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May 262017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 May, 2017

This weekend marks the traditional start of summer.  Here in the Seattle area, summer came a week or more early; and let’s all hope for a lovely Memorial Day weekend. The AAA are forecasting the most Memorial Day travel since 2005, with an increase of 5.5% in people flying, and 2.4% in people driving.  In […]

May 122017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 May, 2017

Good morning An interesting week this week, and a rather portentous one.  While, for once, there were no leaks prior to Mr Comey’s firing, we’re being subjected to what seems to be a deliberately orchestrated series of leaks to prepare us for what increasingly seems like will become an unavoidable new reality – electronic bans […]

May 042017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 5 May, 2017

Good morning In just over a month, 26 Travel Insiders and I will be heading off to Scotland for our lovely Islands and Highlands tour.  We’re all looking forward to it immensely, and although it is the fourth time I’ve done the tour, it remains one of my favorites. No, this isn’t a precursor to […]

Apr 282017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 28 April, 2017

Good morning Our lovely December Christmas Cruise continues to attract plenty of comment and interest, but not many firm bookings.  If you are thinking you’ll come, please don’t delay confirming your participation.  The best value cabins are disappearing, and the pre and post ground options are getting steadily tighter to confirm. One person suggested there […]

Apr 062017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 April, 2017

Good morning Amazon came out with a wonderful short-term sale on its tablets.  I’ve reviewed both their entry-level 7″ tablet and their greatly enhanced 8″ tablet before, and so I add a short item after this weekly roundup that basically records the deal and links you to the earlier reviews. Amazon’s sale drops the 8″ […]

Mar 312017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 31 March, 2017

Good morning After several weeks of pressing distractions, I’m back this week with the probably final (sixth) part of my series on the future of transportation. This week, it is time to look at the nonsense and hype surrounding flying cars.  While the abstract concept of a dual purpose vehicle has enormous appeal, the reality […]

Mar 242017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 March, 2017

Good morning What a crazy week it has been, with the TSA managing to set a new low for inanity and insanity. We’ve seen some terrible things in the past – with the worst perhaps being the global ban on all electronics on all flights, and their extended insistence on subjecting us to potentially dangerous […]

Mar 162017
 
Circular Runways?

Here’s an interesting article about a Dutch concept advocating circular runways for airports.  Here’s the underlying website with the original research. Ostensibly, there is some sense to the idea inasmuch as it would no longer be necessary to build runways that are very much longer than required for an airplane’s take-off or landing roll.  If […]

Mar 102017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 March, 2017

Good morning My extended ‘future of transportation’ series took another slight detour this week.  Uber has been going through some gyrations of late, managing to offend just about everyone on the planet in the process. Although it is only seven or so months since I last wrote about Uber, it seemed appropriate to update the […]

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