This is a little review of the Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre, where I stayed for a couple of nights for work at the start of September 2019. I’d flown into Belfast City airport (BHD) and caught bus 600 into the city centre, which dropped me off at the Europa Bus Centre, a journey… Continue reading Hampton by Hilton, Belfast City Centre
There are two main routes between Manchester and South Wales. There is the “Heart of Wales” line, which is the very scenic route, and the Welsh Marches line, merely quite scenic. A few (ahem) times over the last couple of months my wife and I have taken the train from Manchester towards South Wales, and… Continue reading Manchester to South Wales (via the Welsh Marches Route)
Yesterday I received an email from American Express to say they were discontinuing their iPad app and recommending I migrate to the iPhone app. I don’t have an iPhone, and using the iPhone app on the iPad is not a great use of screen real estate, nor does it work in landscape mode, whereas the… Continue reading What’s going on with iPad apps?
According to the hotel’s own website, the Dragon Hotel is “…this fully airconditioned lesisure [sic] hotel was featured as South West Wales’ premier 4-star hotel.” As someone that was brought up with frequent trips to Swansea to visit family, the Dragon Hotel has always been around, though I’ve never had need to stay there, as… Continue reading Dragon Hotel, Swansea
This will be a brief review, as I was only there for one night and didn’t take any photographs. Hotel Indigo is part of the IHG chain (Holiday Inn etc), but as I type this, the Cardiff hotel is currently rated the #1 hotel in Cardiff on TripAdvisor. [Hotel’s website here.] From Cardiff Central train… Continue reading Hotel Indigo, Cardiff
I was lucky enough to go to the Wales v England warm-up match at the Principality Stadium last weekend. It wasn’t a pretty match, but the end result of that and the other matches on the weekend is that for the first time ever, heading into the Rugby World Cup starting next month in Japan,… Continue reading A day at the rugby
It has been a while since I blogged (how many blog entries start like that?), but I’m about to kick it off again, or so I hope. The plan is to have a mix of travel (reviews, reports), tech (networking), and maybe something about my new home, Manchester. My wife and I left Twickenham at… Continue reading The stop/start nature of blogging
Following on from Simon Lockhart’s reminder of his ticket from September 11th 2001, this is the one that I was involved with: Ticket Number: 20010912-2 Ticket Status: UPDATE Ticket Type : Unscheduled Ticket Source: TEN-US NOC Ticket Scope : Site Site/Line : New York Ticket Owner : TEN-US NOC Problem Fixer: Telehouse NY Ticket Opened:… Continue reading Seventeen years ago
Getting on for two years ago I bought a Samsung Galaxy S5 tied to a contract with Three UK (so the phone had all of Three UK’s cruft on, as well as the Samsung TouchWiz). It was one of the flagship phones when I bought it, and it can still hold its own, but as… Continue reading Which mobile phone should I buy?
Travelling back on Virgin Trains from a meeting in Birmingham, I popped to the on-board shop to buy a coffee for two pounds and five pence of our sovereign sterling monies. As usual, the coffee comes in a cup with a lid which was firmly attached and requires tearing a plastic tab to drink from… Continue reading Coffee cups — safer in a bag
This evening saw a vote in the House of Commons on allowing same-sex marriage. It passed, but my MP Eleanor Laing, the Shadow Minister for Women and Equality whilst the Tories were in opposition, did not vote for reasons she explained to the local media. I decided to send her a message through the “Write… Continue reading A note to Eleanor Laing, my Member of Parliament
The Alhambra. Just the name conjures up a mental image of the medieval clash between Europe and the Middle East, between Christianity and Islam, a time of religious quests and bloody battles. These days, the tales of battles are limited to the legendary queues to obtain tickets to visit it, so after a particularly busy… Continue reading Spain gets a little bit Moorish.
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I’ve called this post a ‘Middle-Class Whinge’ for reasons that will become obvious as you read it. It isn’t about a matter of great importance, just a couple of disappointing instances of customer service at the end of a long week. I’m not asking for pity, I am just venting. It was the end of… Continue reading A Middle-Class Whinge
Buzzword: Cloud Image: Light, fluffy, ethereal grouping of water vapour. Reality: Secure building filled with steel, silicon and fibre-optics that consumes megawatts of power.
Last week at the IETF I wrote a short item on a lunchtime panel discussion on the future of DNS.
Just a quick plug for anyone looking to visit a small, family-run winery in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. I can highly recommend Villa Tinto. Wine is obviously a passion for Albert, and I only wish my visit had coincided with one of his, apparently, near-legendary asados. They have two small vineyards, and the whole… Continue reading Villa Tinto
Given I usually write about trips to far-flung places, this is just a quick mention of a train ride yesterday morning from Manchester to Sheffield. Straight through the Peak District and Hope Valley it had some spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and fields, and towards the end through one of the UK’s longest rail tunnels,… Continue reading Train Ride through the Peak District.
November 1st, 2009. This entry has taken a long time to publish. This is not because it is some great feat of literature, it is because I am no great blogger, and can rarely be bothered to upload two things that I managed to (mostly) write in consecutive days. On with the tale… After yesterday’s… Continue reading War Memorial of Korea
October 31st, 2009. My base in Korea was Daejeon, but as the “must-see” tourist trap, I mean trip, leaves from Seoul at 07:00, I’d stayed a night in the capital so I could be at Camp Kim, a US military base and home of USO Korea who arranged the tour that I joined, for the… Continue reading The Demilitarised Zone