Monday 25 August 2003
Pix Of The Day: Royal Berkshire For The People
CREDITS: © Paul Allen & Janet Humphreys /BerkshireCAM.net
Canals flowing gently through a rural idyll is how many people think of the English county of Berkshire. The inhabitants like to use the 'Royal' epithet when referring to their county, which does lend a certain air of calm and dignity. But when it comes to having a good thrash in a canoe, they take to the water as eagerly as anyone, and the number of pubs seems to indicate a certain joie de vivre. BerkshireCAM.net offers a weekly update, and last time we looked the gallery had some enjoyable aerial pictures with a hot air balloon present. There is also a picture archive.
The site has a community feature, where we read about the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Service. Having enjoyed the life saving benefit of our own Life Flight service here in Utah (though in a fixed wing aircraft, rather than a helicopter), we could not help but make a comparison: the concept of 'remote areas' is obviously relative, with patients here being flown 250 miles between the two major state hospitals. Quite how 'remote areas' translates in Berkshire's Thames Valley area, we can only guess! However, the safer twin engined helicopters used in Berkshire may have prevented the three tragic EMS helicopter crashes that have happened in our state, though we do not know the technical specifications of the Utahn machines.
From Our 2002 Archive: Roof Park and Launch - Sunday 25 August 2002
We saw this rooftop eye catcher in Missouri. That front end really needs a propeller to complete the look. Perhaps one day the car will be fitted with that prop, and then it will launch itself into the better life that it surely deserves. That's what America's all about. It's all down to your concept of what are your opportunities, and what are your limitations. At least we hope that's what it's all about!
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)