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  1. Just make sure you point the business end at all times at the most annoying member of your party!
  2. Of course you are right, Relaxing Robbies, but if you are in a group, especially with kids or the elderly, it would be less frazzling to catch an Uber or a taxi which would take much less time and cost not that much more for the group. When the Perth - Airport train line is completed in a year or so it will all become so much simpler to travel Airport to Fremantle with only one change of line at Perth Central Station.
  3. Continuing, don't know what went wrong just then! In any event, we ended up being fed as well. From Munich we rang our well known Australian travel agent and left a message that we would be missing our land connection in Thailand and told them of our anticipated new arrival time. When we checked in in Munich the counter clerk observed we had arrived business class, from Rome and booked us in business class for the next leg. Great! On arrival at Bangkok our transfer vehicle was waiting for us. Yep, things sometimes work out for the best.
  4. Things have a habit of falling into place. Once, due to a train strike in Rome we just missed our flight to Thailand where we were to spend a few days in Hua Hin before returning home. We were flying economy. After telling the counter clerk our tale, with a few well chosen expletives about the Italian railway system included, we were informed that a Lufthansa plane was leaving very shortly to Munich, which would connect us to a Lufthansa flight to Bangkok two hours later. We were told that we would fly business class to Munich, but no meal would be provided. For a one hour flight, who cared? I
  5. There's a hop on hop off bus for about $25 AUD which stops at about 8 or 10 popular spots around town and is pretty regular. It stops at Lemon Bay if I remember correctly. It gives you a chance to see the town and stop off at a few spots that catch your interest over 4 or so hours. Check on last service times and bus colours and note that there are at least 2 different companies that offer this service and they are not interchangeable. The complimentary ships transfer bus drops you off at the booking offices/ information centre and returns you to the ship. But please check online rather than take the words of a random poster as gospel!
  6. HAL didn't on a relocation cruise a few years ago.
  7. The amount of money you will spend on lawyers to recover the entire cost of one holiday will keep Mr. and Mrs Gut on annual overseas cruises for the next five years. Just sayin'.
  8. I'll bite. How does anyone accidentally book a 38 day cruise?
  9. Yeah, but they only got to eat the first course.
  10. Some of you guys, and I'm looking at Possum here, scoffed at me when I pointed out the high cost of food at AFL matches. Well, how do you feel now that its been revealed that the cost of a chicken and rabbit pie at the Essendon game was $725? (Ducks and sneaks away sniggering.)
  11. Oh wad some power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us Robert Burns
  12. You know, posting that bit of nonsense in jest got me thinking. Those of us born in the late forties/early fifties lived through and adapted to some fairly unique social norms and habits of daily life that our children and grandchildren will never experience. Apart from inkwells, pigtails, night soil carters and milk monitors, there was a very different routine to our existence We walked to school. The milkman came every morning with bottled milk, or fresh milk in a large can which he partially decanted into mum's container. The baker came every week day afternoon in his horse and cart, and if he liked you or was in a good mood, would give you a free bun and let you hold the reins while old Barney plodded the cart around his well remembered route. The weekly laundry was done every Saturday morning in the outside laundry or in the open air in an old copper. We still used washboards for their original intended purpose, and used Velvet soap and the blue bag (Bluo?) in the laundry water. If dad was a bit flash he bought mum a mangle to help with the wringing. We would go to the Railway line and climb on the overpass bridge to wait for the next steam train to go under, so we could smell the distinctive aroma of burning coal and feel the warm steam on our legs and arms. On Sundays our group of mates would grab a couple of oranges or apples from someones tree (we all had fruit trees in our back yards) and head barefooted into the surrounding bush for the day. There we would build forts and shelters out of saplings and tree branches, collect eucalyptus (Honkey) nuts, and throw them at each other until one of us got hurt (invariably) and ran home to his mother. We would catch tadpoles and tiny fish in the local swamps and make arrows out of reeds and bows out of supple branches and string. At home we would make shanghais out of forked branches, old push bike tire rubber, and leather straps, and had fun until somebody's window got broken. Those of us born immediately post war will also remember the bread slice with lard or dripping spread on it and sprinkled with sugar, which was an occasional much appreciated treat. Enough. Now all we've got is cruising. Honkey nut fight anyone?
  13. Mr. Gut, when you were a small boy in short pants, did you dip the pig tails of the pretty girl who sat in front of you into the inkwell? Or throw banana skins in front of the night soil carter's feet just as he stepped onto the road?
  14. How good were the Dockers? I would have thought that, as avid cruisers, you guys would be full on supporting them!
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