Light&Fun

Flying among arts, science and traditions.

IN-FLIGHT COMICS OR FLIGHT IN COMICS?

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Cinema, music, painting and literature. Flight has always been a topic of interest across all art forms due to the appeal of going beyond the physical limits of humankind, the possibility of exploring unknown worlds and the sheer complexity of machines that challenge gravity,...

TOP GUN BY TONY SCOTT

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“Watching in slow motion as you turn around and say: take my breath away…” It was 1986 when Giorgio Moroder composed Take my breath away for the band Berlin. The song, written as the soundtrack of a film that would soon become an ‘80s cult,...

CELEBRITIES & AIRPLANES

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When we think about a pilot, we don’t think about an everyday person. A pilot has specific knowledge, he’s in perfect shape, and has more responsibilities than most professionals. Without of course belittling doctors, nurses, engineers and architects, judges and lawyers, volunteers, soldiers, teachers…There’s...

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY: WRITER AND AVIATOR

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Nothing about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s life has anything to do with the classic artist cliché. He wasn’t poor, reckless or troubled. Yet the French writer and aviator has left the world with some small masterpieces of creativity. This aviator of noble birth, who died in...

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS FOR FLIGHT

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The biggest, the smallest, the heaviest, the strongest, the most resistant: today we’re talking about records. Flying records, of course. Some aeroplane records are considered milestones in terms of aviation, changing the world and revolutionising transport and communication. Such as the first commercial flights from...

CASABLANCA

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Here’s a myth buster for you: the line "Play it again, Sam" NEVER features in the film "Casablanca". Never. How is it that one of the most famous lines in Hollywood history, wrongly attributed to Humphrey Bogart, was never actually said? The real line, "Play...

NOVELS TO TAKE ON HOLIDAY

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Last day at the office. TO DO: Set-up an auto reply for your work e-mails. ✓ Check your garden sprinkler system. ✓ Empty the fridge: chicks won’t hatch out of eggs in a month, but the eggs will become nuclear weapons! ✓ Pack your bag. ✓ Turn off the gas....

SINGING IN THE AIR

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Writers and poets have always considered flying to be a mysterious and fascinating concept, but music may well be its most successful field. Let’s set aside for a moment Sinatra’s "Fly me to the Moon", all of those songs about "your mind flying away",...

AEROPAINTING AND FUTURISM

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It was 1912 and the whole world, shocked by the tragedy of the Titanic, was focused on the new huge machines that allowed you to reach the other side of the planet in reasonable times. The ’new’ continents were no longer the domain of...

HOME ALONE

“Keviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin Keeeeeeviiiiiiiiiiin!!!” How could you forget little Kevin McCallister rigging his house with traps against a clumsy thief played by Joe Pesci? Home Alone by Chris Columbus, along with the Die Hard saga and masterpieces such as Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump, are among the greatest...