TYRANNY OF THE TRAVEL DIARY

 KEEP YOUR TRAVEL PLANS TO YOURSELF! When my next door neighbour began to plan a once-in-a-lifetime  world trip she asked if I had any advice. ‘Yes,’ I said firmly; ‘Don’t tell a soul you are going. Leave notes for friends and relatives to be posted once your

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KADOORIE FARM AND GARDENS

KADOORIE FARM AND GARDENS

ORIGINS OF THE FARM Following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II, many farmers were destitute and unable to produce sufficient food for the enormous influx of refugees. In 1951, Hong Kong businessman Lord Lawrence Kadoorie and his brother Sir Horace Kadoorie, formed an

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UP AND DOWN THE TOWN OF SIENA

UP AND DOWN THE  TOWN OF SIENA

SIENA: JEWEL OF TUSCANY   Some  years ago my partner Rob and I hired a car and toured the  Italian province  of   Tuscany. One evening we checked into a charming little hotel tucked behind the Campo within  beautiful  Siena’s medieval walls. However, there was a small

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TASMANIA–AN ADVENTURE

Well  last week I went on a  holiday to Tasmania in search of two special little girls called Ellie and Ash.  My elderly guardians Pauline  and Rob are their great auntie and uncle.   I reckon this might make me their adoptive fourth cousin thrice removed. OK,  so

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UNDERGROUND TRAIN OF THOUGHT

UNDERGROUND TRAIN OF THOUGHT

 A LEAP OF SHAME I once asked a British backpacker; ‘What strikes you as the biggest difference between London and Sydney? As it was summer I half expected him to say; ‘The amount of visible female flesh in Sydney’ . However, he surprised me with; ‘Your city 

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