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Ben Alcock
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GETTING MY DISNEYLAND ON IN HONG KONG
I'm a rational grown-up. I know marketing. I know when I'm having my emotional buttons cunningly pushed. I know that there are many things from my childhood that have faded out of memory. Things that, if I encountered them now, I'd probably just pass right ...
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ON SPLENDOUR. AND WORDSWORTH.
So, Splendour has been and gone. Whatever you do, don’t refer to it by its full name: Splendour in the Grass . It’s Splendour . Just Splendour . Are you Splendouring? Did you Splendour? Verb and proper noun. And an absolute monster of a thing. I splendoured...
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KICKING OFF KIDS' CULINARY JOURNEYS IN SINGAPORE
Food is serious business in Singapore. There are tiny, hole-in-the-wall kitchens that have operated for eons serving a single specialty dish. Literally one dish. When Singapore's Changi Airport opened 'Singapore Food Street' in Terminal 3 all hell broke loo...
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Arrawarra? Never Heard of it.
We did scoff a bit when the lady next door proclaimed, “ Our son has travelled all over the world, and he says there’s just about nowhere as nice as Arrawarra ”, in what seemed to be an in-real-life scene from The Castle . We’d only been in Arrawarra a few ...
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ZEN AND THE ART OF THE THEME PARK QUEUE
Universal Studios Singapore. Theme parks have changed a lot since I was a kid. Much of the change has been around technology, the Disney people doing some incredible end-to-end, near-field, auto-payment, ride-scheduling spookiness, collecting lots of juicy ...
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PONDERING LUGGAGE
The advent of the wheely bag totally revolutionised luggage. No more back-breaking, awkward hauling and dragging of large rectangular suitcases. Those little wheels changed everything. Telescopic handle - click, click, click - lean forward and away you go s...
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THREE SIGNS YOU'VE BOOKED THE WRONG HOTEL
I don't know about you, but I think there are some absolute tell-tale signs that you've booked the wrong hotel.  Travelling for business recently I encountered a number of capital-city hotels. All mid-range (no sense of entitlement here), well-located, look...
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FINDING TIME IN THE COOK ISLANDS
People
often talk about 'island time'. Usually as a way of excusing slow
service or a late departure or even the complete non-delivery of an
expected holiday amenity. Typically imparted with a hearty laugh and a beaming
smile, island time is either utte...
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TRAVEL AND THE FOMO OF FOOD
There are apps for everything, it seems, and they have revolutionised the traveller's experience of navigating new places. A hat-tip to Google Maps for basic navigation. You are here. Whilst, platforms like Foursquare have added social functionality so we c...
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BLIZZARD OF OZ: New York City in Winter
I was totally unprepared for New York City in winter. The moment I stepped onto the icy-slick pavement just beyond the warm lobby of the Hotel Beacon on Broadway at 75th Street, a deep chill worked its way through the soles of my completely inappropriate sh...
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