• Time Out Switzerland

    Many will be familiar with the Time Out magazine, website and guidebooks, which have been around – according to suitable technology, of course – since 1968. But it’s although it’s taken them a while to find Switzerland, the extension to their website isn’t bad at all. It obviously focuses on the bigger cities and more well-known […]

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  • Caching problem between TYPO3 and Safari solved

    Internet browser Safari has long been known for trying to make the web faster and faster. One of the ways it’s done so is by having a very strong browser cache – storing pages and files locally for as long as possible. Whether Safari has the best caching amongst modern browsers or the worst is unclear. Perhaps […]

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  • Race The Tube

    Race The Tube

    Visitors to London may expect that travelling by Tube is quicker than going on foot. It’s certainly quicker than travelling through London by taxi or by car. But is the train actually quicker than this athlete?

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  • Creux-du-Van

    Yorkshire meets Switzerland in the limestone landscape of Creux-du-Van, above Neuchâtel.

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  • Blogging for myself

    A blog is usually started as a place for the author to jot notes and share them with a select few to read; often friends and family. Later, as popularity grows, it’s easy to become drawn into the goal of getting more and more readers and gaining more and more “success”. This sometimes works and […]

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  • Fornillo Beach

    One of a series of photos added to my Campania, Italy set on Flickr.

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  • AvatarDay 6

    Barbara Hess announces the sixth of the annual AvatarDay events: a day in which she and a few helpers provide a day of free portrait photography for everyone to update their online profile photos.

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  • Schlächtenwald

    There are plenty of little, almost unnoticeable roads around here, which lead up valleys and through forests to remote farm buildings and dead-ends. I like to pore over the Kümmerly + Frey maps – the Swiss equivalent of the British Ordnance Survey – to see whether there are any worth driving up.

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  • Danny Macaskill on the Cuillin Ridgeline

    Danny Macaskill on the Cuillin Ridgeline

    “The Ridge” is the brand new film from mountain-biker Danny Macaskill. For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline. Even if you’re not fussed about […]

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  • Kleine Scheidegg to Lauberhorn

    A steep and stony path from the mountain hamlet of Kleine Scheidegg leads to the top of the world-famous Lauberhorn, from which the intrepid author gets an unparalleled view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

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  • Walking and walking and walking

    A need for weight loss, a need for fitness and a desire for reaching less accessible photo viewpoints means that I am walking further and higher than my lazy twenty-something self would’ve imagined.

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  • Great Gable from Honister Pass

    A terrific hike and a personal achievement in the central-western Lake District on our anniversary.

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  • Todd Crag

    A shorter hike up one of the Lakeland fells, at Ambleside.

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  • Google Photo Sphere

    Google View is an online community for sharing spherical interactive images, and Google has released an accompanying smartphone app to go with it called “Photo Sphere”.

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  • Chüematta

    A higher-resolution version of the panoramic view from my previous post about our hike from Isenfluh, photographed from high above the southern end of the Lütschine and Lauterbrunnen valleys as they open into the Bödeli plain near Interlaken and Lake Brienz. This part of the mountain is called Chüematta: Swiss German for “Cow Meadow”.

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  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

    Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

    I’m not especially knowledgeable about aircraft but there’s something about plane flypasts which give me goosebumps.

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  • Lobhörner

    Hiking in the Suls alp region above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, far from the more popular tourist destinations of the Jungfrau Region.

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  • Big old hill

    One of the most challenging hikes I’ve done: up the steep and winding path through the forest from Beatenberg to the summit of the Niederhorn.

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  • CSS Reset done properly

    A CSS Reset (or “Reset CSS”) is a short, often compressed set of CSS rules to reset the styling of HTML elements to a consistent standard. I’ve rolled my own; based on my own experience of CSS programming over the past fourteen years and based on other, well-known reset files.

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  • Brentjong satellite earth station

    High on the mountainside, near Leuk in the Rhône valley between Brig and Sion, stands the Brentjong satellite earth station. It has been an intercontinental communications hub, via a range of satellites under its control above the Atlantic and Indian oceans, since 1974.

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  • Garvault Hotel, Kinbrace

    If you drive up to the far north west of Scotland from Inverness, you’ll probably pass the Garvault Hotel: touted as the most remote hotel in mainland Britain.

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