Monthly Archives: March 2010

iPhone app review: Plane Finder

This is an interesting little app for anyone who’s ever wondered about the planes flying overhead. Tapping into a network of home based receivers, the app places the location of commercial aircraft across the UK and parts of Europe on a map. As shown in the screenshots the app allows aircraft to be selected, displaying a range of information, most interestingly the route, airline, height and speed, and there’s even the option to look up some stock photos of the aircraft.

While researching this app, I also came across a website that offers similar information through a web interface: http://www.radarvirtuel.com

Of limited practical use, perhaps, but I find this app a bit of fun when I see a plane passing over and like to imagine it full of holidaymakers or interesting folk bound for somewhere far flung or exotic. Simple things…

Share this blog post:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati

The Long Island Exchange – a pleasant suprise

Opposite Rickmansworth Station resides the Long Island Exchange Hotel & Bar. Originally the Victoria Hotel, built in 1860, it grew with the railway and the businesses moving into the area, and has been Long Island since 1984 (going by the information on the menu at least).

Although just across the road from the station we have in the months we’ve lived in Ricky never felt inclined to visit Long Island. There are a few reasons for this. First, the exterior is white, drab and looks a touch run down. Compared with the many other restaurants and hostelries in town it didn’t really stand out and sell itself. Second, we were all too aware of its status as bar & club, which can be particularly noisy and raucous on Friday and Saturday nights. Although we hadn’t given it much thought, we’d assumed there was the hotel, the bar, and that was about it.

While down for the weekend, my parents decided to stay at hotel element of Long Island, being the nearest and only central Ricky accommodation we’re aware of. The website doesn’t look bad and the prices are reasonable. I visited them there one evening and was taken aback to discover a large, modern and rather pleasant restaurant area. Doubling up as the breakfast area for the hotel, the restaurant is open from midday until 10pm. The layout is modern, with a mix of wooden chairs and comfortable semi-circular padded seats. If anything, it’s a little reminiscent of some coffee houses.

Long Island Exchange interior
Long Island Exchange interior

Continue reading

Share this blog post:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati

Heronsgate

I was entertaining my parents this weekend and having given them a book of local walks they opted for a circular walk of the countryside from Heronsgate. This was a good choice as we’d not been to Heronsgate before and I was keen to see what was there. Google maps seem to indicate many large houses with swimming pools, whereas Beerintheevening highlights a CAMRA pub.

We parked on the road near the two pubs and headed on a walk, which due to some slightly off navigation took us past a farm with some attractive old buildings.

Historic farm house

Continue reading

Share this blog post:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati