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19th July 2014

Farewell to Travelblog!
How could we possibly keep smiling without those witty and informative blogs we've all come to love? As an older version of the 'keep smiling' family, I don't have issues with anything too high-tech, but I know how important the printed versions of our Travelblogs are to our sister, Ann, yet a few years older than this grey-haired-nomad, who doesn't possess a computer. I guess the keep-smiling kids all learned about the value of good service from our dear old dad, but we all also have relatively short fuses when it fails to happen. How often do we walk out of a shop or restaurant when we're evidently ignored or put down the phone when it has rung for the fifth time? Keep calm and keep smiling little brother.
19th July 2014

You can still keep smiling!
The printed version of blogs is important not only to sister Ann - I have a number of friends who don't have computers and others who have computers that either don't work or that they don't know how to use. We're of that generation! But, this wasn't just a case of the TravelBlog 'Print Version' apparently being on the blink. It was that no-one seemed willing or able to offer information or advice in response to numerous posts and repeated contacts. Rather than simply vote with my feet, I've voiced my opinion at the end of my latest blog in the vain hope that it will give rise to improvements in communication here on TravelBlog. Meanwhile, you can keep smiling over on my new site. The link's in that note at the end of the blog. See you in a week or so. Looking forward to it.
19th July 2014

We are sorry to hear that this is your last travelblog...
but thanks for letting us know and not just disappearing leaving us wondering what happened. I'm having lunch with Ali and Michelle tomorrow, the founder of TB and the only programmers the site has, to let them know. I would also want to be able to print out my blogs. They have been busy working out the bugs with version 5, so I know they are not ignoring you or anyone...it's just a matter of priorities. If they can solve the problem as a top priority, would you give us another chance?
19th July 2014

Too late, alas.
Bob, thank you for your words of encouragement. In a previous life I was the operations director of a major travel company and quickly learnt that people would happily accept almost any amount of delay if you kept them informed of what was happening. If I'd received a response of any kind to my multiple posts on the Support forum about difficulties I was experiencing with the Print Version or, indeed, anything other than an email two weeks ago (in reply to my chaser contact) to say 'we'll test the problem and let you know', I'd still be here, waiting patiently - as would my many friends who look forward to receiving printed versions of my blogs. I wasn't asking for instant solutions. I simply wanted information or advice. All I got was nothing, nada, niente, zilch... Compare that to the two-hour response I've received (twice) to technical questions at my new blog site! So, sorry Bob, I'm out of here. The alternative certainly isn't as good looking, but it's efficient and has a few whistles and bangs that TravelBlog doesn't have, not least of all excellent communication with users.
18th July 2014
In the graveyard at St Pancras Church, Widecombe

U.K.
What a beautiful countryside. Makes me want to go for a hike.
19th July 2014
In the graveyard at St Pancras Church, Widecombe

Our green and pleasant land
You have to love rain to have such green countryside to enjoy - but, when the sun shines, there's nowhere better!
14th July 2014

England
We certainly need to spend some more time in this part of the world.
14th July 2014

Devon used to be ever Englishman's dream place for his retirement, a tranquil county with pretty villages and lots of green countryside. The south-west (Somerset, Devon and Cornwall) is still a beautiful part of England and certainly worthy of a visit. There were many tourists here on Dartmoor - mainly British, German and a few Chinese a long way from home. We only encountered a couple of North Americans - and they were Canadian! So, choose your time of year and come on over. I see it won't be next year - you're going somewhere that's "fun with warm weather" and the latter is not something we always have here!
7th July 2014

All sides of a nation
We must accept the good with the bad. India is lovely and will romance those who go. The people and their zest for life are what make you want to go back. India has so much to offer.
7th July 2014

Dave, you took the very words out of my mouth!
7th July 2014

This is India
Great blog. This is exactly how we experienced India - or well, at least a small part of India. Love the pics!
7th July 2014

Yes, India is truly an experience! I'm pleased this blog brought back some memories for you - it did for me too. Plans for my next India experience, the Ganges in 2016, are already in the pipeline. Looking forward to even more memories of my favourite country!
6th July 2014

The many faces of India
Your love affair with India is well documented Mike...my love affair with portraits...the faces that tempt my travels. India with its sprawling masses...crawling with tourists...many colours...many faces...many reasons to go. Great blog.
6th July 2014

Thank you Dave. The quality of these portraits, taken with a new camera, can't compete with yours, but they do each hold a memory for me of a time, a place...
5th July 2014
India - today and yesterday

Great faces and a lovely description of why so many of us travel--to experience cultures so different from our own.
6th July 2014
India - today and yesterday

Yes, Tara - India's culture is so very different. I love it so much that I'll keep returning until these old legs can't carry me there any more.
5th July 2014

A beautiful homage to a nation of extremes...
the portraits go to the heart of the matter...the beautiful, interesting, smiling people.
5th July 2014

Yes Bob, it is the memories of India's people that always remain long after those of everything else - and, of course, it is those people who draw me back time and time again. Look out 2016 - the Ganges awaits!
30th June 2014

Sunshine Fun
Wonderful photos Mike - I especially like the panoramic cropped photo of the seagull!
30th June 2014

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside
Thanks Rosie, good to hear from you - hope you are well and still smiling! Seagulls are fun to photograph - and easy too because they're huge. They do like ice cream cones though, so you have to be careful not to go too close if you have one.
29th June 2014

Time for the beach
Time to stop the complaining about the British weather and enjoy the beach. Looks like a great part of the world and those beach chairs look very inviting.
29th June 2014

Strangely, most British people are reluctant to complain about bad service, poor quality goods, and the like - but we just love to talk about the weather and complain about it no matter what. Brighton has a lot to offer and we enjoy its rather old-fashioned charm. It has to be said, however, that there are better beaches around our coastline - but most of them don't have deckchairs to rent!
28th June 2014

I do like to be beside the seaside!
A grand tale of Brighton, Britain and the British! Your writing and photos get better by the day. Proud to be your big brother. David
28th June 2014

I'm learning from a master
I tell it like it is, in black and white, but I'm trying to do it like you - in technicolour!

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