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  1. JohnM

    A PERfect day at Rotto

    Today my younger son, his 3.5yo son and I took the ferry from Fremantle (err, Freo to the uninitiated…) to Rottnest Island (err, Rotto to the uninitiated…) for a boys’ day. My older son and his mate brought their newly-acquired centre-console boat over independently. Rotto’s here: Now...
  2. JohnM

    Why is QF10 PER-MEL showing as an A330 on 28 April 2020?

    Does anyone have any idea as to why QF10 PER-MEL is showing as being operated by an A330 on 28 April 2020? The days either side show the normal B789. It strikes me as puzzling that QF is already planning on subbing the aircraft operating the DOM sector so specifically this far out.
  3. JohnM

    The Galapagos of the Southern Ocean

    Tomorrow it’s onto the bird to head over to CHC xBNE to start a voyage on Sunday from DUD to the Southern Ocean for almost two weeks. Destination: the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand and Macquarie Island, and touted as the Galapagos of the Southern Ocean. The return will be to IVC, then to...
  4. JohnM

    Latest iOS great for shrinking photos

    For the iSheep. One of my frustrations while travelling, especially in developing countries, is slow WiFi which makes loading peeps’ pic-heavy TRs quite painfully slow at times. For those using iPhones, the latest iOS (V13.x) finally has the inbuilt capability to choose small-large file size...
  5. JohnM

    Will a no-show on one flight void the subsequent flight on a multi-city?

    I have made a two-sector multi-city domestic el-cheapo flight booking on Air India. The sectors are separated by three days. Online changes are not permitted. My unrelated incoming international flight has now been rescheduled to arrive too late to make the first sector. If I don’t show for...
  6. JohnM

    Gallivanting the globe 2019 - RTW and then some

    Come Wednesday, it’s on the bird PER-SYD for sector 1 of this year’s DONE4, for 17 weeks of varied travel, returning mid-October. On top of the core DONE4, I have a slew of side flights for a total of 30 sectors and 60,591 miles. This is my 15th successive annual DONEx (that does include an...
  7. JohnM

    US to require social media details from all visa applicants

    This snippet: U.S. Now Requiring Social Media Details From All Visa Applicants also popped up on the ABC news tonight. I've got nothing to hide and my social media footprint is as small as it is boring, but I'm wondering how it will impact on someone like me who already has a US Visa instead of...
  8. JohnM

    Historic Maylands Aerodrome, Perth

    It was a PERfect afternoon for a walk today. A few hundred metres from my home is the Maylands Aerodrome Commemorative Park, the site of Perth's first permanent aerodrome. There's quite a lot of historical significance and visits by iconic aviators. I though some peeps may be interested in...
  9. JohnM

    A Chile chill with a Uruguay and Argentina topping

    This little jaunt had its genesis on 19 April 2018 when I received a PM (‘conversation’ in new parlance) from @juddles, touching base. He and I first made personal contact when he very generously helped me out with some internal flight bookings in Colombia and invited me to spend a weekend with...
  10. JohnM

    Kimberley Wet aerial safari

    Tomorrow morning it's on the bird to DRW before heading out on Wednesday morning to the Kimberley for five nights on this loop: There won't be much in the way of comms out there, so most of the TR will be after I return home.
  11. JohnM

    A brief loop around SW WA

    Last Saturday week I drove to the WA Goldfields to help my son and his staff move vehicles and equipment from a workcamp about 80 km south of Coolgardie to a new location about 200 km north of Coolgardie. That operation took 3.5 days in two trips before I peeled off half way through the third...
  12. JohnM

    Has anyone used a visa-processing agency?

    I am considering a trip to a rather, err make that very, unusual destination next year. I will need a visa which I don't expect to be problematic in being granted. However, it will not be very practical for me to do the application and handling myself so I'll need to use a visa-processing...
  13. JohnM

    Nome, Alaska accommodation recommendations?

    I'll be in Nome, Alaska for a few days in July 2019. None of the accommodations there are available to book through the online consolidators. Does anyone have any recommendations for accommodation and any advice on activities?
  14. JohnM

    Sussing Sudan

    Come Sunday night, the EK CD will be here to whisk me to PER INT for the QF points redemption J ride to DXB and on to KRT for the start of two weeks sussing out Sudan. Return will be EK J KRT-DXB and F on the A380 DXB-PER. Have to love the QF-EK partnership… The new tour to Sudan was...
  15. JohnM

    Lima (LIM) Stopover Tips

    No LA lounge access in LIM :mad::mad:. USD20 voucher to join the scrum at a cafe :mad::mad:.
  16. JohnM

    US traffic infringement: my name spelt incorrectly - would you still pay?

    On my recent visit to the US, I was involved in a traffic crash. There were no injuries but the other driver called the police and they attended. I was given an infringement for not yield right-of-way. No problems - I was in the wrong as I snuck out a bit too far when my view was obscured. I...
  17. JohnM

    A high and dry, wild and wet, majestic history medley – RTW 2018

    The time has almost come for this year’s DONE5. Come Saturday morning I'm out of PER for 10 weeks mixing it up across the globe. The main targets when planning the trip were: Bolivia, Brazil (in particular the Pantanal – hoping to spot a (non-automotive) jaguar or two - and Iguassu Falls)...
  18. JohnM

    A North Africa and Middle East ramble

    To round out a busy and diverse year of travel, two weeks from today I’ll be in 1A on an EK bird from PER approaching DXB to start a six-week sojourn in North Africa and the Middle East. Since I booked, EK has changed one of what was two A380 services a day between PER and DXB, so I’m in a...
  19. JohnM

    QF SC and points saga from RJ flights

    I have encountered a bizarre response from QF in trying to claim missing SCs and points from two RJ flights that were part of a 16-sector DONE5 earlier this year. They are stating that the benefits have been 'claimed with another loyalty program'. Repeated contact, copies of the BPs (with my...
  20. JohnM

    Way into the WA wilderness

    No flying in this trip (well, I might occasionally get airborne over some sand dunes…) but it may be of interest to some. Tomorrow morning I’m off on a three-week expedition along the Canning Stock Route ( This is a heavy-duty 4WD tag-along...