Thursday, December 23, 2004

Christmas Spirit

With a clear, bright blue sky outside, I had been toying with the idea of hopping over to France this morning to buy some cheap Christmas spirit but the forecast from Manston has put me off. This reads as "EGMH 230910Z 231019 25015G25KT 9999 BKN030 TEMPO 1019 25025G35KT" or roughly translated; between 10:00 and 19:00 the wind at Manston is expected to produce gusts of 35 knots, roughly forty mph, which is a little too lively a crosswind for me trying to get back into a narrow grass runway at Maypole!

Santa last seen doing wheelies on the Thanet Way

Weather permitting, we may go up in the big Cessna 172 and tow a "Merry Christmas" banner around Canterbury tomorrow afternoon - Just for fun, wearing the kind of costume you can see in the photo above.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Coldest Day of the Year

It's icy out there this morning. I've just been out to Brighton with Airads to take photographs of a new building in the town centre. The good weather stopped at a line west of Brighton marina and so it was like stepping from a world of harsh bright sunlight and blue sky into a dull winter's day over a clearly defined cloud shadow line. Posted by Hello

From Brighton, it was back to Kent via Lydd to refuel, where the photo above was taken and then over to Whitstable and out to sea. to photograph the progress of the windmill farm which you can see in the photo below. Back to work now and time to write my first column for Silicon.Com. There's a revolt brewing over the national identity card and perhaps I should throw my own thoughts in that direction. Posted by Hello

Saturday, December 18, 2004

I Flu from Oman

The flu or heavy cold I collected in Oman has left me facing a flight of stairs as if it was a climb to the peak of Mount Everest. Arriving home with some kind of ailment after a long international flight appears almost inevitable these days and one can understand why the Japanese often travel wearing surgical face masks, which has always struck me as a little obsessive but if it works, don't knock-it! Posted by Hello

The beach at Westgate on Sea

In contrast with the white sand, palm trees and mountains of Oman last Saturday morning, I've been outon the beach taking photographs. No palm trees in sight as they appear to have migrated south for the winter but plenty of seagulls.

Last night, there was a ferocious gale. One couldn't get near the sea-front and the waves were breaking thirty feet high over the sea wall. It's quieter this morning but unlike last Saturday morning, I don't think I'll be going swimming. Posted by Hello