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Dolman Award Books – Take 4

15 July 2012 | Media

And now my 4th batch of Dolman Award books, we’re working our way towards the ‘short list’ from which we’ll pick the winner at Hatchards Bookshop on Piccadilly in London on 5 September. Click here for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd batches of books. Harlem is Nowhere by Shar...

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Crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2

13 May 2012 | Transport

▲  On 5 March in Melbourne, Australia I got up at dawn and drove over to Port Melbourne to see the Queen Mary 2 arrive in dock. A couple of weeks earlier I’d stopped in at Rabaul on my way through Papua New Guinea, having arrived in the country by a very much smalle...

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In Flight

15 April 2012 | Transport

Aircraft Names    The Qantas A380 fleet is named after famous Australian aviators. Their first A380 was named after Nancy Bird Walton. That was the aircraft which suffered an engine explosion out of Singapore in 2010 and spent over a year on the ground in Singapore b...

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The Devil’s Picnic

7 March 2012 | Media

Taras Grescoe travels the world looking for banned or disapproved of drinks, foods and substances. So he goes through a meal via aperitif, crackers, cheese, main course, a smoke, digestif, dessert, herbal tea and finally (and very final) a one-time-only nightcap • ...

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Kayaks on the Upper Yarra

9 February 2012 | Places

The Yarra River is so tranquil as it flows past my place, close to the centre of Melbourne, Australia’s second biggest city, that it’s hard to believe there are rapids further upstream. I’ve been out on the Yarra – the ‘muddy Yarra’ as it’s usually described – wi...

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