Ben Nevis, North Face via Tower Ridge

June 9, 2019 Matt Thornton 0

We (my Father and I) ascended Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge on 10th May 2019. We had a pretty hairy experience. I’ve been meaning to write this up since – but things have been busy so it… slipped. But news today that a climber died after being struck by lightning […]

Dear TripAdvisor, your systems have gone rogue

September 4, 2018 Matt Thornton 0

What happens when you let machine learning type automated systems run your consumer communications. Review sites need little in the way of introduction about their popularity or indeed importance to the fabric of the modern Internet. The majority of my online shopping is done on Amazon or eBay and the […]

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La Village Cancalais, Cancale, France

July 17, 2018 Matt Thornton 0

We needed an ’emergency’ night due to an issue with a part of our ‘main’ holiday booking. Found this on Booking.com and the photos and location looked good and near to the port in St Malo so decided to take a punt. Top tip #1 though – book direct with […]

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Monterey Hotel, St Helier, Jersey

February 13, 2018 Matt Thornton 0

We were on a long weekend (2 adults, 2 young kids) from a neighbouring island. Looking for a little somewhere to hide and relax for a few days. We might normally have considered somewhere more – what we would thought would be – ‘upmarket’ – but given the prices decided […]

Everything wrong with ’boutique hotels’

October 27, 2017 Matt Thornton 0

“Jolyon’s at No.10” in Cardiff is everything that’s wrong with ’boutique hotels’. There, I’ve said it. Apologies if this sounds like a splenetic, unwarranted rant… and, honestly, it’s not aimed directly at Jolyon’s… the stay itself was fine (other than a few issues as noted later) and the staff were […]

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Jolyon’s at No.10, Cardiff, Wales

October 27, 2017 Matt Thornton 0

Pretentious boutique nonsense. There’s nothing ’boutique’ about this hotel. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it either – we had a perfectly OK stay – but it’s just an overpriced modern hotel and doesn’t have any of the features that you might expect from a boutique hotel – and certainly not […]

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Climbing Elbrus

October 17, 2017 Matt Thornton 0

In August 2017 I climbed the West peak of Mt. Elbrus via the South approach. Elbrus is the highest point on the European Continent standing at 5642m and represents the European component of the 7 Summits – a challenge to climb the highest peaks on all 7 continents. It sits […]