Coast to coast: across Australia by rail aboard the Indian Pacific – Lonely Planet

The Lonely Planet answers the question, ‘why travel such a distance when you could fly’? It suggests that compared to the cramped confines of a flight which merely delivers you to the starting point of your holiday, a sleeper train is a memorable travel adventure in itself. According to LP, this is particularly true for the Indian Pacific, which is one of the world’s few transcontinental trains.

Source: Coast to coast: across Australia by rail aboard the Indian Pacific

I’ve only had one multi-day train trip and that was the Rocky Mountaineer in Canada’s British Columbia, which was a once in a lifetime experience. I guess that the Indian Pacific must be compared to the likes of the ‘Trans Siberian’ but I think that I’d get restless and a bit bored with the repetition of the scenery. Also the more comfortable classes are rather pricey, so it’s down to personal choice.

Thoughts?

Opinion – The Observer view on Donald Trump’s unfitness for office | Observer editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Here’s a must-read and deeply alarming editorial from the Observer/Guardian. The liberal Observer reports that the incompetence and infighting at the White House dismay America’s allies and encourage its enemies. The bottom line is that Trump’s unfitness for office.

Source: The Observer view on Donald Trump’s unfitness for office | Observer editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Normally, I don’t blog about politics in the summer but Trump’s absence of presidential leadership is a potential threat for all of us. The Observer maintains:

The common factor in all these situations is Trump’s self-induced powerlessness and ignorance, his chronic lack of credibility and presidential authority and consequent perceptions of US and western weakness.

Yesterday, I argued that Trump’s impeachment or resignation seems no more than speculation for the moment , so based on today’s evidence, we must expect Russia, Iran and North Korea to increasingly test Trump’s weakness. With Trump weak on leadership, judgement and political skills, these are increasingly dangerous times.

Thoughts?