September 13th, 2006


Flight search websites ...

Is there a flight search site out there that is truly comprehensive ?
I've been trying to plan a couple of trips lately, and I find it very frustrating that no single search site seems to check all of the possible airlines. As far as interfaces go, I found recently, and it has by far the slickest and AJAX-iest presentation (i.e. not constantly reloading pages and going back and forth just to view or change little details), and does surprisingly well at finding routes involving connecting flights (some sites don't, and that's even more painful). It's a pity it doesn't let me select, for example, all the airports in easy reach of here (Glasgow, Prestwick and Edinburgh count) as departure points in a single query, though, and it doesn't seem to pick up all of the available airlines flying on the routes I'm looking at. I also use and - are there any others that a) have a decent interface, and b) cover all of the major and budget airlines ?
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avon - haven't the faintest idea

High school English ...

(this is another one of those posts that I've been meaning to make for ages, but it's never quite crystallised)

As I remember it, it seemed that there was a big leap made sometime in English (as taught at my particular high school, 20-ish years ago).
In the first year or two, for homework and tests we did a little bit of writing, a tiny amount of grammar, but mostly (as I recall it) questions based around "reading comprehension" - i.e. reading a short passage and answering questions on it.

After that, though, we suddenly leapt to "Compare and contrast the themes in any two of the following four novels that we've read this year". Again, this is all as I recall it, and maybe I just wasn't paying attention, but I don't remember being instructed on how we were supposed to do this, or even how to approach it. I didn't have the tools, so I couldn't even begin to tackle the problem. Strangely, I then wasn't very good at dealing with this sort of thing in the exams, and so, having scraped a pass in Year 11 English, avoided Year 12 English and anything English-like at Uni.

My question is - was this just me ? Or was this something particular to my age group, or my school (not an academic high-flying type), or some educational dogma running around at the time ?

As I said, I've been thinking about this post for a while, but was triggered to actually post it by matociquala writing at length about the different points of view that writers can use, as "discussed with greater or lesser effect in most high school English classes". You see, I don't recall ever discussing points of view, and certainly not in any depth. We barely discussed grammar, for that matter - maybe we were supposed to pick up a language for that ?

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