“It’s a mystery. Broken into a jigsaw puzzle. Wrapped in a conundrum. Hidden in a Chinese box.

When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”

First, Zeus ordered the gods’ handyman, the maker of things – Hephaestus – to make Zeus a daughter. Hephaestus made a woman out of clay, a beautiful woman. He brought her to life, and then brought her to Zeus. Zeus named his lovely new daughter Pandora.

 

 


 

Fear no more the heat o’ the sun,

18 Feb
PelAir Review front page

Fear no more the heat o’ the sun, We ain’t certain just how he does it; but Chester keeps right on doing it, very well; i.e. annoying the living beejasus out of aviation and political heavy weights. Maybe it’s the gross insults to intelligence; perhaps it’s the trotting out of shop worn second hand goods; […]

A question for the minister.

12 Feb
PelAir Review front page

A question for the minister. P2 – “With the ATSB now 2 plus year re-investigation, it should be safe to assume that there will more a proactive review of the historical CASA oversight/audit of the significant elements of the pre-ditching CASA approved Pel-Air AOC.” PAIN – “5) We submit that any other form of investigation […]

The mills of the gods.

11 Feb
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The mills of the gods. In English it appeared in George Herbert’s Jacula Prudentum (1640) as “God’s mill grinds slow but sure.” Not likely to attract much in the way of ‘international’ attention, but for the Australian aviation industry an important announcement has, once again, rolled the dice for the future. The position of CEO […]

Where to begin?

04 Feb
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Where to begin? Most folk have an ‘attic’ – or something similar, the garage, the cupboard under the stairs, the back room, the infamous third draw, which, every once in while need to be rummaged through to find a lost or wanted item. Then, once every so often, a steely determination descends to ‘sort it […]

Nuts or a cigar, Minister?

28 Jan
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A lay down misère? Misere or misère (French for “destitution”; equivalent terms in other languages include bettel, contrabola, devole, null, pobre) is a bid in various card games, and the player who bids misere undertakes to win no tricks or as few as possible, usually at no trump, in the round to be played. This […]

Mummy, why is it raining Lego parts?

21 Jan
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I have to wonder, after reading Mitch Bingeman’s article, what planet the ‘Institute of Public Affairs’ (IPA) originate from.  I noticed the local footy team at training the other day, the dogs like the ‘boys’ and ambled over to say G’day – as is their wont. Stood in the shade I spied the club’s ‘drone […]

Sunday for some, Monday for others.

15 Jan
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What can I say – tempus and fugit collided. It is certainly worth finding a mug of your favourite brew and five minutes to sit and read the FAA Safety Briefing from Susan Parson. It does not offer ‘perfect’ solutions; nor, (IMO) the answer to all questions; but, by Golly it makes a shed load […]

SBG. Menu Jan 08_17.

08 Jan
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SBG. Menu Jan 08_17. On the brunch menu for starters we have the ICAO lean compliance cuisine; which is an aerated confection, particularly good for those who want to make it look like they are tucking into a hearty meal, but are satisfied with a lot of hot air contained within a thin layer of […]

SBG. Jan 1, 2017.

31 Dec
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Well; 2017 arrives. We could, I suppose, look forward with hope for a better, safer, saner world; but since the cave mankind has been trying that, without too much success. I find, as the years roll by that it’s the small things which bring cheer and happiness – things like the bus arriving on time, […]

The Apocalypse? Sorry. You missed it, that was last week.

17 Dec
Chester the charlatan Transport Minister

“Government reduces aircraft noise.” Caution; place tongue firmly in cheek before reading. Of all the government manufactured headlines this week the glorious truth is accurately, for once, reflected in the headline. Rumour has it that ‘minister’ has modestly declined to acknowledge the leadership role he played in achieving this remarkable feat, preferring instead to allow […]

This stops. Right here; right now.

10 Dec
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A ramble, which I will begin by being ‘polite’. I shall at the same time set aside a big shout of Bollocks and not mention the carefully prepared, artfully managed script regarding the disbandment of the indecent, infamous CASA ‘Ethics Committee’ (EC). It’s probably PC not to give that committee the public thrashing it so […]

Brunch – delayed.

04 Dec
ASA Harfy & Hoodlum

Sunday brunch comes on Monday (not my fault) this week; working backwards we must start with ‘Hitch’ he seems to believe (tongue in cheek) there is a ‘fire-fight’ raging between CASA and AOPA, which is a tad ‘dramatic’ – considering his following commentary in which he cites the AOPA involvement – back in the day. […]