Category Archives: Melbourne

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

I love getting high!

Never one to suffer from vertigo, I love being high….whether it be on top of a mountain after trekking for a few days, or from the Observation Deck of a skyscraper where the effort was no more strenuous than pushing the elevator button. I have always enjoyed sweeping views, particularly vistas from being “On Top” of things.

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The Don’t Forget Travel Group is taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge with the added edge of each challenge is to have a “travel twist”.

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CATTLE BATTLE

TITLE“Who has the best Economy Class?”

This a question we receive daily. It is also a question that is hard to answer because it is so subjective. Its time to go out on a limb and rank the Cattle Classes of Adelaide’s international airlines. The exception to this is the inclusion of Qantas, despite not flying internationally from Adelaide, because so many travellers are Qantas Frequent Flyers and desire to stay loyal to the airline and begrudgingly will fly interstate to catch an international flight.

The airlines have been ranked from highest to lowest in the following categories: price, frequency, seat width, seat pitch, seat configuration, number of passengers and convenience.

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The winner of the Cattle Battle is……..Singapore Airlines, Organic Cow2

earning them the status of “Organic Hand Reared Cattle”.

 

 

Singapore Airlines (50 points)sq logo

Flight: SQ279 Adelaide to Singapore

Plane: Airbus A330-300

Configuration: 2-4-2, Seat Pitch: 32, Seat Width: 19in (48.3cm)

Number of seats: 255

Departs daily at 11.55am and SQ277 departs M, Th, F, Sa, Su at 7.15pm

 

free rangeThe next category is the “Free Range Cattle”

 

 

 

Malaysia Airlines (44 points)mh logo

Flight: MH139 Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur

Plane: Airbus A330-300

Configuration: 2-4-2, Seat Pitch: 34, Seat Width: 17in (43.2cm)

Number of seats: 250

Departs Tu, W, F, Su at 10.00am and M, Th, Sa at 2.30pm

 

Cathay Pacific (42 points)cx logo

Flight: CX105 Adelaide to Hong Kong

Plane: Airbus A330-300

Configuration: 2-4-2, Seat Pitch: 32, Seat Width: 18.45in (46.9cm)

Number of seats: 175

Departs daily at 12.20pm

 

barn raisedThe third category is the “Barn Raised Cattle” status

 

 

 

Air New Zealand (39 points)nz logo

Flight: NZ791 Adelaide to Auckland

Plane: Airbus A320

Configuration: 3-3, Seat Pitch: 30, Seat Width: 17in (43.2cm)

Number of seats: 168

Departs daily at 11.40am

 

Virgin Australia (37 points)va logo

Flight: VA4194 Adelaide to Denpasar

Plane: Boeing B737

Configuration: 3-3, Seat Pitch: 30, Seat Width: 17in (43.2cm)

Number of seats: 144

Departs M, W, F, Su at 9.50am and VA4193 departs Sa 2.50pm

 

Jetstar (34 points)jq logo

Flight: JQ118 Adelaide to Denpasar

Plane: Airbus A320

Configuration: 3-3, Seat Pitch: 29, Seat Width: 17in (43.2cm)

Number of seats: 180

Departs M, W, Sa at 7.30am

Flight: JQ195 Adelaide to Auckland

Plane: Airbus A320

Configuration: 3-3, Seat Pitch: 29, Seat Width: 17in (43.2cm)

Number of seats: 180

Departs M, W, Sa at 4.25pm

 

Caged CowsThe final category is the “Caged Cattle” status and will surprise many which airlines fell into this group.

 

 

Emirates (31 points)ek logo

Flight: EK441 Adelaide to Dubai

Plane: Boeing 777-300ER

Configuration: 3-4-3,  Seat Pitch: 32, Seat Width: 17in (43.2cm)

Number of seats: 304

Departs daily at 10.35pm

 

Air Asia X (22 points)air asia logo

Flight: D7 246 Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur

Plane: Airbus A333

Configuration: 3-3-3, Seat Pitch: 32, Seat Width: 16.5in (41.9cm)

Number of seats: 365

Departs M, T, Th, Sa, Su at 11.00am

 

Qantas (out of Melbourne) (17 points)QF logo

Flight: QF93 Melbourne to LA

Plane: Airbus A380

Configuration: 3-4-3, Seat Pitch: 31, Seat Width: 17.5in (44.5cm)

Number of seats: 371

Departs daily at 11.20am

 

The argument has now been settled…..or has it?

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

Many societies live their life on the streets, they eat on the streets, they conduct business on the streets, they socialise on the streets, they educate and raise their children on the streets. They embrace street life.

If you click on the photos you will see a short explanation of each photo, if you are interested.

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The Don’t Forget Travel Group is taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge with the added challenge of trying to make all photos travel related. #postaday

Happy New Year from Oz

http://video.news.com.au/2322294398/Sydney-sky-lights-up

Permanent Press 60s TrousersOne of the coolest things about living in Australia is that we get to go first in many things.

Australia was first to issue pre-paid postage, the first to produce a full length feature film, the first to put radios in cars (those who drive around with loud doof doof blaring out should get down on their knees and thank OZ), Yes there might have been other firsts like the bionic ear, multi-focal contact lenses, but we were also the first to put permanent creases in pants!

untitledWe’re one of the first countries to enter the arena at an Olympic opening ceremony, and we get to see in a new year before most countries. While the rest of the world is still planning how they are going to celebrate, Australia already has a hangover and pledging that “I will never drink again”. I’m not forgetting Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, a few other Pacific Island nations and New Zealand, but it ruins the theme of my story if I say that Australia is seventh at most things!!!

Sydney is our biggest city and definitely our most flashiest city. It has a beautiful harbour that makes every photo a winner; an unusual looking Opera House, whose architecture was inspired by the sails on the harbour, (at first was hated by many by now loved by all); a bridge that is affectionately nicked-named The Coathanger as well as that other Australian icon, Bondi Beach.

Yes there are cries from other cities around the country, such as “but we are friendlier, we are the sporting capital, we are the fashion capital, ours is the most livable, we are the foodie capital (although Adelaide also claims this one), but Sydney doesn’t have Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, The Great Ocean Road, The Great Australian Bight, The Great (insert local attraction here).

Speaking of Adelaide we lay claim to being the “best place to bring up children, an ubundance of Great White Sharks (I wonder if the two are related?), the best wines, both red and white, in the country (I wonder if the three are related?) and while our carplates may say “The Festive State” we all know that our true moniker should be “the home of the shallow grave”. For the gothic out there, just mention the towns of Snowtown or Truro or family names such as “The Beaumont Children” or “The Family” and a chill goes up the spine of most South Australians, as well as a morbid fascination! Funnily enough it is a great and vibrant place to live.

But I digress. Back to celebrating the ringing in of the New Year.

Every capital city in Australia puts on a sausage sizzle, lets off a few crackers (first at 9pm, so the families with little ones can go home early, then again at midnight) and has a party-pash with strangers. (Although this tradition is becoming less frequent as many areas become “dry zones” – which goes against every Australian tradition of binge drinking (Ed: maybe that’s the reason for them)). Sydney does it best.

http://video.news.com.au/2322294398/Sydney-sky-lights-up

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And I suspect every city wishes that they were secretly Sydney, just for one night of the year!

Happy New Year from the down under, of Down Under…..Adelaide!

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Now roll on 2013!