wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for the weekend:
- as you will have gathered, I really enjoyed my flying lesson on Saturday
- we had pot-roast beef, followed by blackberry and apple pie, for dinner
- Alice Roberts seems to be on TV a lot at the moment.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
[livejournal.com profile] bunn wanted a photograph of a small airport. This is the only digital one I have; an eight-seater Britten-Norman Islander at Westray airport, in Orkney. This is the only sort of plane that uses the airport. Note the sophisticated luggage-handling system.

wellinghall: (Goldie)
Today
I need to think of good things ...
We had lunch at The Salutation Inn yesterday
We are going inside Stonehenge next Monday
I have read interesting library books on PoW exchanges in WWII (largely arranged through Lisbon) and German / British double agents in WWII (largely making contact with Germany through Lisbon)
The March Ansible has arrived
This white Burgundy is still very pleasant, two days after opening

Sunday
Grandad (Colin Wells) with Ch Woodlark, c1959 - 60.
Colin Wells with Ch Woodlark c. 1959-60

Saturday
Tolkien slept here: http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/letters/11824442.Follow_the_Tolkien_Trail_at_Mordiford_/
I have booked sleeper tickets south from Inverness. We are aiming to do the whole journey, Bristol - Skye - Harris - Inverness - Bristol surface by public transport (although there may be the odd taxi thrown in, and hire cars on the islands).

Friday
Yes, I know it's the Daily Fail (complete with inaccurate reporting), but there are lots of great photos here.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2960251/How-RAF-ready-face-Russians-Stunning-images-depths-Cold-War-surface-air-missiles-V-bombers-radar-stations-protecting-Britain.html
wellinghall: (Ventral)
I went to Gloucester airport and I got to go inna Vulcan and I saw a Javelin anna Meteor anna Hurricane anna E28 anna microlight and I got to go inna Vulcan again and I hadda cuppatea and a baconroll and then I came home again.



http://s223.photobucket.com/albums/dd262/wellinghall/Aeroplanes/Jet%20Age%20Museum%202012%2004%2009/

And then after dinner we went out to the pictures and we drove round and round the carpark but everyone had had the same idea so the carpark was full so we came home again and watched Passport to Pimlico on tellie and it was really good.
wellinghall: (Mosquito)
"The Ministry of Defence has unveiled its prototype unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).

Taranis is a concept design for a long-range strike plane that has taken over three million man hours to produce."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10602105.stm, via http://www.boingboing.net/
wellinghall: (Vulcan)
Appeal to keep Anglo-Saxon gold hoard in West Midlands
"Historian Dr David Starkey has launched a cash campaign to keep the largest-ever hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold in the region in which it was unearthed. The appeal, launched at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, aims to raise £3.3m to buy the Staffordshire Hoard which was discovered last July."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8455189.stm

Snow tips North East Air Museum Vulcan bomber skyward
"The weight of snow on a museum's prized Cold War bomber has left it seemingly frozen at take-off. The Avro Vulcan B2 was found tipped backwards at the North East Air Museum in Sunderland."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/8455110.stm

Melbourne suffers hottest night as Australia swelters
"Melbourne has suffered its hottest night since 1902 as a heat wave grips southern Australia. While much of the northern hemisphere is suffering from unusually cold conditions, night-time temperatures in Melbourne have reached 34C (93F)."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8453744.stm

ETA: Puffins' winter odyssey revealed
"Puffins from the North Sea's largest breeding colony venture much further afield during the winter than previously thought, a study has shown. More than 75% of the seabirds fitted with "geolocator" tags headed for the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, rather than staying in the North Sea."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8452423.stm
wellinghall: (Buzzard)
"Broadband promised to unite the world with super-fast data delivery - but in South Africa it seems the web is still no faster than a humble pigeon.

A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country's biggest web firm, Telkom.

Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8248056.stm

Also -

"A retired pilot has told how he managed to control a bomber which unexpectedly took off during an airshow."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/8246544.stm

It's worth watching the video ...
wellinghall: (Ventral)
I've just seen an Avro Vulcan - to be precise, XH558 - coming into land at Filton airfield, Bristol. It did a circuit, then landed.

I'm pleased about that :-)
wellinghall: (Default)
I'm going to be going to at least one of these - would anyone like to come along?
http://www.shuttleworth.org/shuttleworth_events.asp
wellinghall: (Default)
RAF fighter jets have been scrambled six times in the past year to intercept passenger planes in UK airspace.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6107690.stm

How do I get to be on one of those airliners? ;-)

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