Category Archives: Travel

OBVIOUS TROLL IS OBVIOUS

Darwin’s NT News (“all the news that’s fit to print – and all the news that’s not!”) has kicked up a minor diplomatic incident by calling Singapore “a place where people think shopping is a sport and are so materialistic that they’ve stopped … Continue reading

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It’s like the last flight of Concorde… except not.

I was more than a little disappointed to hear that Singapore Airlines (one of the good things about living in Disneyland-with-the-death-penalty) is pulling the plug on SQ21-SQ22, its 18-hour nonstop over-the-top flight between Singapore and Newark (the best airport in … Continue reading

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Seventeen hours, fifty-five minutes

17:55 to go, Singapore: Takeoff. Singapore shrouded in low cloud, as per usual. 17:45 to go, Johor Bahru: seatbelt sign off. Bust out my half-finished copy of The Rational Optimist. 15:15, Thailand: take a break from reading. Matt Ridley was … Continue reading

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GPS is Stupid

Picture this. You’re tootling along the road toward the little town of Kilrush in your rented Nissan tinycar. It’s a glorious Irish afternoon; the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you’ve got the Allman Brothers Band turned up … Continue reading

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DO WANT

And here’s the Veyron.

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The Belly of the Beast

“So how come the traffic’s so thick?” I was in the back of a taxi on the way to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, with tickets for Penn & Teller in my back pocket. The polls in deep-blue California, … Continue reading

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Now who ya know besides me who write lines and squeeze nines?

Is there anything you can’t do in Vegas? Three miles east of the Strip, on Tropicana Avenue, sits The Gun Store – the embodiment of that part of the Second Amendment that reads “the right of the people to keep … Continue reading

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Kids Say The Darnedest Things

Thom teaches English in Japan. His blog entry today is priceless.

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“Narkoba itu bukan milik saya”, Schapelle

Via Dane: an enormous collection of language guides from worldnomads.com. They have podcast versions, and iPod Notes versions, with all sorts of handy phrases. If only Schapelle Corby had had the Indonesian one – she’d have known how to say … Continue reading

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Singapore to Anchorage: $2000 return

Seen on the Mythbusters Alaska Special: Hatcher Pass Lodge. Sixty miles from Anchorage, and a thousand miles from anywhere. In summer: hiking, climbing, biking, rafting, fishing. In winter: cross-country skiing, sledding, snowboarding. And it’s only 90 bucks a night.

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