Back in June 2004, purple e asked us for recommendations :
Does anyone know of any online tool that enables you to plan your itinerary on a map, so that I could report in periodically and display our whereabouts?
You had lots of ideas of where to travel but no software recommendations but I just came across TravList that lets you keep track of your trips, both past and present (although you can’t yet go back beyond 1985 so all us wrinklies will have to wait a while to document our expeditions when those new-fangled horseless carriages were just coming on to our streets).
It’s very simple to use, you can integrate with Google Maps and Flickr and create a trip calendar. I think tags are on their way too. The creator (Scott McIntyre) has created a sample trip page to the Pacific Northwest – it’s very clean and simple and I’ll be giving it a go this weekend. It’s a nice alternative to setting up a photo gallery for holiday snaps and course you can link to trips from your blog.
That scurillous attack on Wales and the Welsh
Back in April 2003 I came across a very silly travel review by Vicky Blitz:
Our tour guide, Tristan, had done a lot of hiking and camping in England, where one can freely cross the farmers lands without any fear. It is the custom in England, that, most land is “open” to the public, as long as they don’t leave trash behind. However, he warned us that hiking and camping in Wales was a little risky, if one goes far back in the hills. He said, that, as in parts of Appalachia in the U.S., some people have been back in the Welsh hills for such a long time, isolated from the rest of the world, there has been inbreeding and the gene pool has gone down in intelligence. Couple that, with the distrust of strangers (the mountain people have), for one’s own safety, it is wise to avoid the Welsh mountains, when hiking and camping in Wales.
Happily, an as yet unnamed person has taken the time to take Ms Blitz to task for (let’s be generous here) believing what a mischevious English guide had told her:
… My assumption is that the guide was “taking the Mick” (i.e. teasing her). Now, whilst no one can ever say that people one might meet can ever be guarenteed 100% safe anywhere in the World, nevertheless, I think Wales is about as safe as it is possible to be. The interbreeding quip sounds very much like an English racial jibe at the Welsh, made for the guide’s own amusement.
I do not believe in censorship, therefore I would not even request you to remove the article from your site. However, I promise you that its suggestions are completely inaccurate and do, indeed, constitute a racial (and absolutly unjustified) slur on the Welsh.
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