Some time ago I posted video of the flight from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands north of Scotland – the whole flight. In favorable conditions it can take all of 47 seconds.
Here is another, as presented on Vimeo,
“At just over one nautical mile between them, Kegata and Apowo airstrips in Papua, Indonesia are separated by a deep valley making aircraft an ideal mode of transport between the two villages.”
It’s a close second to the Scottish flight, coming in at 73 seconds. Take the whole flight here:
Bali is asking telecoms providers to restrict cellular service for a 24-hour internet blackout from 6 a.m. on Saturday. “Residents of the Hindu-dominated island stop regular daily activities for a day of meditation, fasting and introspection,” part of an annual New Year “Day of Silence.”
So this clears that up:
Do not imagine that the term “South China Sea” ever implied Chinese ownership. It is a Western construction that dates to about 1900. Previously, European maps referred to it as the China Sea, and before that as part of the Indian Sea. When the Portuguese arrived there in the early sixteenth century they called it the Cham Sea, after the maritime kingdom of coastal Vietnam. Other names at various times include Luzon Sea and (by early Arab traders) the Clove Sea. To China it has long been the South Sea and to Vietnamese the East Sea. The Philippines now refers to it as the West Philippine Sea.
From Philip Bowring, Indonesia and China: The Sea Between in the New York Review of Books online.
This invites more questions than it answers.
This is a tremendous time-waster.
And while I'll surely read Michael Totten's next book, I think this is a little hard on the Republic of Georgia. Here's my take.
And this could make you cry.
Nearly eight minutes of video of volcanic activity on Mt Merapi, Java:
And a note that a new volcano is rumbling in Iceland. Meet Grimsvotn.