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Mar 222018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 23 March, 2018

Good morning You may have seen the story of the woman killed by a self-driving car in Tempe, AZ on Sunday.  Any unnecessary death is of course regrettable, but the biggest tragedy of this unfortunate incident may be that this accident slows down and delays the continued development and deployment of self-driving vehicle capabilities. With […]

Mar 012018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 2 March, 2018

Good morning And greetings from Pahrump, NV; an unincorporated locality best known for having a concentration of ‘houses of ill repute’.  Although they are widely spread apart, through some mystery of the maps, each claims to be the closest to Las Vegas (Clark County, where Las Vegas is situated does not allow such places). We […]

Feb 142018
 
Are Disney Tickets Overpriced

An annual event is Disney’s price increases for its amusement parks, and the howls of outrage they evoke, all the more so because their price rises, for the last five years, have been averaging three times the underlying rate of inflation. Prices broke through the watershed $100/day cost back in 2015, and have continued skyrocketing […]

Nov 092017
 
Airline Travel Blankets

In the good old days, no-one needed to take their own travel blankets with them.  The airlines provided plenty of free ones – indeed, if one wasn’t enough, you could usually get a second one, handed to you with a smile rather than scowl.  The blankets were reasonably sized and reasonably warm, and hopefully also […]

Nov 032017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 3 November, 2017

Good morning As our 2017 Annual Fundraising event winds to its close, we had a good week last week with another 49 readers choosing to join in with their support, including six new Platinum members who each contributed a three figure sum – Joanne S, Michael L, Jim S, Gary B, Joe B and Claire […]

Aug 102017
 
Can You Really "Live Abroad So Cheaply You Might Not Need to Work"

A recent article in Forbes Online had the appealing headline “Quit Your Job And Live Abroad: 8 Places So Cheap You Might Not Need To Work“.  What’s not to like about that (although the web article is one of those ultra-annoying click-bait type articles that results in endless clicks onto new pages, each with minimal […]

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