Arrival in Beijing

We arrived safe and sound in Beijing after a pleasant journey. We were very privileged to have the use of the BA Club class lounge in Heathrow, and then to receive an upgrade to business class! If only I could always travel like this – a reclining seat that turns into a bed seems like an essential part of a long haul flight!

We arrived at the new Terminal 3 building, which only opened in February this year. Last time I came to Beijing I used the old terminal so using the new, shiny and extremely modern terminal (with monorail from arrivals to baggage claim) came as a surprise. Although I couldn’t take any pictures in the airport, this wikipedia entry shows terminal 3.

The pickup and transport to the airport was without incident and seemed relatively sedate by Beijing standards – perhaps that’s due to the rain. Did I mention it is raining here? Check out the picture from my hotel room window! I’m hoping the rain doesn’t spoil our Hutong tour booked in an hour.

Youtube for a nostalgia trip…

Don’t ask me why but when I was sat at my desktop pc I suddenly wondered if Youtube would have any of the favourite videos from when I was a teenager many years ago. Sure enough I found an amazing collection of Debbie Gibson videos including the one linked below. It also inspired me to find out what she was up to now – which led to her website and her myspace site.Unfortunately Youtube is blocked across my educational institutions across the UK, but it is a massive video archive of popular culture and well worth a look. Youtube isn’t just for silly clips recorded on mobile phones!

Nokia N95

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I have to say I’m loving my Nokia N95. I wanted a phone with a decent camera (since most of the photos I take are on my phone). The wifi and gps tagging of photos were also features I liked. I’ve added mobile broadband to (I’m on Three – the add-on is X series silver). I’ve also added a software service called Shozu which can automatically upload my images to the internet. I’ve set it to send to Flickr as a default – so I get an instant backup on the web – which others can see too! Check out my flickr photos here.

The only drawback I’ve found is that I turned on geotagging, and of course it geotags pictures that you upload from MMS. Not a huge drawback though. (And it only tags one out of ten pictures!)

I’m also loving the new google maps – with cell tower location finding and the gps, it is pretty powerful. I’d recommend the N95 to anyone who needs a fancy feature-filled phone (and doesn’t need long battery life)