Author: Karen Halliday
ISBN 0 646 22885 4
Address: P.O. Box 248, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
"Serving beer in a London bar, picking grapes in Bordeaux, working on a Greek tycoon's yacht, teaching in Turkey or waitressing on the Aspen ski slopes . . . if you've ever felt like tossing in the 9 to 5 and moving overseas, Karen Halliday not only has hundreds of overseas job ideas, but also the contact numbers and addresses for landing them." - Cleo magazine.
Karen Halliday's prize-winning guidebook will give you a profile of the type of work available and if you are in doubt as to what you would prefer, it will answer some of the questions you may be asking yourself.
Over 15,000 copies sold.
Author: David Lee
ISBN: 0 646 28996 9
Publisher: Dulcie Lee
Address: 2/55 Albert Street, Hornsby, NSW, 2077
Its goal is to provide all riders, from beginners to experts, with a range of rides to suit their abilities, and to equip the more adventurous with the necessary knowledge to explore the high country safely.
Mountain biking is the ideal way to see the mountains - faster than walking and more satisfying than sightseeing from a car - the mountain bike is purpose built for the terrain.
Written with a passion for the country, this guide sets out clearly and concisely the do's and don'ts of riding in the area - from the "how, where and when" to ride without causing environment damage to what "no trace" camping entails.
Fire bans, weather conditions, biking etiquette, pre-ride bike checks, equipment and National Parks policy on bike riding are all covered.
Six high country rides are fully described, presented with maps to indicate the coverage of the ride. Each ride is set out with information about the route, the maps that will be needed, grades, surfaces, duration, what equipment and clothing should be taken and a full description of the country.
This publication provides all the information needed to make a biking holiday on the top of Australia enjoyable, comfortable and safe.
Tragically the author who has written with such a love of the land and of biking is no longer able to enjoy his passion - he died after a short illness last year and this book has been published posthumously.
Author: Stephanie Kiddar
ISBN: 0 646 27876 2
Publisher: Kiddar Publishing
Address, PO Box 5123, Prestons, NSW, 2170
Not only is the trip to the Antarctic by ship travelling from South America the holiday of a lifetime, it delivers up a whole new life when a shipboard friendship blossoms into a full-blown romance. Frances' future is changed forever.
Underpinning the playing out of this romance is a detailed documentary account of a shipboard journey as a paying passenger to the Antarctic: from the seasickness to dinner with the captain, the night-time cocktail parties, the day-time lectures, the intrigues, gossip, resentments and friendships that are part and parcel of the confined nature of life on a floating hotel and of course, the thrill of first setting foot on the Antarctic ice and seeing, first hand, penguin colonies and experiencing just how hazardous, fragile and wondously beautiful this planet is at its southern extremities.
For anyone contemplating the large outlay required to embark on such an extraordinary holiday, "Fun Gryndingride" will help you decide whether this really is the holiday you are seeking.
Publisher: Catsa Publications
Address: PO Box 634, Alderley, Qld
It is designed to encourage the worldwide trend towards increasing international travel and communication and the networking between business professionals in all business related fields.
The entries are set out in three sections - by country, by industry/subject and chronologically. Full details for each event are included in the chronological listing with selected details appearing in the country and industry/subject headings.
Being a business publication, the conferences and seminars included are within the industry areas of accounting, commerce, computing, economics, finance, law, management and marketing. As these areas are interrelated, the authors expect that the user will find something to suit their professional development interests regardless of their particular field of expertise.
Sporting and cultural events are listed only when they roughly coincide both in timing and locality with the conferences and seminars that have been included.
Each event includes organiser/organisation contact details so the user can double check that event details have not changed since publication.
The majority of listings not unsurprisingly are for the twelve months from July this year however there are several listing through to the end of the decade.
The authors invite readers to contact them with suggestions for sporting and cultural events they would like included and to advise any unpleasant experiences with any event listed in the guide.
So if you are travelling on business to Milan, Florence or Rome and fancy the idea of watching "Il Palio" run in the main square of Siena, you can see if you can work around either July 2 or August 16 and watch the pomp and circumstance and centuries of tradition that surround this famous horse race. Then again you might be more interested in watching the Henley Royal Regatta in Oxfordshire in July, the Cork International Film Festival in Ireland or the Women's World Open Squash Championships in Kuala Lumpur in October. Everything from the opera, theatre, music, fun runs, the basketball, baseball, football, grand prix racing and art exhibitions.
An invaluable handbook for the travelling business professional, it offers the opportunity to slot in both personal and professional development during a business trip or professional development during a personal trip. It will certainly help ensure you make the most of your travel budget.
Author: John Keller
ISBN: 0 646 27010 9
Publisher: John Keller
Address: 323 Bourke Street, Glen Innes, NSW, 2370
Keller divides his life between his home in Glen Innes in north-west of New South Wales and Paris. This third volume of his letters are "nothing more, or less, than a random sampling, month by month, of my hopes, my dreams, my thoughts, my prejudices, and my memories from a further twelve months in France, among the French. For my own enjoyment, and for my family and friends."
At times hilarious, witty, entertaining, amusing, perceptive, informative, well written and at others irritating, repetitious, over-written and in need of an editor's brutal hand, it is, at the end of the final letter, a pleasant read.
At his wittiest when dissecting and reconstructing the lives of fellow (unknown) diners in a restaurant he is at his most prejudiced when discussing Japanese food: "They like rubbery, they like slimy, they dribble over things that taste like chemical by-products and things that taste of nothing at all. Of course, it works both ways - they feel the same about us with our dairy products, our over cooked meats and stews. We proceed to tuna and to salmon: very good, but I baulk at the cuttlefish . . . I'm persuaded to dip into fermented soya beans, but I learn - never again - they are like old raisins that have been stored with a stamp collection in a damp boarding house face cloth."
At his most entertaining discussing queues: "One always seems to be surrounded by the aged in French Post Offices, perhaps they age whilst waiting in queue?", his fascination with the subject goes as far as collecting hilarious examples of the custom, most often found in clippings from the British press.
At his most irritating, he debates at length the major shortcoming of the collection of letters - you certainly can't argue that as a writer he is self-aware! It is the issue of the need for an editor. "Often I tend to overstate my case. I go into paeons of emotion that should be struck from my letters. Perhaps I am fortunate in not having a reviewing editor?"
To begin with I longed for an editor but by the end I found the length and regularity with which the matter is canvassed to be as endearing as some of the writer's more obvious qualities.
Author: Sandra Jobson Darroch
ISBN: 0 646 26573 3
Publisher: World Press Network Pty Limited
Address: PO Box 100, Millers Point, NSW, 2000
That Collaroy Basin is everything the author declares for it I discovered for myself. Only a couple of days after New Year's Day, my chidren were able to spend an entire day enjoying what the Basin has to offer with the company of only their cousins and a few sea birds. Truly a well kept secret.
Sandra Jobson Darroch's previous work includes the well-regarded "Ottoline: the Life of Lady Ottoline Morrell" (Chatto & Windus UK and Coward McCann Geoghegan USA); "Once Upon a Vase" (Macmillan Australia) and "Blokes - Interviews with 250 Australian Males" (Pan Books). She first got to know the Basin as a child and now lives there herself.
"Collaroy Basin" is a fascinating history of a small community and takes the reader through its establishment last century, through World War II and to the present day. It tells of the history of the houses of significance still standing and paints a picture of its life as a holiday resort when families would leave their stations on the far side of the Blue Mountains for six weeks summer relaxation in conditions ranging from nothing more luxurious than camping through to the comforts of substantial holiday homes more gracious than many family houses of today.
From retracing the visit of D H Lawrence to the establishment of the Basin as a favoured retreat for writers starting with Ruth Park and D'Arcy Niland (who were lucky to escape with their lives during the Great Wash-Away of 1945), "Collaroy Basin" describes a way of life circumscribed by a very particular and wonderful location.
Author: Don Whitworth
ISBN: 0 646 25808 7
Publisher: Don Whitworth
Address: 10 Jacaranda Avenue, Tweed Heads, NSW, 2485
In this ten year history of the CMCA, Don Whitworth has set out to answer the question "How did you come to start the CMCA?".
With their three children, Don and Erica Whitworth began motorhoming in 1971. Extensive Australian travels led to the discovery of the European and North American experience of motorhoming. Encountering clubs of afficionados in the US led to the Whitworths questioning why a club had not been established in Australia. And that led inevitably to deciding to establish one themselves. It was a decision that was to change their lives, to dominate and consume their every waking moment for years.
The extent to which it took them away from what inspired the club in the first place - their love of motorhoming - along with a fundamental belief in the fact that an association such as this belonged to the members and not to the establishers, led to Whitworths handing over the reins.
That the need they recognised when establishing the club existed is manifestly obvious in that the club continues to grow and develop in membership and in its scope of activities from year to year.
Fascinating reading for members, it is also an illumninating insight into the complexities of establishing an association, a comprehensive account from personal experience of how to and how not to.
Author: Gwenyth R. Jenkinson
ISBN: 0 646 24586 4
Address: 3/49 Whalley Drive, Wheelers Hill, Vic, 3150
If the idea of travel by sea appeals but the notion of organised bingo games, fancy dress balls and Neptune parties complete with random swimming pool dunkings at the Equator has turned you off the idea of cruise ships, read on. If the QEII and Club Med 2 are beyond your price bracket and if two hour shifts every six hours twenty four hours a day on a racing yacht are beyond your physical endurance, then container ship sailing could be the answer. It certainly appeals to me.
Twenty five years ago when airfares still seemed the province of the mega wealthy, I sailed on a cargo passenger ship to Japan calling at many of the ports that this journal covers. Those ships have passed into shipping history and it seems from Gwenyth Jenkinson's account that container ships offer all and far more than the cargo passenger ships I remember.
"Freighters and Flying Fish" documents a journey from Melbourne to Singapore via Sydney, Noumea in New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, Keelung in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The ship continued on to Rotterdam but the Jenkinsons disembarked at Singapore for a faster trip home by air.
A gentle account of the holiday of a lifetime, Gwenyth Jenkinson sketches in sufficient information about each port of call to illuminate those who may not have been there themselves and outlines what you might be able to achieve on a restricted budget with only a couple of days in each port. As she was out to see all that was possible to see in each available minute, it may be that many others might not sustain her pace!
Container ships that offer passage usually have accommodation available for about a dozen paying passengers. Unlike cruise ships, all accommodation has outside windows - definitely an advantage - usually private facilities and invariably excellent dining, taken in the officers' dining room.
As the number of paying passengers is extremely limited, the contact with the captain, officers and crew is closer and more personal than is the case on cruise ships. As this kind of travel is not for everyone, the passengers are likely to be people with whom it is easy to find common ground - if not always a common language.
For those with at least three weeks available for a holiday who yearn to see the horizon disappear into infinity through three hundred and sixty degrees, "Freighters and Flying Fish" offers an illuminating insight into holiday possibilities that certainly captivated me and sent me for the calendar and calculator.
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