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Consumer protection - how to avoid sandwich anxiety, coffee confusion and a coke overdose

I’ve stared to feel intimidated when I order a coffee or a sandwich in the United States. Let me share a recent example from a well known coffee franchise in Chicago. It went something like this.

Me: “Could I have a coffee please?”

Lady:  “What size would you like? Tall, grande or venti?”

Me: ( Already on the back foot)  “The smallest one please.”

Lady: “OK tall. And what blend would you like, blonde, medium or bold?”

Me: ( Now on the defensive) “I don’t know.”

Lady: “What blend would you like sir, blonde, medium or bold?”

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Hispanics relish growing electoral clout

Published in The Australian newspaper, October 1

 JORGE Ramos has a simple explanation for the intense political spotlight being shone on the US Hispanic community. "They need us," he says, pointing out that to become president, a candidate needs about 11 million Hispanic votes.

Ramos is the charismatic frontman for Univision, the Miami-based Spanish-language television network that is now the fifth largest in the nation.

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"They need us"

"They need us"

I've been talking about this guy, Jorge Ramos, for two days, so I thought I might as well write my blog about him.

There could be few journalists more influential. Last week President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney came down to Miami to be grilled by him. I can't imagine there are too many journalists in the US that have that kind of pulling power.

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Obama faithful brave the squall for democratic convention climax

Published at The Australian online, September 7

ANOTHER storm sweeps through Charlotte, cooling the air and sending people running to bus shelters and the awnings of skyscrapers. The downpour is intense and those caught in the squall are saturated. But the rain won't dampen the enthusiasm of the people of this southern city for perhaps the biggest event in their history, the speech tonight by Barack Obama. Within minutes the storm is over and the t-shirt vendors are out peddling their wears again.

 

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On Oasis for Democrats

Published at The Australian online, September 6

BOOKER welcomes me to the Oasis and wanders barefoot through the space. She points out the restaurant, the lounge, the meditation centre and the yoga studio. We stop for a while at the "lyfe kitchen" and check out the steel-cut oatmeal and wholegrain pilaf. This menu hasn't been designed by anything as clumsy as a chef. A team of experts has worked on it to produce the tasty low-calorie food, with its gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

 

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Lone Star mayor Julian Castro is the face of the coming generation

Lone Star mayor Julian Castro is the face of the coming generation

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and his twin brother Joaquin, right, wave to the crowd at the Democratic National Convention.Source: AP

 

PUBLISHED IN THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER, SEPTEMBER 6

 

JULIAN Castro is quick to play down comparisons between himself and Barack Obama, but the personal and political similarities between the pair are there.

 

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The antidote to Miami's vice

The antidote to Miami's vice

A LOT of things are available in Miami. I took a short walk from the hotel and every kind of vice was on offer. Strip joints, video rooms, bong shops, hookah, bars, restaurants, clothes, jewellery. Whatever your pleasure. It's here. And more often than not it's accompanied by a giant picture and someone offering a special discount.

On first impressions, it doesn't seem like a well-behaved town. (Boston, for example, is a well-behaved town. The place is well-dressed, considerate, refined, with excellent table manners.)

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In Boston looking for the real Romney

In Boston looking for the real Romney

Martin Baron has been the top editor of The Boston Globe for 11 years and during that time has become a close observer of Mitt Romney.

Romney was governor of Massachusetts for four of those years (2003–2007) and also ran an unsuccessful senate race in that state against Ted Kennedy in 1994.

Like any good local paper, the Globe has scrutinised their man.

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