Archive for the 'travel' Category

Speaking of travelling..

I think this may be quite an oldie, but I recently revisited World66.com to try out their ‘where in the World have you visited’ gizmo. I thought I’d been to a few places, but turns out I’ve only managed 13% of the world’s countries (29 of them). Here’s the map:

Only done 13%

You can see how you fare here. Looks like I need to start visiting some large countries (Russia?) to get that map coloured in!

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Travelling

In case you were wondering where we’d gone (which I’m sure you were ..right? right? 😉 ) it’s been a month of travelling for most of us here at TC, with a bit more to come.

Steve’s been on a bit of a far-east tour, taking in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore (where Karim and I caught up with him – hence the raft of new Singapore reviews all in one go 🙂 ). Karim’s been busy in Hong Kong, and I’m off to Denver and then Grenoble in a weeks time.

Quite a list of places to try in Denver, where we have a few venues, but no reviews. Could be a long week 🙂 As for Grenoble … well allegedly there is some life there after dark, but it’s just a flying visit, so we’ll see about that!

Later in the year, we should be updating Jakarta and Paris again, with maybe a swing through Bali if there’s time.

Of course, there’s only a small number of us and lots of you, so please keep adding those venues and reviews for all the places we can’t get to (i.e. about 99% of the world 😉 ).

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Google Mapplet

[update: this is now included in the Google Mapplet directory 🙂 which is here ]

If you’re a fan of Google maps, you may know that Google recently added the ability to include ‘Mapplets’ on your personal map page.

Basically these allow you to include other content that you may find useful, such as traffic, weather, real estate and – of course – nightlife!

We’ve created our own Thursday Club mapplet, which you can include on your own maps. If you can’t find it in the Google directory of mapplets, you can add it by entering the URL on the ‘add content’ page. The address is:

http://www.thursdayclub.com/city/tc_mapplet.xml

Right now the number of cities and venues is limited to a selection from the main Thursday Club site, but we’ll be adding more shortly, so you should see the list grow as you use it.

We hope you find this useful – especially when travelling or stuck in a strange land somewhere 😉

Thursday Club..

World’s coolest city 2007

Quite some time ago now we held our first ‘world’s coolest city’ vote. After a lot of interest, New York came out the winner, followed by Sydney and Melbourne. We did attempt to deliver the trophy to the New York mayor’s office, but for some reason that turned out to be rather difficult 🙂

Anyway, the coolest city poll is back for 2007. Early voting has Zurich in the lead, but plenty of time to get your votes in yet.

You can vote here.

Good luck!

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Add your own venues!

It’s been a long time coming (ok, since 1999 but who’s counting 😉 ), but we’ve added the ability for you to add your own favourite venues to the Thursday Club site. Until now, the list of venues and cities available had been limited to those which the core team had added.

Unfortunately, we aren’t very scalable – well, our waistlines are – but, even given we travel a reasonable amount, there were only so many places we could realistically cover by ourselves.

So .. subject to a couple of caveats, you can now add your own bars, clubs, restaurants and so on.

There is a wizard that steps you through the process, and you get the chance to pinpoint the location on a map, upload pictures and so on.

You will need to be logged in as a member, and new venues are marked as requiring moderation (although they appear in searches, city lists and so on). They will still require one of the TC admins to review and amend/update/ok/delete as appropriate before achieving ‘official’ status.

Anyway, we think this is a great opportunity to really grow the list of venues we cover on the site, and open up to much more of a community effort.

Best of luck, and please let us know if you find any issues – it is still a new process and might be a bit creaky 😉 Also, if you have any suggestions for making things easier or more seamless, please let us know too.

You can find the link to add a new venue from the main site menu (top left), or in various areas of the site, such as the news tabs.

Or, this is the direct link.

Thanks for your help and happy adding 🙂

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More map fun

So, some more mapping goodness, which hopefully will be handy. There’s a complete mashup at www.thursdayclub.com/maps which includes every city with a venue, and every venue (that’s been geocoded anyway – China is still an issue). You can add a number of venues to a map and then print it out. Handy to take away when you’re visiting a new city, or on a night out if you get lost 🙂

On the maps for every venue it now shows nearby venues too, in case you’d like to do a bit of a bar crawl, or fancy a drink before dinner, or a dance after (you get the idea ;-)).

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Pie and Mash(up)

After a lot of head scratching and brain-fading have managed to add an extension to the basic venue mapping which I think (IMHO of course) is quite nifty. If you look at any city page (eg http://www.thursdayclub.com/london) there is now a ‘map’ tab. This lets you select multiple venues (based on the current filter) to show on the map at the same time. You can click on the
venue name or the little ‘pushpin’ to pop up an info box with the tel number, pic and link to the venue details.

Couple of things to note (as I finished this very late last night so it can be a bit temperamental).

– Not every venue is geocoded yet. Most are, but some places (like Hong Kong) are painful to get automatic geocoding for right now. Hopefully Google or Yahoo will extend their API.
– There’s an issue where if you click on the map tab before the page has finished loading the map won’t show. Click the map tab again and it should be fine. Will look into that.
– Will add a better filter device and allow tag searching for the venues.

Still, seems good so far 🙂

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