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Upgrade Phone to Samsung Galaxy S3

Google upgraded the Nexus S operating system to Ice Cream Sandwich.  Result was that battery life plunged from 24hrs to only 8hrs – disastrous. Immediately triggered a search for a new phone. Fortunately the Galaxy S3 was launched around that … Continue reading


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Adding a TUMI Ducatti back-pack to my travel gear

With the option of taking 2 bags on most long haul airlines, a “second bag” to use on short trips or alongside my Rimowa makes sense. The rimowa is no use for “convenient access”. Normally I use a Scott eVest to … Continue reading

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STOP PRESS: Staying with Rimowa Salsa

After getting two Salsa Air cases for my daughters, as Xmas presents, I’m going to stay with my four year old Salsa (reviewed below). Reasons: (1) The Salsa air, while lighter, has two zippable membranes that secure items in each … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Evaluating headphones – Dr Dre Beats Tour

The Bose Quiet Comfort 15 just are too bulky to carry, and a real hassle to sleep in.  I have therefore had a few trips with the Beats Tour headphones.,default,pd.html They are small, comfortable and I got a set of … Continue reading

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Change Headphones from Bose QuietComfort 15

I currently carry a set of Bose Quiet Comfort 15 headphones. They are good quality, comfortable to wear, and the noise cancelling is among the best I have tested.  They use AAA batteries, and have quite a thin cord. There … Continue reading

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Dealing with weather – Sunglasses and Umbrella

Sunny weather needs sunglasses – especially if you are driving. I chose RayBan aviators with G10 grey tint. They have a low “side-bleed” and are optically excellent. I might have chosen polarization if i was in a high glare environment. … Continue reading

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Carry-On Case: Possible new candidate – Rimowa Salsa Air

After 2 happy years with the Rimowa Salsa, which has been almost unchallenged in its role as the perfect carry-on (My wife bought a Salsa Deluxe which has the small benefit of a strap for carrying extra items piggy-back – … Continue reading

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Mobile Phone: Upgraded to Samsung (Google) Nexus S

After a lot of procrastination, and a review of the decision criteria ( ) I went into Carphonewarehouse and walked out with a Nexus S – – as a free upgrade on Vodafone (My Vodafone bill is about £2,500/yr so … Continue reading

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Mobile Phone: Factors in Decision

A mobile phone for a traveller must have the following features: UMTS / 3G with standard SIM to enable flexible voice, txt, dat ause worldwide “1 day” battery life Excellent voice and text with easy contact management (sync with outlook) … Continue reading

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Bath Bag: Cutting out waste and hassle

Traditionally, the minimal “bath bag” was the toothbrush. On the other hand some people carry shampoos, lotions, potions etc. and as soon as you carry a liquid you need to go through the security theatre of putting liquids in a … Continue reading

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