My Thai Air executive club snack:
I then boarded that giant Airbus 380...
…beginning with some Piper-Heidsieck champagne. The service, amenities and meals were outstanding. However, business class is on the second deck, and while I had a window seat, you can't really look down.
Then breakfast today, which came with the room, was fabulous, and the azaleas are in bloom:
As I'm in Japan earlier, I made adjustments to my two-week Shinkansen (bullet train) tour, and for those tracking my whereabouts:
- Niigata: Sunday, April 13
- Tokyo, where I return to the Tokyo Westin on April 26.
- Cabinet OK's new energy policy and resurrects nuclear power.
- The prime editorial was entitled, Energy Plan Looks to the Past. This is well worth your perusal if you have any time.
- Sakura from Space Blooms Early: Interestingly enough, the International Space Station might have found a potential market commodity. In 2008 pits from 265 celebrated cherry blossom trees where sent to the ISP. They were planted on return, and several trees now four years old produced flowers six years ahead of normal schedule. Scientists are baffled.
- Apocalypse Near? There are signs that China's property and stock markets will soon collapse. This could well be the Year of the Panda Bear Market. Again, very much worth your reading while.
- Sales Plunge. As predicted, the 60% increase in the Japan sales tax (from 5% to 8%) on April 1 is seriously affecting sales. Major department stores have already experienced a 25% drop.
- The United Nations climate panel is beginning to consider Plan B, geoengineering, to prevent global warming. It was almost six years ago that I suggested so in one of my Huffington Post articles. Sure, this sounds like the ravings of a mad scientist, but Plan A--voluntary slashing of carbon dioxide--is NOT WORKING! We might not ever have to take that step, but it makes sense to develop possible strategies if Plan B becomes the only solution. Oh, Al Gore is giving a talk on the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus on April 15 at 7PM.
Tropical Cyclone Ita, now at 85 MPH, is weakening, and will make landfall north of Cairns, pass west of the city, then return to the ocean to brush Townsville further south: