Another Hotel Scam

Criminals know no bounds

This is how it works to steal your credit card details:

You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for any charges to your room) and they return the card to you.

You go to your room and settle in. All is good. The hotel receives a call and the caller asks for (as an example) room 620 – which happens to be your room.

The phone rings in your room. You answer and the person on the other end says the following: ‘This is the front desk. When checking in, we came across a problem with your charge card

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How to Travel

Tourist, Traveller or Pilgrim?

There are many ways to see the world, and we must if we wish to travel, consider how and where we want to go. But often, travel is the least of our concern because we simply want to get to a particular destination. Therefore we need to consider our means of travel as well as our destination and reasons for wanting to be there.

The world’s first travellers were those undertaking some form of business. They may have been defining national territories, maintaining diplomatic relations between countries or travelling for trade and exchange.

As a consequence, trading routes were developed across the world to share goods and ideas. With the arrival of Christianity in Europe, many

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A trading and tourist hub

Big Ben and the houses of parliament

With a population of eight million, London is the seat of the British parliament and a major centre for modern culture and capitalism. If you have ever played the board game of monopoly, you will be familiar with many of the place names.

London is a great destination with many places of interest including Buckingham Palace, the museums, Tower of London, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, Barnsbury Park and Westminster Abbey.

Mid summer (July and August) is the best time to visit as the weather is generally warm and settled, however accommodation can be scarce and prices higher. The popular attractions are often crowded with long lines

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Auckland Winter

The big grey

Auckland’s 328 metre high Sky Tower

A peculiarity of Auckland city is that it’s so often overcast, not particularly cold, just that the sky is dull and given to drizzle and light rain. Actually in wintertime the beaches and outdoor recreation areas are far less crowded so don’t be put off getting out for some fresh air.

The city itself is all about cars, shopping and eating. It’s about cars because you need a car to get anywhere and to know where you’re going, you need a good navigator or a GPS unit. Over the past 20 years, the city has evolved miles of confusing motorways and it’s very easy to go in the wrong direction,

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Ye Olde Island Paradise

What are you waiting for?

150 km south of Florida lies the island nation of Cuba. It is classified as a communist nation and for over 40 years it has been blockaded by the United States of America because it would not acquiesce to United States political and economic policies.

Cuba’s primary exports are Doctors and healthcare services along with tobacco products. It is interesting that while Cuba exports doctors and healthcare services to countries in need, it is classified as a terrorist country by the United States which in itself is currently engaged in more than 150 conflicts all around the world and is responsible for the deaths of many millions

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Australia in Perspective

Behind the news

Australia is not as glamorous or as glorious as some make out. Most Australians are decent people but there is a culture that runs deep through the Australian administration that’s very bloody-minded. There is still a campaign to deprive the aboriginal peoples of their land and even right to life and more recently the Northern Territory government was exposed for its abusive treatment of children who had been incarcerated.

Being bitten by ticks can cause Lyme disease which is a debilitating and poorly understood condition. If you are in the park or out in the bush, try to avoid being bitten. The mentality of the ruling elite in AU is pretty twisted, but now to the main

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Dengue Fever

A Disease in what should be paradise

The dengue carrying mosquito bites during the day.

Dengue is a relatively new mosquito-borne viral disease endemic to more than 120 countries throughout Latin America, the Pacific and Asia. It is spreading rapidly and you need to be aware as you travel. It is also spreading in the USA.

Nicknamed breakbone fever, dengue can be extremely painful and debilitating flu-like illness that can lead to life-threatening complications such as dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS). The disease is caused by four closely related virus serotypes of the genus Flavivirus. Infection provides lifelong immunity against the infecting sterotype but not the other three and there is now some possibility of

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The Capital of Spain

Footballers are national heroes

By Jessica Lloyd

Madrid is a beautiful city full of idyllic parks and plazas, and in proper Spanish style, many monuments and fountains. Over three million people reside in this cosmopolitan city, which is also the business centre, the home of the Spanish Parliament and also the Spanish Royal Family. The things that set Madrid apart are a big cultural calendar and lots of artistic flair. The nightlife also has a lot to offer, with the most bars and restaurants per capita than any other place in the world.


Madrid has great bars and restaurants, and lots of nightclubs – the favourites are the small bars on the sides of

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The Republique Francaise

France is the largest country in Western Europe, with an area of 551,500 square kilometres and a population over of 60 million people. Geographically in the south you will find the Pyrenees mountains, rising to the 3,404 meters high which form the frontier with Spain and, to the east, the Alps which separate France form Italy and Switzerland, and the French Alps to the north form the most extensive ski slopes in Europe. Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, is 4,807 meters high.

Paris is one of the greatest cities and most important urban regions of Europe and the world: with a population of 2,116,000 people and 10,925,000 in the Ile de France region which includes the peripheral

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Sexy London

A girls guide to pleasure

Behind the stiff upper lips and the British reserve, the people have a strong addiction to sex, booze and other drugs. London city is rife with pimps, cheats, whores and con artists.

The rules of the game apply world wide and if you’re nice looking girl, it’s very easy to get picked up but also you’re likely to end up getting robbed so it’s good to have some back up or a plan to stay safe. But if you’re a single girl and a stranger in town looking for fun, you need to be streetwise.

In some ways things are better now with smart phones so when a guy picks you up and it’s really

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