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I used to travel a lot over­seas. Even with kids we would save all year to head off to an ex­otic is­land or across the ditch to Aus­tralia.

The most ad­ven­tur­ous trip we un­der­took was a road trip up the Pa­cific High­way on the west coast of the United States and then into Canada and across to Cal­gary. It was an ex­cit­ing time, es­pe­cially with two young teenagers in the back seat. I had a fab­u­lous jun­ket to Bei­jing just be­fore the Olympic Games but since then it has been very quiet on the travel front.

As United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump bombs Syria and ramps up his rhetoric on North Korea, I’m very happy to be in this part of the world.

Over the past decade or so there has been an ex­pec­ta­tion that our chil­dren will head off on an OE – to see and ex­pe­ri­ence life in other coun­tries. My daugh­ters don’t seem that in­ter­ested.

The world has al­ways had volatile hot spots, but at the mo­ment I’m happy that they are con­tent to stay down un­der – at least for a while any­way. - Shar­ron Par­doe, News Di­rec­tor Com­mu­ni­ties

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