Tom Howard

Tom Howard

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    How bad is the racism against Chinese in Melbourne? And what is the main reason for that?

    Well, I'm an Anglo-Australian who grew up in Melbourne, so I'll have a degree of bias, but... Melbourne is one of the most culturally diverse and accepting cities in the world. People of every colour and creed have been migrating to Melbourne since its foundation, and people of all backgrounds continue to settle here very happily and successfully. As a child of the 1980s, I grew up with many people of Chinese background in school and university, along with people from other Asian, Middle-Eastern and southern European backgrounds. Racism has never been a major issue. On the contrary, Chinese people are valued for their strong work-ethic, entrepreneurialism and cuisine. Whist every society has its ignorant, bigoted minority, Melbourne would be one of the least racist cities in the world, and Chinese people are welcomed and valued. over 7 years ago

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    Where is the best place to spend Labour day in Melbourne?

    Labour Day isn't a particularly big event in Melbourne, most people just do their own thing - ie, take the opportunity to have bigger nights over the weekend and have the Monday to recover. There is one major civic event on that day: the Moomba festival, which is a carnival and cultural festival, and the Moomba parade on Labour day morning. This is mostly attended by families with young kids. http://thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Festivals/MoombaFestival/Pages/Moomba.aspx For music-loving young adults, there's the Golden Plains festival at Meredith, about 2 hours' drive from Melbourne, which runs from the Saturday before for 2 nights, ending on Labour Day morning. http://2012.goldenplains.com.au/ Aside from that, most of the shops, restaurants, bars and pubs are open, and this time of year has the most reliably pleasant weather so it can be a great day for a picnic or a daytrip to the hills, the coast or the wine country. over 7 years ago

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    Is melbourne a good holiday destination for my 6 year old son? :)

    Yes, Melbourne is a wonderful place to visit with kids. As a city of 4million people and growing, it is full of young families and caters extremely well for them. Attractions include museums/scienceworks, zoos (Melboourne, Healesville & Werribee), beaches in summer, circuses, the aquarium, and wonderful parks and gardens throughout the city. For more info, see: http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Melbourne/Activities-and-attractions/Family.aspx http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne.php?id=2261 http://www.kidspot.com.au/thingstodo/vic-melbourne/all-events/all-days/all-prices/all-ages.htm over 7 years ago

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    Must eat restaurants in Melbourne?

    Melbourne Gastronome is one of Melbourne's leading restaurant bloggers. Earlier this year she compiled a visitors' guide to Melbourne, which has an array of recommendations for a variety of dining needs: http://www.melbournegastronome.com/p/gastronomic-visitors-guide-to-melbourne.html almost 8 years ago

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    Are flights to USA (from Australia) always expensive during July/August? Or can specials still be found?

    These days with the route being very competitive, you can usually get good deals most times of year (except for close to Christmas/New Year). We just did a trip to California leaving August 1 and returning September 7 - we paid AUD $1100 return. When we were considering our plans, there were plenty of good deals in July too. Our flights were with V Australia, but Delta and Air NZ also had competitive fares. over 8 years ago

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    What's the best way to travel from Sydney to New York?

    V Australia and VirginAmerica are the two best airlines I've flown; way better than Qantas or other US carriers. And they're cheap at the moment, and you can book it on a single ticket with V Australia: http://adioso.com/au/sydney-to-new-york.html or http://adioso.com/au/sydney-to-los-angeles.html http://adioso.com/us/los-angeles-to-nyc.html about 9 years ago

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    Is there a discount airline/airfare from Turkey to Egypt?

    According to Skyscanner, you can fly from Istanbul to Cairo for about USD $230. http://www.skyscanner.net/flights/ista/cai/cheap-flights-to-cairo-from-istanbul.html?rtn=0 The best indirect route i've been able to come up with is Istanbul-Cologne (GermanWings - http://adioso.com/tr/ist-to-cgn.html) and Cologne-Cairo (AirBerlin - http://www.airberlin.com) for about USD $140, but that's very dependent on timing, and for the flying time and messing around I doubt it's worth the $100-ish saving. There are no true discount airlines flying that route, and sadly the discount airline market in that part of the world is yet to see rapid growth in competitors and routes like that seen in Europe, SE Asia and Australia. over 9 years ago

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    I will be in San Francisco for 1 night and a day. Any suggestions for great deal hotels?

    Our favorite hotel in SF is Hotel Carlton: http://www.jdvhotels.com/carlton/?cid=gl_car . It's a beautiful place, with comfortable rooms and terrifically friendly, fun staff. It's 5 mins walk to Union Square and 10 mins to Powell St BART Station, and a pleasant walk to the restaurants and bars in Polk St. We've been 3 times now and loved it every time. Looks like you can get rooms for as low as USD $88 from getaroom.com, hotels.com or expedia. Another place we stayed at more recently is the King George in Mason St. The rooms were smaller and it didn't have the atmosphere of Carlton, but it was affordable and still very pleasant. A bit closer to Union Square and the BART, and accordingly a bit further away from Polk. over 9 years ago