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COMMENTARY: Tourism’s Slow-down Down Under: Euro Back-packers Not So Keen As Once Before …

  • November 1st, 2012
  • Posted by EUEditor

elena-uluru2.jpgAustralian tourism is casting around for some new formulae to get the good times rolling again.

Whether pricing itself out of business, with the high A-dollar, or being cold-shouldered by very many of those leading global travellers, the Europeans, it’s a case of a lead export industry now running at well below optimum levels.

elena_headshot2.jpgWriter Elena Eichenlaub has been looking at the facts and figures of the business, while taking in  some of the sights of the land of overpowering beauty and adventure, and talking to people on the ground – getting things I n perspective.

She says one of the key the answers to the present Australian dilemma, a new tourist trade from Asia, has been sluggish to get going. Elena Eichenlaub writes: … Read More »

Mixed Happenings

  • June 4th, 2011
  • Posted by 7thmin

garibaldi.jpgRisorgimento revisited in Rome; old Cold War adversaries playing hot war games together; the EU in gathering pressure on Syria.


Much parading in the streets of Rome on Thursday, military feathers and finery on a par with the swashbuckling 19th Century legions that brought off the Risorgimento (Resurgence) – the unification of Italy 150 years ago to the day.

Giuseppe Garibaldi himself (picture), leader of the “redshirts”, horsemen for Italy, certainly would have revelled in the crowd of celebrities from 80 countries, in town for the spectacle. … Read More »

Rio to Paris Crash: Black Box Tells

  • May 29th, 2011
  • Posted by EUEditor

air-france-a330.jpgPersistence paid off in the long drive to deploy submersibles and find a black box recorder from Air France flight 447, from Rio de Janiero to Paris, which disappeared over the Atlantic on 1.6.09. … Read More »

“Wow”, Said The Bride

  • April 30th, 2011
  • Posted by EUEditor

kiss.jpgBritain’s Royal wedding happened on Friday 29th April amid churchbells, some pageantry and cheers from very large crowds. … Read More »

Shake-up In Australia – EU Links: Ambassador …

  • April 2nd, 2011
  • Posted by 7thmin

brendannelson-resize.jpgChanging relations with the Europeans …

The Australian Ambassador talks about a turn-around in attitudes towards the EU. … Read More »

Plan To Keep Passenger Names On EU Flights …

  • February 7th, 2011
  • Posted by EUEditor

aircraft-view1.jpegPeople flying into and out of Europe will have their names entered in a database, as a check against crime and terrorism, under a proposed new law – an extension of the practice already followed by Australia, Canada and the United states. … Read More »

Air Incident

  • January 22nd, 2011
  • Posted by EUEditor

airbus-tanker-hornet.jpgTalk of an Australian Air Force aircraft involved in an accident over the Atlantic quickly cleared up (20.1.11), the explanation being that it was a new refueling plane being tested by Airbus. … Read More »

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