Not so hot when you scoot for food

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I recently decided to indulge my fun hobby of a little flight simulation with an added twist.  My usual nerd indulgence for MS flight sim buzzing around in commercial jets took an extra step when I discovered a reasonably priced company offering time in a fixed based full Airbus A320 cockpit simulator.

The price included an instructor who noticed my vague understanding of how it all worked.  My 90 minute booking (by choice) consisted of some IFR circuits around Birmingham (EGBB) followed by a flight from Birmingham to London's Heathrow.

My first approach into Birmingham was way to high and I aborted crossing the threshold at about 300ft AGL.  My second attempt at a visual approach, whilst initially a bit off the centre line, was actually better than I could have wished for.  Crossing the numbers at 50ft AGL I then flared way too much and on touching down, proceeded to bounce into the air like a helium filled beach ball.  Although I should have gone around I was determined to put it down and managed to land with runway to spare.

The whole thing was a huge amount of fun and I will no doubt return to try and better my previous efforts.

 

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://natsacks.com/44-good-stuff#sigProId2b2fff12f9

 

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Having recently managed to break this blog website I have - despite countless hours of playing, tweaking, backing up, restoring and shouting at the screen - finally managed to get things working.


The main reason to point this out is that the resolution came via the open kindness of a friend in the Joomla community whom, when cheekily asked by me if he would take a look, happily obliged.  The main reason I know he helped is that like me, he is aware that the uptake and success of an open source project is greatly enhanced when a sizable and actively helpful community exists around it.
Without hesitation, my friend Steven Zeegers freely gave his time to this unimportant and ill updated site purely because one day, someone else will help him in one of his (probably more technical) dilemmas.


All in all, this has re-lit my faith in the Joomla community and the notion of the community doing kind things for each other in the hopes that the one guy who was helped randomly at some point might one day do the same, or possibly even enjoy it so much that they actively start developing add-ons or even contribute to the core development of the project and make a difference to its evolution.

Happy Holidays my fellow Joomla aficionados.

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Lots of stuff to talk about and a whole bunch of different topics.  Almost a year since the last update.  Is it really worth you might ask for a couple of posts a year?  Of course it is!

Just gotta sit down and write it now....

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I recently returned from Geneva where I attended the Ethics in Finance - Robin Cosgrove Prize award ceremony. It was a fun week involving catching up with friends and partying a fair bit - perhaps a little too much here and there!

The RCP has now completed its 3rd cycle. The prize is my step-mother's idea, born out of a need to do something to honour Robin following his untimely death in July 2004. The mission of the Prize is to stimulate innovative ideas for promoting ethics and integrity in the finance sector. The prize reaches out to young people familiar with the banking, finance and investment sectors, with special attention to emerging markets, to attract innovative ideas, proposals and projects which could be promoted to major players in the business community. The aim is to strengthen the sustainability of ethics in banking and finance and to reinforce its implementation, especially in emerging markets throughout the world.

Despite having been involved in helping to both organize and administer the prize, for various reasons I have been unable to attend the award ceremony on the first two iterations. As such, I was filled with immense pride to be there to see the real effect of the prize on the numerous winners who participated in this fantastic legacy to my step-brother.

After the formality of the ceremony itself a spectacular dinner was held at Vieux-Bois which is a spectacular restaurant next to the Palais des Nations and staffed by students from the nearby catering school L'École Hôtelière de Genève. This was followed by myself and a number of Robin's close friends taking the winners out into Geneva for some slightly more unruly fun amongst the Geneva nightlife and into the early hours.

However, whilst being at the award ceremony itself was great, the best moments occurred during what we should call the "informal part of the evening" when the winners sat together with Robin's friends and myself said that they really sensed that the prize had that feeling of being a legacy to this young person whom they had now heard a lot about and that it meant that bit more to them as a result. That left me beaming full of pride that the prize truly didn't just reach it's global audience, didn't just inspire young people to consider ideas for improving ethical behaviour in the finance sector, it inspired them because of who Robin was too.

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