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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    That's quite close to 'Wellington Paranormal', created by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. Could be a spin-off! Has similarities to 'Rivers of London' series (supposedly in production for TV). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellington_Paranormal...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re B777, Just pointing out that of the 11 runways of more than 1,650m in NZ, two are air force bases, and two more have defense logistics facilities (the US Deep Freeze support facilities at Christchurch are quite large!). I'm...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    NZ's NIWA Australian Smoke forecast - expecting a plume over NZ late today https://twitter.com/NiwaWeather/status/1193689195232944128...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The 25yo driver of the lorry is reported (Friday evening) as remaining in custody, with no mention of charges. Being detained for his health is a possibility I guess? https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/25/essex-lorry-deaths-investigation-gathers-pace-with-more-arrests...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Thread on how bad the survey design (and reporting of results) on that violence to MPs thing - for starters the question was about the (undefined) _risk_ of violence. https://twitter.com/Fellwolf/status/1187610735729369090...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I've been turned back at a non-border (North Cyprus) for the crime of having a surname that looks like a Turkish name - I 'should' have traveled from Turkey, rather than planning a day-trip from Nicosia. Fortunately wasn't a border...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    Kia kaha Charlie - be strong....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    True, but the point about refueling VC-25s is endurance rather than range, surely? Keeping it in the air for longer if much of the ground infrastructure is subject to externally applied disassembly/disruption? Although they may be getting close to other...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Tankers: It's especially amusing that the RAF got A330-based tankers without the boom option, and has since purchased more receivers that use booms (Rivet Joint, P-8A). While the RAAF A330 tankers are much appreciated in the ongoing Middle East CF...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    US Army WW2 organisation had tanks in 5-vehicle platoons. So if you had a problem that you are solving with tanks, you normally send at least 4 (because a platoon could well be down a vehicle at any given time)....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    [Notes for people in Europe that haven't made their plans yet] Domestic-International transfer at MEL is relatively good (essentially the same building). SYD is painful! AirNZ markets to Aussies not in SYD that a transfer at AKL (to a South...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Re flying in NZ Pilot licences in NZ require training in mountain flying, as it is so easy to find yourself in situations like being in a valley that is rising faster than your rate of climb. People that operate...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Add me to the list of people disappointed that Charlie didn't make it to NZ the last time. At least this just added a hardback to the luggage for AussieCon. Wellington has the most intense concentration of craft beer peddlers,...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Spark (the NZ legacy telecom) has enabled wireless hotspots at many of their callboxs. The 1GB/day that monthly account holders on their mobile network can access is a point of difference....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Well a sheep went flying in Bad Taste. You know, after the RPG hit it....
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    A friend-of-a-friend was mistaken for one of many Asian students in NZ "How long have you been in New Zealand?" Descendant of goldfield worker replied "Four generations"....
  • Commented on Don't blow your top!
    That photo is more understandable when you see it on a large enough screen to realise that the white bits are snow, not waterfalls!...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    After conversion to ePub, my Amazon-bought copy acts as the Moon+ Reader Android app is designed too: single-tap takes you to the endnotes, with a link back, while long-tap brings the note up in a pop-up window....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    As is the RN's eagerness to acquire four-engined long-range heavy bombers as early as 1914 -- the Bloody Paralyser. I was expecting this to be a link to the book of that name that has just come out!...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Here's the thank you note from NZ http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-1Doc-c18-55.html {The NZ PM was in Egypt during the Battle of Crete} The acting Prime Minister of New Zealand to Admiral Cunningham, Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet (Alexandria) 2 June 1941 We have been told...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    And the fix is in for the UK MPA, there are exchange officers flying the P-8. There are exchange officers flying MPAs from several allied countries, look up Project Seedcorn. Flying the P-8 is not evidence of a 'fix'....
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    The main reason that the airliner producer's order books are full (and production rates planned to increase, maybe that has changed in the last couple of months) is that we concurrently have high fuel prices and low interest rates. As...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    (Urban electric taxis, with ranks where they can do opportunistic charging and with relatively low speeds are perhaps the best candidates for that.) And high gains from regenerative braking?...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    It's quite sad when 'plane landed safely with no problems (other than an _indication_ of losing a primary system which has multiple redundancies/backups)' becomes 'passengers feared for their lives!!!'. Pilots routinely make live-saving decisions about stuff like weather avoidance, as...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    And if you spend a lot of defence budget in one place, it is harder to maintain other capabilities e.g. Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Apparently the UK govt has requested allies' assistance again since the Nov/Dec episode. http://aviationweek.com/defense/canadians-french-us-hunt-submarine-scotland...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    As much as I enjoyed PJ's early work, there will be no further distractions placed between him and getting on with Dambusters! None! Away with you!...
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