Weekly Roundup, Good Friday, 18 April 2014

Weekly Roundup, Good Friday, 18 April 2014

Good morning And a very happy Easter to you, wherever in the world you may be celebrating it.  One of the few disadvantages of living in the US is that Easter is not celebrated here – in New Zealand, it is marked by both the Friday and Monday being holidays. Talking about New Zealand, I [...]

MH 370 Conspiracy Theories

MH 370 Conspiracy Theories

There’s nothing worse than an unexplained or inexplicable misfortune, and particularly with the modern-day demand for instant news and certain facts, even when there’s nothing to say and little understood, low quality ‘information’ rushes in to fill the knowledge gap which exists. When you add to this a layer of government bumbling and incompetence, and [...]

Water Nonsense

Water Nonsense

The in-room placards are getting more and more offensively aggressive at demanding we ‘save water’ while staying at a hotel. Earlier this week, I was at a property that not only had the well-worn homilies about re-using towels, but also was suggesting a long list of other water-saving strategies, ranging from taking showers instead of [...]

Weekly Roundup Friday 11 April 2014

Weekly Roundup Friday 11 April 2014

Good morning Happy birthday to the internal combustion engine.  This is one of those inventions that are hard to pin down to a specific point in time, due to being a series of evolving and improving things, but the patent filed on 3 April 1885 by Otto Gottlieb is perhaps one of the pivotal points [...]

The Airlines (Again) Dupe a Willing Congress

The Airlines (Again) Dupe a Willing Congress

One of the most effective lobbying groups in the country are our airlines.  They can boast a brilliant record for delaying or avoiding any legislation they feel would disadvantage themselves, while effectively promoting legislative and regulatory actions that advantage them. Their ‘successes’ aren’t always obvious to most travelers, but if you want to see an [...]

A More Budget-Priced and Smaller-Sized Camera

A More Budget-Priced and Smaller-Sized Camera

I wrote, a couple of weeks ago, about what I (and most other reviewers) feel to be the best compact camera available in the market today, the Sony DSC-RX100 II. I continue to be delighted with my choice of camera and the quality images it provides, but several people have written to ask if I [...]

Weekly Roundup Friday 4 April 2014

Weekly Roundup Friday 4 April 2014

Good morning I returned back from New Zealand earlier this week, and enjoyed two more splendid flights on Hawaiian Airlines.  That makes four excellent flights in a row with HA, all pushing back on time or early, and all of which arrived early.  More astonishing still, the flights even had edible food on them, and [...]

Weekly Roundup Friday 28 March 2014

Weekly Roundup Friday 28 March 2014

Good morning It is another truly wonderful day here in Queenstown, New Zealand.  Clear blue sky, warm sun, calm lake, and lots of people out and about, relaxing and enjoying themselves, taking advantage of all the wonderful things to see and do in and around Queenstown. You too can be among these holidaymakers by choosing [...]