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Travel: Ryanair passengers will have to ask to use toilet

The Guardian reports that Ryanair passengers “will have to ask permission to use the toilet under new rules laid out by the airline, as it prepares to restart 40% of flights in July in the hope that government restrictions on travel in Europe will be lifted.” For other rules, see this interesting piece in The […]

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Petula Clark

I have loved the music of Petula Clark since her 1964 hit single “Downtown.” This old video is particularly lovely.

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Audiobook: ‘The Liberation of Paris’

The Liberation of Paris is a gripping book that is packed full of interesting details about Nazi-occupied Paris and its last commander Dietrich von Choltitz. At the end of WWII, Adolf Hitler ordered Choltitz to hold Paris, but if that wasn’t possible, to destroy it. Although General Choltitz had been very loyal to Hitler, he […]

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Coronavirus: BA Reducing Flights to US

The New York Times reports that British Airways is cancelling some flights from London to the United States to match reduced demand for flying due to the impact of COVID-19. The slowdown continues. Where is this headed?

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New York to London in Under 5-Hours

CNN reports that a British AIrways Boeing 747 aircraft flew overnight from New York to London in four hours and 56 minutes, as Storm Ciara sped towards the United Kingdom. This was the fastest-ever subsonic flight between New York and London, reaching a top speed of more than 800mph (1,287km/h), and arriving at Heathrow almost […]

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The Far Right: Now Normal in Europe?

K. Biswas writing for The New York Times: The taboo on the far right in government has been comprehensively broken: Mainstream parties appear happy to cooperate with those once considered “toxic.” Nativist representatives have been invited into ruling coalitions in Denmark, Finland, Italy and the Netherlands to act as support partners for traditional conservatives unable […]

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TV: Two Worthwhile Series by Hugo Blick

Hugo Blick, is an English writer, producer, director and occasional actor. I’m familiar with his writing and directing of two TV series in which two different genocides figure prominently. ‘The Honourable Woman’ The principal character in The Honourable Woman is Nessa Stein an Anglo-Jewish businesswoman ably portrayed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Stein’s mother died in childbirth. […]