July 2007

From BBC NEWS Heathrow Airport is still trying to clear a backlog of thousands of bags following last week’s terror alerts. Despite extra staff being brought in, the system is “under considerable strain”, with about 23,000 bags handled a day, British Airways (BA) said… BA said could be days before the owners were reunited with…

Read More Still waiting…

Two weeks ago I blogged about the fact that Air Canada had lost my bag between Seattle and Dublin. I wrote: I was trying to remember the last time this happened. It might have been that terrible trip that I took in the mid-1990’s, when British Airways managed to lose the same bag twice! (The…

Read More Tempting fate… no, that's silly: incompetence has nothing to do with fate

I just finished reading The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry by Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed. It’ an extraordinary book: revelatory and yet deeply frustrating. Please read it: you will be a wiser, more informed citizen for doing so, even though you will not be happier. Ahmed’s basic thesis is that there ought to be an independent…

Read More The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry

Thomas Sutcliffe in the Independent considers the Bishop of Carlisle and the wannabe suicide bombers in Glagow: Of course, there are important differences between the bishop and the Glasgow attacker. The bishop restricts himself to condoning the actions of a terrorist God, while the human fireball appointed himself as a direct tool of divine wrath.…

Read More When is a bishop like a suicide bomber?

For many years I’ve used Ranchero‘s NetNewsWire to keep up with all of the RSS feeds that I keep track of. It’s been a rock-solid application, and I’ve got no complaints. However, when I headed out on this business trip with my new MacBook, I had a problem. For various reasons, I didn’t want to…

Read More Moving to Reader