Category: travel

Brunel would turn in his grave 0

Brunel would turn in his grave

The Paddington Hilton is not my favourite hotel. Its heyday as the Great Western Railway Hotel is sadly behind it. These days it’s a Hilton, and not a terribly good one. It has a...

The madness of mile-high dialling 0

The madness of mile-high dialling

Many people worry about Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) such as laptops and mobile phones interfering with aircraft navigation. However, the risk from PEDs might might not lie where you think.  It seems you are...

African time 1

African time

I have been experiencing African time this week. Wikipedia defines it as “the perceived cultural tendency, in most parts of Africa, toward a more relaxed attitude to time.”. This is not the same as being late....

the curious mailbox 0

the curious mailbox

After renting a short-stay apartment in Montreal for nearly 6 months, I am giving it up next week to save the boss some money over Christmas. For something to do, I decided to look...

Niagara by night 0

Niagara by night

Niagara by night is no longer a creature of the Falls. After dark the Falls fade into rainbow-coloured blurs across the gorge, supplanted by the neon glow of the Clifton Hill strip. Even on...

A rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear 1

A rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear

a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear; Beauty too rich for use, for Qantas too dear! It was recently reported in the SMH that Qantas cancelled its order for 35 Boeing 787 Dreamliners to...

Psychic harm and the Montreal Convention 0

Psychic harm and the Montreal Convention

This week, I flew from Montreal to Washington with United Airlines and then South African Airlines from Washington via Dakar. My baggage didn’t. I have spent the last four days trying to find it....

(O)possums and cultural imperialism 0

(O)possums and cultural imperialism

I was half-watching an ad on TV this evening. For some reason, this man who was cooking on a barbecue got his kids a possum to keep them busy. So the kids said “it’s...