Author Archives: Richard

The Australia Dairy Company

 The Australia Dairy Company was founded in 1970 in the Hong Kong suburb of Jordan and has established itself as something of an icon in the island’s budget dining scene.  Despite the name, the restaurant’s only Antipodean connection is the … Continue reading

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Japan: Beer, bowing and bewilderment

Is there a more ludicrous statement than the airplane pilot telling you to “sit back, relax and enjoy the flight”? Enjoy? Unless you are one of the fortunate few with the means to make the fabled left turn when entering … Continue reading

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Shanghai Stories

Deng Xiaping, the historical leader of China responsible for many of the economic reforms that have led to the explosion in the country’s growth famously said: “Not only should we push up the economy, we should also create a good … Continue reading

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New Zealand: Geo-Porn

If the north island of New Zealand is pretty then the south island, as I was to find out, is frankly geographical pornography. It is a source of amazement that such a small country could incorporate so many amazing topographical … Continue reading

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New Zealand: Godzone

After a brief few days in Sydney following an action-packed week in America I found myself on board yet another flight, this time bound for Auckland on the north island of New Zealand for a month in the country that … Continue reading

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Viva Las Vegas

According to the cliché , if you can remember the 1960s you weren’t there and I’m going to use a similar excuse for this lame attempt at a post about my five days in Las Vegas; frankly I can’t remember … Continue reading

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Drinkin’ in LA

Does anyone have a good word to say about Los Angeles?  If they do they certainly say it quietly as some of the comments I heard in the build up to my long weekend there didn’t exactly inspire much confidence … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale

Insurance companies. Tossers aren’t they? Slippery, mendacious, faceless behemoths who are quick enough to take your premiums but equally quick to wriggle out of their obligations should you be unfortunate enough to need to claim. All, arguably, valid statements but … Continue reading

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The Liar and The Lizard – a Footnote

Faced with such a depressing choice the Australian electorate did the only right thing in the circumstances and elected neither Abbot nor Gillard leading to a hung parliament and the unedifying sight of a few, normally irrelevant independent MPs being … Continue reading

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24 Hour Party People

Whilst recently getting my daily intravenous shot of UK news, I was slightly perplexed to notice that the government will shortly be repealing the 24-hour licensing laws and stopping pubs from serving alcohol round the clock.  Perplexed because I never … Continue reading

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