“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

 

It matters not how strait the gate,

      How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

      I am the captain of my soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not a Gazette – Just my opinion.

04 Mar
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Not a Gazette – Just my opinion.– AP forum version Mr Campbell : I haven’t seen this level of noncompliance in the other auditing we’ve done of similar category operators. Back in the Airtech Skymaster day it was a similar sort of thing; unfortunately they lost two aircraft. Mr Crawford : This operator was under the […]

Aye: Needs must, when the devil drives.

25 Feb
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Aye Needs must, when the devil drives.– AP Forum version An interesting ‘phrase’ in common use since 1420 (ish). John Lydgate’s Assembly of Gods, written about 1420: “He must nedys go that the deuell dryves”. Ref: https://absoluteshakespeare.com/pictures…s_well.htm Shakespeare, a little later –  “My poor body, madam, requires it: I am driven on by the flesh; […]

Of webs; woven, tangled and broken.

18 Feb
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Of Webs; woven, tangled and broken. – AuntyPru forum version. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.” – Walter Scott, Marmion. It is not very often that I get moved to saying thank goodness for the heavy weight bureaucrats, but the performance of our senior government ministers and parliamentarians over the […]

“Never laugh at live dragons.”

11 Feb
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“Never laugh at live dragons.” ―J.R.R Tolkien, The Hobbit A lack of foreknowledge is a very dangerous thing –well, it is. Think about it; it is probably one of the most dangerous things in the world. If you are standing on a railway track and don’t know there’s a train ‘a coming …—…? “Wisdom consists of […]

The mirror crack’d from side to side;

04 Feb
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The mirror crack’d from side to side; – AuntyPru Forum version. V Finally, the silence breaks and the phony war is over. The Oh so polite, delicate, diplomatic wrangling has come to it’s inevitable, sterile end and it is time to test the mettle of our Senators and the latest minister for ‘transport’. That man ‘Iggins […]

Lost – perhaps in translation.

28 Jan
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Napoleon Bonaparte in Paris  Lost – perhaps in translation. – AP Forum version. This, from Wiki rang a bell. As the ‘third’ is one of my all time favourites, I followed up. Oh, the parallels – “I was the first to tell him the news that Buonaparte had declared himself Emperor, whereupon he broke into a […]

Speak softly; yonder, as I think, he walks.

21 Jan
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HVH – “..The other point I might add is the ATSB is very much the canary in the mine—and let me tell you, we will sing..” Speak softly; yonder, as I think, he walks. – AP Forum version. The Comedy of Errors – Wikipedia “I wonder; was he promised Halfwit’s job?” Not a question directed at […]

A candle, against darkness?

14 Jan
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Runway excursion – Boeing Co 747-438, VH-OJH, Bangkok Airport, Thailand, 23 September 1999 A candle, against darkness?  – AP Forum version What a monstrous, dangerous, nebulous beast Fatigue is. No matter what approach you take ;or, how good the ‘research’ is, the individual human element cannot be totally eliminated. You can see the problem – […]

Delusion, Illusion or Quandary?

26 Dec
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Delusion, Illusion or Quandary? – AP Forum version. If you have the time to spare and an interest in ‘magic’ or ‘illusion’ an article by Robertson – on the life and times of ‘The Great Lafayette’ is worth a coffee. The article speaks of a forgotten time when the masters of illusion were household names […]

The trick that wins the rubber.

17 Dec
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The trick that wins the rubber. – AP Forum version. Occasionally, one meets people with ‘real’ money, clever folk who know how to make a goose  jump through hoops and land safely without a ruffled feather to deliver a golden egg. Those with connections, influence and know how. They do exist, some even have a passing […]

Quantity v Quality.

10 Dec
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Quantity v Quality. – via AP FORUM “It is quality rather than quantity that matters.” – Seneca. A quick dip in the chequered history of Australian aviation safety management shows a steady but significant decline in ‘the quality’ – for wont of a better descriptor. You can define it yourself through the everyday things we use; […]

“When the hurlyburly ‘s done, when the battle ‘s lost and won”

02 Dec
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“When the hurlyburly ‘s done, when the battle ‘s lost and won” – AP Forum version. Macbeth Act 1, Scene 1: In this opening scene, the three witches, or Weird Sisters (possibly Shakespeare’s version of the Fates?) convene and decide when to approach Macbeth and Banquo with their prophecy.  “Compromise cannot be allowed in cases where the exact truth […]