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Laptops on planes

It seems that in yet another overreaction to unidentified risk, travelling by plane is going to get even more annoying.

It is likely that Homeland Security is going to ban “large electronic devices‘ on planes from Europe (in addition to the restrictions already in place for middle eastern type locations).

I really don’t understand this, what is it really protecting us from?  How many incidents of laptop -based bombs have there been?   Continue reading “Laptops on planes”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Antwerp

Taken on a trip to Belgium earlier this year; the wonderful Central station in Antwerp.

Antwerp, Belgium
Shot on Olympus Pen-F

My submission of the WPC Wanderlust

Cachuma Lake and Solvang

This weekend myself and S took our 1969 Prowler (towed by our 1990 Bronco) on our first expedition to camp at Cachuma Lake.  All went reasonably well, we had some issues but generally it was a success.

Day 1

The journey up was pretty uneventful though it was scary as hell Continue reading “Cachuma Lake and Solvang”

Roll-over Jacques Cousteau…

… actually no, I am not anywhere in his league or even same sport (am I showing my age even using him as a reference?).

Anyway, below are a few shots taken on film while snorkeling with my Nikonos IV film camera in St Thomas US Virgin Islands. Continue reading “Roll-over Jacques Cousteau…”

Four days in the US Virgin Islands

Just got back from a great trip to the Caribbean on the US Virgin Islands.  This was a joint birthday treat for my fiancé and I.

We flew a redeye Monday night via Washington arriving Tuesday lunchtime.  The flight was long and I got ill on the first leg; the first time I have ever been not well on a flight and I’ve no idea what caused it.  All was well be the time we arrived at St Thomas. Continue reading “Four days in the US Virgin Islands”

from the archives

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Double arched bridge (no. 39) on the Shropshire Union Canal in England; supposedly haunted by the ‘Monkey Man’

Phoenix and Scottsdale

Had a great weekend in Phoenix last week which will (for reasons I won’t go into) be a most memorable one.

Anyway, we stayed in an AirBnB apartment near the centre having driven all evening on Friday.  Yes, through all that rain; it was dry when we arrived however though that did not last as by next morning the rain had caught us up. Continue reading “Phoenix and Scottsdale”

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Taken on Olympus Pen-f edited in VSCO via phone

Le Mans Classic

You may be aware of the Le Mans 24 hour race which is held at the La Sarthe circuit near Le Mans in France which is held every year and is a real test of motoring endurance.  Every two years however they also hold Le Mans Classic which brings back cars from every era over the last 95 or so years. Continue reading “Le Mans Classic”

Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coast

As I enjoyed writing the posts about Belgium,  Kauai  and Palm Springs, I thought I would write a few posts about other places I have visited.  Some of these will be partly from memory, which at my age is starting  to fail (or maybe it’s already failed – I can’t remember).

I’ll start with a trip I enjoyed to Northern Ireland a few years ago. Continue reading “Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coast”

Three days in Belgium

As I was in the UK for Christmas it seemed like a good idea to hop across the channel for some European adventures.  We decided on Brussels as a base allowing us to spend a day in Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels itself.  Yes a day in three separate cities might have been ambitious but we wanted to try to cram a lot in.

First we had to get there and by far the easiest way in Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels which is a direct train and very relaxing.  A few glasses of champagne on the way and we were there before we knew it. Continue reading “Three days in Belgium”

Mirrorless: Part 5½, the countdown to Desert Trip and Pen-F try out

Just a few days until Desert Trip where I’ll be seeing some of the biggest names in rock, see my previous post here. Continue reading “Mirrorless: Part 5½, the countdown to Desert Trip and Pen-F try out”

Can’t wait for the Desert Trip

Getting excited as the concert of the year approaches and is now just one month away. Continue reading “Can’t wait for the Desert Trip”

Palm Springs and Joshua Tree

A week or two ago we went on an unplanned visit to Palm Springs.  I say unplanned but with my girlfriend planning is a necessity as she can’t bare to not have as much lined up as possible.  It was unplanned because until a week earlier we had no intention of going there.  A close friend called the Sunday before and told us tat she had double booked herself at one of her timeshares and we could have a free weekend in a condo if we wanted… err yes of course we do! Continue reading “Palm Springs and Joshua Tree”

Pictures from Toronto

As promised in a previous post, here are a few pictures from a day spent in Toronto during a recent trip. Continue reading “Pictures from Toronto”

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