• Westpac computer said Nah to a dependents-free, debt-free, single professional with unblemished credit history, ample assets and income and cash balances that are multiples of their application threshold. Maybe they don't make money out of the folks who run their affairs properly.

  • How to travel with wine

    Aug 15, 2018, 10:59 PM

    Packed my Felton Road bottles in their WineSkins inside my ski case with its tough PU shell and between stainless/titanal/ carbon skis. Indestructible you would think. Only one survived NZ baggage handling.

  • Sim card - Europe

    Apr 11, 2018, 08:18 PM

    UK O2 one month pre-paid was only 15 quid, plenty calls/txt/data, worked fine in Europe once I realised I had to release it from the UK network. All the phone companies do similar deals. If you carry a Telstra phone on a plan make sure to switch off the international roaming Day Pass before you t...

  • Absurd UK e-Passport Rules

    Jan 17, 2018, 04:19 PM

    It is absurd that Australians with e-Passports cannot use Smartgates in the UK unless they pay £70 to get a single year's Registered Traveller enrolement. And even after acceptance you still have to queue so an officer can tell you that you can use the gate. Is there maybe some probl...

  • Interesting. I have CBA-issued Mastercard / AMEX. As recently as last month in Singapore they still needed signatures, PIN / PayWave were not available to me.

  • Do any Australian banks issue chip'n'PIN credit cards that actually work overseas too? About three years ago - after a couple of big credit card frauds overseas - I swapped all my Aussie bank cards for chip'n'PIN for their greater security. They work in Australia. They work nowhere else in the wo...