This Week’s Book Review – Catastrophe at Spithead

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.

Book Review

‘Catastrophe at Spithead’ examines loss of warship Royal George

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The United Kingdom Lost 40% of its Domestic Airline Flights Today

Flybe (airline) logoThis 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]

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Crosswind Landings in this Winter’s Storms

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.

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This Week’s Book Review – Churchill’s Phoney War

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]

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Nigel F looking on the sunny side

Newsweek (yes, they still exist) has a guest editorial from Nigel Farage.  The bulk of the column is a review of President Trump’s State of the Union address, seemingly aimed at British readers.

Of interest to Ratburghers, here is the conclusion:... [Read More]

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Daniel Hannan: “You are losing a bad tenant, but gaining a good neighbour.”

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]

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Replacement for his royal highness….

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]

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