Oct 122018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 October, 2018

Good morning First computer problems then medical problems (an ankle) forced an unplanned silence upon me, but here I am, happily back once more and sharing another selection of the great and the grim. Simultaneously on the great and grim side of things, we had a cancellation off our Christmas “Landcruise” of Northern France and […]

Aug 302018
 
A New and Better Christmas Cruise Experience

We love visiting the European Christmas markets, and take Travel Insiders to Europe just about every December for this purpose. Until now, we’ve used a one week river cruise as the central component of these experiences, but this year, we are trying something different – not just different, but also better.  A better experience, and […]

Aug 092018
 
The Cori Travel Pillow - Design Your Own Comfort?

The endless quest for a magic way to transform a coach class seat into a comfortable travel experience continues unabated.  The obvious difficulty in achieving such an objective, and the continued hurdles being placed in our path by evil airlines and their ever-more-inadequate seating is being matched by ever-more-creative devices and ways of possibly improving […]

Aug 032018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 3 August, 2018

Good morning We were silent last week; not because there was nothing to write about, but instead due to the matter I’d foreshadowed over several recent newsletters coming to the fore – it turned out that what I’d thought to be ‘only’ computer viruses was actually a determined attack on our computer servers, not by […]

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 […]

Jul 132018
 
Weekly Roundup, Black Friday 13 July, 2018

Good morning Before anything else, may I mention our Quad K Tour.  We’re now three months out from this exciting travel experience, when we go to Kiev, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (and optionally to Moldova, Transnistria, and more of Ukraine, too).  We get a huge variety of unusual and even, dare I say, unique travel experiences […]

May 242018
 
What If I Drove to Montana in a Tesla

I’m as keen a convert to electric cars as anyone could ever be, when it comes to driving them locally around town, in situations where each day you’ll never exceed their built-in range limit.  What could be easier than simply plugging the car into an at-home charger each evening when you get home, and unplugging/driving […]

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 […]