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London Fire Brigade (LFB): This and That

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Greater London is about 600 square miles with an estimated 2015 population of 8,630,000. As perspective, New York City has essentially the same population in roughly half the area. The Brigade is staffed up with about 5,100 operational firefighters assigned to 103 stations. They are not dispatched on emergency medical calls but could provide some […]

London: Kumar’s Cup of Coffee

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Tale of the Idiot American First, a weather report, especially for my east coast friends:  65 degrees with the sun in and out of the clouds, just cool enough to need a light jacket. Sorry, I had to do that. I returned to the hotel at about 6PM and happened to notice that the coffee […]

London (D3): Soane’s, Surgery, Dr. Sam and a Look at the Thames

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John Soane, Architect My friend David Barbour suggested I see the home of John Soane, a 19th-century architect who lived in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Soane collected Roman antiquities partly as teaching aides for students when Rome was off limits for military reasons. Today, the house is a museum by act of Parliament. It may be […]

London (D2): Right Posh

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Things Must Be Slow Bookings must be way down if even I got a suite at the Hilton. Trust me, not complaining here. It’s a great hotel located about a ten-minute walk from the Wembley Park Tube station and adjacent to Wembley Stadium. And, Wembley is ten quick stops north(ish) of Bloomsbury, my hangout for […]

Road Trip: London

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Wembley, Actually I grew up eating those white and black packages of cheese and powdered milk marked “USDA Government Surplus”,  a 1960’s form of food stamps, which may in part explain my perpetual desire to save a buck. So it was I found myself in a “World Traveler Plus” seat aboard a British Airways 777-200ER, […]

Nepal to Rescue Teams: Bye-Bye

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Pack it Up Nepali officials have requested that all foreign rescue teams leave the country with a Friday deadline. NYT reports that some rescue teams, such as one from Spain, said they had no intention of leaving. Sounds like the nasty in-laws who refuse to depart. Don’t expect to be invited back next time. Should […]

Kathmandu, Undone

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I started visiting Nepal to trek and climb in 1993 and my most recent visit was just two years ago. On this latest trip I was amazed at how the Kathmandu valley had grown to become a densely crowded metropolis. At about 220 square miles, roughly half the size of Fairfax County, it has 2.5 […]

13 @ 45 / Houston, We Have A Problem

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Change as an Accident Cause Friday last was the 45th anniversary of the splashdown of Odyssey, the Apollo 13 command module, after it survived a nearly disastrous explosion on the outbound journey to the moon. The enroute spaceship consisted of command, service, and lunar modules. Odyssey was equipped with two spherical liquid oxygen tanks for […]

Travel: Kissing Whales

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In search of a warm weather escape with camping, I wondered across a posting for kayaking in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Camping and kayaking turned out to be the least of it. I flew from Dulles International Airport, leaving on a snowy day, through Mexico City, arriving at Lap Paz on an Embraer 190.  Baja […]

Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass

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Death Toll: 39 and Rising Last weekend’s cyclone inspired blizzard in the Annapurna range of western Nepal caught hundreds of trekkers, sherpas and porters in exposed positions as they traversed a 17,500 foot pass. Hundreds were trapped or forced to make life and death decisions to try to get lower or to a point of […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

Jacob Hill
Chief Grey Goose and the Savage Squaw
Wow, could that have been any more racist? You do realize that there are still people living that are descendant of indigenous people lucky enough to have escaped the biggest genocide this world has ever seen? Native people aren’t just a Hollywood creation; they are my family and friends. Your post has nothing to do…
2015-10-09 06:14:43
Eric Lamar
Chief Grey Goose and the Savage Squaw
Do you brain surgeons have any idea how the IAFF trial board system really works? Read up on it and get back to me. There is zero chance of the IAFF dealing honestly with these ethics issues. That is why exterior disclosure is essential. Good night.
2015-10-09 01:37:57
Marvin Wilson
Chief Grey Goose and the Savage Squaw
Either grow some and file charges or hush! i.e. STFU What do you expect to gain?
2015-10-09 01:28:35
Eric Lamar
Chief Grey Goose and the Savage Squaw
Was it something I said?
2015-10-08 20:06:25
Reid Shimabukuro
Chief Grey Goose and the Savage Squaw
You're a fuckin coward! If you hate the way our General President leads this union the you should just quit! You had the perfect opportunity to face the IAFF delegation at the Cincinnati Covention in 2014 but you never showed.....go figure! Instead you sit behind the computer and take your shots at dividing this union!…
2015-10-08 19:47:14
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