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Burlesque fan, lover of corsets, dancing and flying small aeroplanes. Trying to keep things fun and interesting :-) Some of the posts on here are password protected. This is to stop certain groups of people stumbling over them by accident - for example people who are under 21, or who really don't want to know I'm writing this....if you'd like a password, do let me know (a DM on twitter usually works)

Back to Sywell

Originally posted on Andy's Blog:

After being checked out and cleared to fly ‘solo’ again, I was all set to head off to Sywell with Charlie. We’d discussed this trip in readiness for attempting it last weekend, but a strong crosswind (right on the limits of the aircraft) and my cold prevented us from making the trip then.

As previously agreed, I’d planned a slightly circuitous route to enable us to carry out another Zone Transit, this time the Class D around RAF Brize Norton. I’ve transitted their airspace a number of times in the past, and they’ve always been helpful and able to approve any requested routing, so I thought this would be a good option for Charlie to attempt his first Zone Transit on the return flight.

As with the previous flight of the day, it was a little difficult to get the engine started, but once going we again headed off to the North Apron to…

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Awesome Aerials: Germany from Above!

actuaria:

Fab photos :-)

Originally posted on Püttmann's Blog:

Hello dear readers. One of the reasons that flying is so fascinating is the possibility to see everything from above. Every problem seems relative facing the stunning landscapes of our planet and seeing houses that look like toys from the cockpit.

Today, I’d like to share some aerial views of Germany with you. Enjoy! All pictures are ©Manuel Rauch.

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Down below, you can see the wonderful landscape of Rhineland Palatinate, some kilometers south of the place where I study. Not many people around there, but great vines, food and sceneries and little old cities :)

The street you can see below belongs to Bernkastel-Kues. I’ve been there one year ago, the city has just roundabout 7,000 inhabitants.

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Now we head back home: the Rhine nearby the Siebengebirge and the Drachenfels (Dragon’s Rock). The source of the rock is volcanic magma and many legends are told about it…

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More of a rant than a musing….right and wrong and the shades of purple* in between :-/

I can’t help wondering if some people have a really confused idea of right and wrong…

A minister has to resign his post for sending some rather tasteless photos whereas using photos without permission to assume a false identity is OK as long as it’s allegedly “in the public interest”?

I’ve never really understood why the private life and perceived morals of MP’s and other public figures is deemed of greater importance than their ability to do their jobs.  A vicar or priest of whatever persuasion is there to offer spiritual and moral guidance and so it seems logical that we should expect that within the bounds of being fallible humans, they endeavour to uphold at least the level of morality they ask of other people. (That said, I write this with an image in my head of the repentant Richard Chamberlain in Shogun which is, I admit, somewhat distracting…)

So logically, while it seems natural to expect and demand that those responsible for creating our laws do in fact also uphold the law, is it right to also demand that they live to a higher moral code than the rest of us?

I often feel I’m in a minority in thinking that I’d rather have ministers who are good at doing their jobs, even if they are occasionally incredibly naive and stupid in their private lives.

But what worries me more is that surely the matter of who governs us should be a democratic one – not at the whim of a few people who choose to go on a witch-hunt.  It seems extremely dangerous to allow newspapers or individual journalists to decide to target ministers of a particular political party, viewpoint or background with a view to embarrassing them into resigning.

Whilst we may not like or agree with those in power now or in the past, in some sense it was our votes (or lack of vote) which got them there – a small group of individuals or corporations shouldn’t be able to change that.

Rant over.  Your views would be most welcome xx

* Grey is so last year, Daahhling…. ;-)

Poly Means Many: Outside the relationship escalator

Originally posted on Another angry woman:

Poly Means Many: There are many aspects of polyamory. Each month, the PMM bloggers will write about their views on one of them. Links to all posts will be found at www.polymeansmany.com from tomorrow. This month, our topic is “relationship significance”

Once, I lived with a partner. As with a lot of people, it was initiated through necessity, because of the housing crisis. I hated it. I realised that this was not how I wanted to do my relationships, that living with a partner wasn’t for me. In a way, I think it killed that relationship, even when they did manage to move out. Living with a partner is just too much for me. I don’t like it, and I don’t want it.

The standard model for relationships is the “relationship escalator“. It’s a one-way trip, up along a trajectory from getting together, to adapting your lives around each other…

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