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Denver, IPW and Marijuana

I am appearing on Bryan Crump's show on Radio NZ just after the 7pm news this evening to talk about Denver and particularly the operation of the marijuana laws in that state. Colorado is one of seven US states that allow both medical and recreational use of marijuana, but the situation is very complex. I looked at it closely seeking lessons for New...
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Cuba Street cookbook tells tasty tales of Wellington, New Zealand

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Self-publishing certainly isn't for the squeamish. But when you've got an unstoppable drive to tell a good story, sometimes it's your best option. That's the reckoning of first-time author and long-time foodie and graphic designer, Liane McGee who this year published, Cuba Street – A Cookbook . Over five months, Liane walked Wellington's Cuba Stree...
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An Italian, a Kiwi and some Aussies

It's generally recognised that Aussies are rather more, shall we say, brash than Kiwis. They're known as more forthright. But, are they? Driving from Melbourne to Ned Kelly country in north-east Victoria proved that when it comes to road manners, the Aussies far out-balance Kiwis. And, given the chance to drive an Alfa Romeo Giulia to complete...
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RIGHT UP THE FAMILY VALLEY

By Sandy Myhre It's the age-old question; what do you do with the kids in the school holidays or, in fact, even on a weekend away?It's one not always satisfied, even in activity-crazy New Zealand. The solution is a chalet and not one high on a mountain that's freezing cold in winter and stiflingly hot in summer, and with not much else to do but tra...
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7 tips on how to ethically fossick for greenstone

Hokitika Gorge, West Coast (by Fraser Clement).
Chantal Tumahai from Ngāi Tahu reveals the secrets to finding New Zealand pounamu. Turns out there are many things to discover about New Zealand pounamu – and where to find it is just one. Chantal Tumahai, Ngāi Tahu's Pounamu Lead, can not only recount its many colour variations, she knows where on the West Coast it washes up, the way it's managed ...
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Want a local city guide? Join a free photowalk

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This is a blog post I just published on my photowalk with the Reddit Wellington group yesterday afternoon. Click for the link for more photos and the full article.    Getting to know a new city if you're there on holiday or staying for a while can be an overwhelming experience. There's so much to do and see - where do you start? Guided to...
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Anzac Apparitions

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New blog post - follow the link below for more photos and commentary.   "Although some people may frown when they see this space used in this way, for me it provokes a conversation about how use our spaces, continuing to honour those that have come before us, and also embracing the very freedoms that they fought so hard for us to protect. Thou...
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London's Green and Great Cemeteries: Nunhead revisited

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I wasn't expecting to find children shrieking and clambering over the graves like wild ivy, ice creams dribbling down their grinning faces. I also wasn't expecting to see Nunhead Cemetery quite so full of people, upright and upstanding, enjoying the early summer sun. As I move through the grave wrought iron entry gates, the sunlight filters through...
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Rarotonga 2005; Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

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One of the things I have been looking forward to is the chance to reflect on some of my earlier writing and photography, and put them together to showcase here on my Travcom blog and on my own blog too. Here's the first one I'm posting. I've included the first few lines, and a photo - please click the link for more - thanks. Coming into R...
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The Face of India

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Death is not Finite

Forward we march into death we are all trapped while the cycle of life and rebirth continues (samsara). By escaping this cycle of material hunger the soul reaches a nirvana only to be brought back into this passage of mortality where it is doomed to repeat the cycle all over again. Attaining liberation (moksha) is the aim whereby the soul can be fr...
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A Shopper's Paradise - Jaipur

Do you like # shopping ? If the answer is YES you'll love # Jaipur 's old city - it's a shopper's paradise # textiles # leather # scarves # shoes # carpets # henna # handmade # artisan   Behind the old city's pink walls lies myriad stall holders ready to part you from your cash.  They sell everything you could dream of.  Jaipur is ho...
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Watching the World

Painted in the colours of the Indian flag a pedestrian swing bridge stretches high over the River Ganges in Rishikesh. I sit at an open-air German Bakery sipping a cappucino and watching pilgrims make their way across the bridge. Indian photographers wait to take Indian tourists' photos, they print the shots while the tourists visit the temples. Th...
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Linda's Blog

After travelling widely globally, freelance writer Linda and photographer husband Alex together with their miniature wire-haired dachshund, Tammy are exploring New Zealand in their VW California.   Visits to a younger married daughter living in Australia, offers Trans Tasman adventures too. Linda's articles have appeared in a number of busines...
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5 highlights of a walking tour of historic Downtown LA

The famous exterior of the Ace Hotel, Los Angeles. The neon sign is a remnant of the building's previous life as an evangelical church. Photo: supplied
It's a little-known fact that Los Angeles' central district boasts one of the highest concentrations of historic buildings in the entire United States. The best way to see them? On one of the regular tours led by historic preservation society the Los Angeles Conservancy.  ​ My story on a walking tour of historic Downtown Los Angeles for Flight...
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The Latest from India

Well finally, it's taken me almost 3 months to sort through my images from my most recent trip to #India What an amazing country it is! I'm never bored in India, and I'm always living in the moment when I'm there. I can't wait to go back again in March and share my passion and love for this place with some new faces. Hang onto your hats guys cause ...
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Jacqui Gibson
Amazing images, Susan. Are you on Twitter for sharing?
Friday, 19 January 2018 10:33
Susan Blick
Thank you Jacqui. No, I don't use Twitter, but I am on Instagram @phomadic and Facebook @susanblickphoto You can find the same p... Read More
Friday, 19 January 2018 10:41
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FITZ - Colonial Adventures - Radio New Zealand

FITZ - Colonial Adventures - Radio New Zealand
In advance of the Book Panel Publishing event on 31 May 2016, the Reading on Nine to Noon on RNZ National starting on May 23rd will be ‘FITZ’  adapted and read by Owen Scott.  Fitz is the story of James Edward FitzGerald, whose energy and enthusiasm contributed so much to the early history of Christchurch, New Zealand. To find out more about Travcom’s book publishing event and books adapted for radio, click here.   The Radio New Zealand on demand episode one is here - click here.
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Instagramming around

Hi.  Just letting you know that I’m posting a photograph a day on Instagram - just for fun. Have a look at the collection so far -   https://www.instagram.com/nickservian/
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Laos Secret War and the Bomb Boats

Laos Secret War and the Bomb Boats
Bomb boats. Bolikhamsay Province, Laos. They're fishing canoes made from long range fuel canisters discarded by US bombers during their Secret War bombing campa ign in Laos. I photographed these near Nam Theun Village while on a 13,000km cycle tour through South East Asia.  Discovery Digital's Seeker Network picked up on this image and asked me to contribute more to a video about it, check it out on their  'This Happened Here'  series.  
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Bethells Beach…winter magic

Bethells Beach…winter magic
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck , Travels with Charley: In Search of America   Watching the winter wonderland scenes on the weather forecast last night bought back memories of June's polar-blast. I remember waking thinking my bedroom had morphed into a fridge, meanwhile in the South Island others thought they had slept the night in the freezer. I still have the screen shot of my cellphone, white print Mostly Clear 3 ° on a black background confirming the freezing morning. Somewhat startled I looked outside and...
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