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The new TSA security regime - does it make us safer?

USA | Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | Views [54450] | Comments [8]

Full body x-rays, hands-on pat-downs, demands for ID, bans on liquids, gels, nail clippers, hair spray, knitting needles and now ink cartridges – the new TSA security regime. Travel safety specialist at WorldNomads.com , Phil Sylvester, sifts ... Read more >

Tags: airport, security, travel-safety, tsa

World View - Have/Have Not

MEXICO | Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | Views [711]

Why Mexico's border towns are so dangerous. Ciudad Juarez (Mexico) was recently named the most dangerous city in the world. There’s a drug war raging that claimed 350 lives in October 2010. The bloodiest month in a bloody year – 2666 homicides ... Read more >

Tags: mexico, poverty, usa

Australia Day, a guide for 1st timers

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | Views [942]

Let us rejoice!* When the English sent 11 ships loaded with handkerchief and bread thieves to Australia in 1788, they thought they were handing out harsh punishment to a bunch of ne’er-do-wells. While the overlords in foggy London were wringing ... Read more >

Tags: australia, australia day, festivals, sydney

The "new" South Africa; born on Robben Island

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | Views [848]

Have you noticed how many South Africans you know now? Never met one before a couple of years ago, now they’re everywhere! Here’s a game you can play at your next dinner party. Ask one of them what they think of the “new” South Africa? They’ll talk ... Read more >

Tags: #invictus, #mandela, #robbenisland, #southafrica, #travel

Whale watching in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | Views [1055]

Game viewing in South Africa usually means hunting down “the Big Five”, leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino. But in Plettenberg Bay, we went one better... the big five - plus one... enjoying some of the best whale watching in the world. ... Read more >

Tags: #southafrica, #touring, #whale, #whalewatching

Photos: Random pix

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Cape Town to The Cape

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | Views [778]

I wrote this a couple of years back, but because so many of you are in South Africa for the football, or maybe now thinking of going there, I thought I'd share this with you. Written, but never published anywhere... until now. (I've updated the prices ... Read more >

Tags: #beaches, #ocean, #southafrica, #touring, #travel, #worldcup

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