Category Archives: Travel

A Day Out

I had a day out yesterday. An old colleague was retiring and I was invited to his farewell party in The Hague. So it was an opportunity to see him and the old firm, as well as a chance to … Continue reading

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Security Hits Bottom

Improbable Research draws our attention to a travel risk likely to be encountered by those wishing to enter the US and who happen to have a particular medical condition. Don’t, unless you have a strong constitution, click on the perianal … Continue reading

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Holiday With A Difference

Pruned draws our attention to a somewhat bizarre holiday experience, and then riffs on how this might translate to other venues. Me, I thought Paintball was stupid. I’ll stay at home, thanks very much.

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Tongland Dam

Nothing to See Here has a good entry on Tongland Dam and the hydro-electric power station that was built in the 1930s. I’ve seen the outside many times (it’s just outside Kirkcudbright where members of my family live). But I … Continue reading

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Terrorists Don’t Use Personal Lubricants

Neil Gaiman points out that the US Government’s Transport Security Administration, while banning things such as toothpaste, shampoo and lip gel, allow airline passengers to carry personal lubricants such as KY Jelly. Well, that’s a relief, then. Clearly, terrorists don’t use … Continue reading

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The Green Machine From Flevobike

When we went to visit Zutphen a few weeks back, we travelled on the local train. This being The Netherlands, the trains have a space that can be used for bicycles. On that day, my attention was drawn to a … Continue reading

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The Peel Trident

There are many things that come from the Isle of Man about which I can feel proud of, but I regret to say that I think the Peel Trident is not one of them. Oh, hang on, perhaps I can … Continue reading

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Travel Alert

Er, everyone??? But I don’t have a gel-filled bra… Does this mean that I can’t travel anymore? Perhaps that’s not such a bad thing.

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Landscape Largesse

This is a breathtaking shot. Look at the original version to see the full glory.

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Jaundiced in Vegas

Brian Sack is in Las Vegas. Right up there with his despatches from China in the morbid fascination stakes. It certainly brings back memories to me, shudder.

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El Chaltén

Maciej Ceglowski, over at Idle Words, offers a fascinating slice of history about borders, Bailey’s and ice, illustrated with some glorious photographs.

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The Piper and the Penguin

Idle Words has an entry on Tierra del Fuego with an arresting image of a piper and a penguin. The words are interesting too. Although, I don’t share his enthusiasm for Bruce Chatwin, who always struck me as a monstrous … Continue reading

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China Dispatches

Brian Sack (Banterist) is visiting China at the moment. His impressions of the country and its culture are being captured in a series of dispatches. Well worth reading – particularly the guidance for using the squat toilet. Brings back memories … Continue reading

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Gouda in Winter

We had (for us) a heavy snowfall last night, so I went out this morning to take some shots of Gouda. It was eerily still, only later in the morning did the town seem to come to life.     … Continue reading

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Chinese Landscape

Here are some wonderful photographs of landscapes in Guangxi Province, China. I wonder how easy it is to live off the land, though. Those terraced rice paddies look fragile to me, clinging on the slopes with their fingernails.   (hat … Continue reading

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It Weighs How Much?

Gizmodo trumpets the eZee Quando – an electric folding bike – in glowing terms. "Maybe you… like the idea of a bike that can be carried around under your arm… you’ll get a kick out of the eZee Bikes Quando". … Continue reading

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Goodbye Monastery, Hello Hotel

Maastricht is a city worth visiting. I see that there’s a new hotel opened there that might be also worth a visit (if we can afford it).

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B&B for Bigots

The highlands of Scotland has glorious scenery – and some Bed & Breakfast establishments that Martin and I clearly won’t be welcome at (scroll down on the link). Well, at least we know which places to avoid (…here be bigots). … Continue reading

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Gouda in Lights – Part II

So, tonight I went down to the market square in Gouda and amused myself by taking lots of photos of the illuminations…          More here.

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Suffer From Vertigo?

Then I take it that you won’t be queuing up to experience the Skywalk when it opens next January. I don’t suffer from vertigo, but do feel slightly queasy when in high places. I get this odd feeling that I … Continue reading

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