Off to Europe

As I indicated in the Single Malt thread I’m off to Europe tomorrow. I’ll be away for four weeks in France, Ireland, and Scotland. Mrs D and 3/4 of the offspring will be with me. Posting will be light and a function of wifi access. I have no doubt that the other posters will step up to fill the very large void my absence will cause (or something). In the meantime I have set up the many open threads to appear and no doubt there will be plenty to talk about.

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44 Responses to Off to Europe

  1. Nanuestalker

    Can you make JC moderator while you are away?

  2. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    That’s a great itinerary, Doomlord.
    We promise to be good while you are away.
    Nothing naughty or defamatory.

  3. Gab

    Bon voyage, Sinclair.

    If you can’t/won’t make JC moderator then how about the 1/4 offspring left behind being made moderator in your absence?

  4. candy

    Have a great time Prof D. You’ll be missed here.

  5. Have fun. Hopefully 3/4 of the children results in whole children…

  6. Leigh Lowe

    Can you make JC moderator while you are away?

    Dracula.
    Blood bank.

  7. Anne

    Woo Hoo! Party at The Cat, Saturday 29th!!!

    Byo…..

  8. Andrew

    Sinclair – do you go to any SMWS tastings at all?

    http://www.smws.com.au/

    Best whisky money can buy!

  9. Nic

    Safe trip Sinc, and have a good time

  10. Tintarella di Luna

    Caio arrivederci

  11. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    The joys of travel. We’ve been looking for a flight Moscow to London at a particular time, particular day, and briefly perused all airlines. Came across a Russian one which I checked on the net and found this humdinger of a comment:

    They made us pay extra for the luggage on the second flight and then when after it took us some time to find a currency exchange (credit cards or us dollars were not accepted), we could not make it on the flight. They refused to put us on the next flight saying that it was our fault that we did not have the right money. When i requested to talk to the manager, they told me ” she is too big to talk to the customers and that i should talk to people in NY who sold me a ticket”. We had to buy a new ticket. In addition they were very hostile and kept saying ” don’t come to this country if you think we are bad” or “use a different airline with good service”, and my favorite “stop asking for the manager or we will call the police”.

    The bottom line is that we did not receive any customer support, were completely humiliated and paid as much money as for the business class with Lufthansa.

    I am sure in many ways it is probably not a bad airline (others say it is OK) but I think we’ll hold over the timing till we get something more like our usual. HIA is always willing to try something new, but I am resisting.

  12. Ant

    Single malt’s good.

    But, good God, if you’re in France, whadabout sampling the XOs?

  13. Mike of Marion

    Safe trip Sinclair – enjoy the local brews

  14. Natural Instinct

    Posting will be light and a function of wifi access.

    A challenge = Not one post – not even a small one for 4 weeks. Decompress.
    A holiday = Don’t even open Catallaxy for 4 weeks – find something unique at the present location to do instead. Idle time can be the most fruitful.
    The result = the chickens will make scratchings to be brushed away into the “older posts” bin, the world will go on, and you will be better for it.

  15. Baldrick

    Teigh go slán ar do bhealach.

  16. nilk, Iron Bogan

    You have a wonderful time, Doomlord.

    Please send a postcard!

  17. incoherent rambler

    Reminder. Glenkinchie 20 yo

  18. Cold-Hands

    Safe trip and au revoir.

  19. nerblnob

    people in NY who sold me a ticket

    There are some scammers (or saints depending on how you see it) who buy blocks of tickets on award points then sell them to the public. Somehow they can leave the passenger name open until the sale. All well and good unless you need to make a change or something goes wrong.

    With easyjet flying direct from Domodedovo to Gatwick these days there is plenty competition on Moscow-London routes.

    Perhaps I’ll see the Prof in somea hostelry in our fine universitycity for a dram or two. Does he have any speaking engagements?

  20. johanna

    We can presumably be spared those “How I found the Meaning of Life in the South of France/Italy” books and TV programs that infested our waking hours until recently.

    Have a wonderful holiday, and please don’t inflict your hundreds of mobile phone snaps on the rest of us, or even a selection of just several dozen of your personal favourites of them.

    Thanks – J

  21. Megan

    Happy and safe travels, Doomlord. And I second incoherent rambler’s recommendation of the 20yo Glenkinchie. Have an extra dram for me.

  22. GC

    Safe travels and enjoy your holiday

  23. Notafan

    Facebook is the place to annoy the folks at home with holiday snaps, my excuse is at least the offspring know where I am, and right now that is…

  24. calli

    Have a great time for me, Sinc. I had to cancel my April French/Swiss/German road trip…boohoo.

    As the human headline would say, that’s life. :)

  25. calli

    Anyways, I’m off now to Port Douglas for a few days by way of compensation. 38th wedding anniversary and all.

  26. gabrianga

    Haste ye back we loue you dearly.

  27. boy on a bike

    Is this your version of a Grand Tour for the kiddies? Will you be dragging them around every dusty economics faculty in Europe?

    “And kids – this is where Keynes drafted his manuscript – over here by the gas fire. What do you mean by ‘boring?’”.

  28. Sinclair Davidson

    Did the 9 week grand tour in 2012. This time visiting parts of France and UK and Ireland we couldn’t get to last time.

  29. Tom

    Safe travels, your doomlordship, and enjoy the distance between yourself and this. There’ll be plenty of time to ponder a new blog slogan, as the new old one reeks of compromise and self-doubt. Your high-growth strategy demands it.

  30. Pickles

    If you speak the language, I’m sure they’ll be very nice.

  31. Rabz

    Watch out for braindead bureaucrats, Perfesser – they’re everywhere!

  32. Token

    Enjoy your trip Doomlord. One hopes the Spawn of Doom (the kiddies) enjoy the amazing opportunity to see societies with amazing legacy assets being destroyed by socialism & statism.

  33. Chris M

    Fantastic, have a great trip & enjoy the haggis! I need to visit France before it becomes fully dhimmi.

  34. Washout

    Have a safe trip and enjoy your time with the family

  35. Sinclair Davidson

    There’ll be plenty of time to ponder a new blog slogan, as the new old one reeks of compromise and self-doubt.

    How about “Catallaxyfiles: Where the stormtroopers of freedom draw their nourishment”?

  36. Gab

    “Catallaxyfiles: Where the stormtroopers of freedom draw their nourishment”?

    Love it! Will make lefty heads dizzy.

  37. Luke

    ‘Off to Europe’…Yeah, you Putin both mate.

    Your map of the place will be out of date by the time you return.

  38. Leigh Lowe

    There are some scammers (or saints depending on how you see it) who buy blocks of tickets on award points then sell them to the public. Somehow they can leave the passenger name open until the sale. All well and good unless you need to make a change or something goes wrong.

    Somehow they can leave the passenger name open until the sale.
    What does that mean?
    They hold points in a “bank” until they find a ticket buyer?
    Presumably once the booking is paid for registered with a mainstream airline it is all good.
    (I guess these are inflexible fares).

  39. stackja

    In the meantime I have set up the many open threads to appear and no doubt there will be plenty to talk about.

    Right Said Fred

  40. I’m going to talk about Senior Labor Figures ALL DAY LONG.

  41. AND – I declare the next four weeks to be ‘Make Fun of Andrew Leigh Month’.

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