2014 Archive

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Free Phones – so why not free Myki Cards?

26 October 2014 | Living

My room at the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong a few days ago featured an in-room printer, ideal for when you need to print off boarding passes or other paperwork. And a free minibar, now that’s a nice touch. ◄ And, best of all, a free mobile phone. When you check in you g...

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Yuz Museum, Shanghai

25 October 2014 | Culture

▲ Take the nose and tail of three private jets past their use-by date, join them together with long twisting tubes and turn them into three snakes writhing across the gallery floor. It’s Telle mère tel fils by Abdel Abdessemed. Art galleries are all the go in China...

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Goodbye Mecca

3 October 2014 | Living

True or False? • The house of the Prophet Mohammed’s first wife Khadijah in Mecca has been demolished and replaced by a block of toilets • The Victoria’s Secret lingerie shop in Riyadh was burnt to the ground by angry matawwa, the Saudi Arabian religious police •...

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Space Adventures

Space Adventures (& Teslas)

22 September 2014 | Living

▲ The view of earth from 400 km above in the International Space Station Back in 2008, courtesy of Space Adventures. I made a little trip to Moscow to visit the Cosmonaut Training Centre and then fly down to Baikonur in Kazakhstan to see a Soyuz space launch. I was...

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Who Was Rod? Where is Rod?

14 September 2014 | Living

Back in 1972 Maureen – at the tail end of the Asia trip which led to the very first Lonely Planet guidebook – Maureen and drove from Perth to Sydney. We shared the petrol costs to cross the continent in an EH Holden. Recently we’ve got back in touch – 40 years later –...

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