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Posted By mandolino

Just returned from a month in Melbourne. ...

Just returned from a month in Melbourne.

Took wife, son and his gf to Tarrawarra winery in Yarra Valley for a treat.
Great food, wine, service and view.
Well recommended.

We didn't eat...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Dec 6, 19, 1:45 am
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Posted By mandolino

Although last night in ABZ BrewDog Union Square I...

Although last night in ABZ BrewDog Union Square I had a wee Black-Eyed Barista (https://untappd.com/b/brewdog-black-eyed-barista/3530179), which as the name suggests, is a coffee stout.

I'm...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Dec 6, 19, 1:38 am
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Posted By mandolino

I don't drink much beer these days but every time...

I don't drink much beer these days but every time I go to Stavanger I blow my whole beer budget on a can of Lervig Toasted Maple Stout (https://www.lervig.no/dark/toasted-maple-stout/) , pour it into...
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Posted By mandolino

Award J-class flights to Australia from Europe or...

Award J-class flights to Australia from Europe or North America are so scarce that I seldom try.

Instead we get best availability to SIN or KUL and buy LCC flights from there.

E.g BA Club World...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Oct 11, 19, 1:56 pm
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Posted By mandolino

Voicemail? Businesses still use voicemail?

Voicemail?
Businesses still use voicemail?
Forum: DiningBuzz
Oct 11, 19, 6:20 am
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Posted By mandolino

KUL Specifically, KLIA2 - LCC terminal DF. ...

KUL

Specifically, KLIA2 - LCC terminal DF.


Will be passing through in a few weeks en route to Australia.

Anyone know what their whisky range is like? Any bargains?
Forum: DiningBuzz
Oct 11, 19, 6:17 am
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Posted By mandolino

Thank you! A bit premature though. First...

Thank you!
A bit premature though.
First grandchild due 2020!
And my son the expectant father just gave me ... a bottle of Bowmore.

Wife gave the usual Springbank 18yo which is becoming...
Forum: Europe
Oct 11, 19, 6:04 am
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Posted By mandolino

It's landside, so you'll need to have time to...

It's landside, so you'll need to have time to leave airside and then go back through security after getting your SIM.

Otherwise, it seems as good an option as any.
Forum: Nordic Region
Oct 11, 19, 5:57 am
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Posted By mandolino

I use shopping malls and pubs - none have ever...

I use shopping malls and pubs - none have ever said anything about me not buying a drink but I try to be discreet.
Forum: Nordic Region
Oct 11, 19, 5:19 am
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Posted By mandolino

Yes, it's linked to an account now, but I still...

Yes, it's linked to an account now, but I still use it (and Monzo, same story) like a prepaid.

PINs only required if above contactless limit - e.g. 30 in UK, more elsewhere.
I only go to Norway...
Oct 10, 19, 6:18 pm
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Posted By mandolino

Penang. Pearl of the Orient.

Penang.
Pearl of the Orient.
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Posted By mandolino

Thanks for all these suggestions. Melburnian...

Thanks for all these suggestions.
Melburnian abroad, last visited late 2017 and will be back Nov 2019.

Our tastes are fairly downmarket but son likes to shout us to his local favourites once (or...
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Posted By mandolino

Red Spot is fine. I've usually used their...

Red Spot is fine. I've usually used their downtown premises in between Bourke and Lt. Collins , Parliament end.
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Posted By mandolino

I use a separate SIM for business trips to NZ...

I use a separate SIM for business trips to NZ even though going for only a few days.

You can get them in AKL arrivals.

Same for Australia at MEL or SYD but the choice is better downtown.
The...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jul 30, 19, 3:23 pm
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Posted By mandolino

Ireland. Cork city, drove around via Kinsale...

Ireland.
Cork city, drove around via Kinsale and Kilmore Quay to Enniscorthy the back down to Dunmore East for a wedding.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jul 30, 19, 3:17 pm
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Posted By mandolino

A quick count tells me I've been to 46 countries...

A quick count tells me I've been to 46 countries but only 39 capitals.

Three of the biggest:
USA, Canada, Germany - I've been many times but not to Washington, Ottawa or Berlin.
NZ many times...
Jul 30, 19, 2:28 pm
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Posted By mandolino

And - we have a winner for our tourist slogan...

And - we have a winner for our tourist slogan competition!
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jul 30, 19, 2:24 pm
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Posted By mandolino

A clear example of how the wrong music can affect...

A clear example of how the wrong music can affect your tastebuds.
Bowmore is generally the least impressive of the Islay malts but they come out with some good ones.
Jul 30, 19, 12:31 pm
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Posted By mandolino

Another vote for Bologna. But I usually get...

Another vote for Bologna.

But I usually get there by KLM because BA options from ABZ are almost always much pricier. Possibly due to double UK airport tax.

Other destinations require a LHR LGW...
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Posted By mandolino

I've eaten at The Australian when on solo...

I've eaten at The Australian when on solo business travel. The bar area is pretty busy and would be awkward to eat at. Most people go for the pizzas which are good for pub food.
If it's busy - it...
May 27, 19, 3:04 am
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Posted By mandolino

Hi Scott, We went on a similar connection...

Hi Scott,

We went on a similar connection from ABZ to TFS last year - KLM to AMS then Transavia, and went through the same grief as you trying to figure out the costs.

As it turned out:...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Apr 29, 19, 4:48 pm
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Posted By mandolino

I'm with you YYZ. Living in northeast Scotland,...

I'm with you YYZ.
Living in northeast Scotland, I'm spoilt for choice.

Paradoxically, this drives one back towards simplicity. You start drinking popular blends and trying to identify the...
Oct 25, 18, 4:08 pm
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Posted By mandolino

I have a Moto 4 dual SIM and it updates quite...

I have a Moto 4 dual SIM and it updates quite often.

Only when on WiFi, which is how it set it.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Oct 25, 18, 3:53 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 1,949
Posted By mandolino

I had an option of a 40 minute connection time at...

I had an option of a 40 minute connection time at AMS on GLA-MUC, or a 3hr one. I took the longer one.
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Posted By mandolino

As a micro-SME, I never got to grips with BlueBiz...

As a micro-SME, I never got to grips with BlueBiz or saw any benefit.
I was planning to address that but now I'm wondering if worthwhile.
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