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Taking stock

More than two decades after the collapse of the cod industry, people of Newfoundland and Labrador navigate the course forward with one eye ahead and the other over their shoulder. National Geographic Traveller (Aust & NZ)

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Cold comfort

As domestic refrigeration reached most American homes, ice houses disappeared. Except in Texas. And now, keeping the old places alive has got personal. Sydney Morning Herald/The Age

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Buoys light up

Nosing out into the Southern Ocean like a little fish that’s getting away, South Australia’s Kangaroo Island has, for many decades, required decent lighthouses and faithful keepers. People have lived, worked and sometimes died at these tiny isolated settlements in their efforts to keep the beam alive, but automation has now rendered the old keepers’ cottages vacant. A road trip to stay at the island’s three light stations helps me to imagine life that way.

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Gettin’ mushy

There was nothing on the Sky High Wilderness Ranch website to say that a week of dog sledding in the Yukon might make you cry. No warning about the impact of waking, day after day, in the half-light of a subarctic midwinter morning and crunching through snow towards the haunting howls of over a hundred hungry huskies. But, do this for a while, and things start to happen.

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An Italian story

Giuseppe Garibaldi is considered by many to be the unifier of modern Italy. In 1852, while in command of the trading ship Carmen during a period of political exile, Garibaldi sailed past the south coast of Australia. He touched the country’s soil only once – on the rather obscure northwest Tasmanian island of Three Hummock. There he found a flourishing vegetable garden, an empty farmhouse and a grave.

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