Feb 082019
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 February 2019

Good morning Lots of touring news this morning. Our new Loire Valley Land Cruise in September has proven to be popular, with three people already signed up and another four expected to be joining them any day now.  This is a wonderful way to see a great part of France at a lovely time of […]

Jan 242019
 
The Cleer Flow Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones

Ever since 2016 when Apple forced the issue by eliminating the regular headphone jack on its iPhone 7 model, some headphone manufacturers have necessarily responded by offering Bluetooth connectivity on their headphones. This is, frankly, unfortunate and totally unnecessary, but for Apple’s decision to make things more complicated for us, and clearly motivated by their […]

Jan 102019
 
CES Report 2019

Ever since 1967, the first week in January has seen the enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  This year was no exception, with over 180,000 attendees from over 150 countries and over 4,500 exhibiting companies meeting in an enormous 2.5 million square foot exhibition, sprawling over the Las Vegas Convention Center and spilling into […]

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 202018
 
Entertaining Oneself On One's Travels

Joe Brancatelli asked several travel writers to discuss what books, music and video they take with them on the road. Here’s our response, and rather than giving you any favorites, we’ve chosen to answer “everything”, and explain, below, why and how. The last few decades have seen extraordinary developments when it comes to in-flight entertainment.  […]

Dec 072018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 December, 2018

Good morning Today sees me traveling to France for this year’s Christmas Markets tour, this time what we are calling a “land cruise”, based in Lille in Northern France and traveling around the region each day, rather than cruising along a river.  I don’t expect a newsletter next week, but expect one the following week. […]

Nov 162018
 
Amazing Amazon Fire HD 10 Special

When we sent out the weekly newsletter this morning, we guessed Amazon would offer some Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on their electronic devices. But we never expected them to come out with crazy low prices already, today. This page has their current deals, available for you to order now.  The deal that jumped off the […]

Nov 082018
 
Apple Breathes New Life Into iPads

Apple’s iPad has always been a strange product.  Its original launch was accompanied by a level of hype perhaps never seen before or since, and the product appeared with outstanding specifications in terms of battery life, capabilities, screen size, weight, and even price. Overnight, a totally new category of computing device was created, causing some […]

Oct 262018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 October, 2018

Good morning It has been a wild and crazy week, but have I got a lot to show you for the week that was.  We now have details of our June 2019 UK touring online. I’m using the “land cruise” concept first offered in this year’s Christmas land cruise (still have the cancelled couple’s $500 […]

Sep 212018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 September, 2018

Good morning I must start off by thanking everyone who generously responded to the start of our annual fundraising drive last week.  We had 40 kind people choose to send in some support. Depending on if one’s glass is half full or half empty, the half full glass perspective notes that we collected almost as […]