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John Snell - obituary - Telegraph

A pioneer of railway preservation, Snell was involved in the revival of the narrow-gauge Talyllyn Railway in Wales in 1951 and for 27 years was managing director of the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent, a 15-in. gauge railway that now serves 100,000 passengers a year. He was a mentor to many other efforts to reopen disused track and to put Really Useful Engines under steam again.

Translation table explaining the truth behind British politeness becomes internet hit - Telegraph

The British art of polite understatement -- intended to communicate subtly while preserving the dignity of all concerned -- only works when everyone knows the code. (The Brits aren't alone. Filipino culture is noted for its value of "Smooth Interpersonal Relationship" or pakikisama.)

Translation table explaining the truth behind British politeness becomes internet hit - Telegraph

The British art of polite understatement -- intended to communicate subtly while preserving the dignity of all concerned -- only works when everyone knows the code. (The Brits aren't alone. Filipino culture is noted for its value of "Smooth Interpersonal Relationship" or pakikisama.)

Downton Abbey meets the Flintstones: England's Abandoned Rock Houses | Messy Nessy Chic

Did these centuries-old houses, built in the rocks near Kinver in Staffordshire, inspire J. R. R. Tolkien's notion of Hobbit holes?

From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the U.S. Numbered Highway System - Highway History - FHWA

How America went from hundreds of unofficially named auto trails (National Old Trail, Lincoln Highway, Ozark Trail, Dixie Highway, to name a few) to a national numbering system for US Highways in 1926. This article also explains how the Chicago-Los Angeles was almost numbered US 60 and why it was changed to US 66.

BBC - Wales - Nature - walks - Abergynolwyn

A walk by waterfalls and 800-year old castle ruins that begins and ends at a station on a narrow-gauge railroad, the Tallylyn, made famous in the "Thomas the Tank Engine" books.

Memories of Cranford - Francis Frith

A website devoted to geographically linked memories, maps, and photos for the United Kingdom. This particular page has to do with the village of Cranford, in Hounslow, Middlesex, just northeast of Heathrow Airport. In 1989, I stayed five weeks at the Berkeley Arms Hotel, just west of the pub, while working on a maintenance training simulator at the British Airways facility at Viscount House near Hatton Cross tube station. Comedian Tony Hancock's ashes were scattered just outside the churchyard of St. Dunstan's nearby.

Uniting Laptop Campers

This is a blogger after my own heart: Photos and detailed reviews of coffeehouses in San Francisco and Seattle from the perspective of someone who intends to "camp out" and work on a laptop for a while. Each coffeehouse is rated on a scale of 0 to 5 in 10 different categories: food, coffee, wi-fi (is it secure, steady, free, fast?), ambiance, noise, plugs, parking, comfort, bathroom, and art.

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SFpark: San Francisco parking finder

Smart parking meters keep track of parking availability in congested districts. A special app built on Google Maps lets you know where parking can be found and how much it will cost.