Country Ways, Devon holidays

Posted by on 28 August, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I had to write a little bit about the place I’ve been staying in just outside Great Torrington in Devon, called ‘Country Ways’ . I arranged a very last minute trip to the west country to try to find a relaxing space to do some thinking and a bit of work. The Country Ways web […]

When exactly is ‘off-peak’ travel in London?

Posted by on 21 November, 2010 at 10:41 pm

It drives me crazy that hardly anyone will tell you this. It seems to be almost a secret. I asked a train guard at Tottenham Hale when he thought the first off-peak train would be, and he couldn’t tell me. The problem is that the system is far too obtuse. The basics are as follows… […]

Ryan Air, hidden flight charges, economy air travel

Posted by on 12 October, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Tonight I watched another programme which tore into Ryan Air and gave them a hard time over their pricing policies. Having travelled with Ryan Air more than a few times, and been subjected to their particular brand of in-flight care, I would have to say that there are definite areas for improvement in the servicdes […]

National Express Versus Virgin Trains

Posted by on 23 April, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Today I was treated to a journey to Leeds on a National Express train. The thing is, I booked the tickets through the Virgin web site, and half expected to travel on a Virgin train. It turns out that Virgin don’t ‘fly’ out of Kings Cross, and so it was that I ended up on […]

Ryan Air, cheap flights, baggage handling and simple mathematics

Posted by on 22 June, 2008 at 8:10 am

We all know the story of Mr O’Leary’s Ryan Air and their cheap flights all over the known universe, and I have used them fairly regularly from Stansted without any real dilemmas (OK – a cancelled flight due to fog, except other aircraft were taking off and landing just fine, so I wondered if the […]