Category Archives: travel

40 years of cycling

Our local cycle lobbying group spokes is celebrating 40 years of cycling (or lobbying).  2017 being one of these years when there seem to be lots of anniversaries.  This is also coincidentally about the same time I have been cycling … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – tourism pressures

There has been a lot in the news this week over tourism pressures.  From protests and even attacks in various parts of Spain to huge pressures on the Isle of Skye and continuing problems in Venice we do seem to … Continue reading

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Travel by train

A few years ago Neil asked me to guest write a blog post about my wife and I’s decision to travel by train on holiday to Belgium after reading “No Oil in the Lamp” (original post here: http://www.theoillamp.co.uk/?p=4007). So when … Continue reading

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Flying cars and other stuff

I heard an article on flying cars on the news yesterday morning.  It started off with a news report from 1949 so the concept has been around since at least then.  I’m not an engineer or physicist but they spoke … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – dementia and pollution

Is there a link between dementia and pollution?  A new study in Canada has suggested that people who live near main roads are more likely to suffer dementia.  For those living within 50m of a main road its a 7% … Continue reading

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Third runway -again

The UK government in its wisdom has made a decision about a third runway at Heathrow.  This is a repost from four years ago which gives a mild indication of how long this third runway saga has been going on.  … Continue reading

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Bikes on trains

One of the big complaints amongst cyclists in the UK is about bikes on trains.  I have been undertaking an internship with a view to rebooting my career, which involves cycle/train/long cycle.  People here think getting bikes on trains is … Continue reading

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Borders railway reopened

Last year the Borders railway reopened and last Sunday I took my first trip on it.  Its always nice when a Beeching cut is undone.  The line which originally connected to Carlisle was closed in 1969.  Police had to guard … Continue reading

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emissions trouble

There have two major environmental stories this week and one of them involves emissions at Volkswagen.  The company has been in trouble for allegedly fiddling its emissions data in the US.  This is becoming a huge story in the business … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – rapid charge battery

An Israeli company claims to have invented a new type of rapid charge battery that can charge a mobile phone in 30 seconds!  What’s equally extraordinary is that this breakthrough has come out Alzheimer’s disease research.  The team discovered some … Continue reading

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