After two visits to the Iranian consulate in London's Kensington, I was asked if I might share my experience, so that others might be more prepared than me.
So here's a quick 'cheat-sheet' for fellow tourists and business travelers. I was behind Sky's foreign correspondent and like me, he was equally baffled.
Firstly it's highly disorganised from a European perspective, so be prepared for a very hot and long wait. It's a small room for the numbers of people involved on any one day and very overcrowded and over-heated; temperature and emotions both.
1) Arrive at least 30 minutes before the 2 pm start (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) to join the long queue in the street where they will give you a ticket number.
Do make sure, unlike me, that the day you choose is not a national Iranian holiday, one that you may not know about and indeed may not be published or you will be disappointed to find the visa section closed. Don't expect anyone official to he…
When I started writing this weblog, ten years ago, not that many people in Thanet, compared with the present, had the Internet and Amazon sold books and little else. Today, super-high-speed broadband has just become available in Westgate; that's if you are prepared to pay £30 a month extra for the experience with BT.
Ten years on and it seems that everyone is shopping online and mostly at Amazon or eBay, iPads and tablet PCs are the gift of choice this year - how did we live without them - and we are just emerging from the biggest financial crisis since the 1930s.
So what will the world look like in another ten years? You can be sure there's something making a big impact that none of us have thought about yet but in general terms the future, at least where the advances in technology are involved has become relatively predictable
With the good news from Government, we are hearing about jobs and growth; all those things we need to raise the standard of living and be competitiv…
The issue, I think we need to grasp, is that there’s a big difference between the .GSI, the Government Secure Internet and the personal email of Members of Parliament. In my time, one was built to be secure and the other assumed, that much like herding cats, the communications of MPs was intrinsically insecure; much, I discovered, like that of local councillors, during my brief foray into politics.