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Devastation following Australia Tornado

22 March 2013 Last updated at 10:25 GMT Aerial footage has shown the devastation caused after a tornado hit two Australian states. One resident of a caravan park in Mulwala, New South Wales said, "This is just like we're in war. Everyone's lost everything!" Another woman described witnessing, "bi... Read more

Ten ways to cheat death if you're stranded in the Aussie bush

An Australian woman found alive and well after being lost in the bush for 17 days has revealed how she stayed alive in the wilderness. Shannon Leah Fraser, 30, became lost after going to the Golden Hole swimming spot in Northern Queensland with her boyfriend and another friend. After she was rescue... Read more

Columbus Wins 5-Stars for Outstanding Value Travel Insurance

Columbus Direct has won the highest star rating for international travel insurance in an extensive 2011 travel insurance survey by independent ratings agency, CANSTAR CANNEX. CANSTAR CANNEX says the award acknowledges Columbus Direct’s outstanding value in the international travel insurance categor... Read more

UK severe weather - January 2013

The Australian state of Queensland is still dealing with the aftermath of Cyclone Oswald, but new alerts have been issued for even more tornadoes and flooding.Severe weather warnings are in place stretching from central Queensland to the New South Wales border.Columbus Direct customers who have purc... Read more

Travel insurance ad aims to scare people into buying cover

A new advert has been launched in Australia that aims to 'frighten people' into buying travel insurance. Backed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in association with the Choice Guide to Travel Insurance, the unusual ad chooses to personify the 'risk' uninsured people face as a large, int... Read more

Crocodile escapes on a plane bound for Melbourne

Yesterday, 24 September 2012, Qantas confirmed that a crocodile had managed to break free during a flight bound for Melbourne. The reptile escaped from its cage on the flight that took off from Brisbane, last week, and was found roaming free in the cargo hold. It was discovered by a shocked baggage... Read more

Chemmy Alcott - Active Muscle Recovery & Broken Bones

66 days to go until Sochi! There’s no lying down as an Olympian, literally, even when you’re injured because you’ve broken your leg. Dancing on Ice star and Olympic veteran, Chemmy Alcott, spends about six hours a day in machines like the Anti-Gravity treadmill to accelerate her healing. Once Chem... Read more

Ryanair fined €550k for poor customer service

Ryanair, the budget airline, has been fined €550k by the Italian competition watchdog AGCM after huge numbers of customers complained about the company's premium rate phone line. According to The Australian, people found it 'difficult and unreasonably expensive' to find alternative flights, claim r... Read more

How to spot fake foreign cash

Did you know that producing fake money carries a 20-year prison sentence? The thought of two decades behind bars for creating your own cash might put most people off the idea, but fake money’s an issue which authorities worldwide have struggled to supress. Happily, as technologies become more sophi... Read more

Qantas Update: Airline offering 70,000 affected passengers compensation after recent strikes

After the recent strike action that resulted in Qantas dramatically grounding all of its fleet of aircraft and the subsequent ruling by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to permanently end the dispute – Qantas has been requested to offer compensation to the 70,000 passengers ... Read more

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