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And home again

Well, it's good to be home. After four weeks away, you start to miss the niceties of home - the mess in the spare room, the vomit-coloured carpet, the washers that need replacing. But our trip to America last month was well worth it. We got to see so many interesting things, and to discover that America is just like Australia - except for the bits that aren't. The great thing about going any

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Seattle, Washington

The first thing you notice about Washington state is the abundance of green. Most of it is green, a contrast from Arizona, which is mostly dust. And whereas Arizona is dusty because it's dry, Washington is green because it's wet. Makes perfect sense. In fact, while in Arizona L's uncle had told me "Washington's really nice... if you like green". For Australians (and others) reading, it's pro

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Phoenix, Arizona

Well! Here we are in America. And in between falling into canyons and getting lost in the malls, I thought I'd rattle off a quick entry. The flight The Pacific Ocean is big. That's probably why it takes so long to get from Australia to America. Something close to [ARGH] hours stuck in a 747 could potentially be quite miserable, depending on a number of factors. One of the factors is "thos

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Ready to go…

Our bags are packed We're almost ready to go Yep, just time for a short sharp burst of Toxic Custard before we jet off to the USA. This could be the last TCWF in a few weeks; or I might get time to fire off a quick one during the month's holiday. I don't know. Time will tell. What does this mean for me? No work for a month! Woo hoo! No thumping my computer when it makes that irritating whining

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What to do while waiting at the airport

Planes arrive late. For some reason, those in charge of planes (i.e. pilots) sometimes do very silly things, like fail to load enough fuel to quite make the distance, go via Fiji because of turbulence, forget about and overshoot Hawaii, accidentally take a wrong turning at Auckland, or even happily land in Austria before realising they're over the wrong continent. Face it, you're gonna need someth

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Visiting Sydney

The first thing you notice about Sydney is how all the tourist attractions are within about a ten minute walk of one another. And that with a bit of careful aiming, you can get them all into one photo. The Sydney Opera House looks from a distance like giant sails against the sky, but up close it looks even more impressive. Makes you wonder why they went to that amount of trouble just for opera.