Cosford Air Show 2013

High-speed military jets and aerobatic performers will roar into RAF Cosford near Wolverhampton on Sunday 9th June. This year’s RAF Cosford Air show offers new and unique performers, exhibits and interactive displays. displays inclide both Military Aircraft and civilian Aircraft

Flying Displays include the RAFAT – Red Arrows, RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire (F)RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane (F)RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster RAF BBMF (F)RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota (F)RAF Chinook (F)RAF Falcons Parachute Team (F)RAF Sea King (F)RAF Tucano (F)RAF Typhoon (F)RNHF Sea Fury (F)AAC Apache (F)AAC Lynx (F)C-130J Hercules (F)Aerostars (F)B-17 ‘Sally B’ (F)F-86 Sabre (F)O’Brien’s Flying Circus (F)RV8tors (F)Supermarine Spitfire – Merlin (F)SWIP Team (F)The Blades Helicopter Dilay team,  (F), Vulcan XH558 (F) and the Large Model Association,

Static Displays include an RAF Tornado GR1, RAF Harrier GR3, RAF Tutor T1, Jaguar GR3 & T2, RAF King Air B200, RNLAF PC-7, RAF ChinookJP5, Squirrel HT1, Griffin HT1, RN Sea King, Gazelle and the RAF Merlin

I also read recently that The world’s last flying Avro Vulcan XH558 will be able to stay in the skies for the public to enjoy after strenuous efforts by the plane’s supporters Enthusiastic fundraising means that the war plane’s wings can be strengthened in a high-precision operation to keep it airworthy until the end of 2015. The Vulcans were long-range bombers first designed and built for the Cold War.  Famed for their role in the Falklands War of 1982, Vulcan bombers were flown in the crucial attack on Port Stanley’s airstrip on May 1 in 1982 in a marathon 6,000-mile round trip. The raid, the longest bombing mission in history at the time, showed Argentina’s military dictator General GAltieri that Britain was serious about retaking the Falkland Islands. The Vulcans were going to war for the first time in their history – just months before they had been due for scrapping or museums an

This particular plane first flew in 1960 and was the RAF’s last airworthy Vulcan until it was retired in 1993. It was grounded from then until October 2007. 2013 was meant to be the last year it flew after its restoration project and it was feared the last of the iconic planes would have to be grounded but charity The Vulcan to the Sky Trust was determined not to let that happen And now the plane keeps getting the support it needs to carry on flying.It is currently kept at a hangar in Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport.The task of making the plane airworthy was made particularly difficult for heritage aircraft specialists at Cranfield Aerospace, who also support the UK’s last flying Avro Lancaster, because none of the original manufacturing tools and key drawings survive. Following further testing, it will be ready to take off for another season of displays across the country.’If everything goes to plan, we should be able to release sufficient additional flying hours for XH558 to complete full display seasons in both 2014 and 2015,’ said Trust chief executive, Dr Robert Pleming. Privately maintained by volunteers, the aircraft casts more than £2 million a year to keep flying.The XH558 is now enjoyed by around three million visitors every year.

Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)

Nick Rhodes, the keyboard player with Duran Duran celebrates his borthday on 8th June. Formed in Birmingham in 1978 Duran Duran were one of the most successful bands of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the United States. The band were named after a villain in the kitch s i-fi classic Barbarella directed by Roger Vadim and starring Jane Fonda. Since the 1980s, they have placed 14 singles in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100. Their debut single “Planet Earth” was released n 1981, with their self-titled debut album, Duran Duran, released in June the same year. By 1983, the band was a global success story, and went on to have many other hits including  Union of the Snake, Girls on Film, Rio, Wild Boys, The Reflex, Hungry like a Wolf and New Moon on Monday.

While they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene along with bands such as Spandau Ballet when they first emerged, they later shed this image. The band worked with fashion designers to build a sharp and elegant image that earned them the nickname “the prettiest boys in rock.” The band’s controversial videos, which included partial nudity and suggestions of sexuality, became popular in the early 1980s on MTV. Duran Duran were among the first bands to have their videos shot by professional directors with 35 mm film movie cameras, which gave their videos a much more polished look.The band were also early innovators with video technology in their live stadium shows.   The group was formed by Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen Duffy, with the later addition of Roger Taylor and, after numerous personnel changes, Andy Taylor and Simon Le Bon. (None of the Taylors are related, and Roger Taylor is not to be confused with the Queen drummer of the same name.) The group has never disbanded, but the line-up has changed to include guitarist Warren Cuccurullo from 1989 to 2001 and drummer Sterling Campbell from 1989 to 1991. The reunion of the original five members in the early 2000s created a stir among the band’s fans and music media. Andy Taylor left the band in mid-2006, and London guitarist Dom Brown has since been working with the band as a session player and touring member.

Happy Birthday Tim Berners-Lee

Credited with being the ‘Inventor of the World Wide Web, the British computer scientist and MIT professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA was Born 8th June 1955. Known  as “TimBL”, He made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989 and on 25 December 1990, with the help of Robert Cailliau and a young student at CERN, he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet he released files describing his idea for the World Wide Web and On 6th August 1999 WWW debuted as a publicly available service on the Internet.

In   2004, Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work and is also the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the Web’s continued development. He is also the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, and is a senior researcher and holder of the Founders Chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He is a director of The Web Science Research Initiative and a member of the advisory board of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.

In April 2009, he was elected a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences.In June 2009 then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (BOO! HISS!) announced Berners-Lee would work with the UK Government to help make data more open and accessible on the Web, building on the work of the Power of Information Task Force. Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt are the two key figures behind, a UK Government project to open up almost all data acquired for official purposes for free re-use. Commenting on the opening up of Ordnance Survey data in April 2010 Berners-Lee said that: “The changes signal a wider cultural change in Government based on an assumption that information should be in the public domain unless there is a good reason not to—not the other way around.” He went on to say “Greater openness, accountability and transparency in Government will give people greater choice and make it easier for individuals to get more directly involved in issues that matter to them.”

In November 2009, Berners-Lee launched the World Wide Web Foundation in order to “Advance the Web to empower humanity by launching transformative programs that build local capacity to leverage the Web as a medium for positive change.” Berners-Lee is also one of the pioneer voices in favour of Net Neutrality, and has expressed the view that ISPs should supply “connectivity with no strings attached,” and should neither control nor monitor customers’ browsing activities without their expressed consent. He advocates the idea that net neutrality is a kind of human network right: “Threats to the Internet, such as companies or governments that interfere with or snoop on Internet traffic, compromise basic human network rights.”Berners-Lee is a co-director of the Open Data Institute.He was honoured as the ‘Inventor of the World Wide Web’ in a section of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in which he also participated, working at a NeXT Computer. He tweeted: “This is for everyone”, instantly spelled out in LCD lights attached to the chairs of the 70,500 people in the audience.

Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

1984GOGeorge Orwell’s classic dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-four was published on 8th June 1949. It is  set in Oceania, where society is tyrannized by The Party and its totalitarian ideology.The Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (Ingsoc) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as thoughtcrimes. Their tyranny is headed by Big Brother, the quasi-divine Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality, but who may not even exist.

Big Brother and the Party justify their rule in the name of a supposed greater good.The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party who works for the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue), which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to re-write past newspaper articles so that the historical record always supports the current party line. Smith is a diligent and skillful worker, but he secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother.As literary political fiction and as dystopian science-fiction, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic novel in content, plot, and style. Many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, room 101 and memory hole, have entered everyday use since its publication in 1949. Moreover, Nineteen Eighty-Four popularised the adjective Orwellian, which describes official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of the past by a totalitarian or authoritarian state. In 2005 the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It was awarded a place on both lists of Modern Library 100 Best Novels, reaching number 13 on the editor’s list, and 6 on the reader’s list. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 8 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.

World Oceans Day

June 8th is World Oceans Day, which has been unofficially celebrated every 8 June since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.World Oceans Day is an opportunity every year to honour the world’s oceans, celebrate the products the ocean provides such as seafood as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value. The ocean also provides sea-lanes for international trade. World Oceans Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008.Since then it has been coordinated internationally by The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network with greater success and global participation each year..

Unfortinately over the years global   pollution and over-consumption of fish have resulted in drastically dwindling population of the majority of species so to combat these problems the Ocean Project, working in partnership with the World Ocean Network, has been promoting WOD since 2003 with its network of over 1,600 organizations and others throughout the world. These groups have been working to build greater awareness of the crucial role of the ocean in our lives and the important ways people can help. World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to get directly involved in protecting our future, through a new mindset and personal and community action and involvement – beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, sustainable seafood events, and other planned activities help to raise consciousness of how our lives depend on the oceans.