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Conrad, the Otago & Incat

10 February 2013 | Places

Joseph Conrad – author of Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness (the literary inspiration for Apocalypse Now) only had one ship command during his nautical career. In 1899 the sailing ship Otago put in to Bangkok when its captain died. Conrad assumed the command and sailed t...

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Time Flies at the Taj

17 January 2013 | Living

Maureen and I arrived at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India on our first wedding anniversary on 7 October 1972. We'd driven from London to Kabul in Afghanistan where we sold our car and were continuing east on a trip that would eventually end at Sydney in Australia. And lea...

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Take Me to Cuba

7 January 2013 | Transport

▲ This is Virgin Blue – the Australian offshoot – not the London-based Virgin Atlantic. I flew Virgin Blue down to Tasmania a few days ago BootsnAll Travel alerted me to their new Indie website which, they claim, is the first one that lets you book Instant Pricin...

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Is this the World’s Most Visitor Unfriendly Travel Card?

3 January 2013 | Transport

On 29 December 2012 Melbourne switched completely to its Myki travel card system. If you want to travel on Melbourne public transport you need a Myki card. I’ve had mine for three years and I compared it with my London Oyster card back in early 2010. I mentioned h...

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Museum of Fine Arts – Boston

3 November 2012 | Culture

I managed to depart Boston just before Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the USA. I was in Boston for the opening of the big new Hostelling International Boston Hostel and most of my brief stay in the city was tied up with that. . I did get to walk around th...

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