Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tribute to British Soldiers who Died at Kohima

Gerhard Weinberg quotes this verse honoring the British soldiers who died fighting the Japanese in India at the start of his 1994 book, A World at Arms:

"When you go home
Tell them of us, and say:
For your tomorrow,
We gave our today."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I used to avoid Heathrow like the plague - unless I was connecting to a domestic flight in Britain itself, or unless I was terminating in London. I still have nightmares of huge, disorganized throngs trying to press their way to connecting international flights through the connecting international flights gate at Heathrow.

But Terminal 5 has seemingly changed all that. I've connected to international flights (both with British Air and other airlines) like six or more times this year, and the connections have all gone really well. The only point at which things get a bit clogged up is going through security again before moving into the boarding area. But even then it hasn't taken more than fifteen or twenty minutes - and sometimes a lot less. Of course, things now move a bit quicker since I again have sapphire status with the One World airline alliance, which allows me to use the "fasttrack" lanes at Heathrow.) And moving to Terminals 5b and 5c from 5a is increabily quick and easy.

So Heathrow is definitaely back on my "good" list.

Doha Airport

I walked into terminal B of the airport at Doha, Qatar and wondered whether I had mistaken when the brand new airport was supposed to open. While it was still the old air terminal, the area for the different international airlines had been completely redone, and I wasn't sure where to go. Security was also completely different. All of it good - a lot quicker than in the old setup. And once I got through security, the waiting area (and the Oynx club) were all the same. I was really disoriented when I walked in, though. It was all wide open.

The funny thing is that all these updates to terminal B come just a few months befor the opening of a brand spanking new airport at Doha. So go figure.