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Trip notes et al

Two nights at the Met (New York City, March 2015)


Recent travels took me to New York City for the first time and one particular highlight was to attend two performances at the Met over the space of two weeks. Specifically, the closing night of Tales of Hoffmann under Met … Continue reading

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USA Trip Notes – June 2012


Some time back, there was a draft email headed up “Italia 2012“. That was before the European Debt Crisis and seeing what had happened in Greece. Europe as a whole is not yet out of the mire and as I … Continue reading

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June 2011 – Land of the rising radioactivity and sense of crisis


So, like, there was an earthquake in Japan in March. And, like, I had bought tickets to go there in June the week before. And, like, it seemed like too much trouble to cancel these tickets. And, like, there was … Continue reading

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Mr. T returns to China for the third time


After the events of 2010, one was somewhat reluctant to revisit the Three Kingdoms. However, curiosity is a strong force and the decision was made early in the piece. That and the promise of seeing real pandas. Getting there: Having … Continue reading

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To the Lion City and back on the jet equivalent of a tramp steamer…


Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration since the flight was direct and did not have to put down for fuel. But it was Jetstar. Flights up: The last few years have certainly seen innovations and (whatever the antonym of … Continue reading

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Japan – December 2010


Another trip to the Land of the Falling Yen – literally. This plummeting is more sickening than bad turbulence on the plane. But although some cynical person described the trip as ‘nothing more than a mileage run for Christmas shopping’, … Continue reading

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Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road Trip Notes – October 2010


By popular request – not that I kept any notes: The Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles: Regular readers will know that in the last few years, I’ve done the Yarra Valley, seen the little blue penguins at Philip … Continue reading

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UK & Paris – 2010


Well, after a hiatus in 2009 (GFC and all that), we are back on the mid-year travelling circuit once again and not before time. With mother in tow, a welcome return to London, followed by pastures new and old in … Continue reading

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San Francisco / Las Vegas / LA Trip Notes – Nov & Dec 2009


An unexpected and not exactly planned-in-advance trip – brought on by unbelievably cheap airfares and a favourable exchange rate. A is for Alcatraz Island: Or “The Rock” as it is commonly known. Far more imposing than ‘Pelican Island’ (La Isla … Continue reading

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Review – MoVida Bar de Tapas y Vino, Melbourne


MoVida Bar de Tapas y Vino has become more than a little trendy, if not trendsetter in many respects. Located in Hosier Lane (off Flinders Street where Federation Square is), it sets the standard in Melbourne for tapas and Spanish … Continue reading

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