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Gearing up for spring – Web 2.0 inline skating in 2008

It’s been sunny and 13 degrees in Brussels today, so time to think of spring and my favourite sporting pastime (well, it rivals cricket!) – inline skating. A friend asked me for some ideas of good skate routes today and apart from the suggestions at Rouliroula I wondered how best […]

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Hastings, The Stade

A long weekend, no travel to faraway places, so what better than the take Victor the Streetcar (yes, their cars do have names) and head off to the South Coast – Eastbourne for some inline skating, Bexhill for a potter along the promenade, and Hastings for a wander around The […]

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The underground challenge sub-culture

A whole bunch of Helena‘s relatives are here in Åre this evening, and the kids are playing with a London Underground jigsaw puzzle. This led us on to a discussion about the underground and 2 mad Swedes that presently hold the record for the quickest journey to all of the […]

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Shielded from the underground life

I’m not cycling today – the lock is stuck and hence my bike is resolutely attached to a drain pipe behind my flat in Walworth. So – for the first time for ages – I took the Underground to work. While the Bakerloo and District lines were working fine and […]

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Most Café Bar – nice bar, very odd cocktails

Well, it looked pleasant – the Most Café Bar is a new bar located in one of the stone arches under the southern end of Tower Bridge. Helena and I (and two others) were wandering there on Saturday, and decided to stop for a cocktail. The atmosphere in the bar […]

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New iris technology and a delightfully old-fashioned airline

Seems quite rare, but I actually have some positive experiences to report when flying! I have just flown to and from Bucharest with TAROM, it was really quite passable. A cooked meal is served, even in economy, and it looks like a small company in Romania manufactured everything; no Gategourmet […]

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Life vest under your seat

Each time you fly the cabin staff encourages you to listen carefully to the safety demonstration on board aircraft type XYZ. I seem to fly so often with Ryanair Boeing 737-800 series planes that I could probably do the safety briefing myself. But ask yourself this. Have you ever really […]

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Mämmi and Easter in Helsinki

I seem to be writing all my posts here in the wrong order! I write about the journey back to the UK after the Easter weekend before explaining what I was doing over the four days… Anyway, Helena and I went to visit Elina and Antti (friends from JEF) in […]

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Deception on the way to Stockholm

OK, travelling with budget airlines is never pleasant. But yesterday on the way to Stockholm it made me really angry. First of all the bus – the Green Line 757 service from London Victoria to Luton Airport. I get on the bus and ask for a return to Luton, and […]

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The End of Faith

Some sort of deep scepticism about religion – not in terms of definition of whether God exists, but rather a concern about the institutions of religion – has been growing in my thoughts for some years. The book “The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason” by […]