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lenovoX1fi 460x270 - Beyond the fold...

You’ve all seen or heard about the Samsung Fold, which looked so fantastic at first sight, even vloggers such as Casey Neistat were totally impressed by it, but soon enough its radical new folding screen failed in multiple different ways! Samsung had to recall each and every one of theRead More →

DSC 5638fi 460x270 - London's pair of big ears!

Its not boobs, its not balls, neither is it coconuts! Its a pair of ears! And a big pair of ears it is too! Before we move on let me tell you its nothing to do with Grandma or the big bad wolf. Dont get the wrong end of theRead More →

fakewapofi 460x270 - Don't you wish this was true?

You’ve seen all the fake stuff I purvey on this blog – not a single fact to be seen anywhere. Amazingly for the very first time I’m seriously reporting some real news lol! Its all about Mr Trump – or rather – his sudden departure from the White House. AndRead More →

dgivllrfi 460x270 - The ghosts of London Blogs past #3

The third and fourth blogs to be featured in this brief series are Ian Visits and Diamond Geezer. The former began life purely as a blog just like others. Over time it developed into a more serious proposition with advertising as a means of generating revenue, whilst Diamond Geezer hasRead More →

dgivllrfi 460x270 - The ghosts of London Blogs past #2

Two days ago I wrote about Londonist. Today its the turn of London Reconnections. The other two, Ian Visits and Diamond Geezer follow later. These three blogs besides Londonist, especially London Reconnections, couldn’t be in any more contrast yet in a lot of ways they are more down to earthRead More →

dgivllrfi 460x270 - The ghosts of London Blogs past

This, my first feature of 2019, takes a look at the past. Yes that of those friendly London blogs right at the very top of the net ratings! We all know of these, Londonist, London Reconnections, Ian Visits, and Diamond Geezer and what they are about. These sites have noRead More →

DSC 0972fi 460x270 - A chocolatey Christmas!

Its that time of year again and since its all about sumptuous food and celebrations, I thought a post featuring chocolates would be most appropriate. For the first time this year a famous French chocolate company, whom some of you may know as Alain Ducasse’s, has a new branch inRead More →

DhrPBiHXkAEHn7f 460x270 - The Abano Pass

Another post featuring an exotic location! A number of non UK places have been featured before – USA, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Austria and so on. This time it’s a part of the world few know exists. Yes the country in question is one many should have heard of however theRead More →

queenpilatus 460x270 - Queen Victoria in Switzerland - Pilatus

The third installment in this Switzerland series covers Queen Victoria’s trip to Pilatus. This took place just a few days after the Rigi venture, in fact today (31st August) is exactly 150 years since the Queen made her ascent of Pilatus. There’s very little said about the Queen’ ascent. ReportsRead More →

queenvrigi 460x270 - Queen Victoria in Switzerland - The Rigi

It’s less than half as high as Switzerland’s tallest mountains, yet the Rigi has held many in its grip, from writers like Mark Twain, to painters including JMW Turner, and composers such as Richard Wagner…. According to the bible of 19th century travel guides for European destinations, John Murray’s Handbook,Read More →

derschweizfi 460x270 - Queen Victoria in Switzerland

England’s favourite Queen, Victoria, spent an entire month in Switzerland a hundred and fifty years ago during August and September 1868. She was stationed in Lucerne but spent many a day travelling through the country in her favourite carriage, the Balmoral Socialble, or trekking on her favourite ponies, Flora andRead More →

schollenenfi 460x270 - Driving thro rail tunnels for fun!

Whilst discussing the Gotthard Bahn the other week I got this idea for a couple of ‘road trips’ through some railway tunnels. Generally no-one can just drive cars through any railway tunnels, but what I am about to discuss is very different! Take for example the Schöllenen railway. Some ofRead More →

01011233fi 460x270 - The Gotthard Bahn

The Gotthard Railway is one of the world’s most spectacular railways. It was a very difficult line to build however it set the standard for mountainous terrain which railways needed to traverse. It too had the world’s longest tunnel, although that was eventually superseeded by the Lotschberg and ultimately theRead More →

ewertitle 460x270 - Ewer's Grey-Green Coaches

It is over 20 years since the famous Grey-Green coach company ceased to exist. The transport world’s popular household company had been bought out by Cowies, and on 1st January 1998 it became part of the Arriva group. In April 1998 the registered company’s name was signed off into history.Read More →

DSC 0529 460x270 - Thameslink's 30th Anniversary

The new British Rail services known as Thameslink were opened by Princess Anne on this day 30 years ago. Full services began between Bedford and Brighton on 16 May 1988. Some services also went to Guildford (these were later cut back to Sutton.) The line’s expansion and its first automaticRead More →

IMG 6551fi 460x270 - Unusual rail crossing in London!

Angerstein wharf branch accommodation crossing in South East London. It’s fascinating and a must see – especially for those who never leave the City – like me! This must be the only one like it in this country and its almost on a par with the foot tunnel under theRead More →

DSC 0479fi 460x270 - 150 years of the Swiss Cottage line

Today is the 13th April 2018 (and its a Friday!) 150 years ago on this day the Metropolitan and St. John’s Wood Railway was opened – the opening day in 1868 was on a Monday! The Metropolitan and St. John’s Wood Railway was first incorporated on 29 July 1864 andRead More →

IMG 1903fi 460x270 - Ffestiniog Railway at King's Cross

The iconic setting under the large concourse roof at King’s Cross station was once again a setting for the famous Ffestiniog railway. Two of its locomotives plus the replica Ashbury carriage, built at Boston Lodge Works, formed the centrepiece of the exhibition just a month ago. The locomotives were Velinheli andRead More →