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Amazing Kazakhstan Expedition (Borat Not Included) May 2018

Amazing Kazakhstan Expedition (Borat Not Included) May 2018

This is one of the most exciting tours we’ve yet offered – a ten day tour of Kazakhstan, in late May 2018. You’re probably thinking ‘Why would I want to go to Kazakhstan’?  The answer to that question is long and full of great reasons, as you can see from the itinerary we’ve developed (below), […]

Special Newsletter :  Tipping and The Travel Insider

Special Newsletter : Tipping and The Travel Insider

We are hoping to end the current annual Travel Insider Reader Fundraising Appeal this week.  At the time of writing, we have 307 people who have responded with generous support, leaving a gap of only 93 more supporters to reach our goal of 400 supporters this year.  Please help us bridge this gap. In past […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 27 October, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 27 October, 2017

Good morning Only a few days remaining until Halloween.  Not many people in the US appreciate how very US-centric Halloween was, but also how the rest of the world is now rushing to embrace it too. While the celebration of Halloween dates back to the Middle Ages and Europe, the practice of ‘trick or treating’ […]

Why the $5.80 Item I Just Ordered on Amazon is a National Problem

Why the $5.80 Item I Just Ordered on Amazon is a National Problem

I ordered a $5.80 radio antenna from Amazon earlier this week.  It arrived two days later, with free second day shipping, courtesy of my Prime membership.  If I’d ordered another $29.20 worth of stuff, it could have been delivered the same day, also completely free. We should all be delighted at the convenience and the […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 20 October, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 20 October, 2017

Good morning A nostalgic farewell wave to AOL’s Instant Messenger – another technology and company that started off on the leading edge of something that had yet to be given the name of ‘social media’, but which failed to keep moving forward, and instead fell further and further back into the oblivion of irrelevance.  December […]

Amazon's New Fire HD 10 - Good After the Initial Disappointments

Amazon’s New Fire HD 10 – Good After the Initial Disappointments

As promised, deliveries of Amazon’s astoundingly affordable $150 10.1″ Fire HD 10 tablet started arriving on Wednesday – in my case, in a ridiculously large-sized box 50 times larger (yes, I was so curious, I measured) than the tablet buried at the bottom and smothered in plastic filler material. As an aside, the package was […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 6 October, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 6 October, 2017

Good morning Happy birthday to the lovely and now undeniably old 747.  It was 49 years ago on 30 Sept 1968 that saw the ceremonial roll-out of the first 747.  It is interesting to see the list of 26 launch customers for the 747 – ten of them have disappeared. Our 2017 annual fund-raising drive […]

Google's New Pixel 2 Phones

Google’s New Pixel 2 Phones

Google’s own phones (albeit made by a varying range of third-party manufacturers) – in the past sold under the Nexus brand and more recently under the Pixel brand – have a tiny market share (about 0.7% according to this article), but a disproportionate – and possibly undeserved degree of impact on the market. This is […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 September, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 September, 2017

Good morning Thank you this week to the very kind additional 61 readers who joined this year’s annual fund-raising drive during the last week, bringing us to 186 kind souls to date. And, of course, very special thanks to our very special supporters, those sending in three figure sums.  This week, mention must happily be […]

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