Monthly Archives: December 2014

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1.6 million people set for Sydney Harbour New Year's fireworks show
Comets of love hearts and smiley faces are set to light up night skies as Australians prepare to usher in the new year. About 1.6 million people are expected to crowd the Sydney Harbour foreshore for New Year's Eve fireworks. The recent Sydney siege …
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Sydney shapes as emotional challenge for players
It's been an emotionally taxing Commonwealth Bank Test series for Australia and it won't get any easier in Sydney. The tragic death of Phillip Hughes is still on the minds of Steve Smith and his teammates, especially the four players who were fielding …

Student Works: Cellular Tessellation pavilion lights the way in Sydney
A collaborative research effort among students from Bond University, University of Technology Sydney, University of South Wales, and University of Sydney, the Vivid pavilion Student Works puts a human scaled experience in conversation with local …
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It's survival of the fittest in Sydney's taxi ranks, and Uber's form looks
This is where it started: Saturday night Christmas Party, beachside suburb of Sydney. 1am. Time to go home. Or time to stay and get ugly. We decide to go. I use the m2 taxi app. I enter the address. I enter where we're going. I book. A tag comes up …
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Sydney to Hobart yachts diverted to plane crash off Tasmania
Seven boats from the Sydney to Hobart yacht race diverted to the scene of a light plane crash off the south-east coast of Tasmania as they neared the finish on Monday night. Two people – the pilot and one passenger – were on board the aircraft, a …
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Sydney Festival founding director Stephen Hall dies
Australia has lost one of its leading cultural figures with the death of Stephen Hall, the founding director of the Sydney Festival. Hall, who led the festival for 18 years and earned the moniker "Festival Hall", died on Christmas Eve at his home in …
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Wild Oats XI wins Sydney to Hobart

Wild Oats XI wins Sydney to Hobart
Veteran supermaxi Wild Oats XI has reinforced her standing as the most successful boat in the 70-year history of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, claiming line honours for a record eighth time. Owned by winemaker Bob Oatley and skippered by Mark …
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Sydney New Year's Eve: Sydney's glitziest parties
At $ 1100 a person, the VIP package at the Opera Kitchen will buy you a private lounge at the Sydney Opera House, a butler, a tailored three-course meal, live entertainment and prime views of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The venue sells out every year, with a …
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Man dies after fatal shooting outside residence in Sydney
The man, aged in his 30s, was found with gunshot wounds lying outside the residence at Condell Park. Emergency services were called to the scene in Fifth Avenue about 6.10pm on Sunday. Paramedics treated the man before he was taken to hospital in a …

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Man dies while at wife's Sydney grave
An elderly man has died in a car accident while visiting his wife's grave in Sydney's west. The 86-year-old was with his son at Rookwood Cemetery when he fell in front of their car, which rolled over him about 11am on Sunday. The son performed CPR …

Sydney to Hobart 2014 under way – in pictures
The annual bluewater classic has begun, with competitors charging down Australia's east coast in their yearly race across Bass Strait to the Tasmanian capital. Now in its 70th year, the race was marked by the traditional frenetic first hour as crews …
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Winless Wanderers fightback needs to start in the Windy City

Winless Wanderers fightback needs to start in the Windy City
There have been some famous international stops for the Western Sydney Wanderers in 2014: Seoul, Hiroshima, Guangzhou, Dubai, Riyadh and Rabat to name a few. Not knocking the beautiful city of Wellington but it doesn't quite engender the same …
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Thousands to cheer on yachts in Sydney
Thousands of people are expected to line the Sydney Harbour foreshore to send off the 70th Sydney to Hobart yacht race. What started as an unheralded race in 1945 for nine yachts has grown into an event watched by millions. It's one of three major …
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Sydney Kings broken as Kiwis exploit Josh Childress-sized hole
Sydney Kings 85 New Zealand Breakers 97. The air up there: Sydney's Angus Brandt attempts a dunk over Tom Abercrombie. Photo: Tamika Walker. The absence of Josh Childress and a red-hot New Zealand Breakers side was a combination too much for …
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Sydney backpacker survives dangerous seven-storey balcony fall
A young backpacker has spent Christmas Day in hospital after falling from the seventh floor of a Sydney apartment building. It's believed Matthew Lehan lost the keys to his unit when he attempted to 'window hop', slipping and landed on a structure below.

Memorial services held for victims of Sydney cafe siege
WATCH ABOVE: Sydney has again been touched by sadness – with the two victims of the Martin Place siege farewelled. Daniel Sutton reports. SYDNEY, Australia – Two victims of a deadly siege in Sydney were remembered Tuesday at private memorial …

Manhole explodes in Sydney CBD
All lanes of traffic have been reopened at a busy intersection in the Sydney CBD, after a manhole cover exploded on Wednesday afternoon, temporarily disrupting last-minute shoppers on Christmas Eve. Police have confirmed the westbound lane on Market …
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Free rehearsal spaces for musicians in Sydney
Trestle tables fill its halls by day as community groups, bridge clubs and scouts shuffle across its wooden floorboards. On Tuesdays the local choir meets at noon. Green Square community hall is as unremarkable as any red brick shack you are likely to …
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Sydney cafe siege: City bids farewell to victims

Sydney cafe siege: City bids farewell to victims
Sydney has remembered the victims of the Lindt cafe siege, with a funeral for manager Tori Johnson and a memorial service for barrister Katrina Dawson. Both were killed – with gunman Man Haron Monis – as security forces moved in after a 16-hour siege …
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Sydney siege: videos show gunman's wife a risk to public, say prosecutors
Prosecutors will rely on a series of videos recorded by Amirah Droudis to argue the partner of the Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis should have her bail on murder charges revoked. Droudis appeared at Sydney's Downing Centre on Monday morning …
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Man charged with murder of 62-year-old at Pemulwuy in Sydney's west
A man has been charged with the murder of a 62-year-old in Sydney's west. Police found the victim with serious injuries in a house in Driftwood Drive at Pemulwuy on December 23 about 11:00pm (AEDT). The man was treated at the scene by ambulance …
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Damaging winds and large hailstones predicted ahead of Sydney storm
“Later it the week from Tuesday we're more likely to see some of those showers and thunderstorm activity extending into the Sydney metropolitan area,” a Bureau of Meteorology spokeswoman said yesterday of the week ahead. Santa's reindeer will be left …
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Sydney siege victims honored at memorial services
23, 2014: White Lady funeral directors carry the coffin of Tori Johnson during a funeral service in Sydney, Australia. Johnson was one of three people, including the gunman, who were killed during a siege in the Lindt cafe coffee shop in Sydney last week.
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Man trapped under train in central Sydney after falling onto Wynyard station

Man trapped under train in central Sydney after falling onto Wynyard station
A man has survived being hit by a train after falling onto railway tracks at a station in Sydney’s CBD. Police found the man trapped under the train after they were called to Wynyard station just before 3:30pm (AEDT). They said the man was treated at …
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Treating the Sydney siege horror as real-time entertainment eroded our humanity
Last week’s horrific siege in Sydney should give us all pause for thought. The enormous number of floral tributes in Martin Place suggest this incident has brought home to us a horrible reality we were hoping to avoid. Since there was no wall of …
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Air travel is emerging as an integral part of the modern travel trends as many carriers offer cheap air international tickets for popular

tourist destinations. In addition to this, various travel deals extended by travel portals and discounts on several credit or debit cards

make it even cheaper.
official site It has been observed that instead of getting cheap tickets, many people end up

paying huge travel bills. Many of them pay for services that are not included in the ticket price or luggage fee at different airports that

shoots up the bill. These can be easily avoided by keeping the bag slim and light. Here are a few tips that can help travellers in arranging

their bags along with following terms and conditions laid down by airlines as well as airports.

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Air travel is comparatively a new mode of transportation and getting used to new things takes time. Even people who board flights quite

often can find it difficult to deal with jet lag and other issues with international travel. In case of domestic flights, the aircraft passes through different air

pressure zones and with technological advancement, passengers do not feel it onboard.

Aircraft are packed closely and familiar environment is recreated with proper ventilation facilities. However, in case of international

flights, aircraft travels in different zones and people may or may not feel it, but the body clock responds to it in the form of jet lag.

Here is a list of tips that can help travellers in avoiding these inconveniences and enjoy the journey to the fullest.
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US Airways is one of the largest operators in the United States of America as well as the world. It serves over 200 cities in around 45

best price airline tickets In addition to a full-fledged carrier, the company also manages wholly-

owned subsidiaries, namely PSA and Piedmont Airlines. Hourly shuttle services for New York, Washington DC and Boston are operated by the

airline on weekends. The existence of this airline dates back to 1930, and roots to the All American Aviation that used to provide mail

services in Ohio Valley and Pennsylvania. A few years later, it merged with America West that considerably increased bookings options with

the carrier.

Travellers can book international airline tickets offered by this carrier to explore new places or reach their pre-defined destinations

listed in the booking option, can book tickets in any of the following classes.
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Most airlines offer different seating arrangements with varying services for the convenience of fliers. For instance, businessmen may

require access to charging port while travelling while others may not. These differences are made in order to keep the pricing justified and

remove extra burden. US Airways offers has three classes of seating on most of its flights; Envoy, First and Coach.


The Big Apple is one of the most diverse places in the world, with something to offer for everyone. With ample of sight seeing places and

activities it’s a treat to visit. As the Empire State buildings stand tall with pride and Central Park adds beauty to the city, a lot if

going on at the same time. Skating, theatre and the Central Park Zoo are only a few of the must see attractions and activities this city

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With many hills ripe for sledding in December, this city located northeast of the famous New York City is also an ideal vacation spot. Hit

the ice at the Boston Common Frog Pond, which is the oldest public park America has to offer.

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Thailand is an increasingly popular holiday destination. Travel here this December, offering delicious cultured cuisine, local temples and a

well established shopping district, this capital has it all. Best known for its street food, be sure to have a taste of the authentic pad

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This Irish capital is the best December holiday getaway. The city offers history and culture like no other. With friendly locals, finding

your way around isn’t a problem at all. Drop by at the Dublin Writers Museum, which offers walking tours that celebrate the works of famous

writers such as Oscar Wilde. Don’t forget to treat yourself to the famed fish and chips available at all cafes and restaurants that are

dotted all over the city.
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Research Work

If it is a revised tour, travellers know about the place and its people; hence communicating with them can be easy. However, if it is the

first visit of the destination, it is advised that tourists do a thorough research about the place, including lifestyle of locals, their

eating habits, traditional and cultural beliefs. They can easily find these details on dedicated travel websites. Information regarding

ticket prices, time to travel, alternate routes and important places to visit in a city,
ultra low cost carrier state or country is also mentioned, that can prove to be

helpful. This also helps in getting acquainted with locals quite easily, which in turn may prove to be beneficial in finding out hidden

treasures. It is important to keep in mind these information while packing clothes and other stuff to make the luggage bag as slimmer as

Getting a cheap ticket is a skill that can be acquired by doing thorough research and following some simple tips. Flights for long haul

flights and many other popular destinations can be quite costly. However, they can be reduced significantly by availing promotional offers

by different travel portals, including hotel deals. A lot of research has been done and published regarding seat reservation and methods to

secure the cheapest deal on it. Here is a list of the most popular ones that often work.

Advance Booking
It is true that there is no magical time to get a cheap ticket, but advance booking has been a tested way of getting seat reservation at a

comparatively low price. As per industry experts, carriers want to fill in their capacity with a minimum percentage and to make sure they

achieve that discounts on tickets are offered. They usually roll it out six or seven weeks before the travel

date. Apart from this, advance bookings leave a scope of making changes in the journey date, giving travellers an option to grab better


However, those who missed the chance, and their travel dates fall just after a few days, can search for flight and hotel booking offered by

travel portals. It brings down the cost as well as makes the whole trip convenient. In addition, email alerts for preferred airlines can be

set by travellers to avoid any such situation. These alerts notify them about each and every change in the price of tickets.

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There are a variety of holiday accommodation options when traveling, from hotels and apartments to B&Bs and campsites. The preferred type of

holiday accommodation often relates to the city or rural location, creature comforts, and available budget. Here are five of the different

types of travel accommodation:


Hotels come in many different sizes and shapes, from the luxurious and grand to the simple and small. Also, the price range of hotel

accommodation can vary significantly.
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These lodgings offer a diverse range of services and facilities and this usually varies with the price range and location. Hotels can offer

attentive staff, beautiful furnishings, luxury rooms, and superb cuisine. If a private hotel doesn’t have an on-site restaurant, they

usually provide 24 hour room service. Whether traveling alone or with the family, the hotels are perfect to offer accommodation for all


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Paris, by far one of the most romantic cities in the world, also known as “the city of lights” has quickly become one of the most expensive

cities in the world in regards to real-estate prices. It has caught up to London and New York in the past few years and the prices are very

high if you are looking to rent or buy an apartment there. However that did not stop Paris apartments from being very popular on the real-

estate market. In fact the opposite happened; it attracts more people than ever.
How does all of this affect an average person just looking to rent apartments in Paris?

First make sure it’s worth the extra effort you will need to put in to getting an apartment there. If you are planning on staying at least a

few weeks in Paris, you most definitely should rent an apartment. However for shorter stays getting a hotel room might be cheaper option.

Not to mention a lot less complicated one as you won’t need to invest the same amount of energy to get it.

What you should know before booking an apartment there is that Paris is divided in 20 districts also known as “arrondissements” and each

district has its own special characteristics you might want to explore before choosing the perfect one for you. For example, Vaugirard, 20th

district, is the most populated one, with estimated 232,400 lliving there however it’s very far from the city center but the rents are

relatively cheap.
expedia deals flights If being close to center is an important factor to you, make sure to get an

apartment in the inner spiral turn, from 1st to 6th arrondissements as those are located in the very heart of Paris and its very historical

It may seem like booking a vacation rental would be just as easy as popping onto a hotel website and reserving the room you want, but this

is unfortunately not the case! In order to be the best prepared you can be for your vacation while ensuring you get the best vacation rental

experience possible, here are a few easy steps to consider when renting a vacation home to make sure you end up where you want to be.
1. Start planning as early in advance as possible. Some vacation homes are in such high demand that they are booked 6 months to a year in

advance! If you don’t want to rely on a cancellation to get your perfect rental dates, start looking and booking now.
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2. Know what you want. If you have 5 people going on vacation you probably aren’t going to all want to shove into a tiny one bedroom

vacation rental apartment, right? Be sure to know how many people are going to be going on vacation with you and what your preferred living

situation is.

If you know you want to be in a certain location (near to the beach or in the mountains, for instance) look for properties in those

locations. You have the power to decide exactly what amenities you want in your vacation rental, so don’t be afraid to be picky!
Imagine going on a holiday to France where you don’t need to deal with dusty, bumpy roads or overcrowded tour buses or trains. Imagine what

it would be like not to have to constantly keep changing hotels, lugging your belongings along, every time you move to a new location. Imagine not losing precious holiday time moving from one

town to another, but simply going to sleep and waking up in a new place in the morning, your new adventure ready to begin as soon as you

step out of your door. Imagine seeing so much more of the country at a leisurely pace, and having the time to enjoy the scenery, instead of

rushing from one location to another, all the while constantly worried about missed transport, or worrying whether you’ll be able to find

your hotel and whether they got your reservation right, or if the restaurant you booked understood your dietary restrictions. Imagine more

of the pleasures of travel with less of the aggravations.

Fortunately, this isn’t just a pipe dream but a reality that is readily available for the discerning traveller. The answer? A French barge


Here are a few steps to take when you are looking for the best deal on a Carnival cruise. These steps are pretty standard and simple. So by

taking just a few minutes, you can find a good deal on a Carnival cruise.

First of all, don’t bother looking at “coupon” or “deal” websites. Rates for Carnival cruises are set by Carnival themselves. So no matter

where you check you are generally going to find the same rate across the board. No “coupon” or “deal” website can make up their own rates.

As a matter a fact, I’ve never seen Carnival offer any “coupons.” Travel Agents, as well, cannot make up their own rates. Carnival has full

control of the rates you see, so by checking directly on their website is the first step.

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Secondly, certain travel agencies, may have group rates. Depending on when they created the group, these rates can be lower than the current

rates you see. One thing that often times make sense in booking your reservation into these groups (aside from lower rates) are the

amenities that can be offered. Amenities are added-on perks you can receive by booking within a group. The most common amenity are on board

credit. On board credit can be anywhere from $25 on up. You can use this towards the payment of gratuities, drinks, spa, or anything that’s

additional on your cruise.

Sydney ditches cynicism for empathy in the wake of siege

Sydney ditches cynicism for empathy in the wake of siege
Sydney does cynicism like a pro. Mostly we're a mob that has seen it all, done it all, and can see through everything. You can't tell us much we don't know, mate, because we were bloody well there at the time. We either built it with our own hands, or …
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Sydney siege: How the hostage drama played out
The Lindt Cafe worker made a desperate sprint from the fire exit with her colleague Jieun Bae, escaping at 4:48pm on Monday. The UNSW student is a keen sportswoman, coaching tennis and swimming at the Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney. Jieun Bae.
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