Sitting in a fantastic restaurant on Rambuttri Road in Bangkok I noticed dozens of these colourful, round lights. Whilst waiting for my BBQ’d Snapper fish and baked potato (which was delicious) I took a quick photograph. It wasn’t until recently, looking through my old photographs that I noticed these are Puffer fish. Called Pakpao in Thailand they are extremely toxic. In fact they’re generally believed to be the second-most poisonous vertebrates in the world.
Walking around E Hayes and Sons Ltd is a surreal experience. This large, locally owned department store in Invercargill sells hundreds of items of home wares, DIY tools and equipment. Between the items for sale are a collection of motorbikes and a few classic cars. The most famous of these is Burt Munro’s Indian motorcycle that in 1967 took a land speed world record. This was on an under-1000 cc bike at over 200 mph. His record still stands today. The classic Norton bikes photographed here look very different from Monro’s Indian but still are rare, classic motorbikes.
This is the booking hall inside the large and picturesque station. The titled walls and mosaic floors were very impressive. Having seeing many photographs of the outside of this ornate building, it was a great surprise to find it equally interesting inside. Built at the turn of the 20th century it was at one time the countries busiest station, handling up to 100 trains a day. Sadly, only a handful use the station today.
E Hayes and Sons is a large hardware store in Invercargill. Walking through the front door you see a normal household department store, with plates, pots and pans. In the rooms behind are more DIY equipment such as power tools and screws. Wondering around the shop you come across a number of motorbikes and a few cars. This isn’t your average shop. It also contains a museum to Burt Munro. You can see this strange juxtaposition in the above photograph.