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London Tube updates – 28 February – 1 March 2015

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Not much going on but there are some major changes coming up. In addition, ticket windows are being shut but it’s unclear if this is a permanent change or just … Continue reading

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London bus strike on Tuesday

Terrible way to kick off the new year… skipped the Tube updates for this past weekend. Click here, however, for the latest on the bus strike set for tomorrow.  

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current updates for London Tube – holiday season 2014-15

The Christmas holidays usually mean reduced services; click on the link here and hover your mouse over the colored blocks to see the Planned Works for Christmas week/end. In general – see LIVE STATUS UPDATES – maybe load it into your … Continue reading

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Pilsen, Czech Republic – a European Capital of Culture 2015

From Prague Post. A roundup of events in 2015 to celebrate this European Capital of Culture. Early May will see a celebration of the liberation of Pilsen (Plzeň) 70 years ago. The city’s festival website shows what’s going on and … Continue reading

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Euro news from Prague Post – drink more cava

Not only did Prague Post publish photos of their tree lighting in Old Town Square – making me pine for the trip I took to see their Xmas markets a couple of years ago (see Facebook page) – they also … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – holiday season 2014-15

The Christmas holidays usually mean reduced services; click on the link here and hover your mouse over the colored blocks to see the Planned Works for Christmas week/end. Everything is running normally now (yahoo) until Christmas Day when the whole … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 29-30 November 2014 and possible strike on Monday

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Not much going on with the exception of a possible one day strike on Monday, 1 December on the Northern line. Central line – Woodford to Epping shut both days Bakerloo … Continue reading

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Rolling along with London’s Bond exhibit

I came to the James Bond films a little late in life. Much as I loved Roger Moore as The Saint back in the 60s, I didn’t really latch onto Bond until Pierce Brosnan took over. That said, I sought … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 22-23 November 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Not much going on… Metropolitan line – Aldgate to Northbridge and Uxbridge shut both days Jubilee line – Waterloo to Wembley outage – Saturday only; Waterloo to Stanmore is down on Sunday only … Continue reading

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Foyles spiffy new London bookshop

I went looking for a book that Waterstone’s didn’t have on my last trip to London. Traipsed up Charing X Rd to Foyles – the first time I’d been there since 1990 with Mom. The old location had a giant … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 15-16 November 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Due to all the events for Remembrance weekend, TfL is recommending use of public transport. Bakerloo line – not running from Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone Sunday only Central line … Continue reading

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Neolithic Orkney 1 – the Ness of Brodgar and Maeshowe

Blognote – In the interest of shorter blog posts to cater to ever-diminishing attention spans (not least of which is my own!), here is the first of several posts about the Neolithic sites on Orkney. With all the known settlements … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 8-9 November 2014

A new announcement regarding road improvements and possibly increased safety for cyclists. Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Due to all the events for Remembrance weekend, TfL is recommending use of public transport. If you’re in … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – accessibility and contactless payment

Here is the newest info on accessibility changes to the Tube system. Transport for London is continuing to roll out support for contactless bank cards for fare payment. Here’s the link for the latest on this topic. Although the website … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 1-2 November 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. I apologize for skipping last week’s notes; I’m sure no one missed it. Bakerloo line is not running from Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone from Wednesday thru Sunday Circle line … Continue reading

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Rotten news in Barcelona – visit and spend soon!

From the NY Times. Rent control is ending for hundreds of small shops and putting the Barri Gòtic and other neighborhoods in danger of becoming just another cluster of modern chains. The Old Town parts of Barcelona are what make it … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 18-19 October 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. NOTE: The Tube strike scheduled for next week has been called off. This was last week! Bakerloo line is not running from Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone on Sunday Work … Continue reading

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A labor of love in wartime – The Italian Chapel, Orkney

Orkney is known for its Neolithic monuments and settlements, but the islands also have their fair share of WWII history and associated sights. One of these is the Italian Chapel on the tiny island of Lambholm in the southeast corner of … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 11-12 October 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. NOTE: The Tube strike scheduled for next week has been called off. Bakerloo line won’t be running from Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone on Sunday District line will be shut between … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 4-5 October 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Latimer Rd station is closed for the weekend Bakerloo line not running between Queen’s Park to Harrow & Wealdstone on Sunday District line will be shut between Turnham Green and Richmond both days Jubilee … Continue reading

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A surprise at US Passport Control

To some extent I expect – or at least look for – what’s different when I revisit foreign destinations, especially London. I try to spend at least a few days there very year and, at the very least, make time … Continue reading

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Greyfriars Bobby – a grave and a pub

This is another popular attraction in Edinburgh that took me 20-plus years to track down. The red granite headstone marking Bobby’s grave has only been here since 1981 which explains why it looks almost new. Various pictures I found online … Continue reading

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A Robert Louis Stevenson tribute

Just about the only benefit of my staying in the Corstorphine area on Edinburgh’s outskirts was this statue across the street from the house and a few steps from the Western Corner bus stop. (The only other worthwhile attraction in … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Europe from a departure lounge

Nothing too deep or complicated; just remembering where my head was at while waiting to board my flight from Edinburgh to Berlin last month. The overhead flight board displayed a list of departing planes. Oh, the places you can go … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 27-28 September 2014

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. Chancery Lane station will be shut on Sunday only. Circle Line is down between Gloucester Road to Aldgate via Victoria. Similarly, the District line will be shut between South Kensington and Aldgate East … Continue reading

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London Tube set for all-night weekend service – September 2015

From London Independent, but will look for more info from TfL. I’m looking forward to experiencing this development in London’s (possible) evolution to a 24/7 city, at least on weekends. Night buses will presumably still be a big part of after-hours … Continue reading

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Rooms and their views – summer 2014

While I try to sort out all the fotos and stories from my summer trip, I figured I’d post something slightly out of the ordinary from my usual stuff… these are the views from some of the rooms I called … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 22 September bus strike called off

TfL has just announced that the bus strike set for this Monday, 22 September, has been averted so only the normal weekday headaches will prevail.  

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A wee dram and a tour of Highland Park, Orkney

Several years ago, I got a very useful introduction to single malt Scotch from the landlord at the Ensign Ewart pub, just down the hill from Edinburgh Castle. One of the malts I tried – and liked a lot – … Continue reading

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London Tube updates – 20-21 September 2014 and possible bus strike

Here’s the link with information on this weekend’s Tube closures. *** The bus strike planned for all day Friday into the wee hours of Saturday morning has been called off. The strike on Monday is currently set to go on … Continue reading

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