Jan 052018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 5 January, 2018

Good morning I hope your 2018 is off to a great start, and that if you watched a fireworks display, it was spectacular, but not in the sense that this display was. Can I first talk about our Travel Insider tours for 2018. Our Grand Expedition of Great Britain is almost full – not so […]

Dec 292017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 December, 2017

Good morning I hope you had a very Merry Christmas. But if you were disappointed with your Christmas presents, why not now buy a little something for yourself.  Well, actually, quite a big something.  A used 426′ long BC (Canada) ferry – listed on the Canadian Government’s auction site for a mere C$5,000.  Currently, it […]

Dec 072017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 December, 2017

Good morning As is always the case, a typical rush to get ready for the 2017 Travel Insider Christmas Cruise saw some projects failed to complete.  But I don’t feel too abjectly guilty at not completing the external battery pack project though, because I have been nonstop continuing to test batteries all the last week. […]

Dec 012017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 December, 2017

Good morning For the last week I’ve been testing portable battery packs.  I’ve got 18 different units (all of which I’ve paid full price for – this is what your annual support of The Travel Insider helps fund), ranging in capacity from 1500 mAh to 26,600 mAh, and have been compiling data on 35 different […]

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 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 […]

Oct 272017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 27 October, 2017

Good morning Only a few days remaining until Halloween.  Not many people in the US appreciate how very US-centric Halloween was, but also how the rest of the world is now rushing to embrace it too. While the celebration of Halloween dates back to the Middle Ages and Europe, the practice of ‘trick or treating’ […]

Sep 292017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 September, 2017

Good morning Thank you this week to the very kind additional 61 readers who joined this year’s annual fund-raising drive during the last week, bringing us to 186 kind souls to date. And, of course, very special thanks to our very special supporters, those sending in three figure sums.  This week, mention must happily be […]

Sep 222017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 September, 2017

Good morning It is a great pleasure to start off another week with another round of heartfelt thanks to the people who generously added their names to our 2017 Supporters list.  We are now at 126 Supporters after two weeks of this year’s annual fundraising drive, compared to 122 after two weeks last year and […]

Sep 152017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 September, 2017

Good morning Well, what a week it has been, some of it good, some of it disappointing. Let’s talk about the good first.  Our Grand Tour of Great Britain next June had another person sign up this week (a lady on her third Travel Insider tour).  We’re now at 18 – room for about ten […]

Aug 112017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 August, 2017

Good morning I hope your summer is proving as wonderful as mine is here.  At times like this, it is hard to think of living anywhere else in the world, but think about it, I did, after noting an article on Forbes suggesting I could quit my job and live in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for […]

Aug 042017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 4 August, 2017

Good morning We’re having a ‘heat wave’ here in the Seattle area, with temperatures in the mid-90s.  That’s a problem for two-thirds of the population – the two-thirds who don’t have a/c.  Making things much worse is an astonishing amount of smoke everywhere, massively reducing visibility, and threatening the practicality of a Blue Angels display […]