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Side stepping death’s shadow in the Dominican Republic

Alexander Cornwell recounts being robbed at gunpoint in the Dominican Republic.

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Them’s the brakes: why are Australians driving less?

Although there’s a lot of variation across countries, westerners are generally driving less. Alan Davies explores why.

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Perry, Kwong, Moran … Murdoch: celebrity chef site wins backing

Celebrity chef website Eatlove has secured partnerships with some of the top foodies in Australia, yet publishers and a Murdoch, writes StartUp Smart reporter Michelle Hammond.

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Photo gallery: the beauty of Figbirds in a fig tree

Sometimes birds are hard to find. Sometimes not. Bob Gosford takes two steps from his bed and finds an ornithorium of wonder and beauty.

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BERNARD KEANE | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Shocking reality of Aussie drinking: it’s in moderation, and declining

Despite the claims of anti-alcohol campaigners, Australians are drinking less — yes, even Generation Y.

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The story of the Broken Hill Table Tennis Club — and its significance for rural health

The story of the Broken Hill Table Tennis Club tells us something about how the social and economic fortunes of mining towns can rise and fall — with wide-ranging implications for health, writes Melissa Sweet.

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The Schapelle tax: travellers should pay a $5 DFAT levy

Australians demand too much of our consular services when overseas. If we want gold-class care — with DFAT under increasing strain — travellers should have to pay for it, argues Lowy Institute fellow Alex Oliver.

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AMBER JAMIESON | FOOD & TRAVEL |

BBC’s loss may be Lonely Planet’s biggest adventure

Lonely Planet continues its global nomadism, with BBC selling up the travel giant to a reclusive US billionaire’s company. What next for the traveller’s bible?

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CRIKEY INTERN | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Horses for courses: is $400 Phar Lap in the Pal?

Horses bred for the racing industry are ending up as dog food or sold for human consumption, whether they are too old to race or never made the grade, writes Crikey intern Michelle Slater.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Meet Titanic II: everything you need to know about Clive’s ark

Clive Palmer’s Titanic II will have a high-tech engine, air conditioning, a hospital, a helipad … and more lifeboats. But you’ll still be able to dine in early-20th century finery.

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GLENN DYER | FOOD & TRAVEL |

From flood to famine, and now China wants more oil

After months of economic recession, the people of Spain might have a bigger problem: there’s not enough oil to go around. Rising demand overseas has seen a flood turn to shortages.

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Big hearts of the Mississippi

One thing Bob Gosford admires about the Quapaw Canoe Company and the Lower Mississippi River Foundation is that they have always reached out beyond a good time getting wet.

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A bowl of chili with a side serving of Obama watching

This week the world’s spotlight was on Washington D.C., to watch the second inauguration of President Obama. Freelance journalist — and former local — Robert Baird dishes on the best secret spots in the Capital.

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Riding through rain-filled avalanches on treacherous mountains in Georgia

K Johnson rode through treacherous mountains in Georgia, with constant mini-avalanches and rain pouring down, in search of the town of Vardzia.

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War on arak: how to get drunk in Bali without getting blind

Australians have died and been blinded by dodgy drinks in Indonesia. Crikey intern Jemimah Clegg investigates the mysterious beverage that is arak, why people are drinking it — and what can go wrong.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Is Macca’s supersizing our cops? Fast food perks for law officers

McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme entice cops and emergency services staff through the door with free or discounted fast food. Could these perks lead to corruption, and should they be banned?

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Tuning into redneck radio on Route 66

You can buy an acre of land here for about the price of a pack of cigarettes.’ Bob Gosford, rolling onto Route 66, tunes into redneck radio and discovers soul-destroying piss and blather.

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On the border, down Pakistan way, between Iraq and a hard place

Traveller K Johnson takes a winding mountain road to the east of Piranshahr in Pakistan and attempts to cross the border into Iraq, but all does not go to plan…

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Warnings from a seasoned traveller: do not attempt the Albanian bus system

Former tour guide Carla Pratt figured it took a lot to rattle her when travelling. But a simple bus trip in Albania was enough to make her question all her travel skills.

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Phuket’s red light women trade where it’s ‘no big deal’

Bangla Road in Phuket is one of the world’s best-known red light districts for tourists. But life for prostitutes isn’t exactly what Liam Engel, an Australian writer, expected.

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GUY RUNDLE | FOOD & TRAVEL |

Behind the walls, a Quebecism version of separatism

In a picture-postcard walled city, a new revolution is brewing. Quebec has been given a revival by a new matter-of-fact separatism now alive in Europe. Crikey’s man-at-large walks the cobblestones.

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Wuhan, China: a sprawling city with smog and dog meat

It’s such a cliché to say a city is “sprawling”, but sometimes, it’s the only word. And when it comes to Wuhan, China, home of 10 million people and a whole lot of smog, sprawling seems appropriate, says Alexandra Patrikios.

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The constraints and marvels of botanical art

Capturing Flora: 300 years of Australian botanical art’ at Victoria’s Ballarat Gallery is a superb and enormous show, writes a spiritually nourished W H Chong.

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‘They call me Jimmy Wavehhill’ — reflections on cattle and country

Jimmy Wavehill is a local legend in Katherine, NT, where he has lived a long and adventurous life. Bob Gosford compiles some of his stories.

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