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Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 November, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 November, 2017

Good morning <Insert traditional comment of your choice about Thanksgiving eating excesses here!> I hope you too enjoyed Thanksgiving, which felt very much like a holiday for me this year.  Having Anna at home on Wednesday (her school came up with a coincidental reason why there should be no school on Wednesday either) broke up […]

Top Ten Christmas Gift Giving Guide

Top Ten Christmas Gift Giving Guide

Whether you’re looking for gifts for others, or wanting ideas to pass on for appropriate items for yourself, here’s a wonderful cornucopia of ideas, at least some of which are sure to delight everyone. We’ve come up with a mix of the commonplace (but sometimes overlooked) and the unusual, giving preference to modestly priced items […]

Eight Port USB Charger with Power Meter

Eight Port USB Charger with Power Meter

How many different USB powered electronic devices do you have?  And, more to the point, how many ‘wall wart’ or ‘brick’ type chargers are you also accumulating? Sure, with some planning, much of the time you can allow your devices to take turns at being charged, but particularly if you’re traveling (and doubly so if […]

Mini-Flashlight Stocking Stuffers

Mini-Flashlight Stocking Stuffers

Better batteries and better lightbulbs have transformed pocket flashlights (or, as we say in English countries, ‘torches’).  What was formerly bulky and heavy, requiring multiple batteries that would be used up way too soon, large reflectors, and fragile bulbs (drop a flashlight with an incandescent bulb switched on and you invariably cause the bulb to […]

Special Bargain Newsletter Sunday 19 November 2017

Special Bargain Newsletter Sunday 19 November 2017

Good evening As you surely know, we’re in the run up to Thanksgiving.  That doesn’t only mean turkey on Thursday, it also means Black Friday, and as you also surely know, the concept of Black Friday has broadened, particularly with online retailers, who added a Cyber-Monday, and now – especially at Amazon – are offering […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 November, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 November, 2017

Good morning It has been an interesting week, with a major development in terms of the future of the A380, but not the development generally anticipated last week. I’ve been quietly busy this week, and have three feature articles to offer, in addition to the roundup.  One of these arose out of last week’s article […]

A380 Caught in a Catch-22

A380 Caught in a Catch-22

By all accounts, the A380 is a lovely plane to fly in.  It is quiet, comfortable, spacious, and flies smoothly.  With three jetways, boarding and deplaning is reasonably quick and efficient, and most airlines operating the plane have fitted their planes out well with inflight entertainment systems. Indeed, not only is it a lovely plane, but […]

The False Promise of Fuel-Cell Vehicles

The False Promise of Fuel-Cell Vehicles

These days, Toyota is the best known auto maker promoting fuel cell vehicles.  Yes, they are a very sensible and very successful company.  But even the most successful companies in the world are not always right on every product they develop/support; indeed, it could be said that the more successful the company, the more willing […]

Caldera Releaf Travel Pillow :  The Review that Took Nine Years to Write

Caldera Releaf Travel Pillow : The Review that Took Nine Years to Write

A reader wrote in to comment on last week’s Travel Blanket review and shopper’s guide.  We also discussed travel pillows, and I went to find the link to my review of my current favorite travel pillow to send to him.  But – after some searching, I discovered that, even though I have had one of […]

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