Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Far, far away from Sydney - Birdsville

I had a quick 'flying' visit to Birdsville this year when the Dash 8 that was carrying us Bill Peach Journeys people landed for lunch.
We had lunch in the Birdsville Pub - one of Australia's most famous pubs. Once a year, hundreds of people descend on this remote Outback town to go to the races! The local oval is filled with tents, the caravan park is bulging and the airstrip is as crowded as a supermarket car park - folk fly in from all over for the races and a crazy time!
The day we arrived Birdsville was as quiet as a sleepy mouse.
Birdsville is situated on the Diamantina River (which unusually had water in it) between the sands of the Simpson Desert and the 'gibbers' (a rock formation on the surface of the ground - often called stony pavement)of Sturts Stony Desert. The entire area is steeped in history from Aboriginal meeting places to European settlement in the late 1870s. The population of Birdsville is about 120 and there are modern facilities or all travellers who land, drive or race into town.
Road Trains supply the town with fresh produce and general supplies from Adelaide (south) and Quilpie (east) on a fortnightly basis.
Visit: www.birdsvilleraces.com/Abouit/Aboutbirdsville

Monday, July 18, 2011

India's 'King of the Road'

The Hindustan Ambassador is a car manufactured by Hindustan Motors of India. It has been in production since 1948 with few modifications or changes and is based on the Morris Oxford III model first made by the Morris Motor Company at Cowley, Oxford in the United Kingdom from 1946 to 1959.
Despite its British origins, the Ambassador is considered as the definitive Indian car and is fondly called "The king of Indian roads". In major cities their numbers are declining with the new cars on the road driven by the newly wealthy middle class. But it is the car that chugs along at a safe and steady pace and packs the entire family in. The Ambassador was the giant social leap in India from the bullock and bicycle. The automobile is manufactured by Hindustan Motors at its Uttarpara plant near Kolkata, West Bengal. It was the most popular car in India and is perceived to be best suited to the harsh Indian terrain due to its very good suspension. Its status was helped by the fact that it was the preferred means of conveyance of India's political leadership, including the Prime Minister of India, before they moved on to other luxury cars and SUVs. (This info cam from Wikipedia)
I loved seeing the cars choof around towns, carefully dodging cows and people, and it was a sad thing to see them lined up (see picture) getting dusty and being neglected.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Survey reveals sleep habits

A national survey of 1200 Australians* by Travelodge Hotels has delved into the nation’s sleep habits and revealed that the ‘Friday Feeling’ is no longer defined by a few drinks after work, but the signal for a good night’s sleep, with over a third (37%) reporting Friday night as their best night’s sleep of the week!
And the worst? With Monday morning playing on our minds, almost 40% stated Sunday night’s sleep as a struggle…and it’s work related stress at fault, with a quarter of respondents (25%) tossing and turning because of work worries.

Work woes
Work woes affect men the most, with a third reporting it as the main reason they can’t sleep at night. For women, while the office is definitely a factor (22%), they’re mostly missing out on precious shut-eye because of their partner’s snoring! A quarter (25%) of the female respondents complained of a noisy other half, compared to just 8% of men!

A sneaky doze
The survey also revealed that we’re not catching up on crucial missed sleep under the covers. Busy lifestyles are seeing Aussies catching up wherever they can and it might be our work that’s suffering with 26% of men and 16% of women confessing to a sneaky doze in a meeting. Other places where Aussies are attempting to get out of sleep debt include trips on the bus or train to work (62%), at the movies (40%) and in a lecture (32%).
The survey was commissioned by Travelodge Hotels, just one aspect of a new sleep campaign that sees Travelodge Hotels engaged in a range of activities to help ensure a good night’s sleep for every guest including complimentary Good Sleep Guides and “dream tea” for all guests. In 16 city locations across Australia and New Zealand, Travelodge Hotels offer great rates, rest assured.
Rachel Argaman, CEO of Travelodge Hotels, says: “Providing a good night’s rest for guests is a priority for the teams at each Travelodge Hotel across Australia and New Zealand. Whether you’re on holiday or a business trip, a good night’s sleep puts you in the right headspace for tackling the day’s excitement and challenges. We want Travelodge guests to feel relaxed and revitalised when they check-out and this new survey shows just how important that commitment is to the wellbeing of our guests.”

Other interesting statistics from the Travelodge survey:
On average, Australians report getting six to seven hours’ sleep per night (62%)
42% of single Aussies are cuddling up to a pillow to help them drift off, compared to 33% of those married or in a relationship. The loved up Aussies are overwhelmingly cuddling their partner (92%)
When it comes to what side of the bed we sleep on, we’re creatures of habit. An overwhelming 71% stick to their familiar side of the bed even when in a hotel.
18% of 18-24 year olds admit to being afraid of the dark and conquer this fear by sleeping with the TV on (50%).
For general sleep tips, hints on how to combat jetlag and more information about sleep, Travelodge have created the “Sleep Centre” which guests can access at any time through the Travelodge website: www.travelodge.com.au

About Travelodge Hotels
Travelodge is proud of consistently offering great value, rest assured. Whether it’s your next holiday, a weekend getaway or even a business trip, Travelodge’s price per room rates offer comfort and quality at unbeatable value. There are currently 16 Travelodge Hotels across Australia and New Zealand in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Rockhampton, Newcastle, Perth, Darwin, Wellington and Palmerston North. Book a great night’s sleep (at a great rate) at: www.travelodge.com.au

*Survey was conducted via online survey tool Survey Monkey of 1200 over 18 year old Australian men and women during May 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

The absorption principle

In his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says that international hotel chain Crowne Plaza is testing a ‘snore absorption’ room to see if it will help guests sleep better.
Amongst its bag of tricks are walls lined with foam shaped like the bottom of egg-boxes to stop noise reverberating around the room, sound-absorbing bed-heads, and anti-snoring pillows that use magnetic fields to open a person’s airways and stiffen the upper palate – that when soft vibrates during deep breathing and thus creates snoring.
There is also an ‘anti-snoring wedge’ built into the bed that makes it uncomfortable for people to sleep on their backs – often a major contributor to snoring – and forces them to sleep on their sides.
The ‘snore absorption’ room is being trialled in the Crowne Plaza London The City, and nine other hotels in the chain in Europe and the Middle East.
A spokesman said that a survey had found that half of couples complained about partners spoiling their holiday by snoring, and it was hoped that the ‘snore absorption’ room would go a long way towards helping these people get a more restful sleep – and thus enjoy their holiday more.