Another turn in the India visa saga

Over the last 6 months there has been lots of confusion in relation to travel visa requirements to India, it was proposed that perspective travellers would need to visit various locations around the country in person in order to obtain said visa, a major inconvenience for most. Well good news, the expansion of India’s e-visa scheme, which will now include the UK will make it a lot easier, cheaper and quicker. UK passport holders can now apply and pay for a visa at, the price is now only £39 instead of £89.

Politically Correct?

You can’t open a paper or put the television on nowadays without the word obesity appearing, the news that Britain has seen an increase in the number of people suffering from diabetes rise 60% in the last 10 years, mainly due to obesity we’re told. Well Uzbekistan airways has revealed that it will start weighing passengers with their hand baggage before flights, apparently the move will be introduced to help “ensure flight safety” exactly how is unclear, as they have yet to announce the consequences of the weigh-in but have guaranteed “full confidentiality of the results. I don’t know about you but if you’re carrying a bit of timber, it’s not easy to hide, so I’m not sure where the confidentiality element comes in, as you’re excluded from the flight.

2015 Scotland’s year of Food and Drink

This year Scotland is highlighting it’s culinary prowess pronouncing 2015 the Year of Food and Drink Scotland, and despite Mike Myers comment in I married an Axe Murderer, that all Scottish food is based on a dare, this is simply not true, as they have an abundance of high quality locally sourced ingredients at hand, fabulous fish, beef sought after by the most discerning of chefs. You would hope they would want to put away thoughts of deep fried mars bars as representative, well  they seem to have shot themselves in the foot with their latest nationwide campaign, an ice-cream trail, with a plethora of flavours available, whisky and Irn-Bru obviously.

Not sure dirty boots welcome

The Lake District is famous for fabulous scenery, walking trails and outdoor activities, which is why I’ve never been, I’m more of an indoor luxury kind of person. Perhaps I could try a bit of both, as a new boutique hotel has opened its doors in Keswick, the Inn on the Square has 34 stylish rooms, a classy lounge area and a restaurant that specialises in serving steak and the corresponding wine.

Doubles from £130, B&B