Sep 142018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 14 September, 2018

Good morning It has been another busy week here at the Travel Insider Galactic Headquarters. To my amazement, I found myself actually liking the latest release of new iPhones, so much so that I’m staring at my now four year old iPhone 6+, complete with cracked screen, and wondering if it is getting close to […]

Sep 072018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 September, 2018

Good morning I hope you had a great long weekend, and that there’s still a generous measure of Indian summer for you to enjoy. It is certainly way too soon to start feeling the winter blues, but it is not way too soon to start planning an escape from that phenomenon.  And have I got […]

Aug 312018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 31 August, 2018

Good morning Welcome to another Labor Day Weekend and, sadly, the end of another summer.  I’ve been alternating between days with the a/c on and then a day with the heaters on, and soon there’ll be no question which way to set the thermostat at all. In an interesting counter-current, although the US is producing […]

Aug 242018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 August, 2018

Good morning The rapid passing of time is never more noticeable than on this day each year, it being today my daughter’s 14th birthday.  As many as you of course know, possibly with grandchildren as well as children, one looks at one’s children with amazement, still vividly remembering what they were like so many years […]

Aug 172018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 August, 2018

Good morning You surely saw some of the news covering the theft and crash of a Horizon Air commuter plane last Friday night.  Alas, what you didn’t necessarily see was much in the way of sensible informed commentary – a lot of what was promulgated by the instant experts was, alas, specious nonsense designed merely […]

Aug 152018
 
Much Nonsense About the Horizon Air Plane Theft

Friday evening’s theft of an airplane was almost as strange as the reactions that inevitably followed.  Let’s first talk about the facts of what happened, then move on to the ‘expert’ commentaries and opinions.  And, as a bonus on what has become a lengthy article, let’s also look at a similar but different incident that […]

Aug 102018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 August, 2018

Good morning I hope your summer is proceeding apace and that you’re not being impacted by the fires and smoke coming from them that seem to be filling so much of California at present. We have the usual sprinkling of fires here in WA too, but orders of magnitude less than the 300,000+ acre main […]

Aug 092018
 
The Cori Travel Pillow - Design Your Own Comfort?

The endless quest for a magic way to transform a coach class seat into a comfortable travel experience continues unabated.  The obvious difficulty in achieving such an objective, and the continued hurdles being placed in our path by evil airlines and their ever-more-inadequate seating is being matched by ever-more-creative devices and ways of possibly improving […]

Aug 032018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 3 August, 2018

Good morning We were silent last week; not because there was nothing to write about, but instead due to the matter I’d foreshadowed over several recent newsletters coming to the fore – it turned out that what I’d thought to be ‘only’ computer viruses was actually a determined attack on our computer servers, not by […]

Jul 202018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 20 July 2018

Good morning I hope your summer is progressing positively.  I’m spending much of mine inside, wrestling with computer problems. A hardware failure was bad enough, but during the recovery process there was a brief period of unavoidable vulnerability while opening the server to the internet to download OS patches, and the server almost instantly became […]

Jul 132018
 
Weekly Roundup, Black Friday 13 July, 2018

Good morning Before anything else, may I mention our Quad K Tour.  We’re now three months out from this exciting travel experience, when we go to Kiev, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (and optionally to Moldova, Transnistria, and more of Ukraine, too).  We get a huge variety of unusual and even, dare I say, unique travel experiences […]

Jun 292018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 June, 2018

Good morning I returned from my lovely three weeks in Britain on Wednesday, only to discover that while I was flying home, somewhere over the Arctic, my main server had crashed.  This changed my plans for Wednesday afternoon and most of Thursday from one of calmly unpacking suitcases and recovering from jet lag to one […]