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Nov 232017
 
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 […]

Nov 232017
 
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 […]

Nov 212017
 
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 […]

Nov 172017
 
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 […]

Nov 102017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 November, 2017

Good morning Another airline retires its 747s, with United’s last 747 repeating and recreating the ambience of the flight of their first 747, to Honolulu, earlier this week.  While it is easy to understand how a series of planes which first flew in February 1969 is now due for retirement, it is still a sad […]

Nov 092017
 
Airline Travel Blankets

In the good old days, no-one needed to take their own travel blankets with them.  The airlines provided plenty of free ones – indeed, if one wasn’t enough, you could usually get a second one, handed to you with a smile rather than scowl.  The blankets were reasonably sized and reasonably warm, and hopefully also […]

Nov 032017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 3 November, 2017

Good morning As our 2017 Annual Fundraising event winds to its close, we had a good week last week with another 49 readers choosing to join in with their support, including six new Platinum members who each contributed a three figure sum – Joanne S, Michael L, Jim S, Gary B, Joe B and Claire […]

Nov 022017
 
The Tesla Commentary No-one Else Seems to Want to Give

Tesla continues to lead a charmed life – in the media, although not in the real world. Immediately before its third quarter earnings report (announced on Wednesday evening this week), analysts were projecting that it would beat expectations.  The reality, announced on Wednesday night?  Their earnings were indeed a long way from analyst projections – […]

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