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Today, March 3, 64-Years Ago (1953), Was The Beginning Of The End Of The de Havilland Comet (4).

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to download and read complete PDF from the NTSB.

The de Havilland Comet, in particular the Comet 4, was my first love when it came to planes — and it has been a lifelong infatuation starting from when I was about 2. The Comet 4, flown by BOAC, was the first jet plane I ever saw — in Colombo, Ceylon. I never got to fly on it. My adopted parents did. I saw them take-off in one. It used to have this amazingly steep climb — much steeper than today’s jet.

This March 3 crash was the 1st in 26 — which eventually led to it being decommissioned.


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by Anura Guruge

Massive Pope Francis Mural In New York, Near ‘The Gardens’, Ahead Of The Visit.

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by Anura Guruge

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Francis says the darnest things 

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Well the visit is nearly upon us. Less than a month away. Close to 3 weeks. THE BOOK is out there for you. It, of course, talks about the ‘Madison Square Garden‘ event and its significance. See below. A lot of trivia about papal visits to the U.S. in this book. Lot of fun stuff, like the ticker tape parade and how the ‘jetsetting’ pope never actually came to the U.S. in a jet!


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‘Jet.com’ Is Up & Running: Sure The Prices Are Discounted, But Selection Limited & A $35 Cap On Free Shipping.

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by Anura Guruge

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Well, just past midnight, with another chapter of the latest book done and dusted I decided to check whether ‘Jet.com‘ was online — as it was supposed to be.

It was. Though I had not received my promised e-mail giving me 3-months free membership that offer was available to all — as an introductory inducement. Jet interests me on multiple fronts. We buy a fair amount of stuff from Amazon. At a minimum we get 3 deliveries a month from Amazon, and often 3 deliveries a week. So if I can really save 10% to 15% that could start adding up. Plus I own a couple of shares of Amazon (here and there) and I write a LOT of Amazon options — and I mean A LOT! So anything that can influence AMZN stock prices has my undivided attention.

I started by checking on cameras since that would give me a true oranges-to-oranges comparison. First thing I discovered and I suspected that this would be the case. Selection is VERY LIMITED. Very limited. So that is a bummer. Unless this gets better Jet will never really challenge AMZN.

So lets start with this Fuji camera.


It is $799 with Prime at Amazon & $798 .95 (with free shipping) at Buydig.com. That is one heck of a SERIOUS discount — and in this case they don’t even show the Amazon equivalent. This could make a difference. If I am buying a $800 camera a $47 discount CANNOT be sneezed at.

So here is another, this one having the comparison pre-listed to make it easy.

$23.94 off a $399 camera. A 6% discount. NOT the 10% to 15% promised BUT $23.94 is worth saving.

And then this and I am in the market for one of these (to store all the pictures that we take with about 6 different devices in ONE PLACE).

That they only carry, as yet, a limited selection of products is a definite drawback. But they will be definite bad news for Buydig.com. I feel bad for them since they try hard.

Well over the coming weeks I will always check Jet before I buy anything from Amazon. But as an AMZN shareholder I am not too worried right this minute. That could change. Amazon might start discounting their products!

I Just Signed Up For ‘Jet.com’, With 3 Months, Free, Though I Thought My Affection For Amazon Was Boundless.

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by Anura Guruge

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jetsignawdsadI had never heard of Jet.com! Yikes! Not sure how that happened. I just read about them while scanning the investor news on Amazon on ‘MarketWatch‘. Yes, I have a couple of shares of AMZN.

Wow. They reckon that they can undercut Amazon by 10% to 15% — after you part with a $50 membership. I think I just got 3 months FREE membership. I pay $99 for Amazon Prime and I will probably keep on paying that JUST for the free video. So I am cool with that.

Given that we do 95% of our non-grocery shopping online, and 95% of that is on Amazon, 10% to 15% savings can add up for us. But to get back the $50 membership you have to first spend around $450 (depending on whether the savings are 15% or 10%). So I need to think about that AFTER the free membership. Yes, a new camera might be in my future. A 10% saving on a camera will definitely pay for the membership and more.

So I will keep you posted. They go live tomorrow from what I can see. Sign up now. You can still get free membership.

Funny ‘Breaking The Sound Barrier’ Incident On CNN Last Night With Legendary Chuck Yeager.

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by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the CNN video and write up of this interview of Chuck Yeager by Don Lemon, last night, Oct. 14, 2012.

Yesterday was the 65th anniversary of Chuck Yeager becoming the 1st man to break the Sound Barrier (~800 mph) in 1947.

As it happened, coincidentally, given that bad weather had delayed the jump a few times since last week, it was also the day that Austrian Felix Baumgartner became the 1st person to break the sound barrier OUTSIDE of a vehicle — i.e., he jumped from a balloon with a parachute and a special, pressurized space suit. (See below.)

Around 10:30 pm, most nights, before turning off the TV and heading upstairs for my 3rd shift of work, I typically flip over to CNN to catch their news update. Last night, being a Sunday, it was the ever irrepressible, always giddily enthusiastic Don Lemon as the anchor. So just as I flipped over, he was about to start a phone interview with Chuck Yeager, who was in Las Vegas. Chuck, now 89, had commemorated the 65th anniversary by being in the back seat of a U.S. Air Force F-15 jet that broke the sound barrier that morning — at the same time that Chuck had done so, so many years ago.

So Don, bubbly as ever, goes: “General Yeager, where you at the controls of today’s jet when it broke the Sound Barrier?


CNN had lost sound!

The CNN sound barrier had been broken.

Don didn’t even crack a joke about it!

Cracked me up. Talk about breaking the Sound Barrier. So graphic. The video shown above was the 2nd TAKE of that interview!

Click for ABC coverage of yesterday’s Baumgartner jump.