Category Archives: Travel

He Is Heavy, He’s My Buddha

A big reason (literally and figuratively) for going to Kamakura was to see the Buddha statue that is there.  It dates back to the 13th Century but has undergone some work since then.  It is a pretty bloody large statue. … Continue reading

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Inshore Lifeboat Deployment

Bembridge has two RNLI lifeboats.  The launch of the all-weather Tamar boat has got a lot of coverage on the blog but I shouldn’t overlook the inshore boat that is also stationed there.  This boat can deal with lots of … Continue reading

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A Sentinel Looks Glossy When it is Hammering Down

Based on a Global Express business jet, the RAF’s Sentinel battlefield surveillance jet has plenty of lumps and bumps to distinguish it but the paint scheme is a different story.  It is painted plain gray and, aside from one example … Continue reading

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Big Steam Engines

In the days of steam, power was produced by huge machines.  If you needed a more powerful machine, you just made it bigger.  The huge wheels and pistons that resulted were most impressive.  The Henry Ford has quite a selection … Continue reading

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747s Might Be Fading But Thai Is Still Playing

The passenger 747 fleet is something that is shrinking fast.  US operators have retired theirs but other operators still have fleets in use, some of which (like British Airways) are still fairly large.  However, they are definitely not as common … Continue reading

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Beaulieu

A spot of Sunday lunch with the family meant a trip out to Beaulieu.  Located in the New Forest, it is well known as the home of the National Motor Museum.  However, that was not our destination.  Instead it was … Continue reading

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Piaggio Doesn’t Just Mean Avantis!

I am a big fan of a certain Piaggio aircraft this this post is not about the Avanti.  This is an older generation of Piaggio aircraft and a piston powered one at that.  However, it still goes with the theme … Continue reading

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A Nice Boulevard Led to a Temple!

Walking back through Kamakura, we ducked down a back street to see what was on the parallel roads.  We came to a street that had a really attractive tree lined boulevard feel to it.  At the end of the boulevard, … Continue reading

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Trislander!

I have written on the blog about the family connection to Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.  Bembridge Airport was, for many years, the center of operations for Britten Norman – manufacturers of the Islander aircraft.  The Islander has been … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Sukhois

Non-Western jets are always a strong attraction at a Western air show and the appearance of the Ukrainian Sukhois at RIAT was no exception.  The SU-27 is a beast of a jet and quite an impressive performer at a show.  … Continue reading

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