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Nov 232017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 November, 2017

Good morning <Insert traditional comment of your choice about Thanksgiving eating excesses here!> I hope you too enjoyed Thanksgiving, which felt very much like a holiday for me this year.  Having Anna at home on Wednesday (her school came up with a coincidental reason why there should be no school on Wednesday either) broke up […]

Nov 172017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 November, 2017

Good morning It has been an interesting week, with a major development in terms of the future of the A380, but not the development generally anticipated last week. I’ve been quietly busy this week, and have three feature articles to offer, in addition to the roundup.  One of these arose out of last week’s article […]

Nov 162017
 
A380 Caught in a Catch-22

By all accounts, the A380 is a lovely plane to fly in.  It is quiet, comfortable, spacious, and flies smoothly.  With three jetways, boarding and deplaning is reasonably quick and efficient, and most airlines operating the plane have fitted their planes out well with inflight entertainment systems. Indeed, not only is it a lovely plane, but […]

Nov 102017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 November, 2017

Good morning Another airline retires its 747s, with United’s last 747 repeating and recreating the ambience of the flight of their first 747, to Honolulu, earlier this week.  While it is easy to understand how a series of planes which first flew in February 1969 is now due for retirement, it is still a sad […]

Nov 092017
 
Airline Travel Blankets

In the good old days, no-one needed to take their own travel blankets with them.  The airlines provided plenty of free ones – indeed, if one wasn’t enough, you could usually get a second one, handed to you with a smile rather than scowl.  The blankets were reasonably sized and reasonably warm, and hopefully also […]

Nov 032017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 3 November, 2017

Good morning As our 2017 Annual Fundraising event winds to its close, we had a good week last week with another 49 readers choosing to join in with their support, including six new Platinum members who each contributed a three figure sum – Joanne S, Michael L, Jim S, Gary B, Joe B and Claire […]

Oct 272017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 27 October, 2017

Good morning Only a few days remaining until Halloween.  Not many people in the US appreciate how very US-centric Halloween was, but also how the rest of the world is now rushing to embrace it too. While the celebration of Halloween dates back to the Middle Ages and Europe, the practice of ‘trick or treating’ […]

Oct 202017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 20 October, 2017

Good morning A nostalgic farewell wave to AOL’s Instant Messenger – another technology and company that started off on the leading edge of something that had yet to be given the name of ‘social media’, but which failed to keep moving forward, and instead fell further and further back into the oblivion of irrelevance.  December […]

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