All posts by MacPsych

Tokyo: this isn’t the weather I ordered!

I arrive in Tokyo first thing next Tuesday morning for a holiday with my nephew. While I'm as excited as a toddler at Christmas at the prospect of being back in Japan, a quick look at the long range forecast just now was a bit of a downer. I knew it was going to be ...

One week until Japan!

In just one week, I'll be setting off on my next visit to Japan! But it'll take me a while to get there, as I'm going on a rather roundabout route to get there. As I'm taking my ten year old nephew with me, I need to fly to Edinburgh first to pick him up. ...

A Dutch interlude

I'm sitting in Amsteram's Schiphol Airport, waiting for my flight back to London. I've been in the Netherlands since Wednesday, when I flew over for a conference.  Work-wise, it wasn't too bad. But I was a little sleep deprived (one night due to impressive thunder and lightning!) and survived off some pretty awful conference food. ...

A night in the Frank Sinatra Suite

I worked in Dublin on Thursday and Friday and spent Thursday night at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, to the south of the city. I grew up in Dun Laoghaire, it's always nice to get back and spend some time by the sea. I had great plans to finish work early on Thursday ...

Ten things that make me happy

I recently got tagged by Fed to write my own version of his post '10 things that make me happy". But I got the notification while I was lying on the beach in Sitges, so there was no way I was going to touch the keyboard until I was back here in London. As for ...

Sitges Pride, 2017

Well. That was an experience! Up until this month, I've associated Sitges with sleepy, relaxing afternoons on the beach and wandering through narrow streets hunting out decision Catalan nibbles. A very chilled out place. But spending a long weekend there during Pride was something very different! And if I'm honest, it was just what I ...

Catalan jalapeño madness

I spent Thursday and Friday working in Barcelona - a bit of a monthly routine for me and nothing out of the ordinary. But I did stay at a new (new to me, anyway) hotel and so was able to notice the little differences that make for a nice hotel stay.  Firstly, I had my own ...

Two months until Tokyo!

Yes! In just two short months, I'll be making my way for another visit to Tokyo. And this time, I'll have a new co-pilot: my ten-year-old nephew, Andrew. I'll be flying up to Edinburgh to pick him up and, after a weekend there, we'll fly to Amsterdam, from where we'll go to Tokyo, via Helsinki. ...

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Making Alexa more accessible…

...no, not really. But the Saturday Night Live crew had some fun with it all the same. https://youtu.be/YvT_gqs5ETk