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Tokyo Diary: Part Three

I'm back from Japan and have to say the wrench I felt leaving was worse than any holiday I've ever had before. I fell in love with Tokyo while I was there.  Really. I don't think I've ever enjoyed visiting a new city as much as Tokyo, but it's difficult to say why. So what ...

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Tokyo Diary: Part Two

Yesterday, we walked off a massive breakfast by heading down to Harajuka to go shopping for gifts and check out the cosplay enthusiasts. We weren't disappointed in either case! There was a fantastic Halloween cosplay parade, which we watched for an age. The fun and enthusiasm were palpable and it helped that the weather was ...

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Tokyo Diary: Part One

Greetings from my new favourite city in the world: Tokyo. We've been in Japan since 5am local time Friday morning and I've enjoyed pretty much every minute. The flight over - a First Class with British Airways - was the best I've had in my life. I'm now spoiled forever and economy seats will seem ...

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Prepping for Japan…

So in just a few short days, this little hobbit will be making his first visit to the amaze-balls Japan. Tokyo, to be precise. I've wanted to visit since I was about ten years old, so the opportunity to get over there this year couldn't be ignored. When we bought an apartment earlier this year, ...

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Irish cadets who performed at JFK funeral to offer final salute

Irish cadets who performed at JFK funeral to offer final salute An interesting article tweeted by the Irish Embassy in Washington this morning. Remembering the Irish Army cadets who stood by JFK's graveside in 1963: For hours the young cadets waited, standing at attention by the freshly dug grave - a striking tableau in their ...

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Crossing over…

A snapshot I took of the Boyne Valley Bridge on my drive down from Belfast to Dublin on Wednesday evening. (Don't worry, I was in the passenger seat when I took the photo). It came through pretty clearly, considering the speed we were going...and the fact I Instagrammed the hell out of it.  

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Palma: Keeping it under wraps

I'm a little conflicted even writing this post... I really love Palma de Mallorca and I think it gets ignored by the majority of visitors to the island. On the other hand, I think I love it precisely because it's ignored by most tourists. You'll pardon the generalisation, but in my experience (a decade of ...

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More free Ryanair publicity

From the Guardian: We love to moan. But with Ryanair, what do you expect?Ryanair and its odious boss have been in the news again. I watched the Dispatches show mentioned below and it was shocking. Ryanair have, of course, said they're going to sue. The facts of this latest drama are these: Channel4 broadcast a ...

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Holidays: Day One

Up at 5am for an early flight to Palma de Mallorca. But it was well worth it to avoid a trek to Gatwick and waste most of the day on trains and planes. While I think of it, big thanks to BA for a quick, friendly flight and a top-notch (for airline food) breakfast. After ...

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August 13, 2013 at 11:22AM

The view from here...

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