Author: John Guinn

UK airports extra fees and charges

Think you've paid for your holiday? There could be more to pay just to get on your plane Search for: Are you in for an UK airport surprise this Easter? The first really busy travel period of 2017 is with us. EasyJet alone will welcome over 2.4 million passengers during 1 – 17 April. The airline numbers will peak on Good Friday when almost 250,000 passengers are expected to fly on 1,628  flights across the network.   In the UK alone, over 141,134 passengers are set to fly to or from easyJet’s UK airports on 934 flights on Good Friday.   Most of these travellers will be very infrequent flyers, so some will be caught out by extra charges at the airport.   Drop off charge These extras include dropping people off at the airport, plastic bags for liquids in the hand luggage and even to use a luggage trolley.   Not all the extra charges are can be easily found on the airport’s website. The CAA does have a list of airport fees on its website, but it is woefully out of date. So here are the fees to watch out for.   Dropping off Some airports allow drivers to drop off people at or near to the terminal, others charge: Aberdeen £2 Belfast International £1 Birmingham £1 Bournemouth £3 East Midlands £2 Exeter £1 Isle of Man £1...

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Communities of practice – A review of assignment one

How did my research into growing my community of practice go? Search for: The Brief This assignment was designed to help me to build knowledge and contacts in a certain field, as well as building expertise, while also building your reputation. It uses the term ‘communities of practice’ to indicate groups of individuals whose knowledge, contacts and expertise will be vital to my work as a journalist. The following is a brief overview of the work I carried out for this assignment. One of my interviewees requested anonymity, so his interview cannot be made public. Another interaction is a personal direct message which the other party would not expect to see published in any form. Both the interview and the message are missing from this blog. The Communities My recent past is in the travel industry. Before I started this assignment my goal was to work for one of the three B2B travel magazines I have built a relationship with. When I started this assignment I was going to use the research to build up my reputation with these magazines. I started by investigating a part of travel where I have very little in the way of connections, this is the airport protest community. I listed current groups in a blog, some of which I contacted for an interview. Only one group came back, and that was the Aviation...

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Tableau Scatter Plot – how to colour the different quadrants

Search for: Tableau I have already covered Tableau in another post. This time I am going to run through how to colour the different quadrants of a scatter plot (or graph). This was part of a presentation by Tableau’s Sophie Sparkes at BCU. The data used was UK Performance Indicators 2015/16: Non-continuation rates produced by HESA. I used the student edition of Desktop Tableau version 10.2. Step one – obtain and clean the data After downloading the data it needed to be checked to see if it needed to be cleaned in any way. The download contained many tables, but we were working with Table 3a. **only work on a copy of the original data, never work on the original** Part of the cleaning/checking is to look at the header/footer information to see how useful it is. From the above image you can see that the table included totals as well as the individual university data. These totals needed to be removed, so that only data for the individual universities is used. The method shown was to group the rows containing totals. After selecting the rows you don’t want (as seen above) click on GROUP. A new entry will appear in the dialogue box, which will have a paperclip symbol. Click on that and then on RENAME. Use something simple to remind you of the group’s contents – I used...

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Communities of Practice – How to network

How to introduce yourself to a room of strangers Search for: People would rather die than have to talk to strangers According to a New York Times article  on social anxiety in 1984 (archived  copy is incomplete), people fear walking into a room of strangers and public speaking more than they do death. So, in general, people are not born networkers. The fear of meeting new people has to be overcome before a visitor can get the most from attending a new group. This blog is a guide to becoming an effective networker which will help to build your community of practice.   ‘Givers gain’ This is the foundation of the first business networking group I ever joined. Without the BNI my business wouldn’t have lasted two years (it ran 2004 to 2014). ‘Givers gain’ is the foundation of the networking carried out by members, it’s a short way of saying ‘if you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’. This helps to fulfil the is the most important parts of networking: know like trust Of course, with business networking you are also looking for sales. The videos and other references in this blog are sales focused, I have taken out the important bits to help to build a group of contacts that can help and advise you with your future projects. Set a Goal – Begin with the end in mind What...

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Meetup – MK.js

A Meetup with coders Search for: A Milton Keynes Meetup As mentioned on earlier blogs, as part of my MA in Online Journalism I was to expand my network. My face-to-face meetings were all booked via Meetup. After a couple of trips to London, I was finally able to attend a meeting closer to home, MK.js. Talk 1: What, Why and How for JavaScript Style Guides This talk was given by Christopher Pateman  (@pateman90). A Style Guide is a set of rules for coders to follow. These rules range from when to put a semicolon to how to format a function Style Guides have been about for many years, one of the earliest is a book called The Elements of Programming Style, which talks about the coding rules from its time for Fortran and PL/I languages. The languages may have changed, but the principles are still valid. Style guides can to be built into Continuous Integration Builds. This would help to automate the process as errors or warnings about code can be generated, along with suggestions on how to use the correct formatting. Pateman went on to explain how companies can benefit from using a style guide as other coders can quickly solve problems if the original programmer is not available. However, developing an in-house style guide can be expensive as they take a lot of man-hours to compile. The easiest option is to...

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