barney langford


barney langford

barney and liz are travelling through North America

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas October 24th 2014

New York "This is a 2 line express train to Woodlawn. Stand clear of the closing doors please" Our stop was 125th st. Our apt was on 126th st. Ground level. The TV did not work for the entire time we were there. new york is 3 hours and a world away from Boston. Where Boston was refined and demure NY is wild and frenetic and footloose. We arrive at Penn station and get a 7 day metro pass (with help of our friendly subway assistant). This is the best investment we make in NY. We get a 2 train express and then wonder how we will know when we get to '125th st. Thankfully a lovely lady with an Irish accent puts us right. We emerge in Harlem. We find our street and Gina our ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Grand Canyon October 17th 2014

arches nat park and Grand canyon et al... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Billings October 8th 2014

this is a catchup piece. have not had the opportunity to blog. ANCHORAGE Anchored down in ANCHORAGE indeed. Anchorage is largest city in Alaska. 500,000 in its conurbation. This is what we found out while in Anchorage. Little known facts about Alaska · You can get a pilot’s licence at 14 ½ yrs · An earthquake measuring 9.2 hit in 1964. Devastation galore. · Hunting season begins the Tuesday after labour day. That is known as “boys off sick today” day as they are all off hunting with their dads. · ½ all light planes in the US are in Alaska. · If you own a plane outright you don’t need to insure it. · Most Alaskan planes are more than 30 years old. New planes need to conform to new safety standards. · Up to ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Denali September 7th 2014

Ketchikan JEWELLERY STORES!!!! Industrial quantities. In 1993 cruise ships started coming in large numbers to Alaska. Fishing villages and mining towns and administrative centres suddenly had up to 10,000 people in town on the one day. The cruise lines set up jewellery stores and souvenir shops in these towns. The tourist season goes from May – September. At the end of September the jewellery stores pack up and transfer to the Caribbean where the cruise ships ply their (northern) winter trade. Alaska shuts down between October and May, college students and mavericks such as Brian, our driver yesterday (retired civil engineer from Atlanta, single, adventurer, spends winter in Breckenridge driving people to Denver airport), come up here and live for 6 months and the towns shut down. In Ketchikan we had David, our Tlingit guide and ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan September 1st 2014

“HIPCRIME You committed one when you opened this book. Keep it up. It’s our only hope. “ – The Hipcrime Vocab Chad C Mulligan I write this on the very jerky Amtrak Cascade train on the way to Vancouver. That is why my typing is so shaky and misshapen. We leave on a train that runs parallel to the harbour between the city and the foreshore. As we pass I noticed no burghers of Seattle with signs demanding the track be torn up. Seattle has been great but jet lag has put a dampener on our stay here, particularly as we walked so far on that first day. Acclimatising is about more than adjusting to the weather. Some observations about America (based upon a scientific study lasting 5 days) · They tend to like ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki August 24th 2014

I begin this journal somewhere north east of Lord Howe Island. We have just had what is euphemistically described as a snack – chilli chicken and rice, green salad with vinaigrette, cheese and bikie and a TIM TAM. The lovely Hawaiian airlines stewardesses’ each with industrial quantities of frangipanis in their hair, have come along and collected the scraps and our serving tray, their plastic gloved hands a testament to risk management 101. We head for Hawaii and thence on to Seattle, Vancouver, Alaska and thence to the east, a trip 12 months in the planning. It wasn’t meant to be this way. It was supposed to be central Europe: Croatia, Slovak Republic, a possible return to Greece and Turkey. Liz remarked in passing that she would like to do an Alaskan cruise, to experience a ... read more

THIS IS A PICADILLY LINE SERVICE TO (HINT OF A PAUSE) COCKFOSTERS. This was just about the first formal words we heard when we arrived 8 weeks ago in London. The reprise hearing of this line this afternoon as we caught the tube after our flight from Ireland, had a poignancy tinged with equal parts sadness and exhaustion. We are both very tired. Somehow this has been more exhausting a tour than last time. I suspect it’s because for the latter part of our last trip we were “based” in various places for up to a week. We have been on the go solidly for 7 weeks. If the purpose of a holiday is to make you forget things like work then this has been a very successful holiday. I have given work hardly a thought ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney May 29th 2011

The abandoned skeletons of half finished houses litter the west coast of Ireland. They sit alongside hundreds of for sale signs, fire sale signs might be more appropriate. Each one a memorial to the great Irish experiment now lying in ruins like the occasional old abandoned castle you pass on the side of the road. 30 years ago Ireland began a bold experiment. It made a conscious commitment as a nation to invest in education. When Ireland joined the EEC, it had this ready-made workforce of highly educated young people. IT and other innovative companies and drug manufacturers set up or moved their European operations to Ireland. All looked rosy. UNTIL the financial spivs and the desk jockeys moved in. Average punters were encouraged to borrow beyond their capacity to repay on the promise of ever ... read more

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