Month: April 2017

Shock and awe on Venice Beach

Venice Beach, CA

It looked like California, it smelt like California. Venice Beach  in Los Angeles could be the ultimate location for people-watching. It’s all here. There’s practically  no one on the beach itself but all forms of life are on display on the Boardwalk– the steroid junkies of Muscle Beach, sprawling hippy encampments, jumbled hobo settlements- one

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Hula or hype? Waikiki beach

It’s up there with Bondi, Copacabana and the world’s most famous, but is Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach hula or hype? A recent visit confirmed my recollections of hotels, hotels and grand hotel resorts, palms, palms, palms and the sculpted perfection of the gardens and water features. There’s no denying the natural beauty of the flora, the

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Dawn service

Originally posted on Dr D in Oz:
ANZAC Day centenary The one hundredth ANZAC Day was my first. I had few expectations and less consciousness as I made my way along the shore in the dark, munching an ANZAC biscuit as an improvised breakfast. The reverence with which this anniversary is held is remarkable- thousands…