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Confessions of a Schoolgirl Accordian Player.

Confessions of a Schoolgirl  Accordian Player.

MISGUIDED  MUSICAL AMBITION After watching too many episodes of  Australia’s  Got Talent,  my associate Editor Des has  decided   he wants to become a famous musician. He desperately wanted to play a keyboard instrument, but let’s face it, he just doesn’t have finger dexterity.  After a lot of

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Whale sighted in the Blue Mountains!

Whale sighted in the Blue Mountains!

Who would have thought  that  whale watching would be a genuine tourist draw in the Blue Mountains,  two hours west of Sydney?    Unlike coastal whales the species, known  as hedgeritum greenius magnum  is  very  slow moving and easy to spot.  At certain times of year a  prime

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Brush With Fame

Brush With Fame

BRUSH WITH  FAME I once worked in an office where the favourite  tea break  amusement was  Brush with Fame. It was difficult for new members of staff to get the hang of, because it was no use simply boasting that you had slept with a Rolling Stone

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A STICKY SITUATION IN AMERICA

My first visit to the United States occurred about thirty years too late.  If only I could have arrived  as a ten year old, when I was obsessed with Yankee comic books. For years I  lusted after  Hershey bars , fudge brownies, double malts and root beer.

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Whirlwinds & Wanderers: Margie and Lance come to stay!

Whirlwinds & Wanderers: Margie and Lance come to stay!

  During an extended stay at our holiday home  near Marlow, my partner Rob and I were joined by Brisbane  friends Margie and Lance, who were making their first visit to the UK. The prospect of this  extremely laid-back couple spending six weeks with a manic history

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Overdosing on Breakfast!

Overdosing on Breakfast!

Why is it that when I become a tourist I abandon my spartan bowl of cereal  and begin  each day by demolishing an enormous breakfast? At the basest level I fear it is because the meal is often included in the  hotel tariff and I feel I

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Driving in France

Driving in France

Voila! – Angels of Mercy  On our very first visit to  Paris, Rob and I  collected our French hire car at the back of the Hotel des Invalides – an appropriate spot considering how sick I felt at the thought of  careering around the city on the

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