I've been delayed with this next
episode. I'm back home now, as you have probably realised, and
actually was back home before I sent out the first of my summer 2010
Here is the reason it's all late. My French ISP has around 2 million
France - I'll say that again, 2 million hotspots in France - which
means that just about every time you stop in a populated area, or a
town centre, you get an automatic connection, all you need is username
and password and bingo, you're in. These are the hotspots adjacent to
my daughters apartment in central Paris. Although they are no help to
her, she already has a connection at home, and she is not with SFR. The blue spots, and also the brown and the
red spots, are the hotspots. But they are pretty frequent, as you can see.
Unfortunately this hotspot connection is a touch quirky insofar as it
will give full internet connection and download emails from all
addresses, but it will only allow sending from addresses specific to my
ISP. That wouldn't matter except those addresses have a limit of
50 recipients for each email and I send this email to about 100
people. So I normally send through gmail, which allows up to 100
which I have set up to work through my email program, currently
ThunderBird, similar to Outlook Express. But I can't do this through a
hotspot. But having
so easily found a connection to receive my emails when travelling I
can't be bothered to look for one where I can send through gmail.
Lowell will no doubt tell me that I could split the list in two and
send the email twice. Yes, I know that Lowell.
Right, so now I've lost another great swathe of readers after that
discourse, I'll continue. Or maybe you skipped it all and you are
still with me?
last four days I have been almost glued to my computer watching the
progress of the Gordon Bennett balloon race
Two people on my mailing
list were entrants, Janet Folkes and Colin Butter. Having taken off
from Bristol, UK on Saturday last about midnight, both landed in
France just before the
Mediterranean, Colin flying a little under 1000 km in 33 hours - I
think it's his longest duration flight to date - and Janet a little over 1000km
hours. Great job, Janet and Colin! Last year in the same race Janet flew a little over 70
hours to break the women's World endurance record.
An Austrian entrant flew over my house at 7,200 ft.
Unfortunately the race was marred by the probable loss of two Americans
after their balloon was caught in a thunderstorm over the Adriatic
sea. As I write they have been missing for almost 2 days. I hope they
will be found alive but as time goes on the chances are getting
thoughts go to their families.
Just as I write, it's raining here, it's cold, and it's nearly
I've just written the subject line Summer 2010/3. Well, it WAS summer
when I started
on the trip!
This is Estaing in the Gorges of the Lot
Here a view I caught on the route.
Note the vertical drop below the house.
And another view.
This is 3 photos stitched together.
Here is the same photo bigger in size and much better. But you need
over to the right to see it all.
We had lunch just near here, there was a good clear place for Kitten to
have a run around.
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