I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.
‘Catastrophe at Spithead’ examines loss of warship Royal George
This may not be on your radar, but it’s a big thing in Europe. Flybe, the largest regional airline serving the United Kingdom, collapsed yesterday, after failing to secure a rescue bridge loan from the UK government. All of their planes are grounded and all flights cancelled. They have defaulted on all carriage contracts, including those pre-paid.
This is a catastrophe for many small communities in the British Isles, for which Flybe provided the only feeder service to the major hubs for long-range flights. Flybe accounted for around 40% of all domestic flights in the United Kingdom. Imagine the consequences if 40% of all domestic airline flights in your country were cancelled for an indefinite period and with no warning.... [Read More]
Really impressive windstorms continue to come in one after another in Europe this year. When one hitting the UK makes the news, in Switzerland we know it’s around 24 to 36 hours before it gets here. I’m still waiting for the tree felled in my yard by Ciara to be cut up and removed, and Dennis is on the way. With high winds come severe crosswind landing conditions at airports not lucky enough to have runways that align with the wind direction. Crosswind landing is one of the most demanding operations in flying, especially for large transport aircraft. Here is an Etihad Airways A380 landing in a strong crosswind during Storm Dennis at Heathrow Airport in London on 2020-02-15.
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.... [Read More]
The Muses, still with freedom found,
Shall to thy happy coast repair;
Blest Isle! With matchless beauty crown’d,
And manly hearts to guard the fair.
“Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
“Britons never will be slaves.”
Daniel Hannan, Conservative member of the European “Parliament” for South East England since 1999, gave his final speech in that institution yesterday, prior to Britain’s departure from the European Union on 2020-01-31. He notes that the inevitable crack-up of the “European Project” began with the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 and the subsequent steamrolling of European integration into a railroad-era continental-scale empire over the referenda, objections, and democratic institutions of its unwilling subjects.... [Read More]
Ya’ know, this has gone too far. Now he wants us to call him; “Your royal highness”! Impeachment is too good for him and if we let the democrats in this forum in charge of it, well you know how that goes, it will take forever.
I propose we just look for a replacement, and I have just the puppets in mind that will fill the bill nicely. They once stared on a segment of MTV and now they say they are ready to come out of retirement! Isn’t that great?... [Read More]