Harrison’s Great Food Idea

James Harrison was not a farmer or a chef, but he changed the way we eat. In 1837, he emigrated from Scotland to Australia. On arrival, he noticed that food soon deteriorated under the fierce sun that beat down on his new homeland. After doing various jobs, including being a journalist and a politician, he focused on a new challenge. How to preserve food that would otherwise rot away if…

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Dreamliner 787 and William Boeing

Great to see that the Boeing Dreamliner plane took to the skies this week. I hope to fly in it as I am a big fan of the Boeing 747, which has taken me around the world on a number of occasions. It is nearly 40 years since the first commercial flight of what was nicknamed the ‘Jumbo’. I have flown in various versions from Australia, where I live, to…

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London – Amazing Stories

I remember the first time that I went London. It seemed that everyone was in a race. People ran for the buses. Others ran to hail a taxi. Many ran to the train station. Those not running walked quickly. No doubt they had good reason to run. London I soon discovered moved at a quick pace. Yet, it also reflected times past. I walked down the Strand to Charing Cross…

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Paris from the Eiffel Tower

Each time I go to Paris, the Eiffel Tower draws me like a magnet. By going up the steps, or riding in the lift, I gain a marvellous view of the City of Light. Far below the tourists sail along the River Seine enjoying the sights. To the north is Montmartre, where Edith Piaf started her career singing in the streets. In the other direction is the Latin Quarter. The…

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Vivaldi’s Girls and Music

Venice is a beautiful city and the place where the great composer Antonio Vivaldi was born in 1678. Most of us have heard his music, particularly the’ The Four Seasons’ which is very popular. However, we are fortunate to be able to listen to many of his great works. They were left in a monastery and remained gathering dust for about 200 years. In 1926, the monks at San Martino,…

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