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Winner of Best International Travel Story Under 1000 Words at the 2016 Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, for A Boy and a Coin.
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Welcome to Twin Peaks
www.lonelyplanet.com, 25 April 2017

"This may be the Golden Age of Television, but such gilded eras must start somewhere – and that somewhere might be Twin Peaks. Co-created by David Lynch, this cult-classic drama series of the 1990s blended crime, mystery, philosophy and humor in a fictional Washington town populated by quirky characters. With a new season airing this year, here’s how to visit key filming locations..."

Visiting the real-life locations of the classic TV series in the hills east of Seattle, USA

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A Walk Through Kyiv's Soviet Past
www.lonelyplanet.com, 20 April 2017

"Ukraine has been a proudly independent nation since 1991, but for decades before that it formed part of the Soviet Union. Many elements of that era – and of the Russian empire before it – remain in the heart of Kyiv, intertwined with remembrances of the city’s medieval glory. It’s a fascinating array of clues from the past, within strolling distance..."

Enjoying a walking tour of USSR-era landmarks in the capital city of Ukraine

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Review: Hotel InterContinental Century City
Traveller, 31 March 2017

"Some of the glamour of neighbouring Beverly Hills has rubbed off on the InterContinental. The lobby is a big modern space with a glass roof running its length, letting natural light illuminate comfy sofas and a piano. As a hotel dominated by suites with balconies, it offers great views of the sprawling metropolis, bookended by the high-rise buildings of the Downtown in one direction and Santa Monica in the other; and from some rooms you can see the famous Hollywood sign..."

Reviewing an upmarket hotel in Los Angeles, USA.

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Vegetarian Food in Hong Kong
, 27 March 2017

"'Every culture has its own vegetarian food,' says Peggy Chan. Peggy's restaurant, Grassroots Pantry, is the first stop on my mission in Hong Kong. I'm not in the city to defeat rogue magicians (like Dr Strange) or battle gangsters (in Jackie Chan style), nor even to tackle an assassin with a golden gun (a la James Bond). No, my self-appointed task is to eat vegetarian and well for a whole day, in the restaurants of this food-mad city. In a place which is famous for its meaty dishes, such as snake soup, is this even possible?"

Eating vegetarian dishes in restaurants throughout Hong Kong, China

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Airline Review: Alaska Airlines Economy
, 11 March 2017

"The seats on this 737 are squeezed for width, particularly noticeable on this morning flight as the economy section is completely full. However, I'm pleasantly surprised by the relatively generous leg room, which avoids having my knees pressed into the seat ahead. Miraculously, the passenger in front of me doesn't recline his seat, which helps maintain the space..."

Reviewing the economy experience on a flight from Seattle to Los Angeles

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Melbourne to Sydney to Adelaide by Rail
, 5 February 2017

"Catching a train from platform one of Melbourne's Southern Cross Station is like boarding a flight from gate one of an international airport – rarely done, and all the more special for that. With its undulating wave-like roof, Melbourne's main station is an exciting place from which to depart on a long-distance rail adventure. This is a full-on rail trek, which will take me to three state capitals through a range of terrains, and home again – without boarding a single plane..."

Travelling through three Australian states via three different long-distance trains

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Masters on the Menu
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald),
4 February

"I'm standing in front of The Tower of Babel, a crazed wedding cake of a building. Constructed of tapering layers, broken open on one side, this ancient skyscraper dwarfs the port city lying below it. Though this 1563 painting by Bruegel​ may resemble a mighty structure from Game of Thrones, it's outdone by the architecture within which it hangs. For I'm viewing it within the Kunsthistorisches​ (Art History) Museum, Vienna's greatest repository of art..."

Dining within a great cultural institution in Vienna, Austria

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The Kick of Stalin's Cow
1 February 2017

“Applying communism to Poland is like trying to saddle a cow.” - Josef Stalin

The Kick of Stalin’s Cow is an engaging and humorous travelogue. It traces a trip around Poland with emphasis on the communist past, including visits to significant communist-era relics, and interviews with Poles who lived through the period.

The book also charts my relationship with Poland over two decades - as a resident, a teacher, and a travel writer who’s made multiple visits to the Central European nation.

Available from Amazon.com as an ebook and paperback.

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See the Art of Fremantle Prison
Tiger Tales
, February-March 2017

"'Art is an interesting thing inside a prison,' says guide Janine Della Bosca. 'Is the prison supposed to be punishing you or rehabilitating you? There’s a tension between the two when it comes to art.' That tension was never greater than in the early 1990s, when Fremantle Prison was about to close. But a glimmer of light broke through into the dark, cramped cells in those final days..."

Joining a tour of art created by inmates at the former Fremantle Prison, in Western Australia.

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It'll be White on the Night
, 1 January 2017

"'Ballarat is a logical place to do this,' says White Night artistic director David Atkins. 'It has a fantastic history, it's the home of the southern hemisphere's longest running Eisteddfod, Her Majesty's Theatre has been going for 150 years. There are a range of things that put Ballarat into the box seat.' The box seat on this occasion is for White Night Ballarat..."

Previewing an all-night arts event in the Victorian regional city

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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.

I'm available to write on any subject, and also undertake business writing jobs such as proofreading, editing and copywriting.

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