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  • Staying In Britain?

    Some jottings from a working journo's notebook. Recently, I spent ten days in the U.K. on assignment in my new (wonderful) job as a reporter for the Seven Network's top-rating public affairs program Sunday Night.
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  • Abu Dhabi Doo!

    It was in Abu Dhabi that they got me. Sounds like the start of a James Bond adventure but I’d already had my 007 moment on this trip (I tweeted about it).
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  • Bugger The 737!

    I had to make a quick return trip to Perth recently. I was actually en route to Geraldton to perform a delightful, and meaningful, task: Unveiling a floating five-tonne granite ball in a memorial fountain dedicated to organ donors.
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  • A Mini Vacation

    It was a great gotcha. If I immodestly say so myself. I wanted to surprise my wife with a reward for all she’d been through over a turbulent private and professional 18 months.
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  • Hawaii At Home

    One of the side effects of being under house arrest for five months in 2011 was that I was forced to spend December locked up in my apartment rather than strolling up Fifth Avenue, rugged up in a New York winter.
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  • V for Vision

    I was tempted to say ‘Don’t fly V Australia to Los Angeles this year’. That is…unless you can afford to fly Business Class. Save a bit more and really treat yourself next year. But that wouldn’t be very fair considering that on the flight I took Economy was almost full and the website reviews show some very happy campers.
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  • Visiting the Beautiful People

    Aaaah… Los Angeles. LA. The ‘City of the Angels.’ Home of Hollywood and the ‘boulevard of broken hearts.’ The place they call ‘a freeway in search of a city.’ LaLaLand. The home of the so-called Beautiful People.
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  • A Definite Affinity

    Ged ouda here! A place to stay in midtown New York with a balcony? Ya gotta be jokin’. Not only a personal balcony towering over Lexington Avenue but views along E 50th street right across to the Hudson River plus skyscraper views downtown and across town from the bedroom and living room windows.
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    Train Travails

    I have had a sporadic but interesting relationship with train travel over the past 45 years. My first international adventure – when I set out to explore the job opportunities in the big bad world – included a train trip through the Rockies from Vancouver to Montreal.
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    Harbouring A Dream

    It was a fair question: ‘Am I getting older or are skirts getting shorter?’ My wife was charitable in her reply: ‘Shorter skirts are in this year.’ Actually, her initial response was less charitable. She said: ‘Both’.
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    The Kiwi is a Flightless Bird

    Not only is the Kiwi a bird that cannot fly I discovered on a recent trip ‘across the ditch’ from Australia to New Zealand that ex-Kiwis sometimes can’t fly either. And the forced grounding can be frustrating.
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    The Crown Jewels

    It was the annual two weeks winter break away from the 3AW microphone during a non-ratings period. I was determined not to devote every waking moment to such necessary things as a painful visit to the periodontist, a session with my lawyer over an ongoing defamation action I’m taking in the Supreme Court, and some editing work on the Hinch magnum opus, Human Headlines. Read all about it!
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    Hong Kong Island

    I came here on a premise this trip: That too many of the nine million tourists each year, especially Australians, only think of Kowloon when they visit this reclaimed part of China.
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  • Eureka! I Have Found It

    For years Government ministers and travel industry nabobs in Melbourne have looked with envy at other major cities around the world and wondered why their city didn’t have a beacon, a tourism icon, a branding symbol to lure travellers south into their web.
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    Flying High - And Well

    When Sydney restaurateur Neil Perry was announced as the new food and wine guru for Qantas I must admit that I thought: what a wank. I mean, I knew that he ran some top-rating restaurants in Sydney – like the Rock Pool – but even good airline food is usually still, airline food. The days of huge plates of Beluga caviar on airlines like Qantas and Varig are long gone.
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    Beverley Hills Hotel

    Hooray for Hollywood! Nothing should shock you about this place. Ask Fatty Arbuckle or Errol Flynn if either were still alive. It is bizarre but it is exciting. And The Beverly Hills hotel on Sunset Boulevard probably sums it up as much as the fabled Hollywood sign.
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  • London, England

    It is a terribly gauche thing to say, I know, but London was never really “my thing”. In the 1960s colleagues all flocked to London. They camped in Earl’s Court in such numbers that the locals nicknamed it “Kangaroo Valley”.
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  • Brasseries in Paris

    i am writing this at an outside table at a Brasserie in the Opera District in Paris. The pavement table is so close to the busy road – the Blvd Des Batignolles – that your salad dressing fights with theVespa fumes.
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    Mountain Inn Hotel

    In 2004 I wrote a travel article about Bed and Breakfast places around Victoria. It appeared under the atrocious pun of a title: B and B Me Up Scotty. And the article said in part:
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