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    The travel urge that won’t go away: Afghanistan

    by  • August 31, 2013 • Featured, Longer, Travel • 4 Comments

    Herat, Afghanistan travel

    I’m going to Australia for three weeks tomorrow. Brilliant! Exciting! Yay! But one of the biggest things about my impending travels I’m looking forward to is my reading material: I’ve just bought a copy of Khaled Hosseini’s And The Mountains Echoed. And Afghan-born Northern California resident Khaled Hosseini is the man at least partially...

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    The Game of Thrones cast as you HAVE seen them before – you just didn’t know it

    by  • June 6, 2013 • Awesome, Featured, Pop culture • 3 Comments

    Rose Leslie Ygritte Game of Thrones in Downton Abbey

    Context is everything. Check out our favourite Game of Thrones characters in their previous incarnations. Firstly, that incredible (by which I mean, incredible first season only) British teen drama Skins,  which gave us – along with Dev Patel and Nicholas Hoult – Gendry and Gilly. Also known as Joe Dempsie and Hannah Murray. Also...

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    Christchurch’s new heart

    by  • February 22, 2013 • Art, Australasia, Featured, Longer, News • 0 Comments

    Christchurch earthquake damage

    Among the destruction of Christchurch’s deadly earthquake two years ago, a glimmer of something good. Against expectations, the gentle exodus of young people has slowed since the disaster – and those who remain are cultivating a new, glowing little heart for the crumpled city. In 2010, Christchurch was a pretty garden city in Canterbury,...

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    Want to visit El Paraiso’s temple? First try Caral

    by  • February 15, 2013 • Featured, Latin America, Longer, Travel • 0 Comments

    Have you read about Peru’s latest archeological find at El Paraiso? The area north of Lima is stuffed with enormously significant historical sites – like Caral: ten times as old as Machu Picchu and astonishingly under-visited. A vast temple has been uncovered at the already very impressive El Paraiso, about 40km north of Lima, and it’s...

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