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Winner of the Travel Industry Analysis Award at the 2013 Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence,
for the article World's Most Expensive Cities Not So Bad ... If You're Australian
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Plenty to Savour in Heritage District
The Sunday Age
, 13 April 2014

"Sitting inside the former Strathcona railway station, I'm wrestling with the question that has plagued travellers since the dawn of time: Is it too early for a beer? Starting life as a separate city in the late 19th century, Strathcona had a promising beginning but was eventually absorbed by its northern rival. An overlooked district, until a heritage movement in the 1970s saw it reborn as Old Strathcona, a lively nightlife district of theatres and bars..."

Investigating the vibrant district of Strathcona in Edmonton, Canada.
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Ghost Town
Issimo Magazine, 9 April 2014

"We’re standing in a dimly-lit street in front of the 1908 Strathcona High School, listening to a macabre story about a labourer entombed in the building’s foundations. Then it happens. As our guide Nadine Bailey relates strange occurrences attributed to the victim’s restless ghost, the silhouette of a man appears in a window high above and leans out on the ledge, as if listening. Seconds later, when I glance up again, he’s gone..."

Discovering the horror-related attractions of Edmonton, Canada.
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Raising the Bar
The Sun-Herald, 6 April 2014

"Guitarist Christian Aubin suddenly appears onstage. He's a confident, energetic presence, and we lean forward for his first number. It's Cat Stevens' Wild World. Sung in English. Quelle surprise. With Cat disposed of, however, Aubin belts out a Quebecois favourite, then alternates between French and English-language songs for the rest of the evening. This is good fun, and one of the great Quebec City experiences..."

Visiting a popular chanson bar in Quebec City, Canada
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Monuments and Miracles
The Age & Sydney Morning Herald, 5 April 2014

"Poland's southern city of Krakow is something of a two-part miracle. First, as the nation's royal capital until the late 16th century, it built a heritage of grand and beautiful architecture. Then, as if its guardian angel was working overtime, it was the only major Polish city not to be severely damaged in World War II. Its streets are thus filled with original, graceful facades and plazas, topped by a spectacular castle on a hill above the Vistula River..."

Outlining 24 hours of attractions and activities in Krak
ów, Poland.
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The App of Luxury
Living the Dream, April 2014

"Apple’s famous slogan claims 'There’s an app for that.' And if you browse through its App Store, there are plenty of alarm apps, notepad apps, calculator apps and amusing games. But there’s a level well above these everyday practical apps. Many of the world’s top luxury brands are here as well, with apps that are stylish, sleek and inspirational. Here are some of the best."

Surveying a range of mobile apps issued by luxury brands.
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Art on Automatic in Mildura
The Sunday Age
, 30 March 2014

"I slip a coin into the slot of the shiny vending machine in the foyer of the Mildura Arts Centre. The Art-o-mat is an arresting lime green, with strips of wood veneer. The handle turns, an item drops, and I fetch a little cardboard box from the tray below. Forgive me, I'm indulging my craving - for art. The first Art-o-mat was created by American artist Clark Whittington in 1997. Now there are dozens of the repurposed cigarette machines around the world..."

Exploring the art attractions of Mildura, Australia.
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Raise Your Glasses in Hawaii's Capital
The Sunday Age
, 23 March 2014

"When you fly to Hawaii, you're probably not expecting much in the way of sophisticated drinks - the Mai Tai, sure, sweetened from its original 1940s formula by adding plenty of pineapple juice to the rum, and that drip coffee United States hotels serve by the bucketful - but good coffee and cocktails? No way. However, you'd be wrong. In recent years, Honolulu's drinking scene has gone from strength to strength..."

Recommending great bars and a cafe in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Postcard from Honolulu: Islamic Idyll
The Age
, 22 March 2014

"I'm standing in a spectacular courtyard. Open to the sky, it's decorated with numerous items from Iran, including 13th-century tiles and a six-metre-high mosaic depicting the Royal Mosque at Isfahan. It's one of the most beautiful displays of Islamic art I've seen, an exemplar of the balance and harmony found in historic homes from Iran to Morocco. But below are the blue-green waters of the Pacific Ocean, with Polynesian kids jumping into the waves..."

Visiting the historic home Shangri La in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Walking Honolulu
roundtheworldflights.com, 18 March 2014

"Starting from a popular brunch spot which serves waffles made from the local root vegetable taro, we visit a local restaurant to try shoyu chicken, a delicious Hawaiian marinated dish involving garlic and ginger. Then it’s Japanese grilled food at a tiny place in a curved brick building with a few aluminium-topped tables. A classic bar offers the chance to eat loco moco, a hefty dish invented in the 1940s for hungry surfers..."

Taking three walking tours of Honolulu, Hawaii, covering food, history and architecture.
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What's So Funny About Melbourne?
Tiger Tales, March-April 2014

"Over the decades, the festival has attracted the talents of a vast array of comedians, even those used to larger audiences via radio and TV. One of these is Dave O’Neil. Why does he think Melbourne is the natural home of comedy? 'It’s the weather!' he says. 'It keeps people indoors. People in Sydney are outdoors on their rollerblades in bike shorts, whereas in Melbourne you’re sometimes forced to go indoors. That’s why good music and comedy comes out of Melbourne...'"

Previewing the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
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I'm a freelance writer with published articles on various topics: including travel, lifestyle, the arts, science, and pets. 

My writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites around the world. I'm also an author of travel books for Lonely Planet.

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