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Month: November 2014

ZB Travel – Star Power in LA

Mike’s weekly travel slot on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame on Saturday, November 29, turns on the spotlight on the fresh starry-eyed sights in Los Angeles. Check out the brand new Starline/TCM LA Movie Locations Tour, showcasing nearly 100 movies, all over LA. Savour the old world Hollywood swank of the Beverly Hills Hotel and their… Read More ›

The Press-News column Nov 25

Booze policy makes sense. It’s rather remarkable that one of New Zealand’s biggest road-related law changes in years, takes effect on Monday, yet the publicity blitz has barely spluttered. Along with Scotland, New Zealand’s adult drink-drive limit is cut from 80mg to 50mg per 100ml of blood next week, bringing us into line with 90… Read More ›

ZB Travel – North Wales Nov 22

As the All Blacks prepare to take on the Welsh in Cardiff, on Saturday’s weekly travel slot on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show, Mike Yardley turns the spotlight on North Wales and Snowdonia National Park. Towering mountains, medieval castles, fairy-tale bridges and market villages, studded with stone and slate. For further details on Mike’s… Read More ›

The Press-News column Nov 18

The sterile and vapid revamp to Victoria Square I’ve always loved Christchurch in November. A red-letter month pregnant with promise and excitement, from the frisson of fireworks to the farmyard frills, fillies and frivolity of Cup & Show Week. November 2014 has been accentuated with some welcome wins for our central city, including last night’s… Read More ›

ZB Travel – Macau Nov 15

On Saturday, November 15, Mike’s weekly travel slot on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show turns the spotlight on buzzing Macau. It’s one of the world’s booming tourist hot-spots, with a spirit of reconstruction and innovation to rival the likes of Dubai. For a timeless Macau experience, head to Camoes Garden. From the lights and… Read More ›

The Press-News column Nov 11

Frenzy over Tourist Drivers. As the news broke like a thunder-clap on Thursday about a triple road fatality in Luggate, you could virtually see the collective thought bubble balloon across the country. “ I bet they’re tourists.” Upon confirmation, the tumbrels of talkback revved up, social media was pumping and press releases were being frantically… Read More ›

ZB Travel – Hong Kong Nov 8

On Saturday November 8, Mike’s weekly travel slot on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show, turns the spotlight on Hong Kong. Check out Hong Kong Island’s atmospheric roadside markets on Hollywood Road and the wet markets, which are steadily disappearing from the old lanes, to make way for high-rises. Gordon Ramsay has descended on Hong… Read More ›

The Press- News column Nov 4

NZ’s “Rock-Star Economy” should be a world leader for the Working Poor. As the retail and service sector gears up for the Christmas rush and the ringing of tills, how many of our working poor are going to enjoy the fruits of a first-world festive season?   The John Key government fully deserved to be re-elected… Read More ›

ZB Travel – Myanmar Nov 1

  On Saturday, November 1, Mike’s weekly travel slot on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show, turned the spotlight on the trending destination of Myanmar. Here’s Mike’s Q&A on Myanmar. Is river cruising a popular option for first-timers? Yes, it’s a winner. A bunch of Kiwis and I checked it out last week on a… Read More ›

The Press- News column Oct 28

The Digital Age is providing more ways on how and where we work. Amongst my wider circle of friends and family, both in Christchurch and beyond our shores, a dominant trend in 2014 has been the inexorable rise in workers liberating themselves from the traditional working model, the unflinching fixed hours of a fulltime job… Read More ›