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I am currently in Wales, a place that is both familiar and foreign at the same time. Roadsigns here in Carmarthenshire have Welsh at the top, and English added as an afterthought, for one thing, and Welsh is impossible to understand how to pronounce. +Google Maps simply doesn't bother trying, and pronounces everything as if it were an English word, which is amusing to Welsh-speaking friends in the car. Welsh is taught before English at school, which comes with its own problems, but is admirable to keep an old language alive.

Wales does, however, get a lot of things right. In shops, the law says you have to charge 5p per plastic bag. A quick trip to Tesco, and the automatic tills had no plastic bags - you had to ask the attendant for some, which would then get added to the bill. You also felt like a wasteful idiot. A by-product of this has been no plastic bags by the sides of the road, and a generally cleaner environment. It's probably a trial for the rest of the UK. If it is, surely the trial has succeeded?

Also in Wales, it's the law to display those food hygiene inspection scores. In England it isn't. I discovered this while adding http://n14.net/info/food-ratings/ which has been an alarming piece of work. There is a chicken takeaway that has a hygiene rating of zero - the lowest possible - yet it is still trading and doesn't, surprise surprise, display that rating prominently anywhere. A local curry house has a hygiene rating of 1 (the second lowest), yet actually displays a rating on the window of 4 - presumably an earlier inspection. There doesn't appear to be anything stopping them doing so. Chatting to someone in the food trade here, I discover that traders spend considerable time ensuring they'll hit the magic 5 - top-marks - because they have to display the rating somewhere. This sounds like a good idea. Again, it's probably a trial for the rest of the UK. If it is, surely the trial has succeeded?

Wales might be maligned as being a bit backward and a little parochial by the rest of Britain: but certainly it would appear it is more forward - thinking than you'd expect.

It also has very bizarre graffiti.
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Hope you enjoy your stay in Wales, James.  You'd be welcome to talk to the BA Radio students at the University of South Wales sometime.  Best wishes, Steve  
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Carmarthen by rooftop.
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A bunch of nice photos from my recent visit to Las Vegas.

(This is partially my trying Google+ to store photographs - and from there, download them to my Flickr account too, which I've managed to achieve, albeit manually).

Things I've learnt - upload all the photographs to Google+; you stand much more chance of some surprising "auto-awesome" activity then. You can then download an entire album as a ZIP file - without metadata, sadly - to upload to Flickr later.
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No idea how to submit a bug report to +Google Play (indeed, no idea how to submit a bug report for any Google property really) but in this email, the link to "the developer's reply" simply takes you to the Google Play app on Android, and doesn't show you the developer's reply at all. It works fine on desktop.
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Interesting. I took the same picture from the same location at the same time with my Nexus 5 and my Fujifilm F770EXR. I know which I prefer: and sorry, Fujifilm, it isn't you. Really wasn't expecting that.
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The Nexus 5 camera is great. When we get a fix for the power drain issue in the Android update, it'll be even better. I'm very reluctant to use it when travelling, the battery on that thing is precious.
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Question: is there a way to pull photos out of Google+ and into Flickr? Ideally album by album, retaining the metadata?

I can't see a way into photos using the Google+ API. Would be great if there were - I'd like to use Flickr as well as Google+ for reasons of redundancy as well as visibility (since Flickr understands the concept of creative commons licensing).

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+Scott Savage built: http://www.flickrtoplus.com/ so he may have some insights.
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At the beach in Llansteffan, South Wales.

The photosphere software is much improved in the new Google Camera update.
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Yep. Very impressed with Kit Kat on the Nexus 5 after having a proper play with it today. All the changes make total sense.
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The end of the line - High Barnet tube station, at the top end of the Northern Line. #London
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+Tim Richards Sure looks like it. You can walk round the very top of Cockfosters station (the Piccadilly line) too: indeed, you have to, otherwise you can't get out!
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I worry about the folks at +Shifty Jelly - perhaps they are going a bit mad.
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Radio futurologist, and Managing Director, Media UK
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  • Media UK
    Managing Director, 1994 - present
  • Virgin Radio
    Director of Digital Media, 2001 - 2007
  • BBC
    Head of FM&T, A&Mi, 2007 - 2009
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I concentrate on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business across the world.

As a conference speaker, I speak in radio events across the world - on radio's multiplatform future, the effect of smartphones on radio listening, and radio's place in social media.

As a writer, I write about what happens when radio and new platforms collide - for Media UK and other websites and magazines.

As a consultant, I work with the brightest brains to ensure radio remains relevant.

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Won both Webby Awards for Virgin Radio's website when I ran it (public and judges' choice)
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Amazingly good: very tasty steak, and the burger was excellent too. Lovely atmosphere and good team. Very enjoyable evening.
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Whenever I visit this pub, I am deeply disappointed that it is not my local. Splendid place.
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Great place: friendly staff, a baby area during the week, and a nice and varied menu.
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Amazing views from the room. Rooms comfortable and ultra-modern. WiFi free, and no silly passwords. Plentiful breakfast. Shame it's in the middle of nowhere, but the metro will take you to where you want to be.
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A chain pub (owned by Vintage Inns); does a good line in food, though the range of cask ales is a little small (just three on my visit).
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