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  • "Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art--."

    04 Jul 2010
    By Steve Meacham “Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art--.”  So begins one of the most beautiful and evocative poems in the English language. Written by John Keats...

  • A scenic walk where old meets new

    20 Jun 2010
    By Steve Meacham Walk? In Abu Dhabi? The hotel concierge looked dubious when I asked him to suggest a 3-4-hour sightseeing stroll around what, according to the International...

  • Driving a hard bargain

    06 Jun 2010
    By Dr Clive FraserMercedes C220 CDI Classic WagonAs doctors face the shock of a steep price hike in medical registration fees, we can all be very thankful that the new national...

  • Chardonnay is now safe to drink

    06 Jun 2010
    My mother can well recall the face I would pull when asked to consume the brussels sprouts that I had artfully attempted to conceal beneath the bones of chops and other debris...

  • The ups and downs of volcanoes

    06 Jun 2010
          By Steve MeachamA late afternoon in Central America. My wife and I have just endured a two-hour journey from the very civilised Spanish...

  • Going nowhere fast

    17 May 2010
    By Steve Meacham, Senior Features Writer, Sydney Morning HeraldGreetings from the centre of the volcano. Or at least, the centre of the volcanic ash crisis that has paralysed much...

  • Merry men have long gone - but the major oak lives on

    02 May 2010
    By Steve Meacham - Senior Features Writer, Sydney Morning HeraldIndulge me. I've written about Robin Hood before in this space. That was two years ago, when the sexed-up, post-...

  • Wall Motors - made in China

    02 May 2010
    By Dr Clive Fraser“Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger” Though we all strongly deny that we are in any way xenophobic, I’d take a wager to say that every one of us has at least some...

  • Tales of the High Seas

    18 Apr 2010
    By Steve Meacham Welcome to a blissful afternoon on the Sir Henry Morgan, a metallic-hulled ‘‘tall ship’’ that is ‘‘sailing’’ - with more than a hint of engine power - along the...

  • Shine a light!

    04 Apr 2010
    By Dr Clive Fraser Xenon Headlamps For quite a few months now I've been on a road trip to try to find a new car. It's a long journey down a rough track to find an automobile that...