Occasional Turbulence

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Airport City
not so much a place as a mutant mould

For Bert Le Noury, 1912–1996
a eulogy for an iconoclastic old fisherman

Café Royale, Friday Night
latte blues

Om Mane Padme Hum
the longest (and best) poem here, about
people, poetry and the climbing of Everest

Jet Lag
if you go to Airport City, what do you expect?

sadder and probably less wise too

Building a Nest
home is where the head is

Welcome to the World, Kiddo
your baby is perfect by definition

Perhaps He Can't Help It
too kind to a self-made British institution

Vote Aristocrat (And Get What You Deserve)
the true story of a American villain

Fame With Frontiers
plus ca change, plus ca reste la meme chose


Acrobat Version

If you have Acrobat 3.0 installed, including the plug-in in your browser, you can use the link after this paragraph (it won't work with earlier releases). If not, I suggest you get it from Adobe; but the Contents above will lead you to the same poems. A few comments, apologies and suggestions follow.


When I started this project, I was convinced that Acrobat was the way to go, and the first thing I did was to make the document linked to here. I still like the technology but most people aren't used to it, so I reluctantly concluded that the main presentation would be in HTML. I did plan to go back and redo this version in light of what I have learned by putting the pages together, but you have to stop somewhere and it does work.

In keeping with the theory behind this site, the document is sized for reading on screen, rather than for printing. It is slightly wider than it is deep, but two screens will not quite fit on one piece of 8.5" x 11" paper (theoretically they might fit on A4), which is one thing I was going to fix. It will print, it just has big top and bottom margins.

I'm not sure I got the size right for the screen either. Microsoft's Internet Explorer (on a Mac anyway) dumps you into Acrobat, where the depth is fine because I set it to display without toolbars; but you have to switch back to the browser to move on. Netscape Navigator displays it in the Netscape window, which is cool but takes up a little more space, which you can find by turning off the optional bars at the top and dragging the window to the largest depth you can (the bottom just falls off a small screen); at least typing cmd-[ gets you back.

Of course this doesn't matter if you have a 17" or bigger screen, but statistics show that large monitors cost more than small ones and most people can't or won't spend the spondulicks.

There is a little more discussion of Acrobat in one of the essays.



 June 1997