Posted by: travelrat | June 15, 2021

J for …


We saw this display of rather expensive bling at the Gold Suq in a Middle Eastern city. I think what impressed me most is how we could wander freely into the shops, and see no visible evidence of security


A great proportion of today’s commercial aircraft are powered by jet engines. Yet, it’s still only 25 years since their inventor, Sir Frank Whittle, died. Most of Whittle’s work was carried out in the 1920s and 1930s. The first ever jet aircraft flew in Germany in 1939; the Whittle-engined Gloster E28/39 two years later. By the end of WWII, combat jets were used by both the RAF and the Luftwaffe. The world’s first scheduled service by jet airliner was the De Havilland ‘Comet’ service to Johannesburg, which began in 1952. We have certainly come a long way since then … quite often, you don’t even know what type of aircraft you’re flying in till you’ve read the safety card in the seat pocket!


  1. Other good examples of your alphabetical list of places and events. I, too, noticed the lack of security in the gold shops right through the Middle East but later I was told that there are many plain clothes police mixing with the crowds in the streets. True or false, who knows!

    • I wondered if, in that particular state, tea-leaves still got a hand chopped off? That would be a powerful deterrent!

      • Ah, yes, I hadn’t thought of that.

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