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Word of the week: Invasion

On March 15, a gunman killed at least 50 people and injured another 50 as they gathered in two Christchurch mosques. Minutes before the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had been emailed a 74-page document, variously called a “manifesto” and a “screed,” purported to have been written by the gunman. In it, the man – a 28-year-old Australian living in New Zealand – denounced immigrants as “invaders.” Hours later, Donald Trump held a ceremony at the White House to mark the firs...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Australia, Mexico, White House, US, Sports, United States, Current Affairs, Liverpool, Newcastle, Linguistics, New Zealand, Philip Kaufman, Contests

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla

When is an Airplane (ie B737 MAX) Too Dangerous to Fly?

Remains of the Ethiopian Airlines B737 MAX 8, in the crater caused by its crash. This question, very similar to “how high is up” has been much in people’s thoughts this week with the Boeing 737 MAX and its two recent crashes.In an interesting duality that reflects how public debate has not flourished in the social media era, there was first a clamor of people demanding all 737 MAX planes be grounded, and then, as each successive national authority duly did so, even more pressure was felt by the ...
Tags: Travel, Wikipedia, US, Tech, Canada, Current Affairs, Airbus, Airlines, Faa, Boeing, Southwest, Trump, Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Air, Dennis Muilenburg, AOA

Modi’s 5 years wasted – and the country divided. A report card.

This is a placeholder post where I’ll compile material that’s being shared across social media by various people to discuss Modi’s performance (or rather, the lack of it). This is just the beginning. The amount of anti-Modi content circulating on social media today is to be seen to be believed. I’ll continue to compile here […]
Tags: Travel, India, Current Affairs, Modi

Modi the TOTAL FOOL. The TOTAL FAILURE of Swachh Bharat.

India is beyond filthy. It is a nightmare. The idea of Swachh Bharat is a TOTAL FAILURE since Modi did not change any of the underlying incentives in the system. He is a TOTAL FOOL and anyone who votes for such fools is also one. A couple of videos I made: I have warned all […]
Tags: Travel, India, Current Affairs, Modi

Avi Dandiya’s video is either an act of extreme gullibility or well-considered treason against the Indian state

I will not add notes to my initial post on Avi Dandiya (here). That post records that I called out his hoax “video” yesterday, the moment I looked through it. After that I spent 30 minutes to investigate this man and make that blog post. Today I want to add the following: This article on […]
Tags: Travel, India, Current Affairs, Avi Dandiya

Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 March 2019

A section of the brightly colored houses and shops facing out to the harbor in the lovely little town of Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull. We’ll spend two nights here on the Scotland’s Highland Highlights tour in September. Good morningAnother week with a disrupted review – the product I was testing abjectly failed at the thing it was primarily intended for.  To be fair, I have to give the manufacturer a chance to respond – maybe it is a bad unit, for example.However, there’s lot we do have this w...
Tags: Travel, Google, South Korea, Spacex, Elon Musk, Scotland, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, David

Does Rolls-Royce Really Want to Make Jet Engines?

The “uncontained failure” of a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on a Qantas A380 almost caused the plane to crash.  Subsequently all A380s with these engines had to be grounded while modifications were made. Coming from an English-heritage country (New Zealand), Rolls-Royce has always been a brand with special magic to me, and to most other people of English extraction.In decades now well past, the name Rolls-Royce was the sine qua non of highest quality, highest reliability, ultra-prestigious motor...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, Ge, France, Miscellaneous, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Vw, Current Affairs, Sydney, New Zealand, Qantas, Airbus, Bmw

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 February 2019

Enjoy the good life in the beautiful towns and villages of France’s Loire Valley this September. See details below. Good morningThere’s more craziness this week than I can remember for a long while, and much of it gleefully commented on in the last couple of items below.I prepared a review of a fun little gadget that I’d got prior to Christmas, and was going to present it to you this morning.  But I checked and could no longer find the gadget on Amazon, or on the official supplier website either...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, England, London, California, France, Scotland, Trains, Miscellaneous, US, Samsung, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newsletter

California’s Downsized High Speed Rail Plan

An artist’s impression of a Californian high speed rail station, created during a happier more optimistic era. Governor Gavin Newsom announced, in his “State of the State” address on Tuesday 12 Feb, that he was sort of cancelling the state’s long-standing project (started in 2008, and discussed for a long time prior) to construct an 800 mile high speed rail line that was to first link San Francisco and Los Angeles, and ultimately extending to Sacramento and San Diego, saying he’d prefer to spen...
Tags: Travel, California, Trains, Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Current Affairs, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Las Vegas, Central Valley, Gavin Newsom, Bakersfield, Madera

Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 February 2019

Exciting news! We’re offering a new Scotland tour in September (details immediately below), and this time we not only have a ride on this, the “Harry Potter” steam train, but we also, in the other direction, have a photo stop where we can photograph the train crossing the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. Good morning Lots of touring news this morning. Our new Loire Valley Land Cruise in September has proven to be popular, with three people already signed up and another four expected to be joining th...
Tags: Travel, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Obama, California, North Korea, Mexico, France, Scotland, China, Germany, Trains, Miscellaneous, US

Kolkata Police vs CBI vs Modi vs Mamata #KolkataPoliceCBI

A collection of cartoons and memes #KolkataPoliceCBI  
Tags: Travel, Cbi, Current Affairs, Kolkata, Modi, Mamata KolkataPoliceCBI

I regret that Balaji Viswanathan (of Bangalore) is not a liberal. Cf. his attack on Naseeruddin Shah

Balaji Viswanathan is royalty on Quora with over 300 million views of his answers. Of course, he is also prolific on Quora, responding to over 4000 answers. My 240 (generally very quick, without much editing) answers are like “dabbling” in comparison. Balaji came over with his father in August 2016 to meet me in Bangalore […]
Tags: Travel, India, Current Affairs, Quora, Bangalore, Balaji, Naseeruddin Shah, Balaji Viswanathan

Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 February 2019

The Loire River, the longest in France, which gives the valley its name.  Details of our September “land cruise” tour of the Loire Valley are now available, here. Good morning While there are no attachments to this morning’s nice long newsletter, that is due to a quirk in how these emails work.  I’ve actually been very busy this last week preparing the pages of information for our lovely Loire Valley “land cruise” in late September. You can see the main tour page here that sets out all the det...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, London, Australia, France, China, Germany, Israel, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Chicago, David, Prague

CES Report 2019

The annual CES event was held in Las Vegas this week. Ever since 1967, the first week in January has seen the enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  This year was no exception, with over 180,000 attendees from over 150 countries and over 4,500 exhibiting companies meeting in an enormous 2.5 million square foot exhibition, sprawling over the Las Vegas Convention Center and spilling into other nearby hotels and locations too. We’ve been occasionally attending CES since the mid/late 198...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Google, Amazon, Science, Miscellaneous, Samsung, Tech, Current Affairs, Las Vegas, Costco, Vegas, Harley Davidson, Alexa, Consumer Electronics Show, Cellphones & Wireless


After coming upon this (see my FB post) I decided to spend some time to bring together the evidence of Modi’s murderous life history IN HIS OWN WORDS. The fact that evidence about his guilt is overwhelming is something I’ve commented on at length on this blog. But now I have learnt to do some […]
Tags: Travel, India, Current Affairs, Liberty, Modi

Christmas Family Traditions in Italy

    Le tradizioni di Natale  Christmas Traditions  “Natale con i tuoi; Pasqua con chi vuoi,” Italians say. “Christmas with your family; Easter with whomever you want.” An Italian Christmas centers on casa (home) and stare insieme in famiglia (being together as a family). Here are some of the most beloved traditions among Italian families: L’albero di Natale e il presepio (the Christmas tree and Nativity scene) Italians in the northern part of the country began decorating alberi di Natale (Chr...
Tags: Travel, Books, Religion, History, Culture, Current Affairs, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Christmas Tree, Sicily, Italian Expressions, Natale, Sayings and expressions, Italian language

Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 December, 2018

An Emirates 777 covered in diamonds? See item on airplane updates, below. Good morning Today sees me traveling to France for this year’s Christmas Markets tour, this time what we are calling a “land cruise”, based in Lille in Northern France and traveling around the region each day, rather than cruising along a river.  I don’t expect a newsletter next week, but expect one the following week. I’m also just last week back from time in Asia, primarily so I could experience four business class flig...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Lyft, Asia, Europe, France, China, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Tech, Current Affairs, Paris, Emirates

Weekly Roundup, Friday 16 November, 2018

A stunning example of the Northern Lights over Iceland. See bottom article this week. Good morning A week until Thanksgiving and, of course, those other two events that many of us are equally thankful for – Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Alas, I’m out of the country currently, so will be missing out on both the Thursday and Friday events, but return home in time for the last of the Monday specials. My guess is that Amazon will probably be discounting some of their Alexa devices, Kindle eBook r...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Elon Musk, Science, London, Indonesia, Australia, France, Trains, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, David, Current Affairs, New Zealand

Weekly Roundup, Friday 2 November, 2018

An artist’s impression of the possible new airport for Mexico City. See item, below. Good morning I hope your Halloween was enjoyable.  My long dark driveway (and, ahem, German Shepherd) tend to keep the number of trick and treaters down to a very small number each year, but Anna always manages to score an impressive amount of candy as she does her rounds (as well as sweeping up all the non-taken candy from here too). We’re into the eleventh month of the year already; with Thanksgiving and then...
Tags: Travel, London, Greece, Bali, Mexico, Hotels, Singapore, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Chicago, David, Britain, Current Affairs, Mexico City, Norman Foster

Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 October, 2018

A view of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, part of our second Land cruise itinerary next June (see below). Good morning It has been a wild and crazy week, but have I got a lot to show you for the week that was.  We now have details of our June 2019 UK touring online. I’m using the “land cruise” concept first offered in this year’s Christmas land cruise (still have the cancelled couple’s $500 credit if anyone wants to take advantage of this and join us) again. One of the weaker parts of this y...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Japan, Elon Musk, UK, New York, Science, London, Australia, Scotland, China, Russia, India, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter

Price of red priority stamp breaks through one euro barrier

HOT on the heels of a new look Marianne found on La Poste stamps, comes news that the price of a stamp in France will pass through the €1 barrier from Janaury 1, 2019. La Poste has said that the price for a red priority stamp will increase from €0.95... [Author: Craig McGinty]
Tags: Travel, France, Current Affairs, Marianne, La Poste, Craig McGinty

Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 October, 2018

An Air Niugini Boeing 737 missed the runway but safely landed in the water – see story, below. Good morning First computer problems then medical problems (an ankle) forced an unplanned silence upon me, but here I am, happily back once more and sharing another selection of the great and the grim. Simultaneously on the great and grim side of things, we had a cancellation off our Christmas “Landcruise” of Northern France and Belgium.  As I do in such cases, I’m happy to give half the deposit as a...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Lyft, Europe, Halloween, UK, Indonesia, Australia, France, Miscellaneous, Disney, Cars, US, Newsletter, Bloomberg

Please join me to fight the Indian system which not only kills innocents but makes beggars of their families: the case of Ramji Misra of Gopiganj

This page is dedicated to the full analysis of this case and I’ll keep updating it. This page is intended to highlight this case, to seek public help for the family, to ensure that the police officer who beat Ramji and locked him up is arrested, to ensure that the entire UP government is held […]
Tags: Travel, India, Current Affairs, Liberty, Swarna Bharat Party, Ramji, Ramji Misra, Gopiganj

Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 September, 2018

Can you spot three things that show this to be a fake staged picture with fake passengers? See article, below. Good morning I must start off by thanking everyone who generously responded to the start of our annual fundraising drive last week.  We had 40 kind people choose to send in some support. Depending on if one’s glass is half full or half empty, the half full glass perspective notes that we collected almost as much this week as we did the first week last year; but the glass half empty not...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Elon Musk, London, Congress, Australia, Time, Miscellaneous, US, Samsung, Newsletter, Tech, United States, Current Affairs, Delta

Jon Alpert’s brilliant documentary on Cuba based on visits across 45 years

Almost finished watching this documentary, Cuba and the Cameraman, which is probably one of the best examples of high quality journalism I’ve seen. A genuine attempt to understand Cuba and its people. In the process, the doco also shows the total mess that socialism creates. Jon covered some of the same people across these years […]
Tags: Travel, Current Affairs, Liberty, Cuba, Jon, Jon Alpert

Amar Habib and Makarand Doijad’s battle against the draconian anti-farmer Article 31(b) of India’s socialist Constitution

I’m becoming more aware of the work of Kisan Putra which was started in 2016 by Amar Habib and Makarand Doijad. Habib, who was a close associated of Sharad Joshi, is a great fan of the liberty of farmers, He “prioritized ‘liberty’ over ‘protection’ for farmers” [Source]. Kisan Putra held a “47-day long Bedi Todo (break […]
Tags: Travel, India, Current Affairs, Liberty, SHARAD JOSHI, Amar Habib, Makarand Doijad, Kisan Putra, Makarand Doijad Habib

Weekly Roundup, Friday 14 September, 2018

The world’s most underwhelming tourist trap? So says a new report. See last item, below. Good morning It has been another busy week here at the Travel Insider Galactic Headquarters. To my amazement, I found myself actually liking the latest release of new iPhones, so much so that I’m staring at my now four year old iPhone 6+, complete with cracked screen, and wondering if it is getting close to an appropriate time to replace it.  But that’s a two part issue, because while I do believe the new i...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Lyft, Japan, Supreme Court, Congress, Berlin Wall, Miscellaneous, Cars, Newsletter, Paypal, Earth, Munich, Current Affairs, New Zealand, Mars

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks” – the case of Serena Williams, the cheat

I’ve had a quick look at the events of the US Open and I am FULLY behind the excellent umpire who made sure that the match was played in accordance with the laws of tennis. Serena Williams is an experienced player and knows that players are supposed to follow rules. And to show some respect […]
Tags: Travel, Current Affairs, Serena Williams

Not just “divided loyalties” – the Hindutva elements are involved in FULL BLOWN BETRAYAL OF AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY

Apparently RSS thinks it is OK to shout Bharat Mata ki Jai in USA but can Americans now start shouting their slogans in India? What is clear is that a VERY SIGNIFICANT proportion of the audience comprises American citizens. This is a direct betrayal of American sovereignty on American soil by these Indian origin citizens. […]
Tags: Travel, Usa, India, Current Affairs, Liberty, Bharat Mata Ki Jai

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