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June, 2011


Adventuring in the Solomon Islands: the cloud of doom

If you want to see the most beautiful and remote parts of the Solomon Islands, sometimes you just have to get on that dubious-looking little plane.

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Glastonbury: a how-to guide for Aussie music fans

For thousands of Brits and tourists camped out in the UK countryside, last weekend was Glastonbury music festival, a Beyonce-dancing, odd-death festival weekend that has iconic status amongst festival fans.

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Redundant in London: from the beginning

The axe had been poised over my head for months before it fell across my neck three years ago. I should have seen it coming, but the changes in the television industry over here had crept up on me while I was safe in my monthly pay cheque bubble I had become complacent and assumed that I would be the one to decide when I was leaving.

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Best food to pack for a discount airline trip

Michelle Higgins in the New York Times consulted chefs on the best food to pack and eat while on a plane to avoid buying food on discount airline flights.

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Daytripping down Kent way

A daytrip sounded like heaven after three hours of trawling through Trip Advisor reviews rubbishing various guest houses, B&Bs and pubs across Kent. The best were booked out (two days before the long weekend, what did I expect?) or too expensive. What was left was an assortment of accommodation tainted by warnings from previous guests. [...]

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Find a chome amongst the goom trees in the Sahara

Sitting in the 4WD bashing our way through the Tunisian desert, I put my essentials in a purse: my phone, credit cards, keys. Which I bury deep in the bottom of my bag. For the next seven days I’ll be trekking through the Sahara with ten Poles. What is ‘essential’, I notice, is rather different here.

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Processed pig bits, Civil War sadness and meeting the Amish

North Fork, Big Bend, Tygart Lake, Cowans Gap, Ohiopyle — to most foreign travellers in the US, these names mean very little as they hop from New York to San Francisco, perhaps visiting an ‘out of the way’ destination such as New Orleans, Chicago or Austin. But to us these tongue-curling names signify the series [...]

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Take me out to a ball game in Boston

It was a Friday evening in Boston, and there was only one place to be: Fenway Park. The atmosphere was electric as the crowd of spectators took their seats or made a final dash to the beer stalls. The Boston Red Sox were set to take on the Toronto Blue Jays, but, from a glance [...]

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Andong, Cambodia: how Friends can help a displaced community

When I ask Sitrin if I can ride with the Wisebird team to the Andong community a wide grin explodes across his face. He grasps at my hand and shouts “Yes! Of course Allan, of course!” Sitrin talks loudly and laughs even louder. He is confident, intelligent and has gentleness in his manner that makes [...]

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Bangkok: land of the ladyboys

Steffi Chang writes: Bangkok is known for three things: the steaming heat, incredible shopping and ladyboys. The first two are characteristic of anywhere in South East Asia, but ladyboys — known as ‘katoeys’ locally — are a Thai institution. For those sheltered few, katoeys is a term popularly used to refer to men who endeavour [...]

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