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The Moustache Brothers – U Par Par Lay

14 August 2013 | Culture

U Par Par Lay died earlier this month in Myanmar. He was one of the three Moustache Brothers, he and U Lu Maw were indeed brothers, U Lu Zaw was a cousin. The threesome were Burma’s most famous comedians in the time-honoured a-nyeint pwe, a traditional vaudeville comb...

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Mobile Data Charges – avoid Telstra!

8 February 2013 | The rest

Using your home country mobile phone when you’re overseas – roaming – can be extraordinarily expensive, particularly when it comes to data charges. Of course figuring out just what it’s going to cost can also be extraordinarily difficult. I have two mobile phones, one...

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A Fold-up Daypack

7 July 2012 | The rest

◄ I’m a fan of fold-up bags, I often carry one with me that can be used if you’re doing a sidetrip and want to leave stuff behind at a hotel. Or some unexpected acquisitions means you need extra carrying capacity. A fold-up daypack seemed like a nice idea, something y...

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Cunard, P&O, American Airlines

2 July 2012 | The rest

I crossed the Atlantic on the Cunard ship Queen Mary 2 in May this year and I commented that it was one of those ‘been there, done that’ experience, I wouldn’t be in any hurry to make another Cunard trip. I’d be much less enthusiastic about cruising with the Ca...

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On to Buka

5 March 2012 | The rest

My Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea trip took me via a back door entry into PNG through the Shortlands Islands. En route I had a look at the tragic history of Balalae Island and then tracked down the wreckage of Admiral Yamamoto’s WW II crash. On Bougainville I ma...

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