Jan 122018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 January, 2018

Good morning First, an exciting update on our 2018 touring schedule.  I’ve now put up the dates and details for our New Zealand ‘Epicurean Extravaganza’ tour, running from late October through mid November.  With a bit of care and belt-tightening on my part, I’ve managed to keep the price the same as it was two […]

Jan 112018
 
CES Roundup 2018

This week has seen the annual tech lovefest take place in Las Vegas, with over 180,000 people from more than 150 countries getting together to buy and sell the latest in tech gadgetry at the Consumer Electronics Show. First held in 1967, CES has become the place to see and be seen, although there are […]

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 212017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 December, 2017

Good morning I returned back from this year’s Christmas Markets cruise Thursday afternoon, and the attendant jetlag has reduced my creativity close to zero for a day or two (perhaps I should try the Queen’s reputed jetlag remedy).  But with this being the last opportunity to pass the compliments of the season to you, 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. […]

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 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 – […]