Archive for February, 2018


Lord of the Rings super fan remakes film scenes in epic New Zealand photography adventure

February 28th, 2018 by

More than 16 years on from the first Lord of the Rings film release in 2001, hordes of fans still flock to New Zealand, where it was filmed. One such fan, Bry Voydatch , decided to venture to Middle-earth from Massachusetts for…

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Pilgrimage to the stars: Bowie-era Berlin to Prince-ly Minneapolis, touring like an 80s pop legend

February 28th, 2018 by

Pop-culture vulture Jane Jurgens devises a travel course for fans of deceased stars to follow. 1. BERLIN David Bowie In the 70s, David Bowie spent three years living in Berlin—apparently to get away from drugs and fame back…

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Woman sues Delta, says she was groped on flight, told to sit back down

February 28th, 2018 by

A woman says she awoke on an overnight Delta flight to a man squeezing her crotch, and then leaning on top of her as she struggled to get out of her aisle seat.Allison Dvaladze ran and asked flight attendants for help, she said,…

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Nikko: Westie meets east in Japan’s town of Shinto shrines, two-hours from Tokyo

February 28th, 2018 by

It’s more than a few furlongs from Avondale Racecourse to a 17th-century Shinto shrine in Nikko but the link is strong, writes Dean Parker “Now the balloon’s up and they’re under starter’s orders,” I barked. “Regal Monarch, the…

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Staying at Attitude on Granville in Kowloon, Hong Kong

February 27th, 2018 by

Cloe Willetts spends four nights at Hong Kong’s boutique hotel Attitude on Granville in Kowloon. Getting there: The hotel is on Granville Rd in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. To get there from Hong Kong Airport takes around 30 to 45…

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Flying from Guayaquil to the Galapagos islands with Latam

February 27th, 2018 by

Eleanor Barker flies aboard Latam’s XL1413 from Guayaquil to the Galapagos islands. Plane: Airbus 319. Class: Economy. Price: From US$450 return. On time: XL1413 was perfectly on time, and boarding was no trouble. Seat:…

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Explorer Levison Wood on nightclubs in Syria and the world’s most dangerous countries

February 27th, 2018 by

He’s walked the Nile and crossed the Himalaya by foot, Levison Wood is determined to prove it’s possible to have a good time anywhere as he recently told Sadie Whitelocks of the Mail Online Parts of Syria are being ravaged by…

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My Holidays: Kate Simmonds’ embarrassing Spanish camper van

February 27th, 2018 by

Kate Simmonds is directing Wigging Out at the Basement Theatre, February 27-March 3, as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival . What was your greatest holiday? During the summer of 2010, I spent three months rolling around Spain…

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Staying at the Jackalope Hotel on Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne

February 26th, 2018 by

Greg Fleming checks in to Mornington Peninsula’s award-winning, boutique hotel Jackalope. Location: About an hour and a half’s drive south of Melbourne. The 45-room Jackalope is named after a mythical creature — part antelope,…

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Flying from San Francisco to Auckland with United Airlines

February 26th, 2018 by

Winston Aldworth flies aboard UA917 from San Francisco to Auckland. The plane: A 777-300ER. When they restarted this route back in 2016, United were flying a Dreamliner, which was fun and very much “of the day”. The switch to…

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