Category Archives: Travel

July 27, 2019

Mudlarking: finders keepers

We quickly hit pay-dirt and we stop to examine the discovery more closely. Then, much to my dismay, Smith casually tosses aside our find, the sole of a Tudor shoe. “You get blasé,” he says. “You get to see a lot of things over the years. But finds like that do help point you towards other things.

The article is from 2010, by by all accounts, mudlarking on the banks of the Thames continues. You need a permit — currently at £85 a year if you wish to dig beneath the top soil.

December 2, 2018

The last true knight on Malta

The Order of Malta, founded as the Knights Hospitaller around 1099 in Jerusalem, is a Roman Catholic chivalric society that received the Maltese Islands in a perpetual lease in 1530 from Charles I of Spain in exchange for the promise of one Maltese falcon a year. Grand Master Jean de la Valette, along with his knights, began created the country’s new capital, which would later be described by former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli as “a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen”. Today, Fra Critien is the only remaining knight on the archipelago who has taken the Order’s full vows, making him the last true Knight of Malta on Malta.

December 26, 2017

A strange life on London’s River Thames

Eel Pie Island, near Twickenham, was carved as the river took a detour and forged a parallel path, slicing it from the mainland. Since the 17th Century, when according to a 1635 map there was a bowling alley on the island, it has been a haven for hedonists, music lovers and philanderers.

This place looks like the kind of environment I’d like to retire in.

June 27, 2012

On Orbitz, Mac Users Steered to Pricier Hotels

Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.’s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.

A perfect example of how companies can use people’s surfing habits.