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 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 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 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 […]

Oct 122018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 October, 2018

Good morning First computer problems then medical problems (an ankle) forced an unplanned silence upon me, but here I am, happily back once more and sharing another selection of the great and the grim. Simultaneously on the great and grim side of things, we had a cancellation off our Christmas “Landcruise” of Northern France and […]

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 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 […]