Category Archives: travel

Mighty Magnolia

Love the Magnolia’s – they are stunning.

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Taken with Hipstamatic

via Flickr


Link to BBC news story on Heathrow chaos

I was one of the poor unfortunate people caught up in the Heathrow chaos on Thursday night.  The hour long wait to get through immigration was just one part of the equation.  30 minute wait on the plane for the steps to arrive, hour long wait for immigration (and I couldn’t even find, or get, to the end of the queue) and after all of that the bags still weren’t out.  They took another 15 minutes to arrive.

There seems to be a lot of media focus on the Immigration side of the chaos on Thursday night at Heathrow.  In the article linked above, BAA say these queues are unacceptable.    Well BAA, I also find it unacceptable that I had to wait 30 minutes for stairs to get off the plane and that my bags didn’t arrive until one hour and 45 minutes after touch down.  So even if I managed to get through immigration in 10 seconds instead of one hour I still would have waited a long time for my bags to turn up.   It wasn’t just immigration on Thursday night, the entire airport was understaffed and unable to cope.

Daily Sunrise: Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

Seats at sunrise (E-PL3), originally uploaded by Kimb0lene.

I just bought myself the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 camera. I’ve been wanting a Micro 4/3 camera for a while and had been eyeing off the Panasonic GF3. I was put off by the lack of a control dial on the Panasonic – lots of touch screen control. Don’t get me wrong, I love touch screens on my iPhone and iPad but am not ready for them on a camera.

Turns out I made the right choice – I love the E-PL3 It’s my first Olympus camera but the controls feel familiar and I’m slowing getting to know all the functions.

I’ve only had the E-PL3 for a few days and took a few pics on the beach in Ft Lauderdale.  The pics are over on my Flickr account


Thanks to the British Airways strike, I’m stranded in the UK. Unlike a lot of other strike impacted folk, I’m actually quite happy about it. I now get to spend an extra few days at home before heading back to Canada for my final stint.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
This time, I won.

iPhone 3GS Pano App one year on

I downloaded the Pano App for iPhone in mid-January 2009 and it quickly became one of my favourite and most used apps.  One year on it remains one of my all time favourites.  It’s even better now that the iPhone (3GS) has an improved camera and whenever I am out and about I’m on the lookout for new Pano opportunities.   I travelled a hell of a long way in 2009 (188,000 km flown according to my Tripit account) and have had the opportunity to see many beautiful places:  New York, Sydney, Tasmania (my home-state in Australia), Canada and Portsmouth (my new hometown in the UK).  These pictures on my flickr account were all taken using the Pano App on either the original iPhone or the new iPhone 3GS

This picture, taken from the Brooklyn Bridge is one of my favourites from 2009.  I have no idea who the lady is in the picture.

Navigationally challenged brick

My second favourite electronic gadget has just kicked the bucket (iPhone is first by a long way). I bought a Garmin Nuvi 765T a couple of months ago and it’s been fantastic. I researched for months and finally decided on this one. I’ve taken it to Canada and Long Island, NY, and it’s been nothing but fantastic. Until yesterday.

Whilst driving to work on 22nd June 2009 this odd message popped up on screen “GPS Update Complete”. I cleared the message but then the satellite was lost. I switched the unit off and back on again and all was ok. Same thing happened this morning on the way to work, and then again on the way home tonight. By the time I got home the unit was completely dead. Wouldn’t switch on at all. A quick search of the internet and I soon realised that many others have the same problem, and everything started to go wrong on 22nd. I’ve been following this thread. It’s also being covered over at Engadget

I’ll have to give Garmin support a call tomorrow and see if I can get a replacement. I’ve just moved to a new town and don’t know the area all that well. The Garmin has been invaluable and I need a replacement pronto!

Update: 26th June 2009
My SatNav has been posted back to Garmin for repair/replacement. I called them again on 25th and they had more of an idea of what was wrong. They gave me an RMA number and I posted it back to them today. I’m off to NY for work on 6th but I doubt if I’ll have it back by then. I’ll have to hire a car with Sat Nav included.