Undoctored hollywood: the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon

When Hollywood finds a natural wonder, it often photoshops it to such an extent that it no longer resembles reality.  Not that the movie-going public really care, nor should they. But, for the traveller who hopes to find the same vista that appears on the…

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It’s a cautionary tale - London in the winter

The “Tube” is 150 this year. Although the London Underground’s appearance and operation is a far…

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How to Handshake: Courtesy of the Australian Government

This one does not need much explanation.  The Australian Government recently released (4 June) a…

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The big “what if?” - a unified Korea, what would it look like? Imagine all the Koreans living life in peace.

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A kiss goodbye to the baby bonus - getting rid of Costello’s trojan horse…

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The biggest problem libertarians have is that they just don’t act cool.

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Scamming on the steps of the Sacré-Cœur

Picture above: D (Australia) – amused at the ease at which scammers operate in Paris!

Only a short…

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Venturing into the backyard: a day trip to Rottnest Island

It’s a classic disease of the backpacker:  knowing the beaches of some Asian nation, or the streets of a downtown US city, better than their own backyard.

I can’t count the times that I’ve met travelers from outside of Australia who have seen more of down…

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I’m back: Australian customs and the “occupation”

This blog isn’t about being back though. No.  It is about a seven letter word: thinker.

It all…

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The Bear in Shorts: Euro-zone crisis, unfounded optimism

Guest blogger, The Bear in Shorts (Matt Gould)with a bearish take on the zone d’Euro.

In early…

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The Bear in Shorts: Innovative or just reckless - Carney and the future of the BoE

The Bear has always been infatuated with the UK, and in particular the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate…

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A 10 Pound Pom Returns Home

After World War II the Australian Government instituted an assisted migration scheme for people…

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See you later Iceland: a final view from on high - views from Hallgrímskirkja

One of the first things that I usually do when I get into a new city is to climb the highest landmark.  The Empire State Building in New York City, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or one of the various cathedral spires in Hamburg.  Not only does it provide one…

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A gallery of snow in Reykjavik, Iceland

Downtown Reykjavik is a treasure trove for small shops, cafes and bars, and sports clusters of colourful houses from days gone by. It’s beautiful in the summer, a bit drab in the winter - but spectacular in the snow.

Downtown Reykjavik is a treasure trove for small shops, cafes and bars, and sports clusters of colourful houses from days gone by. It’s beautiful in the summer, a bit drab in the winter – but spectacular in the snow.

I took a few photos a day or so ago…

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Icelandic moral hazard - Invest at your own peril: Iceland wins the Icesave dispute

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