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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

You’re welcome?

Given the increasing number of tourists visiting New Zealand, how well do we welcome them?  Sara Dinnen discovered two travellers whose experience in Northland could be called a salutary lesson for tourism operators.   This is a tale of two tourists.  One is a local and frequent bus traveller between Northland and Auckland.  The other is an Englishman who has been touring the world for … Continue reading You’re welcome?

A TOUCH OF GREEN DURING A VISIT TO NEW ZEALAND BY THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND

by Sandy Myhre The first door opened to welcome the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, during a visit to New Zealand in late October, was that of the Governor General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy in Wellington. (Photo Marty Melville) She signalled a sartorial salutation to Mr Higgins by wearing a Kelly-green suit and matching pillbox hat. The former lawyer and businesswoman was appointed … Continue reading A TOUCH OF GREEN DURING A VISIT TO NEW ZEALAND BY THE PRESIDENT OF IRELAND

The Design Daemon by Charleen Clarke

Charleen Clarke is the Editorial Director for Focus On Transport, South Africa, and a jury member of Women’s World Car of the Year.  She talked with Ian Callum, the designer of the Jaguar F-PACE, the SUV/Crossover that won the 2016 Women’s World Car of the Year award.  Her story was first published in Focus on Transport. Click the link.   DEKAT – Jaguar designer ENG … Continue reading The Design Daemon by Charleen Clarke

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