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Car thieves ‘test’ drive trick

RACQ Insurance is urging vehicle owners to check the identity of anyone responding to privately advertised vehicles for sale, following a number of recent thefts where cunning car thieves posed as potential buyers. In two recent cases, the thieves targeted high-performance vehicles – a late model BMW 335i and a Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) F6 turbo – and stole the cars after taking them for test drives. RACQ Executive Manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski said ...

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Australia’s Best Cars awards #2

2014 Australia’s Best Medium Car Under $50,000 Winner: Skoda Octavia 103TSI Ambition Plus 2nd: Mazda6 Touring 3rd: Toyota Camry Hybrid H  Skoda’s new generation Octavia commands attention. Engine/transmission: 1.4-litre 4-cyl ...

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Gift ideas for travellers

The summer holidays are often a time when people head off for an extended trip overseas and, when you’re travelling, every little bit of space and weight counts. This means any Christmas presents you’re planning to give to these people need to be worth taking. Try some of our gift ... More

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Follow the Ireland Whiskey Trail

Some of the world’s most famous whiskies hail from Ireland, and you can get to know the history behind them by taking a tour of the Ireland Whiskey Trail. Comprising 34 different stops throughout Ireland, the trail allows you to visit its many distilleries, pubs and museums dedicated to the ... More

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Hike your way through New England

Regardless of whether you enjoy an easy stroll through the forest, or a pulse-raising trek up a mountain, the landscape of New England offers a wide range of hiking trails, including the following: Myles Standish Forest, Massachussets: A good hiking spot if you’re with the whole family, this state forest ... More

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Learn to scuba dive in Fiji

Enamoured by the beauty of its reefs, legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau once referred to Fiji as the “soft-coral capital of the world”. The diversity of marine life in Fiji’s waters is breathtaking, and includes five of the world’s seven species of marine turtle. The region’s warmer waters are also important ... More

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Visit Copenhagen on a budget

In his research to find the happiest places on earth, National Geographic explorer Dan Buettner identified Denmark as one of the top candidates. Its progressive capital city, Copenhagen, has long been known as an arbiter of high-end design, which can be enjoyed simply by taking a stroll through the city ... More

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The benefits of pet companionship

In the medical world, companion animals are frequently used to help people affected by seizures and autism. Dogs in particular have become regular visitors to many aged-care homes and hospitals due to the positive impact that they can have on patients. There are many benefits to having a pet as a companion. For people who live alone, a pet can provide a source of comfort and company at times when loneliness can set in. This can be particularly beneficial ...

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