After this post, full of memories and turbo-prop, passenger-carrying goodness, I came across this photo:


There’s nothing quiet about being under a Short 360 when it comes into land, but I can fully imagine that this Typhoon approaching RAF Northolt in West London is on a whole other level of decibels.

Just so you’re aware, I’m not planning a series of posts on aircraft coming in to land over closed civilian roads. But having shared that first one, I couldn’t really leave this one out.

And while we’re talking about the “global” coverage of Sandy…

And by “global”, I’m not sure if I mean that or if I mean “Western”?

But anyway, that blanket coverage invoked this line:

Thou shalt give equal worth to tragedies that occur in non-English speaking countries as to those that occur in English speaking countries.

from this last night:

Is it a bit of a shameful indictment on our Western psyche that Sandy is getting so much coverage, presumably “just” because it made landfall near New York. Were we bothered when Sandy hit Haiti earlier this week, or were we already considering the effect on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA?

Are we ever as concerned when a typhoon hits Bangladesh? Or can we honestly say that our fervent interest in Sandy is just because there are more actively connected people available to tell us what’s going on – in English?

On the other hand, I suppose we should also ask how aware or interested the people of Dhaka are in what’s going on in and around New York at the moment?