Tarnished silver bird


As I noted, I flew on Friday night from BOS to LHR. The trip was probably the most uncomfortable I’ve done across the pond. First we got away 90 minutes late, because of a faulty spoiler indicator that had to be replaced. Then the seats proved to be too short in the leg, and the placement of the IFE [in-flight entertainment] equipment meant that even though the nominal pitch was reasonable it was imposible to get comfortable. And then the meal service was slow, and things were pretty bumpy from about 20W to the Irish coast. Bottom line: I got less than an hour’s sleep. Not surprisingly I slept like I log on Saturday night – from about 6pm to 8am!

I’m posting this from the Sun office at 55 King William Street in the City of London, a few yards from The Monument (see right).

Silver bird

I’m off to England this evening for a week: AA108, BOS-LHR, 777-200. Here’s a nice image from Airliners.net.

(I think this is the first time I’ve included third-party Javascript in a blog entry – I wonder how the RSS aggregators will handle it. UPDATE: It doesn’t validate properly according to the W3C tools.)

First racism, now censorship

Not content with preserving the racist language in their state constitution, those wacky Alabamians are at it again. State Representative Gerald Allen is proposing to burn (OK, ban from libraries) all books that include homosexual characters. Neil Gaiman has blogged about it, as has Sully. So much for Tennessee Williams’ southern classic “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”, Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” and Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited”. (And Dave Thompson’s book on “Last Tango in Paris” would also be excluded: the proposed ban would also cover books containing heterosexual “actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws of Alabama”.)