Barneys, which had been serving the community for 148 years before it was burnt down in May this year. The message board there always gets my attention and puts a smile on me. So there are some stories about the witty billboard battle between the church and the opposite pub Broadway Hotel and the link with Sydney’s Millennium Message. Here from The Sydney Morning Herald is the old news story or listen to ABC Radio here
Indeed, they still keep their service going for the community.