Archive for the ‘USA’ Category


January 24, 2012

I’m going to be very interested to see what Mappin have in store, but whatever it is, I’m sure it will be of interest to readers of Trundlin.

Keep your eyes open for a future post and follow the Mappin team at @letsgomappin.

Travels in your mind – even the daily commute can be a journey to embrace

December 12, 2011

Watching the video that I have linked to below, I realised that one of the reasons I love travel – even the repetitive commute that sometimes, on the surface, remains unchanged for months – is that I can find beauty and interest in most things.

Watch the video created by Ice Cube, and you’ll see that his observations are sharply defined by his background as well as his immediate environment.

As you embark on your next journey, ponder how you approach the built environment around you – even if it appears unattractive, you will be able to see the design elements and rationale that put it there. You may not pass by a house designed by the Eames’ but there will be plenty to fascinate and intrigue.

A shot in the arm for Tesla

May 19, 2009

Tesla Motors have received an investment from Daimler-Benz in exchange for 10% equity in the company.

A great vote of confidence for Tesla’s nascent technology and following my post about the Smart car trial, not too surprising.

Ford invests $550m in new Small Car Plant

May 6, 2009

Ford have announced today that they are investing $550m to transform their Michigan Truck Plant from one producing “traditional” American SUVs, to a flexible plant for manufacturing small cars.

The interesting part is that from 2011 the plant will churn out the battery electric Focus…..

Is 2011 the year electric goes mainstream?

Michigan Truck Plant

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 !

“Eco” Hotels ?

November 18, 2008

“Greenwashing” is one of my favourite “mot du jour” at the moment.

I’d love to be “green” – but with a family of four, two cars and a job working for a subsidiary of an airline my carbon footprint is the size of a yeti! (Note: Car No.1 turns into a rail season ticket in 2 months time).

As with most middle class suburbanites in 2008 I will apply salve in the form of some eco products when I next shop at my local multi national supermarket.

I will also consider staying at the “aloft Lexington” next time I’m in Boston (

It looks pretty cool, and with a light dusting of eco credentials, I’ll report back on how “eco” is “eco” !


Washington DC Hotels still available for 20th January 2009…..just!

November 6, 2008

If you want in on what is almost universally being hailed as an epoch defining moment then you should move swiftly. Reports are saying that Washington DC hotels are full for the inauguration (news report).

Kimpton Hotels are a great value option where you get class beating service and facilities. Their Hotel Madeira is still showing availability for Inauguration Day, but act sharp !

DC is a great destination for a leisure break at any time and is easily reached from anywhere on the Eastern seaboard. If you don’t mind trundlin a little further then its one of the most connected cities in the world!

Tesla update

November 3, 2008 are reporting that Tesla Motors are receiving a $40m cash injection.

Hopefully the future of green motoring is still on the horizon 😉

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!

Autumn Colour (or Fall Color?)

October 20, 2008

One fine way to see the autumn leaves turn is from the saddle of a bicycle. Rolling for 469 miles through the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina and Virginia the Blue Ridge Parkway would make for a great fall road riding route. Visit for maps and info.