Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Corfu Part 2 – Roda Oasis Hotel

Friday, September 4, 2009 7:20 30 Comments

Well, if you recall my post from a week ago, you’ll have noticed that I was to visit the Hotel Roda Oasis, and looking to find out whether it was, or was not like the reviews said. First, it was clean. There was a regular maid service — the rooms were cleaned every day (except [...]

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Corfu Part 1 – Travel

Saturday, August 29, 2009 9:56 1 Comment

It had that ‘long day’ feeling about it from the outset. At six p.m., we were heading out for a meal. At two thirty a.m. our taxi would arrive to take us to the airport to begin our holiday. And as at six p.m., we hadn’t finished packing. Nor had we even begun to check [...]

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This Week, I Have Mostly Been On Holiday

Friday, August 28, 2009 7:20 3 Comments

[a little Fast Show 'Jesse' reference there for you.] No, if you’ve noticed some interruption to the normal flow of spam hammering; if it seems that a few more spam comments have made their way through to the website proper than usual, this is because I have been on holiday for the last two weeks. [...]

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Brits Abroad

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 7:20 22 Comments

It would appear that British Embassies abroad have been complaining about the problems people are bringing to them… British embassies around the world are getting “frustrated” by travellers wanting weather reports and advice on how to deal with unruly children. Consular staff have also been asked to help make jam, pack suitcases and find lost [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities, Ranting, Travel

Furness Abbey

Thursday, August 20, 2009 7:20 133 Comments

I’m quite a fan of old historical buildings. This is partly because I love the idea that people used to introduce architectural features on buildings (seemingly up to around the 1940s) just because this would make them look nice, as opposed to the generally more ‘functional’ type building introduced after that. Old church buildings are [...]

This was posted under category: History, Travel

Abbey House Hotel

Sunday, August 16, 2009 7:20 137 Comments

I’ve been to a wedding. In fact, over the course of my lifetime, I’ve been to quite a few weddings, including my own. But the other weekend I was in Barrow-in-Furness for a family wedding. I’m not going to talk about who got married as frankly getting married is stressful enough without knowing someone’s going [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Travel

Where do you think you’re going? (Building Blocks of the Digital Economy)

Thursday, July 2, 2009 13:05 3 Comments

Despite a somewhat iffy title, this was actually a particularly enjoyable session. The basic premise was that there would be seven different speakers during this section (in three mini-blocks), each of whom would only be given five minutes to speak (to ‘wow’ the audience), and then there would be the opportunity for a few questions [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Technology, Travel

Where do you think you’re going? (Directions of Travel)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 7:20 7 Comments

The Where Do You Think You’re Going..? conference about ‘Digital Transport’ was held at Hoult’s Yard in Newcastle last week and I was one of the attendees. The event was split into four main parts, with a few bits of housekeeping stuff chucked in at the start – an introduction to Hoult’s Yard, a bit [...]

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#LocalGovCamp (Travel and Generalities)

Sunday, June 21, 2009 7:20 27 Comments

Having not been to one of these ‘camp’ jobbies before, I didn’t really know what to expect. On that basis, I had been planning to kind of slink into the background and fade into the wallpaper, also obviously that would be difficult for someone as beautiful as me, if it wasn’t for the fact that [...]

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Haiku Twitter Competition

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 7:20 19 Comments

I’ll start with my first entry: tweet your haiku to @kingsplace King’s Cross Station haiku competition ThePickards [1] (Although technically this is a cheat, as I make it 18 syllables upon manual checking [5-7-6], but one of the automated counters said 17 so I’m having it here…) I’ve always liked the poetry form Haiku, where [...]

This was posted under category: Fiction/Writing, Travel, twitter