A massive 1857 obelisk with an attractive bronze filigreed top stands at the edge of Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia. This is an obelisk with an unusual function - it protected the citizens of Sydney from noxious sewer gases by venting them above street level. For scale, the black arrow points to Nate and Susan standing next to the base. Its apparently well-earned nickname is "Thornton's Scent Bottle," named for the mayor who commissioned it. Sydneysiders (the correct designation for a citizen of Sydney) appear to know this, as the blog was given this information (with amusement on the part of the informant) while Jon was taking these photographs.
Jon and Susan are professors at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. Jon is in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He has lived in Winston-Salem for 25+ years. Susan is in Biology, and has lived in Winston-Salem for 5+ years. Jon's neighborhood is Sherwood Forest; Susan's neighborhood is Ashley Forest. Maurice, who lives in the District of Columbia, serves as occasional capital correspondent.
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