09/14/2012

Geneva wants no criminals on state commissions

The Geneva State Council decided to ask for the criminal records extract for all candidates for public commissions, but gave an impossible deadline.

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09/13/2012

easyJet Barcelona nearly to Geneva!

Yesterday's morning easyJet flight from Barcelona to Geneva was diverted to Lyon just seconds before it would have landed in Geneva!

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09/11/2012

Geneva Airport: late departures again

On Fridays and Sundays there are often late departures: last weekend saw several, with a final easyJet flight well after midnight!

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09/03/2012

The Paralympics in London: courage and tears

All competitors at the London Paralympics are a story of courage in the face of disability. We must change our attitude to them

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08/29/2012

A Swiss-based firm which could profit from food price rises

Links exist between aviation, drought conditions, biofuels, stock market traders, illegal economic migrants and (perhaps) climate change.

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08/28/2012

A better aircraft landing path

The residents living around Nernier want incoming flights to stop coming over their town. They have made a perfectly reasonable proposition.

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08/24/2012

easyJet takeoff trajectory: two conflicting stories

I recently wrote that an easyJet Switzerland flight did not appear to follow the correct flight path. The airport begs to differ!

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08/15/2012

Rio Olympics: A look ahead

After the London Games, Team GB hopes to be successful in Rio, whilst the Swiss try to see how they can improve by emulating Britain. This might not be easy!

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08/10/2012

An easyJet pilot bends the rules

An easyJet pilot flying an empty aircraft to Toulouse was in so much of a hurry after taking off towards Lausanne that he turned left over Versoix much too soon.

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08/06/2012

Casablanca to Lyon via Geneva

Passengers on the AirArabia flight from Casablanca to Lyon on the evening of Saturday 4 August dropped into Geneva airport, then finally left here 50 minutes after midnight.

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07/31/2012

The peace of summer nights shattered

Since the start of July, and despite the fact that there are no scheduled airdraft departures after 10 pm, there has been at least one take-off after 11 pm most nights! Why?

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07/29/2012

The Olympic show: three towns and an airport

The Olympic opening ceremony, with its portrayal of the transformation of Britain, prompted people to offer their own commentaries. Some were positive, others negative.

The gloriously inventive Olympic opening ceremony, which included many examples of dry humour much loved by the British (regrettably, many of these might have passed unnoticed by non-British!), took place in the redeveloped region in Stratford, London. This region, described in The Times newspaper as a

"once grubby patch of forgotten London, with its poisoned earth and its broken buildings and its vast collection of abandoned supermarket trollies"

has been transformed into an area of beauty, centred upon the Olympic stadium. This beauty was symbolised in the initial portrayal of "Merrie England", with its small farms, maypole dancing, a cricket match and other idyllic scenes reminding us of times gone by. Exactly like one might have imagined that other Stratford, properly titled as Stratford-on-Avon, known as the home of Shakespeare.

The transformation analogy continued with the actor Sir Kenneth Branagh, dressed up as the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, reciting Caliban's "Be Not Afeard" speech in Shakespeare's play "The Tempest". However, the portrayal as Brunel, following the singing of the Hymn "Jerusalem" which uses the poem of William Blake (including its reference to "Dark Satanic Mills") heralded the transformation of parts of Merrie England by the Industrial Revolution. This section of the show was called pandemonium, which comes from Pandæmonium,the capital of Hell in the poem "Paradise Lost" by John Milton: it emphasised the enrichment of some citizens by the toil of many others, including child labour. A relevant saying in the North of England, where were found many of those satanic mills with tall chimneys belching smoke, is

"Where there's muck, there's brass"

Milton subsequently wrote another poem, "Paradise Regained", which might be how citizens of Stratford London now see their town. However, one correspondent wrote a letter to The Times on the subject of The Olympics, in particular of the time of the previous London Olympics in 1948 (when London's Stratford was indeed a bombed wasteland). She then lived in Hounslow, which a Times reporter had described as

"a dreary expanse of westernmost London distinguished primarily by its utter lack of distinction".

She agreed that this region is now one of drab homes, bucket shops and cheap Asian restaurants, but reported that at the time of the previous London Olympics, it was a lovely small town, with some beautiful houses, cinemas, shops, sporting facilities and a small local airfield called Heston Aerodrome. She even reminisced that on her 21st birthday her husband treated her to a flight around the area, at the exhorbitant cost of 10/6d. Perhaps a different example of Paradise Lost.

Today, the airfield is still there, being used to bring in participants in these Olympics, but its name has now changed. It is now called

Heathrow International Airport

 

07/24/2012

Amelia Mary Earhart : Born 115 years ago!

Born July 24 1897, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Ameliia Erhardt used a Swiss timepiece to help her. Time could have been a factor in her disappearance!

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07/21/2012

Airport security and outsourcing

In Britain the G4S company contracted to engage security staff for the Olympics has failed disastrously. In Geneva airport the baggage control staff have expressed worries.

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07/05/2012

Holiday period = late night flights

The start of the holiday season has confirmed my gloomy predictions for the last inbound Lisbon flight to arrive after midnight. There have also been some surprisingly late departures.

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