Cities – Most Liveable, Most Expensive
6 March 2014 | Places
▲ Singapore by night – liveable, brightly lit, expensive
Singapore topped a cost of living survey just released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). It’s the most expensive city in the world, pushed up to that pinnacle by factors like extraordinarily expensive...
8 December 2013 | Culture
Melbourne Now is a huge exhibit of contemporary Melbourne Art at both the National Gallery of Victoria and at the associated Ian Potter Centre, on the other side of the Yarra River in central Melbourne, Australia. As the NGV website explains ‘Melbourne Now celebrates ...
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...
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...
Flying under the Bridge
18 December 2012 | Living
Last week I had dinner at Melbourne University with assorted people involved in the media, journalism and publishing in Australia and the guest of honour Lord Justice Leveson. Sir Brian Leveon was in Australia to deliver lectures on his recently completed report into ...