Tally Ho!

I don’t fly very much, we usually holiday in the UK and I think it was 2004 the last time we flew anywhere on holiday. The job however does take me up into the air now and again. In the last two years I have flown to New Zealand, Ireland, Inverness, Edinburgh and Leeds!

I have had a few meetings in Leeds or Yorkshire over the last few years and generally depending on how long I am up there and what I am doing I will go by train or drive. For example at this year’s ALT Conference, where I needed to carry a TV studio I took the car, a few months earlier I took the train. However now and again when the diary is quite full and I need to only be in Yorkshire for the day I fly from Bristol Airport. It’s a very quick flight, about 50 minutes and very convenient as there are some excellent bus services from Leeds/Bradford Airport to Leeds and other places in Yorkshire. It means I can be in Leeds for 10am or even earlier and be home before the middle of the night and also means I needn’t stay over.

The route use to be run by Air SouthWest however they recently went out of business and it is now served by Eastern Airways (even if they use the same planes).

Today I was quite surprised to find that there were only two of us on the flight up to Leeds…

I generally don’t feel that bad about my carbon footprint when flying as I don’t fly that often and where possible I will do stuff online or via the phone. Today I feel really bad, as the carbon cost of this flight per person must be so much more than it usually is. I can’t think to imagine how much this must be costing the airline and the loss they are making on this flight. I guess they will still need to fly up to Leeds, as they may be picking up passengers there for their onward flight to Aberdeen and I also guess they need the plane in Aberdeen as the flight from there will be needed.

It should be said that I am getting a very good inflight service and I had a choice of seats, though I did find it funny that even though there were only two of us on the flight, we coudn’t choose where to sit, we had to sit in our allocated seats because of the weight distribution in the aircraft. Just a bit nervous about going to to the loo just in case I upset the trim of the plane. The nerves are probably compounded because it’s a plane with propellors and I really don’t feel comfortable flying in a plane with propellors. I don’t know why, it just seems much closer to flying than I feel happy with, I keep thinking I should be wearing goggles and shouting out tally ho!

Wonder how busy the flight home will be?

Happy Birthday

A quick happy birthday to Doctor Who which is 48 years old today.

It was November 23rd 1963 when the programme first came to our screens, I don’t think anyone at the time thought that nearly fifty years later that it would still be the highlight for many people on a Saturday night in front of the television.

Even when it was cancelled in 1989 I wasn’t expecting to see it ever return, more so after the failure of the joint version with Fox. Since it came back in 2005 (was that really six years ago now) I have enjoyed all the series and think the BBC have done a really good job. I do enjoy the programme and am looking forward to the Christmas special.

The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe – The Eleventh Doctor Christmas Specials

So Happy Birthday Doctor Who.

TNG on Blu-Ray

So they’re going to release Star Trek TNG on Blu-Ray….

Hmmmm

I have a few TNG episodes on VHS, I even have a fair few on DVD, am I going to go and get it on Blu-Ray or iTunes…

I think not.

Seems that one way for companies like Paramount to make money is to constantly re-release stuff on new formats.

I realise I am getting to an age where my existing collections of media are getting old and in some cases will no longer work. My collection of audio cassettes for example are in some cases quite painful to listen to. I have CDs that really don’t like been played. The VHS cassettes in the garage, well if I had a working VCR they probably wouldn’t play anyhow…

At least my DVDs play in the Blu-Ray player… for now…

Meeting in the Wrong Order

The relationship between River Song and the Doctor was very confusing and not at all that easy to follow. However this useful infographic does kind of put things into some sort of chronological order based on River’s timeline and one on the Doctor’s timeline and then the actual timeline.

Time travel can give you headaches!

Source: BBC America, but probably from somewhere else.

Also if you like Doctor Who then there is a nice new app for the iPad on Doctor Who, but its’s a little pricey at £4.99.