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Time out in Victoria

All roads to the Great Ocean Road pass through Geelong, once a bustling port and now an attractive retirement town. At Geelong, travellers can head due west on the inland road or take the more common route south west to the Victorian Riviera. We took some friends’ advice and went inland to avoid the holiday crush. It turned out to be good advice. View PDF
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City’s tale of two kings

Memphis the biggest city in Tennessee, epitomises the old and new South of the United States. Once a major slave-trading centre, in the 1960s it was the focus of civil rights action. Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated there, and the national civil rights museum in the city is his memorial. It has always been a major musical centre for blues, country, jazz and of course rock and roll. The king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, started there and he wasn’t the only one. View PDF
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Auckland Copthorne faded jaded but clean and well located

The Copthorne Harbourside on Auckland’s waterfront has been there for years and it shows. It is clean enough and has the amenities you expect in a hotel, a restaurant, a bar, reception, tour desk. The rooms are adequate but tired. Beds are firm, the shower works, there’s tea and coffee making in the room, an iron, hair dryer and son on. The air conditioning sort of works, but looking out on to Quay Street and next to Auckland’s waterfront playground, the rooms can be noisy at night (and was when I stayed just recently). Breakfast was awful. Two choices of tinned fruit. The fresh fruit salad was gone (but later replenished). There was just white bread for the toaster (the wholegrain was replenished – eventually). But the worst feature was the cooked breakfast. At 9.15, the scrambled egg was stick to the bottom of its tray, and there were nine baked beans completing their metamorphosis into pellets. Worst of all, the bacon was fatty and undercooked. It looked like it had been boiled, not grilled, fried or roasted. So it
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