Feb 152019
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 February 2019

Good morning It has been an interesting week this week, and there are two feature articles following this morning’s newsletter. One is a farewell tribute to one of my favorite planes.  Ungainly and ugly?  Probably, although that enormous wing impresses me every time I see it.  A delight to fly in, as a passenger?  Most […]

Feb 142019
 
The Airbus A380 :  RIP

Airbus surprised no-one, but saddened many, with its announcement on Thursday this week that it was ending the A380 program.  It would build 17 more planes (14 for Emirates and 3 for ANA) and then cease production some time in 2021.  In total, it is probable they will end up producing 251 planes, a sad […]

Feb 082019
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 February 2019

Good morning Lots of touring news this morning. Our new Loire Valley Land Cruise in September has proven to be popular, with three people already signed up and another four expected to be joining them any day now.  This is a wonderful way to see a great part of France at a lovely time of […]

Feb 012019
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 February 2019

Good morning While there are no attachments to this morning’s nice long newsletter, that is due to a quirk in how these emails work.  I’ve actually been very busy this last week preparing the pages of information for our lovely Loire Valley “land cruise” in late September. You can see the main tour page here […]

Jan 252019
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 25 January 2019

Good morning I hope you had a nice long weekend. I spent much of mine listening to music – through a new pair of Bluetooth equipped noise cancelling headphones.  Although I love technology and gadgets, and definitely love noise cancelling headphones, I’ve not been able to convince myself that adding Bluetooth to a regular pair […]

Dec 212018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 December, 2018

Good morning Very few shopping days remaining until Christmas – but you already know that, I’m sure! This week’s newsletter is in slightly different form.  I arrived home at 1.30am on Thursday morning and the rest of Thursday has been a bit of a jetlagged blur, during the course of which I wrote an article […]

Dec 072018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 December, 2018

Good morning Today sees me traveling to France for this year’s Christmas Markets tour, this time what we are calling a “land cruise”, based in Lille in Northern France and traveling around the region each day, rather than cruising along a river.  I don’t expect a newsletter next week, but expect one the following week. […]

Dec 062018
 
What Part of "Trusted Traveler" Does the TSA Not Understand?

I belong to the US/Canadian Nexus trusted/known traveler program.  That involved filling out a form, and then being personally interviewed by both US and Canadian ICE officials, at the end of which, and after paying a generous fee, I received a special Nexus card to allow me fast-track passage through the US/Canadian border crossings.  It […]

Nov 162018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 16 November, 2018

Good morning A week until Thanksgiving and, of course, those other two events that many of us are equally thankful for – Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Alas, I’m out of the country currently, so will be missing out on both the Thursday and Friday events, but return home in time for the last of […]