Melbourne to London the long way with the odd problem

28 May 2023 | Transport

A few years ago I travelled London to Melbourne in about 28 days, all of it on flights of just an hour or two by Low Cost Carriers, airlines like Ryanair, easyJet, Pegasus, Fly Dubai, IndiGo or Air Asia. Now I’ve just arrived in London from Melbourne, a trip that t...

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A Little America & Canada Road Trip

28 August 2022 | Places

With British travel journalist Simon Calder I made a classic North American road trip, five days and 1,148 miles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Fargo, North Dakota. In name at least in a classic American road trip car as well, a dark blue Chevrolet Malibu. Although they...

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USA Visa Bans & ESTA Disqualifications

23 January 2020 | Living

It’s rumoured that Donald Trump is about to add seven countries to his visa hit list. I’ve been to all but one of them, five of them in the last five years. 2018 07 – Belarus – yeah, I know it’s ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’, but I found it thoroughly interesting an...

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Deep South – Four Seasons on Back Roads

3 April 2019 | Media

Books by Paul Theroux are always more readable when Mr Theroux is unhappy – grumpy even – and in Deep South he finds plenty to be annoyed about. It’s unusual for a Theroux book – a fact that he points out more than once – that it isn’t a linear (or circular) journey, ...

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New York City – tall, skinny skyscrapers

25 February 2019 | Places

A brief visit to New York and early one morning, walking from West to East Manhattan, to East 56th St, I spot this very tall, very skinny skyscraper. It’s 111 West 57th St, one of the current craze for very tall, very skinny skyscrapers sprouting up around the city. T...

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