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Big planes out, small planes in: Air Austral scales back Indian Ocean route

Big planes out, small planes in: Air Austral scales back Indian Ocean route

Plane TalkingJul 31, 2013

Air Austral looks set to abandon plans for large-capacity planes flying between France and Noumea. The airline's idea was ahead of its time, writes Ben Sandilands.

Modern abstract maps: New York and London as you've never seen them before

elsewhereJul 24, 2013

A Lonely Planet for some, as more jobs go from publisher

A Lonely Planet for some, as more jobs go from publisher

Myriam RobinJul 19, 20132 Comments

Lonely Planet will make more cuts -- up to 100 jobs could go -- as it transitions painfully to a digital future. While more people are travelling, fewer are buying guidebooks.

Byte-sized vitriol: internet reviews sour for restaurants

Byte-sized vitriol: internet reviews sour for restaurants

Kate GibbsJul 11, 201320 Comments

Foodies have the power to make and break restaurants with online reviews. But can you believe everything you read? Legal affairs reporter Kate Gibbs reports on the fraud cruelling some diners.

MPs taking your tax dollars with them on overseas sojourns

MPs taking your tax dollars with them on overseas sojourns

Fergus HunterJul 10, 20134 Comments

Simon Crean is heading to Europe on a taxpayer-funded "study" jaunt which may include cooking lessons. Crikey intern Fergus Hunter looks at the rules on MP travel and picks out some highlights.

Crikey Clarifier: why you'll see stars on food labels

Crikey Clarifier: why you'll see stars on food labels

Crikey InternJun 24, 20132 Comments

The Health Minister has approved a new five-star rating system to delineate the nutritional value of food. Crikey intern Joanna Robin chews over the new scheme.

Fire and animals: how rats and snakes can burn down your house

Fire and animals: how rats and snakes can burn down your house

Northern MythJun 24, 2013

“We were trying to kill a snake with fire,” the woman said during a 911 call. “It done caught the house.” Bob Gosford recounts tales about animals wreaking explosive revenge.

Did you know 'Chicago' means 'Stink Onions'? Mapping literal meanings of US locations

elsewhereJun 21, 2013

Photo gallery: bunggul dancing at Barunga

Photo gallery: bunggul dancing at Barunga

Northern MythJun 19, 2013

The annual Barunga Festival features the bunggul, where traditional Aboriginal dancers show their skills. Bob Gosford was there, capturing the moment.

The road to bicycle registrations long, windy and problematic

The road to bicycle registrations long, windy and problematic

The UrbanistJun 12, 2013

The Queensland government is considering introducing bicycle registrations. But is it good policy? Alan Davies sorts the truth from the hyperbole.