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All The Family Huddled Around A Glowing Laptop

The times when the kids were growing up it was a tradition to have the laptop on and the Northern Hemisphere family watch as the presents are open. A lot has changed since this photo in 2017, the kids are young adults, my Dad is in a home, the Swedish side aren't allowed to travel to Wales due to COVID, and I won't be around the kids this Christmas Day. It's not so much the change, the kids were always gonna move on and with the divorce new rituals have been created. It's more that it's happened in 3 years, 2017 seems both a long long way away (as does January, remember then?), and yet close enough to touch. Whatever your routines are be prepared to change them, but keep the rituals . 

Google Earth and it's hidden flight simulator

By now I'm sure you've all been told about the 'hidden' flight simulator sitting inside the latest release of Google Earth ... no, not heard - you have now!

I gave it a go and had a fun 15 minutes careering around the sky over London looking down upon the Cockneys, as one does.
  1. Fire up Google Earth (v4.2)
  2. Know what type of computer you're using:
    • Microsoft Windows: CTRL-ALT-A
    • Apple Mac: Command+Option+A.
  3. Choose either an F-16 or a Cirrus SR-22 aircraft.
  4. Fly
  5. Finish:
    • Hit the Exit Flight Simulator button
    • or the ESC key on the keyboard


Want to know more about flying around the monuments of the world or doing a virtual buzz over those noisy neighbours:

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