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Spring, Tulips but not Amsterdam

Thu, 2015-05-07 16:12
Scott Towers is located in village about 5 minutes from the beach. It is also just 35 minutes from the English end of the channel tunnel (even less from Dover). So short breaks to mainland Europe are just a short drive away. Last weekend we set off to see the Tulips at Keukenhof and on the […]

What Is Wrong With Thanet?

Tue, 2015-01-13 12:25
Well that title can be taken many ways. It could be a plaintive “get your act together, Thanet!” or perhaps an appraisal of the issues that make Thanet a bit of a mess. I suppose it’s up to you to decide which. Historically, Thanet is a real place, it was an island sitting on the […]

Past Sacrifice

Mon, 2014-11-10 07:39
This year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1. This was not the war to end wars it was said to be, instead it was the transition from the direct man-on-man combat of earlier conflicts to a scientific, engineered, calculated way of killing people efficiently, and not just military personnel. Explosives […]

Old Castles

Mon, 2014-10-20 07:12
Living here on the Kent Coast we are quite blessed with the number of castles within half and hour’s drive of our cottage. English Heritage manages several nearby castles or forts. The nearest, Richborough, is out and out Roman. We had a lot of Romans roaming around here, they even strolled past my cottage along […]

Running an Airport

Sun, 2014-03-30 09:26
If Manston Airport is up for sale (and the current owner’s motivation to make money may mean that she has other plans) I’d buy the place. The price has to be right though as a lot of extra money will need to be invested to give a chance of success. Sadly, I can’t stretch to […]

Let’s keep Manston

Mon, 2014-03-24 17:22
It is said that aviation is in the blood (or in the genes). My partner worked as cabin crew with Air New Zealand before becoming their senior HR manager responsible for all off-shore based Air New Zealand staff; her cousin is a senior pilot with Cathay Pacific; of her uncles, one was managing director of […]

It’s been a while!

Fri, 2014-01-03 09:20
Well actually 3 (almost 4) years since I last blogged here. So it is high time to write some new content for my personal blog and perhaps change the nature of the content. When I started blogging (on Blogger) many years back it was mainly a technical blog on Data Warehousing with an Oracle slant. […]

Home thoughts on aviation

Sat, 2010-04-17 08:48
Today my normally silver car has a more golden-bronzy tinge, or a thin film of volcanic dust. Part of Iceland is now travelling around the streets of Milton Keynes attached to my car, a sort of grimy hitch-hiker. I should not really know about the dust on my car as I should not be in […]

Is location aware internet content a good idea?

Fri, 2010-03-19 03:27
I am sitting in a train travelling to the North West of England and using the at seat wifi connection. This service is provided by T-Mobile, a brand with a global presence an major UK mobile operator. “So what?” I hear you say, the problem is that the internet connection from the train surfaces in […]

Athens (Greece)

Tue, 2008-11-18 14:56
I am very conscious that I have not posted much on this blog recently. In part the technical stuff has been surfaced through the company blog – I get in to trouble if I say Mark’s blog because it is the company one now, an in part because of a load of domestic events have […]