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Emirates cuts hurt but look beyond the Covid cloud

emirates cuts hurt but look beyond the covid cloud
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More pain, as Emirates says it will cut 30,000 jobs because of the Covid-19 pandemic’s halt to air travel. Emirates airlines launched in the late 1980s. The routes expanded and, come the 21st Century, Emirates forced the arrogant old airlines to lift their game...

Cottage Pie NOT how Nanna made it

cottage pie not how nanna made it
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It never comes out looking like the pic, does it? I’d describe this lentils/kale/sweet potato Cottage Pie as more about the, ummm, texture than the taste. Fortunately, my mates Lea and Perrins, from Worcestershire, came to the rescue … The post Cottage Pie NOT how...

Insidious Beauty

insidious beauty
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A Blue Flower Wasp, on the footpath outside my apartment, in St Kilda, Melbourne. First time I’ve seen one in Australia. Don’t be deceived by it’s allure – it’s a parasitoid, and paralyses its prey, lays its eggs inside, and the hatched larvae slowly...

Coronavirus: Lockdown Lunches

coronavirus: lockdown lunches
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Lockdown lunches: better than my last effort? Peppercorn’s grass fed, gluten free (don’t know why) beef sausages, with my home grown (not supposed to be “miniature”) tomatoes, and egg cooked with hot paprika and dried rosemary. Frying up nicely … *Sausages kindly supplied by...

Meals in the Time of Coronavirus

meals in the time of coronavirus
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Well, it tastes much better than it looks. When you have to mix and match what’s in the cupboard and fridge, today’s winning combo: egg fried with hot paprika, pepper and dried rosemary, on wholemeal toast with tomato sauce, sliced baby beetroot, Smokey Baconnaise...

Mince and Mix for a Lunch in Lockdown

mince and mix for a lunch in lockdown
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Life in the Time of Coronavirus: Lockdown Lunch is very low/slow cooked turkey mince with smoked bacon, heaps and heaps of red wine, dried mixed herbs, coarse pepper, garlic, home grown chilli, tomato paste, frozen peas & corn, on wholemeal toast, finished with generous...

Kids – help your parents deal with the stress of coronavirus

kids – help your parents deal with the stress of coronavirus
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ESSENTIAL guide for children to help their parents cope with the stress of coronavirus: * Tell Mum & Dad that they will grow out of their toilet paper “thing” (which we don’t talk about) * Explain that the sharemarket is like St Kilda footy...

Cruise tourism hits pause button as coronavirus spreads

cruise tourism hits pause button as coronavirus spreads
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Norwegian Cruise Lines, one of the world’s Big 3 cruise lines, has put public health ahead of immediate profit and suspended all cruises by its 28 ships until April 11 as the coronavirus pandemic brings a global pause in tourism. NCL, which includes Oceania...

Cruising into the future

cruising into the future
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As tourism deals with a severe case of the flu, no sector is showing more symptoms than cruising. On the upside, at least one major cruise line is prescribing a beneficial remedy – Norwegian Cruise Line has updated its cancellation-and-credit policy to encourage travellers...

Smart air travel

smart air travel
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What is a night’s sleep worth? Even just a fitfull, semi-snooze during an international flight? As economy class travellers (which, let’s face it, is the vast majority), is a more expensive airfare worth the “investment” to arrive relatively refreshed ready for action, rather than...
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