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Entries Tagged as 'airport'

Oasis Hong Kong – a review

June 19th, 2007 · 26 Comments

There are a few reasons why I decided to go to Hong Kong for my holiday. Relatives, culture, shopping, food, gadgets, China, Macau and Disneyland were all factors. The biggest factor, however, was a new airline called Oasis Hong Kong that was selling return tickets for £275 (including everything).
£275 is significantly less than flights to [...]

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Fire Alert at Heathrow

March 2nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

I was sitting in the lounge area of Terminal 3 in Heathrow when the PA system came on.
“This is a security announcement. All passengers are reminded that baggage should-”
A sharp beeping interrupted the message. “A fire alarm has been activated in your area. Please go to the nearest emergency exit immediately. A fire alarm has [...]

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Star formation

August 9th, 2006 · No Comments

Another long-haul flight, another blog post. After I’ve exhausted the in-flight movies, this month’s issues of Scientific American and the New Yorker, listened to one and a half episodes of In Our Time, and even done some work, I’ve had to fall back to the option of last resort – writing a post for this [...]

Tags: airport · science · space

Terminal 3

September 3rd, 2005 · 2 Comments

After a while, you begin to realise that the only times you get to sit down and update your weblog is when you physically cannot do anything else; on a bus, in jail, or in an airport.
Well, that’s not quite true. I could read a magazine or a book, or gaze at the various electronic [...]

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Let me back in

May 17th, 2005 · No Comments

Right now I’m on a Virgin Atlantic flight to Los Angeles, to attend the E3 convention. I have inevitably ended up directly behind someone who has chosen to tilt his seat back as far as it can go, and slightly further besides. This sort of thing is like the tragedy of the commons – if [...]

Tags: airport · book · conference · film · review

A Passage to Bangalore

December 5th, 2004 · 1 Comment

(First part online – other parts being written)
A Passage to India has always been one of my most hated books. Perhaps it’s because we were forced to read it in school. Perhaps it was the way in which our class had to take turns read out aloud the entire damn thing. Or perhaps it’s just [...]

Tags: airport · india · travel

American Airlines Boarding Procedures

September 11th, 2004 · 3 Comments

I have the dubious distinction of being a frequent flier now. A distinction, because it means I get to fly to a lot of interesting places and see a lot of interesting people. Dubious, because it would be even better if I got to fly in business class instead of [...]

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July 22nd, 2003 · No Comments

The woman sitting next to me on the plane was snoring. The roar of the engines drowned most of the noise out, but she was definitely snoring. It was the more common variety of snoring, with a regular rattling sound as air passed through her nose by her epiglottis, not one of the rare snorers [...]

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July 4th, 2003 · 1 Comment

I’m writing this from the improbably clean and tidy Singapore International Airport. I’ve just gotten off a 13 hour flight from Manchester, and I’m feeling surprisingly okay; Singapore Airline is pretty good. The plane had a very impressive entertainment system with the usual complement of movies and TV shows, but more importantly, they had about [...]

Tags: airport · film · review · tech


July 26th, 2002 · Comments Off

About twice every year, there’ll be a newspaper story about how Heathrow or some major metropolitan airport wants to add more runways. This story will be immediately followed by complaints from nearby residents’ group organisations about noise pollution. My typical thought used to be, “Get over it. We need more transport capacity, and I’m sure [...]

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