Redeployment – Warwick Prize for Writing winner
7 December 2015 | Media
I was one of the judges of the 2015 Warwick Prize for Writing from Warwick University in England. The books had to feature a one word theme: instinct. We ended up with a shortlist of six titles – one of which I could not stand, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s A Man in Love. Two...
More on who flies where – Iran versus Iraq
9 August 2014 | Transport
So most airlines can’t fly over Iraq and as a result airlines heading north or south from or to the Gulf cities (Dubai etc) are flying a little bit to the east over Iran. Including Delta and United?
The US has no diplomatic relations with Iran, US companies are not...
More on Flying Over War Zones
29 July 2014 | Transport
I’m sure I was not the only one thinking about the practice of flying over war zones before MH17 was brought down on 17 July – check my posting from 8 July about flying north from Dubai over the ISIS disputed parts of Iraq on a Qantas A380.
Today Emirates have anno...
A Notable Qantas A380 & a War 40,000 ft Below
9 July 2014 | Transport
▲ Sometimes flights are interesting all the way. When I looked out from the Tullamarine Airport (Melbourne, Australia) terminal at the Qantas A380 I was about to board I could see its name just below the flight deck windows: Nancy-Bird Walton. It was the first Airbus...
13 December 2011 | Places
▲ Sunset camels in the Jerusalem Wilderness above the Dead Sea
I’ve been travelling around Palestine and then on to Israel. First lesson, there’s nothing dangerous about Palestine. Terrorist talk has comprehensively scared tourists away and the Israelis don’t mak...