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From the archive: The Last President's Driver

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From the archive: The Last President's Driver

This man, Cu Thach Banh, was the driver for South Vietnam's last President, Duong Van Minh. I met... enlarge

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Choosing Fremantle Western Australia as a place to live and visit

Fremantle Blog

Choosing Fremantle Western Australia as a place to live and visit

A few years ago I was in search of a place to base myself in Australia. I was looking for a lifestyle better suited to my situation, than my hometown of Sydney. I didn't need to... more

First time in Tasmania - 2 weeks on the road

Tasmania Video

First time in Tasmania - 2 weeks on the road

Last November, I finally fulfilled my longh-held wish to travel to Tasmania. It was my first travel since the pandemic hit, and my first... more

Camp Cove and South Head - a walk, a dip and a spot of Sydney history

Sydney Video

Camp Cove and South Head - a walk, a dip and a spot of Sydney history

Camp Cove is one of the most beautiful spots for a dip in Sydney's magnificent harbour. Jump on the Watson's Bay ferry from Circular Quay... more

2020 - The COVID year in travel

Sydney Blog

2020 - The COVID year in travel

How do you make sense of a year like 2020? There were lockdowns, travel was wiped out globally, there was political chaos. I had a few... more

Parramatta's neglected heritage - the Female Factory

Sydney Blog

Parramatta's neglected heritage - the Female Factory

Parramatta was at the centre of the development of the British penal colony in New South Wales from its beginnings in 1788. It was also at... more

Cao Bang

Cao Bang Introduction

Cao Bang

Vietnam's far northern provinces are the most unique and beautiful in the country. Some of these places receive large numbers of... more

An unexpected Rusty Compass journey - an aortic dissection

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An unexpected Rusty Compass journey - an aortic dissection

2020 has been a crazy year for everyone. For most of us (except Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and other tech titans), it's been a year of... more

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Fremantle

Fremantle Introduction

Fremantle

A few years ago I decided to seek out a new base in Australia after decades abroad. I chose Fremantle. It's a little slice of magic on Western... more

Tasmania

Tasmania Introduction

Tasmania

Tasmania. It took me more than 50 years to visit. Make sure you don't leave it that long. more

University of Sydney

Sydney see and do

University of Sydney

Sydney University is Australia's oldest university. Founded in 1850, it is one of a handful of Australian universities that evokes the atmosphere of... more

Watson's Bay - Camp Cove, The Gap, South Head

Sydney see and do

Watson's Bay - Camp Cove, The Gap, South Head

You'll easily fill a leisurely afternoon or longer at Watson's Bay. The gateway to Sydney's South Head has a mellow village feel, dramatic coastal... more

Powerhouse Museum, MAAS, Sydney

Sydney see and do

Powerhouse Museum, MAAS, Sydney

The Powerhouse Museum - or Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences - is Sydney's modest answer to London's V and A Museum. It's all about technology,... more

Chau Chak Wing Museum

Sydney see and do

Chau Chak Wing Museum

The Chau Chak Wing Museum opened in late 2020. It's Sydney's newest museum and one of its best. Located on the campus of Sydney University, it... more