Jul 202018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 20 July 2018

Good morning I hope your summer is progressing positively.  I’m spending much of mine inside, wrestling with computer problems. A hardware failure was bad enough, but during the recovery process there was a brief period of unavoidable vulnerability while opening the server to the internet to download OS patches, and the server almost instantly became […]

Jun 292018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 June, 2018

Good morning I returned from my lovely three weeks in Britain on Wednesday, only to discover that while I was flying home, somewhere over the Arctic, my main server had crashed.  This changed my plans for Wednesday afternoon and most of Thursday from one of calmly unpacking suitcases and recovering from jet lag to one […]

Jun 012018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 June 2018

Good morning Things are slightly panicky here, with me off to Britain on Monday for our Grand Tour of Great Britain.  This will be the biggest and most complicated tour we’ve ever done, covering more distance, staying at more places, and seeing more things, than ever before.  Happily it is with a great group of […]

Mar 152018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 16 March, 2018

Good morning As mentioned, I’ve been traveling for most of this week and will be continuing into next week too.  But I’ve had time to finally get all the details of our first ever ‘Christmas Land Cruise’ written down – and what a lot of details there are, due to so many inclusions and places […]

Mar 142018
 
California's High Speed Rail Project Suffers Increased Costs and Delays

This is probably the most unsurprising headline of the week.  California’s planned high speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles (with eventual extensions to San Diego and Sacramento) has never enjoyed a smooth path from planning to operation, and indeed still remains almost completely unfunded, even though money is being spent on a […]

Feb 152018
 
Amtrak's Dangerous Game

Something that distinguishes much of the United States from most other countries is that whenever a problem presents itself, there’s a rush to solve it either with money or technology, even when the underlying problem has little to do with the lack of either. A good current example of this is how Amtrak and rail […]

Feb 022018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 2 February, 2018

Good morning First, some exciting/good news for one or two lucky Travel Insiders.  We’ve had a cancellation off this year’s Grand Expedition of Great Britain, and so we can offer you half their deposit if you’d like to come on the tour and can confirm your interest very quickly (and they will get the other […]

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 […]

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 […]