Arrived in Newcastle on time, and just pulling out. The Lindisfarne reference is nothing to do with the weather, but my inability to get Facebook talking to Twitter. There must be some snaffu in someone’s software. I get asked for my twitter credential, and they are rejected. Why?
Here I am on the East Coast rail line, on a bright sunny day, meandering up to Edinburgh for three days of work. The jet planes all roaring over my head, marking their route with their vapour trails. I feel super righteous in cutting down on my carbon foot print. Like hell I do. The future came out as I predicted when I bought my return trip on the chemin de fer, The planes returned to the air on that very day.
I’ve had a cappuccino, and a a pain au chocolate, now holding off on my sandwiches until later. Have been playing with face book, trying to get my blog published there. Looks like I may have it working now. Next lets get twitter and buzz working.
Trying out some action shots with my new Canon EOS 550 on the local bird population. (Feathered variety alas.) One wonders with all those extra pixels whether a new pro lens is in order. Looks like I will have to keep on working a while.
Some more wildlife at the local oasis.
Needless to say, as soon as I went indoors, two pairs of Goldfinches arrived, but not the Greater Spotted Woodpecker who is often to be seen on the peanuts. We’ve also had Long Tailed Tits who were charming. The Greenfinches are highly aggressive and bad tempered.
I had a short trip to Edinburgh this week. I flew up from Heathrow to Edinburgh with British Airways on Monday morning. I had tried to book a flight on the Friday evening, but found Easyjet were fully booked, and the price of Flybe from Birmingham was extortionate. Train travel is also rather slow and expensive, so was rejected. Last resort was BA. For the sum of £43.00 I received my ticket to Edinburgh, I was able to take hold luggage at no extra charge (not that I had any), I had bacon, egg, sausage and tomatoes, orange juice and coffee and daily newspaper on the flight for free, and could use the loo without charge. I did not have to go through the indignity of proving who I was before flying. Ryanair and Easyjet, you can go and get stuffed, BA is not over priced.
Terminal 5 was a good experience as well.
At work in Edinburgh, I found out how long I was staying, and booked my hotel through Last Minute dot Com. Not such a good experience, they sent me to the wrong agency to check into the apartment I had booked. Lots of walking and eventually a taxi, I was in my room.
Luckily I was there just for one night, any longer and I would still be there, stuck for lack of flights. I am meant to be flying up there on Wednesday. Will the ash cloud be being blown in another direction? Let’s hope so.