In 2003 Matt quit his job to travel on money he'd saved.
Yet many Muslims say they are still too scared to return."We are expecting to attract hundreds of spectators to the area's parks, bays and beaches." Cronulla is 30 minutes south of the city by train, the only Sydney beach connected directly by rail. The Cronulla International Cycle Grand Prix on Sunday - to be contested on a circuit along the Cronulla, Elouera and Wanda foreshores on December 17 - received a huge boost this week with the announced participation of three-time Tour de France green jersey winner Robbie Mc Ewen and other elite competitors.The Flickerfest Film Festival will head south from Bondi in early 2007 to screen in Cronulla on February 23 and 24, at a venue yet to be announced.The dates (and maybe even true love) will follow." And so it does. Opening photo: Spiralz Rob Woodburn More of Lost in Transit More Strapped for cash? Photo: Rufino Uribe The concept of seeking willing sponsors for personal gain via the internet is not exactly new, just growing.Holly Golightly is the pen name of a demure Italian flight attendant based in Milan. But offering to host ads on your website or blog in return for some cash is no longer good enough.Topping the attractions aimed at enticing visitors to make the half hour train ride south of Sydney are a film festival and a bike race.
The "other face" campaign aims to present Cronulla as "a significant cultural and sporting events precinct".
Being constantly in transit has yet another significant downside; it's hardly conducive to romance.
How on earth do you create and maintain a meaningful relationship with anyone if you're perpetually going to be up in the air and somewhere else? Take, for instance, the idea dreamt up by 23-year-old Hamish Laude of Wellington, New Zealand, a prime example of the genre.
But the raw reality is that the Next Big Thing is largely a mystery, no matter what experts may say. If you don't accept my argument then take a look at these three lists. Finland, Romania, Gabon, Jordan, Laos, Madagascar, Namibia, Northern Ireland, Ecuador and Turkmenistan. Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, France, Ireland, Maldives, Namibia, Oman and Zanzibar. Pamukkale in Turkey, Parga in Greece, Ayr in Scotland, Campeche in Mexico, Marrakech in Morocco, Naxos in Greece, Puno in Peru, Soller in Spain, Salvador da Bahia in Brazil and Fes in Morocco. This amusing exercise in forecasting the next big thing is all about generating a buzz, adding a dash of spice to the tourist industry. These so-called "hot lists" give us travellers something to ponder and chew on. Tripadvisor attempts to lend its listing some technological gravitas by claiming its "engineers" have created a unique algorithm that can foresee the future of travel, a claim that's far better suited to an H. For 2007 these are Chongqing in China, Dubai in the UAE, Tallinn in Estonia, Luang Prabang in Laos, Riga in Latvia, Vilnius in Lithuania, Wellington in New Zealand, Belfast in Northern Ireland, Belgrade in Serbia and Perth, Australia.
You'll note that Belfast does at least relate to the country destination mentioned above, but is the only city that does. Opening photo: Griraffes Rob Woodburn More of Lost in Transit More A year after the Cronulla riots blackened the image of Australian beach culture around the world there's a campaign underway to put the shine back into the Sutherland Shire.
But surely it's a bit premature for the chamber to be claiming the Shire is "gearing up for a record number of visitors"?