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Jody Brettkelly, 49, is a Kiwi from Ohope Beach now living in Oakland, California with her American husband and four children, ages 14 to eight. During a 15-year "stopover" in London she worked as a journalist for amongst others, The Times, The Mail on Sunday and the London Evening Standard writing on an eclectic range of topics including pension scandals, football players' hairdos and "banana hammocks." She was also a guest travel and consumer expert for TravelTV and TalkRadio. Her blog is aboutlastweekend.com.