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ABUNDANTLY CLEAR IN SHANGHAI

On the flight from Paris (CDG) to Shanghai (Pu Dong) on China Eastern Airlines, one thing was abundantly clear.  There were very few Europeans on board. I could see about 10 on the A330-200 that has a capacity of 220 or thereabouts. So Paris was a good introduction to Shanghai. Approaching Pu Dong Airport in the early hours of the morning it was also abundantly … Continue reading ABUNDANTLY CLEAR IN SHANGHAI

BACK TO BUCKET BASICS

By Sara Dinnen The vagaries of semi-rural living.  Turned on the gas stove to rustle up a poached egg.  No gas.  Both bottles are empty which means, ergo, no hot water either. Phoned the gas supplier, who happens to be 83.7ks away in the nearest city. There ain’t nothing closer. “Och” said the Scottish man on the other end of the phone.  “Bad luck and … Continue reading BACK TO BUCKET BASICS

SMALL TOYOTA MAKES A BIG IMPRESSION

By Sandy Myhre Cars have become progressively bigger.  Look back ten years and see that what once was placed in the small car category is now sufficiently big enough to be classified as mid-size. The same thing happened to what’s ubiquitously called the Sport Utility Vehicle.  It’s like car designers all clubbed together and injected their SUVs with enough steroid-induced bulging muscles to be banned … Continue reading SMALL TOYOTA MAKES A BIG IMPRESSION