January 11, 2007

Capsule hotels at London's airports
Boing Boing: Capsule hotels in London's airports. 'Yotel has opened capsule hotels in London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports; they're modelled on the famous coffin hotels of Tokyo, but bigger and more luxurious, aimed at business-travellers in for a meeting who don't want to haul ass all the way into London for their hotel. The cabins can be booked in 4h increments.'
For anyone travelling through...

August 08, 2006

Maps in blogs

Just trying out Wikimapia's ability to embed maps in your blog. A map of the Windsor Farm Shop near us should appear below, although it probably won't if you're reading this through an RSS feed since it uses an iframe tag which most e-mail clients won't support...

See this how to.

November 05, 2005

Downtown haunts

I'm having a sort of "fantasy morning" in downtown Seattle.

It's quite rare, when Shannon and I visit, that we actually have time at the weekend. Often we're here Sunday night to Friday night, and making the time to battle our way through traffic on a weekday to spend time in the city is usually not appealing.

I'm here on my own, though, for a short trip and, unusually, I'm going home on a Saturday. I'm killing time before 4:30pm, when I need to be at the airport by visiting some of my favorite haunts, for this area anyway. Breakfast at Etta's, where Shannon and I had our first date, and I had breakfast on the morning of my wedding with family from the UK. Now I'm taking advantage of free wireless at the Seattle Public Library, sitting comfortably on purple and gray foam chairs, high up in the Reading Room. Over in the corner where the guy in yellow is in this photo (taken last year):

This place is so stunning and inspiring. Over a year after its opening the huge open spaces are still respectfully quiet, and the changes in texture and shapes make each area feel private and small. I'm not sure how I follow this up, with 4 more hours still to kill.

October 28, 2005

Finally posted picture of Le Mans

Catching up with posting some shots to the site from the last year. Again, some of these are up on Flickr, but I've felt a bit insecure not having a back up, or at least being able to present them as a nice album.

October 26, 2005

Kefalonian vacation

Due to a disaster after upgrading JAlbum, the tool I use for creating my photo albums, I've had a bit of a delay posting photos to this site. Hasn't stopped me on Flickr. Just this site.

I've finally found a cool replacement album template to show these shots of Kefalonia. It's in Flash, unfortunately, so I can't link to individual shots, but that's the price you pay for cool simplicity.

Anyway, this was a week long vacation on the island that's supposedly the home of Odysseus. It's spelt many ways (for example, also known as Cephalonia). I seem to have spelt it wrong anyway in a few places.

January 17, 2005



Shannon and I went on a great hike yesterday, along the South Coast of Dorset, near Corfe Castle. Weather was kind, but the route was muddy. Fortunately we'd learnt from the last trip to be a little more prepared. It snowed and our feet got very wet and cold that time. This time we had good boots, and even gaiters, which I can highly recommend.

After the walk we stopped at a pub and sat outside for a pint (naturally). This cockerel was strutting around with his lady friends looking very proud and threatening. Respect.

January 04, 2005

If I can ever figure out how Amex books it's seats in the first place, I can use SeatGuru.com to figure out where the best seats are on the flight to Seattle.

December 28, 2004

Shots of a weekend in Paris
I finally gave Shannon the Weekend in Paris that I've been promising her for too long. It came at a price for her. She had to come to the Race of Champions in the Stade de France and sit through motor racing on a very cold evening. But we saw the regular sites (Louvre, Rodin Museum, Pompidou etc) as well as getting some romantic walks, and both sweet and savoury crepes, into the agenda.

Mall of America
Mall of America

Think big. Here's a shot of one of the numerous rides at the middle of this thing. I'm stuck here for the day thanks to Northwest airlines.

December 07, 2004

Stade de France
Stade de France
See: Full Size. On Saturday I was in Paris for the Race of Champions, a motor race to see who's "best of the best" out of the world of motor racing (including Formula One and Rallying). They'd converted the national football stadium into a tight little racing circuit over a matter of a few days. Contrary to expectations, Michael Schumacher didn't end up winning.

October 10, 2004

Just last week (although it feels like a month ago) Shannon and I were in Athens. She had a team meeting there, and I joined her for a few days of work and fun.

October 09, 2004

Redmond town center
Redmond town center

View from my hotel window. A shopping experience at my feet.


I just love how chubby this plane is. It has Japanese cartoon personality.

October 04, 2004

Last picture of Greece
Lat picture of Greece

The last one. I promise. Especially as I've not been there for over 24 hours. Hotel at sunset. There. I'm done. With Greece. Not with posting annoying little photos from my cameraphone.

October 01, 2004


Enjoying Meze and cooling off after visiting the Acropolis.


September 29, 2004


This hotel is pretty stunning for the price! I've already managed to steal the network cable from the web tv system, so should be no problem getting some work done. Looking forward to a swim later on though...

September 25, 2004

Shots of Ireland
Finally posted shots from the holiday in Ireland that I took with Mum and Shannon.

May 12, 2004

Cinque Terre
Here's (probably too many) shots from our recent walk along the Cinque Terre in Italy. These are a set of small towns, clinging to the cliffsides, that are connected by great coastal footpaths. All the towns are made up of really tightly packed, old, colorful buildings, and most of the countryside is olive groves or vinyards.

April 18, 2004

Santa Barbara
I've added a few shots from our recent trip to Santa Barbara in California.

April 14, 2003

We spent the weekend in Portland, visiting friends, looking at stuff, staying in nice hotels with thick matresses, the usual...

While we were there we also stopped at Fry's Electronics (Richard's first time). Oh, and the Gordon House, by Frank Lloyd Wright, in the Oregon Garden Center.

February 27, 2003

Trip to Mt.Baker
Over the weekend we went up to Mount Baker with Matt and Julie, mainly for the snow (which was very, very good on Saturday - forgiving and confidence building). We stayed in a rental cabin near Glacier with (count 'em) FOUR recliners, including two with upper AND lower massage support. I hate the idea of these things, but we couldn't stop slouching in them.