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Alcock & Brown – first Atlantic Crossing

28 October 2012 | Transport

Three years ago, on a visit to Galway in Ireland, I drove up the coast to the place where in 1919 pioneer aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown touched down on the first ever trans-Atlantic flight. Soon afterwards I had a look at their ungainly Vickers Vimy biplane in...

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Galleries & Museum of 2009

20 December 2009 | Culture

I've been posting some 'end of 2009' lists in an assortment of categories, starting with Aerial Views, then with Hotels (good and bad), Other Transport, Music, Cars & Drives and today it's Galleries & Museums. One of the pleasures of life in any big city is...

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First Atlantic Crossing, First Jet Lag

2 December 2009 | Transport

  In 1919 John Alcock and Arthur Brown made the first flight across the Atlantic. And experienced the first case of jet lag. In November Maureen and I drove from Galway to Clifden on the west coast of Ireland. Just north of Ballconneely, 4km south of Clifde...

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Galleries, Museums & Exhibitions of 2008

22 December 2008 | Culture

I’m running through some travel lists for 2008, in the past four days I’ve ticked off interesting hotels, my best music experiences, great flights and cars & drives. There were lots of interesting museums, galleries and exhibitions during 2008 and that’s today’s t...

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Dan Dare & Britain in the 50s

8 June 2008 | Culture

The Science Museum in London has an exhibit running until 25 October called Dan Dare & the Birth of High-Tech Britain. In the 1950s Dan Dare was a space travel comic strip hero who had a lot of British schoolboys of the era enthralled – I certainly was and so, acc...

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