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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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As Hell Broke Loose, the Art of Survival Set the Scene
The Age, 20 September 2014

"Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war. When Shakespeare wrote that line, he was probably imagining creatures of a fierce, huge, wolf-like aspect. Not so the unknown British cartoonist who created the satirical illustration titled Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark! As the Great War broke out in August 1914, he depicted the nations of Europe as small scrappy dogs, superimposed on a map of the Continent..."

Visiting an exhibition of World War I cartoons at a London museum
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Small Bars Conquer the Harbour City
The Sunday Age
, 14 September 2014

"'There are often long queues for this bar,' says Alison Albany, as she gestures toward the alleyway leading to The Baxter Inn. Queuing for a bar? How very Sydney, I think, but then she adds: 'They have a rule that no-one can jump the queue. Even if you’re Hugh Jackman, you have to queue.' Now that doesn’t seem like Sydney, at least my stereotypical view of it. But then nothing does on the Eat/Drink/Walk Sydney walking tour..."

Visiting Sydney's most interesting places to drink, on a small bar tour
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Postcard: Turtles Hatching in Oman
The Sun-Herald, 7 September 2014

"I'm standing beneath the brightest full moon I've ever seen, on the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula. The sand beneath my boots is soft and yielding as I turn to look over the Indian Ocean. Somewhere over there, a long way away, is Australia. And in the waters between are green sea turtles, heading this way to lay their eggs. The place is Ras al Jinz, on the coast of Oman, one of the few places in the world that sea turtles visit all year round..."

Observing turtles in the wild from a beach in Oman
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The Beat Goes On
Paradise, September 2014

"'Papua New Guinea was really a pioneer in South Pacific music,' says Braden Chin, manager of prominent Port Moresby music label CHM Supersound. 'My dad, Raymond, would take the biggest PNG music stars on tour to the Solomon Islands in the early '80s and just blow the locals away. They were treated like rock stars.' In the heady years after PNG gained its independence, the country’s music was on a creative upswing, influencing the sounds of its near neighbours..."

Exploring the popular music of Papua New Guinea for the inflight magazine of Air Niugini.
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A Treat in Store
Tiger Tales, September-October 2014

"Shopping has long been one of Melbourne’s big attractions. Since the 19th century, visitors with money to spend have found plenty to interest them in the cluster of shops both big and small at its retail heart. The opening of Emporium Melbourne, however, took this precinct to a new level. Covering six floors, this shiny mall sits within the grand facade of the 1926 Myer department store building on Lonsdale Street. The result is a distinctively 21st century shopping experience..."

Venturing within a major new shopping mall in the centre of Melbourne, Australia.
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Las Vegas Museums: Blasts from Sin City's past
The Sun-Herald, 31 August 2014

"Standing within Las Vegas' Mob Museum, this patchwork of discoloured brown bricks is dotted with holes surrounded by patches of red. I assume it's a replica of the wall at which Chicago's infamous St Valentine's Day Massacre occurred, in which seven gangsters were cut down by persons unknown. Then I read the notation: 'This is the wall against which Bugs Moran's men were shot on February 14, 1929.' This is the actual wall..."

Investigating several intriguing museums in Las Vegas, USA
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First Time Québec City
www.lonelyplanet.com, 18 August 2014

"The heart of Québec City lies within its walls. The 18th century fortifications on Cap Diamant encircle the Old Town, and it’s understandable that visitors should focus on this district. With its beautiful assortment of historic buildings and narrow, winding streets, there’s a distinctly European feel to this French-speaking North American city (with a touch of fairy tale thrown in for good measure). But there’s more to Québec City than its venerable centre perched high above the St Lawrence River..."

Introducing the districts and attractions of
Québec City, Canada.
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Cider Houses Rule
The Sunday Age
, 17 August 2014

"Cider, let’s face it, is seriously hip in the bars of Melbourne. This new appeal has added a string to the bow of Tasmanian wine producers. In the attractive heritage buildings of Launceston’s CBD and the picturesque Tamar Valley, bars, restaurants and cellar doors are now featuring local cider. In a region famous for its apples it’s a logical step, and a new reason for mainlanders to visit..."

Investigating the revived popularity of cider in northern Tasmania
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First World Problems: Luxury Guests' Gripes in the World's Worst Cities
Fairfax Traveller
, 12 August 2014

"'No man is an island,' wrote the Elizabethan poet John Donne. But this may not be true of hotels. Every traveller knows that accommodation can be either a reflection of the city around it, or a refuge from its challenges. A hotel can seem like an embassy from another world – with a carefully orchestrated serenity aided by decor, light, sound and even scent. Nowhere is this contrast stronger than in the world’s 'least liveable' cities..."

Contrasting travellers' online
accommodation reviews with the cities they're visiting.
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Seoul: Food & Culture
Serendib, August 2014

"If I've learned one thing on my first day in Seoul, it's this - never order topokki just for one. This popular South Korean dish is undoubtedly delicious. A big stew of rice cakes, fish cakes, boiled eggs, chilli sauce, noodles and vegetables, it's been bubbling away at the stove on my table for several minutes. However, it's impossible for me to finish more than half the amount in the cooking bowl..."

Exploring the vibrant food and cultural attractions of the South Korean capital.
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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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