My travels often lead me to a welcoming, though unfamiliar, bar. Beer puts me to sleep, I can drink wine only around a meal. Now spirits are a wonder. Check out the Shrine to Spirits before your next seedy circuit, you may try a more adventuresome drink.
A dozen years ago I was a publisher of childrens and adult non-fiction books. That role allowed me to set editorial policy on spelling and style usage. We decided to follow the lead of the Macquarie Dictionary as the leading arbiter of Australian English.
We?d discuss and debate the correct or preferred spelling of words. Normally I?d push for rewriting the piece to avoid the problem words.
One funny point was the assumption that Americans spelled things wrongly. Specifically the belief that the omission of the penultimate u in word ending in -our. In simpler terms we?re talking about humour, humor; favour, favor; colour, color and so on.
Interestingly at the time the Macquarie dictionary was showing the American spelling as correct but not as widely used.
Most Commonwealth citizens assumed American English was just a slothful and illiterate simplification of the Queen?s English. At the time I came across some research that the American War of Independence predated the standardisation of English. I wish I could find that research now.
Today I came across H.L. Mencken?s The American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States.
In Kuala Lumpur the free internet kiosk is called the Samsung DigitAll Connect. It?s right outside the arrivals gate. Cool! I?ve already had a cute German backpacker ask me if the internet was free. One day we?ll take ubiquitous free internet access for granted.
I just realised that I?ve become addicted to my electronic gadgets. on this trip I?ll take a laptop with me, but what about my mobile phone and digital camera? The phone has a camera that I don?t use much. I?ll need power adapters!
I find Airport transfers to be one of the trickiest things to manage for the freestyle traveller. Some airports are brilliantly organised, others like LAX have great facilities but lousy organisation. I found WordTravels has a reassuring guide. In a pinch I?ll take a cab.
It?s considerably more specialised, drier and impersonal than Air Review but it covers the technical aspects of airline seating and entertainment. Don?t fly without checking their seating plans. At least you?ll know what seat to request.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are a team in the Australian National Rubgy League.My 5 year-old daughter saw fans in team jerseys walking to a game over the weekend. Her cousin is a mad Rabbitohs fan. And being 5 years old she called them Rabbi-Ohs.Now that?s funny on so many levels. Given two of her best friends are Jewish it makes sense that she would be familiar with the term ?rabbi?.I don?t claim to be an expert in modern Jewish Australian culture (for the record I?m a gentile), what sort of trouble could a team of burly rabbis get into on a pre-season bonding trip to Coffs Harbour?Or is the team selected by the Rabbinical Council of NSW?Obviously Friday night football is out (as is any game before three stars emerge on Saturday night).No one should think the team are easybeats. ?Yo, semite!? could be the shout-out of encouragement on the field. Tough Jews only need apply.