Being Prepared For An Accident (again)

Back in May I did a post about ‘Being Prepared For An Accident‘ and I wanted to build upon this, drawing on a few additional recent travel experiences. The first of these relates to taking a cruise on NCL. This is my second cruise since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and, in terms of…

Photographing Planes at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

Last week I took a two-day trip to Paris for research. I have already done posts about the elements that were related to my research in some way – my visit to the National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France), my visit to the Concorde Memorials, and my visit to the Paris Catacombs. The…

Being Prepared For An Accident

I recently returned from a holiday and was allocated to one of the rows with an emergency exit. It’s not the first time that I have had this experience and many people like to be in this row as there is usually additional leg room to ensure that, in the case of an emergency, it’s…

Plane Crash Recreated

There are many different documentary one-off programmes and series that deal with plane crashes. Some of the series have gone on for many seasons. It’s clearly a popular form of disaster narrative. Beyond any entertainment aspect, there’s also, naturally, the potential for them to be educational, to help inform the public, and, by extension, to…

Remembering MH370

Today (8 March) is the anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. To date MH370 hasn’t featured much in my research on memorialisation of plane crashes – see, for example, Developing a Model to Explain Modifications to Public Transportation Accident Memorials and my work on the JL123 crash, primarily, of course, because the…

Photographing Planes near Oslo Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, and with signs of people travelling more again following the hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I will be focussing on Oslo Airport – which I visited back in 2015. The airport itself is quite a distance from Oslo city, but is easily accessed…

The Avro Lancaster

On 7 May 2021 I was watching the first episode of the 30th series of the BBC series Top Gear. The main feature was the three presenters discussing and driving their ‘dad’s cars’ – not the actual cars themselves, but the type of car that their dad drove when the presenters were kids. It was…

Yumenoshima – Island of Dreams?

In a recent class at Cardiff University, I mentioned Yumenoshima (夢の島) in Tokyo. I visited the area in July 2019 when I was spending a week in Tokyo teaching a special short course at the nearby Ariake campus of Musashino University. There were a combinations of reasons why I visited the island. First, having come…

Photographing Planes near Hong Kong Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on Hong Kong Airport. Although nowhere near as interesting as the old airport, the number of planes using the airport means that it is still a great airport for those wanting to take pictures. Rather than the airport itself, however,…

Photographing Planes at Itami Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on Itami Airport, officially Osaka International Airport (ITM, 大阪国際空港), but generally referred to as Itami Airport (伊丹空港) . Despite the ‘international’ name, since the opening of Kansai International Airport, it is now an entirely domestic airport. However, it continues to…

Photographing Planes at Sendai Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on Sendai Airport (仙台空港), which I visited in 2015 so I could hold a research interview there. I have already written a post about 3/11 and discussed what happened at Sendai Airport in it, so this post won’t dwell on…

Photographing Planes at Saga Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on Saga Airport (佐賀空港), also known as Kyushu Saga International Airport (九州佐賀国際空港). Compared to Fukuoka Airport which I wrote about in the previous post, Saga is very quiet. Strangely so in an LCC world. Although work is being done to…