Month: December 2011

2012 (and 2013) London Travelcard Season Ticket Prices

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fuckwittery

Because these are ridiculously hard, if not impossible, to find on the TFL website, I’ve put the weekly, monthly and annual costs in a spreadsheet. Edit: Now updated to show 2013 fares, which are even worse. Thanks, Boris.. Data from from a PDF letter published here. Monthly and Annual rates calculated per that document’s instructions. Thanks to Rachel H at Londonist for the link.

Twelve Months in Tech – from CES to the BJP App

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geek / journalism

I started 2011 in Las Vegas, covering the Consumer Electronics Show and, amongst other things, attempting to record a piece to camera in front of an occasionally exploding artificial volcano (it’s all here). Since then, it’s been a fascinating, if unusual, year. A few months later I was filming a robot monkey in Taiwan (covering Computex 2011), but around the same time something even odder than that happened –  I took a temporary step away […]

Japan on a budget, 1: Planes, Trains and Hotels

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Japan on a Budget / Japanese / travel

I’ve now been learning Japanese for about three years – long enough to get a decent grip on everyday verbs, adjectives and nouns, and to start wrestling with kanji (80ish, so far). But there’s only so far you can get by speaking for 90 minutes per week in classes. So, I hatched a plan: to get to Japan as cheaply as possible and spend a few days practicing. In the end, I managed to tour […]

Japan on a budget, 2: Tokyo

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Japan on a Budget / Japanese / travel

(This is part of a guide to travelling Honshu on a moderate budget and in limited time. Click here for the whole series). Arriving International flights arrive at Narita, outside Tokyo. It’s worth claiming your Japan Rail Pass in the large JR office here (follow signs to the trains, and it’s before the ticket gates) – I took the chance to wrangle with my bad Japanese, but I overheard staff speaking excellent English to another […]

Japan on a budget, 3: Kyoto

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Japan on a Budget / Japanese / travel

(This is part of a guide to travelling Honshu on a moderate budget and in limited time. Click here for the whole series). I arrived in Kyoto on my second day, via Shinkansen from Tokyo. You arrive at the huge JR Kyoto station, from which you can link to the local JR lines, the private railway (pass not valid) and the subway (ditto). Coming in at around 1pm I dropped my backpack in a coin […]