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How to Score the Best Economy Class Seat on a Plane
Escape, 6 June 2017

"Squeezed in tight, with a battle for the armrest and a seatback in your face. Weíve all been there Ė itís a battle for space when you fly long-distance in Economy Class. It doesnít matter how great the planeís entertainment system is, or how tolerable the airline food, if you can barely move with discomfort. But take heart, because Iím going to reveal my formula for securing the best Economy Seat on any plane..."

Revealing how I choose the optimum airline seat in Economy Class, with reference to an LA-Fiji flight.

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Top 10: Comedy Clubs Around the World
Traveller
, 7 October 2016

"Our neighbours across the Tasman would have to be a funny lot, considering such Kiwi-born successes as satirist John Clarke and musical comedians the Flight of the Conchords. The Classic is Auckland's only full-time comedy venue, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017 with a diverse calendar of amusing performers in a central location..."

Listing great comedy venues in the USA
, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore.
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Lights! Camera! Oahu!
roundtheworldflights.com,
28 September 2016

"'The stuff that goes on in making movies? They ought to make a movie about it,' says veteran film scout Randy Spangler. And he should know. Spanglerís been working in Hawaiiís busy film industry since the 1970s, when he got his start finding locations for the TV series Hawaii Five-O. So many productions have been filmed on the most populous island, Oahu, that I wonder why itís so attractive to Hollywood and television studios..."

Exploring television and movie locations in Hawaii, USA.
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A Week in Hawaii
roundtheworldflights.com, 11 July 2016

"Spending a week in the USAís island state? You wonít be lost for things to do. Between the urban delights of the Pacificís biggest city, Honolulu, and the natural attractions across the eight main islands, thereís plenty of material for a memorable trip. Here are some ideas..."

Suggesting attractions to visit over seven days in Hawaii, USA.
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Going Light
Paradise, May-June 2016

"Are you up for a travel challenge? Here it is: could you travel anywhere in the world, taking only cabin luggage with you? It may sound impossible, but it isnít. For years, Iíve been honing my approach to packing light, to the point where I only ever take a single bag. The upside? I zip through airports, often bypassing the check-in desks entirely if the airline offers mobile check-in. When I leave the flight at the end of the trip, I can walk straight out of the airport..."

Explaining how to pack light for the inflight magazine of Air Niugini.
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Tiki Time
RoyalAuto
, August 2015
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"Randy Wong has one word for it: escapism. 'No matter where you are, be it downtown New York or stuck in a cubicle in Honolulu, you need to get away. You want to go to that other realm Ė a tropical island, or a cabana. Tiki culture is perfect for that.' And Wong should know. Heís the bass player in The Waitiki 7, a Honolulu band playing Tiki music. This lively pop culture phenomenon owed much to American servicemenís exposure to Polynesian culture during World War II..."

Seeking examples of Tiki culture across Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
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The Bars of Chinatown
roundtheworldflights.com, 21 January 2015

"'An artist told me he was upset with Chinatown because it was supposed to be the artistic centre of Hawaii, but it wasnít delivering,' says Brandon Reid, Honolulu bar owner. 'He said all we needed was wall space, lighting and a bar. It just unfolded from there.' For a long time Chinatown was the cityís notorious red light district, home of brothels and dodgy bars. However, in recent years the district has transformed itself into an attractive entertainment zone..."

Investigating the lively bar scene in Chinatown, Honolulu, Hawaii.
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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 countryís 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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Hidden Honolulu
www.lonelyplanet.com, 7 May 2014

"Heading for Honolulu? Then youíre probably going to spend time in Waikiki. For many people, the popular beachfront district is all they see of the Hawaiian capital. However, there's more to the city than tourist-thronged streets and beaches. When you feel like a break from the crowds, take time to check out these highlights of hidden Honolulu..."

Revealing lesser-known attractions of Honolulu, including food and art.
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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 itís 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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Saving Fiji's Iguanas
roundtheworldflights.com, 28 November 2013

"When Tom Hanks was marooned an island in the 2000 movie Cast Away, not everything about his performance was fictional. The Hollywood star really was located on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ė the Fijian island of Monuriki. Monuriki lacks any permanent human population. What it does have is the remarkable Fijian Crested Iguana, a lizard covered in patches of different shades of green and blue..."

Discovering the conservation work of the Kulu Eco Park on the Coral Coast, Fiji.
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Flight Test: Fiji Airways
The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
, 23 November 2013

"The A330 is so new to the fleet of Fiji Airways (the recently rebranded Air Pacific), the aircraft still has that 'Mmm, new plane' smell. Four buttons are dedicated to pre-set alignments, from upright all the way to a near-flat bed. As it's a daytime flight I won't be trying out the latter, so instead I play around with the second set of controls which adjusts fine details of the seat, from lumbar support to the footrest..."

Reviewing the new business class cabin of the Fijian airline
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Three Days in Fiji
roundtheworldflights.com, 17 August 2013

"Only three days in Fiji? Tough luck. This South Pacific destination is so full of diverse islands and attractions that you could happily spend weeks, maybe months there. On the other hand, three days in Fiji? Great! A short stay is better than not visiting at all, and there are still plenty of activities you can do in that space of time. Those three days can be neatly matched with three types of activities: on the water, heading inland, and chilling out..."

Outlining a list of interesting activities for a short stay in Fiji.
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Into Fiji's Interior
roundtheworldflights.com, 5 July 2013

"Iím standing within the Naihehe Cave in the interior of Viti Levu, Fijiís main island, my cheap trainers filling slowly with cold water as the light strapped to my head picks out the rocky walls. Ahead is the 'pregnancy gap', a low passage between this chamber and the next, presumably named because a pregnant woman couldnít make it through. Beyond the gap is a set of caverns within which the local Sautabu tribe hid centuries ago..."

Joining an excursion to a hidden cave in inland Fiji.
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Christchurch Reborn
Medical Observer, 17 February 2012

"As we look into the Red Zone, we see a series of vacant lots surrounding old commercial buildings which have lost their facades; and behind them, the ominously leaning form of the 1980s Hotel Grand Chancellor. However, there is a silver lining to this tragic destruction - the need to rebuild the city centre almost from scratch provides an opportunity to create something special..."

Visiting Christchurch, New Zealand, to gauge its post-earthquake recovery.
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Beachside Bliss
Air Mail, Summer 2011
(Air Australia inflight magazine)

"'All the worldís a stage,' wrote William Shakespeare, but he might as well have said 'All the worldís a beach.' Through Asia, Australia and the Pacific there are beaches of every type, hosting every attraction. Whether youíre after a rest, a meal, a party or a spot of retail action, thereís a sandy shore out there for you. Hereís a selection of the best..."

Detailing a number of fine beaches, including two in Hawaii.
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Flashpack Chic
Medical Observer, 17 September 2010

"Across the Tasman, both the natural and adventure travel delights of Queenstown can be sampled more cheaply by staying at this flashpacker accommodation. Itís an easy place to find, as itís located on the townís main street within easy reach of dining and entertainment. Ensuite doubles include bath tubs, apparently 'to soak up the dayís adrenalin'."

Detailing upmarket 'flashpacker' hostels across Australia and New Zealand.
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Auckland Express
The West Australian, 9 October 2008

"The highlight of the Antarctic Experience is an automated ride around an indoor penguin habitat. The ride is a mix of the really interesting and the really naff - there are chic mannequins modelling Antarctic gear, along with fake seals and an unconvincing orca. But the live penguins are great."

A lightning tour taking in the attractions of New Zealand's largest city .
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Land of Contrasts
Medical Observer, 4 July 2008

"Itís not just from the obvious vantage points that the scenery impresses. On my first night, as I walk home from a fundraising concert to my accommodation along the dimly lit main road, thereís a brilliant full moon. It throws the pine trees into silhouettes against the sky, and I can hear my footsteps falling in the silence. Itís beautiful."

An exploration of Norfolk Island's old-fashioned charm and historic attractions.
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24 Hours in Easter Island
The Sunday Age, 1 June 2008

"Statues, statues and more of those mysterious statues. Letís face it, youíre hardly going to spend time on Rapa Nui (Easter Islandís local name) without having a look at its famous figureheads, the moai. If you want sophisticated urban excitement, however, youíre out of luck. But what Easter Island lacks in chic, it makes up for in mystique."

Details a day among the treasures of this remote Pacific island.
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With a Head for a Pisco Sour
The Sunday Age, 3 June 2007

"Wherever you go on this exotic island, you encounter a nimble dance between Polynesian and Latin American traditions, whether culinary or cultural. Itís a hurahura (as the locals call their traditional dance) worthy of the dancing lady who appears on every second postcard in the Easter Island gift shops, dressed in a traditional feathery gear and shimmying away as if her life depended on it."

An exploration of Polynesian culture and Latin American influences on Easter Island.
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A Life in Stone
The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 May 2007

"Then we catch our first glimpse of Easter Island, a rocky, hilly green mound rising improbably out of the ocean. Down below, a silver-haired man waits with our name on a board for a hotel transfer. To our astonishment, he has a broad Australian accent and a slouch hat. So how does an Aussie bloke end up running a hotel on the world's most remote inhabited island? Via the movies, believe it or not."

Profiles an Australian hotelier resident on Easter Island.
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Trip With Lights Fantastic
Medical Observer, 2 February 2007

"As we tear along the back streets, our Balkan-born cabbie delivers a running monologue on traffic lights, Macedonians, and the desirability of taking assorted shortcuts to avoid the dreadful congestion on the conspicuously quiet main roads. I peruse the street directory and supply useful hints on reaching our destination, as the meter rolls on. But at least Auckland is turning out to be more interesting than I had expected."

A 24-hour whirlwind tour of Auckland, New Zealand's attractions and entertainment.
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Pacific Gem
Medical Observer, 1 December 2006

"Using the Goldilocks Technique, we dismiss the bungalows ('too cramped'); veto a five-star choice ('too expensive'); and enter the Fare Vai Moana in the characters of two dusty heat-stricken gentlepersons of the road, seeking sanctuary. But you have to have a few ordeals, just to remind you how good paradise is when you find it. And Moíorea is very beautiful."

The delights of the island of Mo'orea, part of French Polynesia.
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Bon Appetit - It's Paradise, at a Price
The Age, 22 July 2006

"Ka-ching! Welcome to paradise! I know it's not right to worry about money when you're on holiday - it's supposed to be a time of letting yourself go and having fun. But French Polynesia is so expensive that it can throw a serious spanner in the 'letting yourself go' concept."

A light-hearted look at the expensive nature of French Polynesia.
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A Slice of French Polynesia
Pacific Magazine, July 2006

"As vibrant as it is, Papeíete may represent 'paradise lost' for many visitors. Rather than an idyllic focus of beauty, springing from Paul Gauguinís famous paintings, the French Polynesian capital is a bustling blend of concrete, car fumes and lively nightlife. A short ferry ride away from Tahiti, however, Moíorea is still a living postcard: beaches, an aquamarine lagoon, swaying palm trees and low-level development."

Focuses on the unspoiled inland attractions of Mo'orea, French Polynesia.
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Romance in the Stones
Medical Observer, 9 June 2006

"Mystery is the essence of Easter Island's attractions: for centuries, its hundreds of massive hand-carved statues (or moai) have puzzled and fascinated visitors. But for the moment, thereís a more pressing question as we leave the humble terminal building. Why does the bloke with our names on a board have an Aussie accent a mile wide?"

A travel piece on the enduring mystique of Easter Island.
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Taveuni Time
Medical Observer, 26 August 2005

"Fiji time is a relaxed approach to everyday life, a feeling the new day is stretching on forever and might never end. Itís so relaxed, you might forget what day it is. And thatís a familiar feeling on Taveuni, bisected by the 180th meridian of longitude. For part of the 19th century, this marked the International Dateline. This geographical accident meant the island was divided into two days: the east side today and the west tomorrow."

Time takes on new flexibility on Fiji's third-largest island.
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All Blacks, Long Blacks, Short Blacks and Lattes
The Age, 8 May 2004

"With the success of the movie epic Lord of the Rings, the New Zealand landscape looms large in the imaginations of would-be travellers worldwide. A lesser-known attraction is the cafť life of its capital city, Wellington. This compact, picturesque city has a surprising range of places to enjoy a drink."

Highlighting the impressive cafe culture of Wellington, New Zealand.
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Red Flag Flies in Wellington's Cafe Quarter
The New Zealand Herald, 27 February 2004

"Nothing succeeds like nostalgia. The Berlin Wall has crumbled, Red Square is infiltrated by burger chains and China is into capitalism in a big way. But the red flag is kept flying in the most unlikely of places: New Zealandís capital city. To get to the heart of the matter, take a stroll down Cuba Street, in Wellingtonís city centre."

Investigating cafe names inspired by communist nostalgia in Wellington, New Zealand.
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Capital Walks
The Press, 3 February 2004

"Walking is one of the great attractions of New Zealand, whether as three-day treks through stunning landscape, sleeping in huts or tents, living rough in the company of nature. But if youíre an urban kind of person and the great outdoors doesnít appeal, you can still get in some walking and be at a good restaurant or theatre by sunset, if youíre visiting Wellington."

Hitting the walking trails in and around Wellington, New Zealand.
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