Archive for the ‘consumer protection’ Category

If you HAVE to fly, this is the chap to have in the cockpit..

January 16, 2009

Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III is the chap you want guiding you in to land, if ever there is an in flight “issue”.

Reading a potted biography of the pilot of  US Airways Flight 1549 on CNN reinforces my view (especially as I approach the big “four O”) that experience counts !

Tesla Motors nears the end?

October 31, 2008

UPDATE: please read the comments to this post for the Tesla take on this. Hopefully the Valleywag vitriol is wrong and Tesla go from strength to strength!

Oh dear. According to, Tesla Motors are down to their last $9m in cash, and are unlikely to deliver (m)any more vehicles.

One of my favourite companies, with a vision of low emission motoring – unfortunately likely to fall by the wayside. However, I’m sure Elon Musk will rise from the ashes!

The best city to live in, trundlin wise…..

September 19, 2008

Magazines frequently feature “list” articles, detailing “The 20 Best Towns for…..”.

I’m going to be no different, and will try to build a list of locations where it’s easy to live, within easy reach of some great leisure locations.

The easy option would be to list all the great holiday destinations! However my aim is to show how many great destinations are within easy reach of some major conurbations.

First up, and for no particulate reason, apart from the fact I spent some formative years there is Zurich, Switzerland.

Visit for a taster, and in a few days I’ll elaborate on what the area has to offer.

Update: Dec 2011 – This post has received thousands of hits over the last two years. Check back soon, for more detail on how to travel leisurely around Zurich and its environs.

Trundl with protection

September 12, 2008

With today’s collapse into administration of the XL Leisure in the UK, it’s probably a good time to mention that the joys of trundlin are best appreciated when you’re financially protected against failure of the travel company.

In the UK that means booking a package that is ATOL bonded OR by paying for your travel products with a debit rather than credit card.

Book with care, so you don’t get credit crunched!