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How the EU Works

June 10, 2016

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With apologies to the original author, but I don’t know the provenance of this piece. All I know is that it conforms to my understanding (and experience) of how the European Union works, it explains it in language we can all understand, and (irony and pathos aside) it’s very funny. Subject: How the EU works […]

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Creating A Travel Guide With WikiPedia

April 3, 2016

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An original version of  this post was published in January 2013, but I thought it was worth updating and re-posting, having just created a travel guide for our forthcoming cruise from Miami to San Francisco, via the Panama Canal. A much-overlooked but useful feature of Wikipedia is the “Create A BooK” tool. This enables you to […]

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Christmas & New Year Cruise 2015/6

March 20, 2016

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  Aboard the Cruise & Maritime ship “Magellan“. This was a first experience of being away for Christmas and the New Year. It was an amazing time, taking in the Christmas market at Antwerp, Christmas dinner at sea at the Captain’s table, and seeing the New Year in at Madeira where we were anchored in […]

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Queen Mary 2 – a taste of luxury

December 18, 2015

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Lynda (wife) and I made a conscious decision early in our cruising career to opt for smaller ships, e.g. less than 1,500 passengers, because we preferred a more personal experience. I guess the foundation for this ‘cruising template’ was established from our very first cruise, on the Royal Clipper, which had a complement of 227 […]

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Bridgetown, Barbados – and farewell to the West Indies!

February 7, 2013

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We arrived in Bridgetown, Barbados on Saturday 2nd February. This is our last port of call in the West Indies before starting our homeward leg across the vast Atlantic. After Barbados we can look forward to (!) five days at sea before arriving at …

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Granada, “Spice of the Caribbean”, and spicy gossip!

February 4, 2013

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Continuing my travelogue of our epic cruise from Tilbury, to the Amazon, the West Indies and the Azores (and ultimately back to Tilbury). I should be writing about our experience in Granada, where we arrived on the morning of Wednesday 30th Januar…

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Iles du Salut, French Guiana (Devil’s Island..and Papillon has gone!)

January 29, 2013

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We made a brief (half-day) stop at the Iles du Salut on Monday 28th January.The Îles du Salut (in English: Islands of Health, so called because the missionaries went there to escape plague on the mainland) are a group of small islands of volcanic …

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Letter from the Amazon: Santana and Macapá

January 28, 2013

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From Evernote: Letter from the Amazon: Santana and Macapá This was our last stop on the “Amazon leg” of our cruise. After this we travel to the West Indies, and then home. Macapá is the capital of Amapá region which stretches from the Amazon delta…

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Letter from the Amazon: Alter do Chao, Brazil

January 27, 2013

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From Evernote: Letter from the Amazon: Alter do Chao, Brazil We arrived at Alto do Chao on Thursday 24th January. The rustic beach community of Alto do Chao lies on the bank of the Tapojas river, upstream from Santaram. It’s a small village with a…

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Letter From The Amazon: Parintins and the Boi-Bumba Festival

January 26, 2013

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From Evernote: Letter From The Amazon: Parintins and the Boi-Bumba Festival We arrived at Parintins on Wednesday 23rd January. Parintins is situated on the southern bank of the Amazon River in the largest river archipelago of the mid-Amazon, on th…

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