Daily archives: September 16, 2005

Slate tribute to father of the Spitfire

Reginald Mitchell, designer of steam geek icon the Spitfire, has been honoured with a statue in London’s Science Museum.

Reginald Mitchell died of cancer in 1937 so never saw his plane used in wartime.

His son said: “For the general public, the Spitfire is undoubtedly the most beautiful, elegant aeroplane ever produced.

“Victory was made possible by the Spitfire.”

white screen of death

My current mobile is more complicated and powerful than some computers i’ve owned, and consequently less stable than any previous phone. Considering it’s on 24/7 it’s not as crash prone as a windows box, but it can still be annoying.
Yesterday it gave up the ghost whilst i was writing about my bike wheel being nicked. This may have been an altruistic move- sparing the world the first draft of my opinions on thieving scallies and what they deserve.
More bizarrely, it crashed this morning, giving a plaintive little beep and going to a white screen that could only be cleared by turning it off and rebooting.
Does nokia roll out operating system updates for its phones?

More Katrinas to come

A massive global increase in the number of strong hurricanes over the past 35 years is being blamed on global warming, by the most detailed study yet. The US scientists warn that Katrina-strength hurricanes could become the norm.

Worldwide since the 1970s, there has been a near-doubling in the number of Category 4 and 5 storms – the strength that saw Hurricane Katrina do such damage to the US Gulf coastline late in August 2005.

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