Category: Personal Posts

BA38 Heathrow Boeing 777 Crash: Some Thoughts And Pictures

Watching the reports today of the Boeing 777 crash at Heathrow today, and my aviation bug kicks in and I’m trying to glean anything useful out of the BBC News 24 reports. I’m sorry but if all you have is the same few eye witnesses going ‘it looks scary’ and pumping a passenger on air with his mobile with the same ‘was it frightening?’ question four times was bad form. Facts please! Anyway, being a glider pilot, I always joke that if I’m ever on an aircraft and there’s fish or steak on the menu (I had the Lasagna) then

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Cameraphones, Binoculars and Arty Landscapes

Been playing around with the camera on the N95 recently with some arty stuff alongside keeping an eye out for the unusual (and props to that blogging man Charles again for Photogamer), which lead me to grab a monoscope the last time I was over at my Mum and Dad’s. Some scenery first, the view from my old bedroom window… The smoke on the horizon is worth pointing out – that’s Mossmoran, a joint chemical plant for Shell and Esso/Exxon. Zooming in on the N95 and you get a closer look at it… Which would normally be the best you

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The Greatest American Political Commentators Do Not Match “Our Boris”

America has Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, Mitt Romney, John McCain et al. We have… Boris Johnson. Asked by Time magazine whether he considers himself a conviction politician, he gave a response that seems likely to grate in Millbank tower. He replied: “I certainly have a range of convictions. Not for anything serious. God. I don’t have convictions, actually, by the way. No, no, no. Sorry, I don’t have any convictions in a court of law, apart from speeding when I was very young. But I have plenty of political convictions. Can you rescue me? God.” via The Times Red Box

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Is Obama the American Kinnock?

Back in 1992, every single political opinion poll was pointing to a Labour Victory in the UK general election. Neil Kinnock was going to be swept to power as Prime Minister, leaving John Major to be a footnote on the Thatcher years. History records it didn’t quite turn out that way. Once the population was in the sanctity of the ballot box, they couldn’t quite bring themselves to vote for Labour. Their little secret would be safe. When the exit polls asked them, sure they said they voted for the challenger, but that was words. What counts was where the

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The Delightfully Subversive and Entertaining Enchanted

As the family and I strolled up to the local cinema to watch the latest Disney film, Enchanted, I cast my mind back to the numerous ‘Saturday Matinees’ my Dad would take me to every weekend afternoon. Looking back now, these were a mix of classic films, lots of action, and just the sort of male family fun the world needs more of. Films like Star Wars and Superman, mixed in with more ‘B-rate’ live action Disney stuff like ‘The Black Hole’ and ‘The Cat From Outer Space,’ sort of fayre. And it’s those Disney ones that Enchanted reminded me

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Introducing My Filofax

I picked up my first Filofax in early 2004, and I’m still using it, almost four years later. It’s a ‘personal’ sized version, under the Kensington design – one that is no longer offered. But it’s very much a traditional look, with soft brown leather (and two thick cardboard inserts behind the cover to give it some strength (the closest in the current range is probably the Guildford). Why did I get it? Mainly because I was about to do my first international travel (a week long trip to the USA); I wanted to have paper copies of notes and

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