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Month: May 2015

ZB Travel – Bologna May 16

Mike’s weekly travel slot on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show turns the spotlight on the epicurean hot-spot of Bologna, Italy. Roam the city, in all weathers, thanks to its 40km-long network of porticoes, or covered passageways. Discover the charms of Piazza Maggiore and the pornographic fountain. Dive into the traditional market lanes to devour… Read More ›

The Press-News Column May 12

In defence of the city councillor who said No. Only a person with a heart of stone could be untroubled by the stream of stories appearing in The Press about locals sleeping rough, bereft of secure housing.  Whether it’s the incompetence of the system, or the individual’s incompetence that authors their dire predicament, a cry… Read More ›

ZB Travel – Antebellum Trail

Mike’s weekly travel segment on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show, turns the spotlight on Georgia’s Antebellum Trail. Road-trip your way from Athens to Madison, to soak up the heritage-rich character of these celebrated towns on the Antebellum Trail, before tracking further east, across the South Carolina state line, to take in some of the… Read More ›

The Press – News Column May 5

Will city councillors find the courage to stop bingeing on your backpocket? With May now unfolding, the oh-so-Long Term Plan is finally reaching the business end for the Christchurch City Council, with the hearings process set to play out.  It’s the ultimate test of this council’s mettle, an exacting measure of whether clear-eyed, frugal and… Read More ›

ZB Travel – Pamukkale May 2

Mike’s weekly travel slot on Newstalk ZB’s Jack Tame Show, turns the spotlight on one of Turkey’s singular experiences, Pamukkale. Explore the ancient spa city of Hierapolis, where St. Phillip was  killed and Cleopatra took a dip in the thermal pool. Do as she did, and enjoy the warm mineral waters, filled with calcite,… Read More ›

The Press – News column Apr 28

Keep the ANZAC torches burning Despite all the chatter and twitching over ISIS-fuelled fanatics targeting the ANZAC Day Commemorations, Kiwis and Aussies stoutly refused to be cowered.  Record Dawn Service turn-outs was the prevailing current back home, while here in Turkey, only 14 of the 10,000 balloted ticket-holders for Gallipoli, were no shows. It was… Read More ›