Apr 052019
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 5 April 2019

Good morning I hope you had a great April Fool’s Day on Monday.  This year, more than previously, I found myself struggling to tell the jokes from reality.  For example, this story about a tiny town in Denmark with only 7,000 people being the location for a new 1050 ft tower, to become the tallest […]

Mar 222019
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 March 2019

Good morning “I’m sorry, I’m having difficulty understanding that right now.  Please try again later.” That was the regular response, during the last nightmarish couple of weeks, to my regular morning request “Alexa, turn on David Bed Light”.  An intermittent problem with my new Netgear router often meant it had frozen overnight, so when it […]

Mar 142019
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Good morning Wow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but I trust not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency. The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it […]

Nov 022018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 2 November, 2018

Good morning I hope your Halloween was enjoyable.  My long dark driveway (and, ahem, German Shepherd) tend to keep the number of trick and treaters down to a very small number each year, but Anna always manages to score an impressive amount of candy as she does her rounds (as well as sweeping up all […]

Aug 302018
 
A New and Better Christmas Cruise Experience

We love visiting the European Christmas markets, and take Travel Insiders to Europe just about every December for this purpose. Until now, we’ve used a one week river cruise as the central component of these experiences, but this year, we are trying something different – not just different, but also better.  A better experience, and […]

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 192018
 
Should You be Using Airbnb?

One of the most apparently successful of the new ‘sharing economy’ internet startups is Airbnb.  It started business in 2008, and in the ten years since then has gone from being an irrelevant footnote to the main accommodation choices, and is now the largest single source of accommodation offered in the entire world. It nowadays […]

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 […]

Apr 132018
 
Weekly Roundup, Black Friday 13 April, 2018

Good morning Have you done your taxes yet?  Or at least filed for an extension.  If the former, I hope you’ve a nice big refund coming your way, and indeed, if you are so fortunate, why not, ummm, “invest” it in forming some rich memories you’ll treasure for years to come. This week I can […]

Mar 152018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 16 March, 2018

Good morning As mentioned, I’ve been traveling for most of this week and will be continuing into next week too.  But I’ve had time to finally get all the details of our first ever ‘Christmas Land Cruise’ written down – and what a lot of details there are, due to so many inclusions and places […]

Mar 012018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 2 March, 2018

Good morning And greetings from Pahrump, NV; an unincorporated locality best known for having a concentration of ‘houses of ill repute’.  Although they are widely spread apart, through some mystery of the maps, each claims to be the closest to Las Vegas (Clark County, where Las Vegas is situated does not allow such places). We […]