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A Tribute to Isambard Brunel

A  Tribute to Isambard Brunel

STEAM AND SPEED   The  brilliant British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born at Portsmouth  in 1806, the son of a highly regarded French engineer.  Many thousands of Australians have a connection with Brunel as  their ancestors emigrated on his innovative steamship, the SS Great Britain. At

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Old Sydney’s Physician: the Southerly Buster

Old Sydney's Physician:  the Southerly Buster

  THIS ARTICLE   ORIGINALLY  APPEARED  IN THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. In 1910 Henry Lawson wrote the following lines celebrating Sydney’s restorative Southerly Buster; ‘Tis a glorious mission , Old Sydney’s Physician   Broom, Bucket  and Cloth of the East, ‘Tis a breeze and a sprayer that answers

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The Villages of the Alsace, France

The Villages of the Alsace, France

 ROUTE DU VIN It was thanks to our holiday host  across the border in Germany that my partner and I toured the scenic Route du Vin below Strasbourg, in the Alsace region of France. Christine mentioned several ‘not to be missed’  medieval villages nestled into  the vine covered

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Glasgow; Tea and Treasures

Glasgow; Tea and  Treasures

ARCHITECTURE & AFTERNOON TEA The architecture of 19th century Glasgow prompted English poet and historian John Betjeman to describe it as; ‘The greatest Victorian city in the world’. However, if this conjures an image of florid stone ‘wedding cakes’, nothing could be further from the truth. The

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