Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 June 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 June 2016

Good morning The last week has seen Britain’s referendum on staying in or leaving the EU reach its culmination with the vote yesterday and decision in favor of leaving the EU, although by the slimmest of margins (51.9%/48.1%). Britain’s relationship with the EU has always been ambiguous (and, going further back into history, […]

Why You'll Never Fly in an Electric Plane

Why You’ll Never Fly in an Electric Plane

We all love hybrid and electric vehicles, right?  Those alluring claims of 100 miles per ‘gallon equivalent of petrol’ (whatever that actually means), the extraordinary sportiness of the Tesla S, or the sturdy economy of a Toyota Prius and its 50+ mpg (of real gasoline, not ‘equivalent’ gas).  No-one can deny, with the […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 June 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 June 2016

Good morning A shortish newsletter today.  The main purpose of it is to convey the following article, which makes for dismaying reading. Congress – ever sensitive to the varying gusts of the political wind – decided, unanimously, to hop on the bandwagon of blaming the TSA for the long delays going through airport […]

Congress Unanimously Votes to Solve TSA Security Line Delays

Congress Unanimously Votes to Solve TSA Security Line Delays

Wow – there’s a headline full of red flags.  “Congress” – we’re off to a bad start.  “Unanimously” – anything Congress does unanimously has to be something so facile and trivial as to be impossible of ruffling any feathers on either side of the aisle or among any of the myriads of lobby groups […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 3 June 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 3 June 2016

Good morning Another summer has semi-officially started, and right at the point where many of us are getting ready for our summer vacations, the State Department in its infinite wisdom has decided to issue a travel advisory notice for all of Europe for the three months June, July and August. That is sufficiently […]

New Zealand's Amazing - and Essential - Food Revolution

New Zealand’s Amazing – and Essential – Food Revolution

This is the first part of a series on food in New Zealand.  A second and possibly subsequent parts will showcase some of the best and most distinctive of New Zealand dishes. When you consider New Zealand’s renown, these days, for its highest quality cuisine using the very best of local ingredients (truly […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 27 May 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 27 May 2016

Good morning If you’re lucky, you’ll be going somewhere nice for Memorial Day Weekend.  If you’re very lucky, you’ll be staying home.  Travel – on the roads and in the air – is projected to be either at an all time high, or perhaps the second highest level ever.  I’m in the very […]

Emergency Power for your Phone

Emergency Power for your Phone

The leapfrog match between the ever-increasing power requirements of our smartphones and the ever-increasing power capacities of their batteries – overlaid with a desire to make phones and therefore their batteries ever smaller – means that sometimes, new model phones have even fewer hours of life than older phones.  For example, the new […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 20 May 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 20 May 2016

Good morning Was this the week when every passenger’s frustration boiled over, and we spontaneously all resolved not to accept two hour (and sometimes longer!) waits to go through security any more?  If it wasn’t, it sure should have been, and an eruption of news stories told tales of woe (and, worse, missed […]

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