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Jul 29th 2011 1:30AM As an Australian who lived in the UK for many years, I agree that Cadbury chocolate from both countries is far superior to US chocolate. This belief is now shared by some American friends who have been introduced to the cult of the Cherry Ripe. I was also pleased that the Turkish Delight flavour became available in the UK in recent years.
I don't have any evidence for this, but I understood the slight taste difference in the UK and Australian chocolate to be related to the need to keep the Australian version fresh in a very different climate. In any case, a small bar of plain Dairy Milk remains an airport tradition for many of us when we arrive in either country.
Apr 28th 2011 2:08PM I've lived in a variety of environments that are prone to natural disasters and/or civil unrest. Your emergency pack is a good start. I'd add the following items:
- a radio that is battery powered with extra batteries or even better, a hand cranked one. Depending on where you will be, consider the model carefully for ability to pick up weather and news reports;
- writing equipment - for leaving notes for friends/family; noting key details and, most importantly, for copying key phone numbers from your mobile phone's memory before the phone battery dies;
- in this regard, a pre-printed list of key contacts, emergency contacts and other useful information in the bag will be most useful. You should also email this list, along with copies of your passport's information page and any residency visas etc to a web accessible email service. Remember you might not be at home or your office when disaster strikes, so ensure you can access this information in multiple ways;
- a hat;
- toilet paper;
- cash. if you are living in a disaster prone but less developed area carry both the local currency and a major exchange currency such as the US dollar or the Euro.
Finally, as this is a travel blog two further essentials. Firstly, make sure you have the number of your country's consulate in the country you reside in, plus the number for the consular call centre in your home capital. If the disaster is big enough your local consultate may be out of action, so the more numbers the better.
Finally, consider your evacuation/exit options from the country. If you would normally need a visa to enter the country you are most likely to head to in the event of a disaster, make sure you try to maintain a current visa.
Mar 9th 2011 8:37AM Ummm, sorry to be an ignorant foreigner, but isn't that state clearly marked as the lowest actually Mississippi?
Jan 20th 2011 10:08AM Actually, New Zealand won the first Rugby World Cup, in 1987. The national trauma relates more to the fact that they have not won it since, have unexpectedly crashed out in spectacular fashion more than once (hello France 1999) and that in the meantime both Australian and South Africa have won it twice.
Do they deserve another one? Don't ask me, I'm an Australian