Do you remember Burma Shave?

burma-shave-advertisementIf you are not yet fifty, you probably don’t remember Burma Shave, which was a brand of brushless shaving cream. The manufacturer’s original product was liniment said to have an ingredient from Malaysia and Burma. Burma Shave was most widely known for its roadside advertising, a series of small signs each with a line of [more…]

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Why are the houses in Baldwin Street, Dunedin sinking?

House in Baldwin St Dunedin (photo by Tobias Thierer - PD)Dunedin is a small city on the South Island of New Zealand, with a 2009 population of 125,000 (2009). The city rose to prominence and prosperity during the gold rush of the 1860s. Subsequently there has been a population drift northwards, and the city is now a relatively quiet “heritage town” full of Edwardian and [more…]

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What’s driving like in South Africa?

Wide-open South African roadInternational travellers are sometimes hesitant to drive in another country, but self-drive is a great way to see the highlights of South Africa. Driving is on the left, as in 30% of the world including Japan, Australasia, and the British Isles. Distances are in kilometers, and speeds in kilometers per hour. Your drivers license is [more…]

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