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Internet in Cuba

19 April 2016 | Media

Internet connections are strange in Cuba, it’s one of the things that is going to change rapidly if Cuba really does open up after Obama’s visit. At the moment you’re not going to find Wi-Fi in your hotel room or in casa particulares – the Cuban B&Bs which are ...

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Voices from Chernobyl – The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

14 March 2016 | Media

Last year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Svetlana Alexievich’s Voices from Chernobyl – The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster is exactly what its title indicates, a series of monologues about the Chernobyl meltdown. Human error (a foolish shutdown ...

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Railway Books

6 March 2016 | Media

◄ Cycling trips, walking trips, boat trips, they all seem to fire the travel writing imagination. Sadly the means of travel we probably use more than any other for longer trips – flying – doesn’t seem to do it. Oh yes, there are some great flying books , like Alexande...

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The Melbourne Arts Centre – climbing the spire

20 February 2016 | Living

The Melbourne Arts Centre is just across the Yarra River from the centre of the city of Melbourne. It features a number of theatre and concert spaces, most of it subterranean. It’s a popular joke that Australia has the world’s best opera house – the outside in Sydney,...

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Sydney, a Secret Garden, Brett Whiteley

23 January 2016 | Media

▲ I was in Sydney for New Year’s Eve, here are the midnight fireworks on the Harbour Bridge. ◄ The next day with a bunch of friends I took the ferry from Circular Quay across to McMahon’s Point and we walk back alongside Lavender Bay to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Gard...

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