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by Bongodog1964
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 cargo doors stuck shut
Replies: 16
Views: 5166

Re: BA 747 cargo doors stuck shut

The BA website shows that flight 49 is departing on time guess they have a spare. Good luck with the luggage hope it turns up soon. The information about the next flights being cancelled was never going to be right, BA 49 doesn't depart until 15.25. this incident must have taken place around 07.00....

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 20 killed in vehicle crash in NY State
Replies: 51
Views: 2200

Re: 20 killed in vehicle crash in NY State

These vehicles are just an accident in waiting, someone tried to import a few into the UK, due to the lack of documentation of the conversion they were deemed unsafe and weren't allowed on our road's.

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 24531

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct

I would assume that it is all in compliance with relevant Hong Kong law? If so don't blame the airline if local employment law allows it. No, it's fair to expect an employer to be decent to their people, even if the law doesn't require it. "This is the minimum" doesn't mean "do this....

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are alternatives to state-run airlines realistic?
Replies: 40
Views: 3303

Re: Are alternatives to state-run airlines realistic?

I think railways are a good example for an industry where similar things can be observed, and where it is similarly difficult to enter: The US and UK both privatised their railway systems (well, partially at least) and a lot of routes were discontinued and reduced, and parts of the infrastructure w...

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are alternatives to state-run airlines realistic?
Replies: 40
Views: 3303

Re: Are alternatives to state-run airlines realistic?

State ownership is not necessarily a problem, the problem is state interference, There was a time when the vast majority of International flying was covered by bilateral agreements, the two nations would agree to each provide roughly 50% of the capacity on the route, in effect there was no competiti...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 189
Views: 12160

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

Well duh! You don't walk up to another country and say "I want to trade with you but only if it makes you break your laws". An EU request to respect existing law is not intransigence - that is just ... reasonable in every way I can think of. Anything *else* would be utterly irresponsible....

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA launch LCY-MUC from Feb 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 2011

Re: BA launch LCY-MUC from Feb 2019

Reading another thread, why are they bothering ? According to the doom mongers, this route will cease, as will all other flying to the UK on March 31st !!!

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 189
Views: 12160

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

You just can't see it can you ? how can you accuse the UK of not being willing to negotiate when you keep stating "any deal has to be in line with EU law" That is "take it or leave it" not negotiation. The intransigence is on the EU side. Well duh! You don't walk up to another c...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?
Replies: 58
Views: 2140

Re: Is Barcelona the new Montréal?

I live close to the City of Cambridge population 125,000, annual visitors 5.3million, thats a ratio far more excessive than Barcelona, admittedly though most of our visitors are for a shorter duration. We have a very small number of loudmouths who want the "full up" signs to be erected and...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 189
Views: 12160

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

....and if that deal is not in line with EU treaties the ECJ will end the deal about as fast as an aircraft taxies to the runway.... The UK needs to make a proposal that is in line with EU law, there are no two ways about it. The EU has offered all options that are in line with EU law, the UK just ...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 189
Views: 12160

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

the governments of nations that get a lot of British tourists will be under huge pressure from the affected regions to get the EU to come to an arrangement that allows flights to resume regardless of the rhetoric about the ball being in the UK's court (which in many ways it is). ....and if that dea...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop
Replies: 90
Views: 19492

Re: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop

This all bears the signs of financial speculators making a short term gain at the expense of panicky investors, spread a rumour that RR have another mess on their hands, share prices immediately marked down and someone clears a short position they had on their books that was previously looking like...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop
Replies: 90
Views: 19492

Re: Diversion of IB A350 causes RR shares to drop

This all bears the signs of financial speculators making a short term gain at the expense of panicky investors, spread a rumour that RR have another mess on their hands, share prices immediately marked down and someone clears a short position they had on their books that was previously looking like ...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct shire
Replies: 43
Views: 980

Re: The correct shire

ChrisKen wrote:
Current shires or historical?


Current please, wife is from the defunct Huntingdonshire, infamous for Oliver Cromwell, famous for zero.

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct shire
Replies: 43
Views: 980

Re: The correct shire

Cambridgeshire. End of discussion

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bedlam at the US Open
Replies: 33
Views: 1226

Re: Bedlam at the US Open

Isn't it more like "Umpire enforces rules selectively, players don't like it?" This umpire has apparently pissed off many players during his time, the point of this thread. If Serena didn't have the history she did that would make a better point. Also...it's the players responsibility to ...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bedlam at the US Open
Replies: 33
Views: 1226

Re: Bedlam at the US Open

Umpire enforces rules - player doesn't like it That entirely sums up the situation, the referee was called and backed up the umpire. Some sports starts think they have become bigger than the game, especially when they inform the umpire "you'll never umpire one of my games again" I wasn't a...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA website hacked, personal and financial details stolen.
Replies: 21
Views: 2198

Re: BA website hacked, personal and financial details stolen.

Not sure personal details were accessed. NO passport or booking details certainly. The breach appears to have occurred during the payment approval process and may even be technically outside of BA systems per se - but clearly they and their customers payments were targeted so who knows at this stag...

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should you read your partner’s texts?
Replies: 43
Views: 1548

Re: Should you read your partner’s texts?

Our phones are left lying around and open access for either of us, all emails come through to the main pc and likewise open access. Couldn't contemplate living a life of secrecy from my wife and she would half kill me if I kept anything from her :rotfl: :rotfl:

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read
Replies: 60
Views: 5042

Re: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read

It really doesn’t, in fact it’s the largest, most compromised carrier ever built and the least flexible as it can only operate helicopters and VSTOL aircraft Flexibility is actually defined with a conventional carrier, after all It can operate all types, cat/ trap and VSTOL It gains flexibility fro...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read
Replies: 60
Views: 5042

Re: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read

As with anything military we are never short of plenty of people with opinions, my only comment regards the size of the carriers, The UK got into a habit in the late 1960's and into the 70's of building small ships, the result was that every fleet class either had to be stretched or its performance ...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 27354

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

£301 LHR-PER ? doesn't sound like the figures to make is QF's most profitable route, with a reported LF in the 90's and short notice I would expect the far to be 3x that By comparison BA want £790 LHR - HKG in a weeks time A check of 6 September shows £800 for LHR-PER which is the cheapest for the ...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Repealing Natural Born clause for Presidency
Replies: 42
Views: 1157

Re: Repealing Natural Born clause for Presidency

So why bother with the slightly creepy "natural born citizen" bit? It doesn't include or exclude anyone that isn't covered by your second clause. Much simpler just to say "No person except a citizen of the United States..." Er... what's (even slightly) "creepy" about i...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)
Replies: 327
Views: 29741

Re: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)

Can't find anything in the article to really disagree with, whilst anyone can see that there is a gap in the market, the evolution of airframe design has made it exceedingly difficult to arrive at an economic design to slot in to it. 737's and 320's have grown hugely from their first inception and h...

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon
Replies: 219
Views: 45620

Re: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon

For the past 19 years or so BA has shied away from "Big aircraft orders" this results from the downturn in the late 90's plus the impact of 9-11 nearly bankrupting the airline, lots of 744's were cancelled and downgraded to 722's It could be argued that changing the order to 777's was bet...

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by Bongodog1964
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon
Replies: 219
Views: 45620

Re: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon

The "Big order" has surfaced on another thread - 4 x E190 for LCY :lol: For the past 19 years or so BA has shied away from "Big aircraft orders" this results from the downturn in the late 90's plus the impact of 9-11 nearly bankrupting the airline, lots of 744's were cancelled an...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 27354

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

I just checked the pricing for next week and it's actually quite ok. 301 quid for a non stop LHR-PER is all good on my books. I've done 14 hours in a A340 and it was okay, you kinda go nuts in the last 2 hours but it's not that bad. 16 hours in a 789 without a dry sinus? Sure. £301 LHR-PER ? doesn'...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 189
Views: 12160

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

You are forgetting a very major point, for aviation technical areas, the UK IS A MEMBER OF ICAO, independently of the EU. It can simply use existing EASA rules/regulations by adopting them under UK law. As an ICAO member ALL other members HAVE to recognise them, under ICAO rules unless they are sho...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon
Replies: 219
Views: 45620

Re: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon

The amount of premium seats in an A380 depends on how you lay it out -it ain't fixed!Todays BA A380's are layed out one way but that goes not prevent them having a 'high j' version just as they did with the 747. The gate 'problem' at NY is an issue though -perhaps. But there is a fact that should p...

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by Bongodog1964
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's amazing how prejudicial Fox News can be
Replies: 71
Views: 2359

Re: It's amazing how prejudicial Fox News can be

My personal experience of Fox news is that they will distort the truth at every opportunity, my most recent experience is as follows: Whilst on holiday in Orlando 2 weeks ago the local NBC channel reported that a developer was trying to get permission to build on a nature reserve and the authorities...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon
Replies: 219
Views: 45620

Re: Britiah Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon

"Confirmation". Please. Pilots are involved in fleet planning the same way turkeys are involved in thanksgiving dinner planning. Pilots play a big role, certainly these days and certainly at BA - remember when BA had a load of 747-400s they couldn't fly because they hadn't struck contract...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Government in Meltdown
Replies: 21
Views: 934

Re: Australian Government in Meltdown

cougar15 wrote:
7 Prime Ministers in 10 years, no wonder the rest of the world thinks we are a banana republic (and treats us accordingly) ! I say that as a proud Australian


Meanwhile here in the UK, 7 PM's takes us back to the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct potato chip flavor
Replies: 50
Views: 1528

Re: The correct potato chip flavor

The correct potato chip flavor is no potato chips, because they are an unhealthy load of trans fat cancer. But if you insist. Yes, Sour Cream and Onion all the way. Although I was kind of into Salt and Vinegar when I was a kid. You are all incorrect and appear to be posting flavours of crisps, chip...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alternate Endings to Movies
Replies: 26
Views: 686

Re: Alternate Endings to Movies

Top Gun - Maverick discovers that Charlie isn't interested in men

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The correct potato chip flavor
Replies: 50
Views: 1528

Re: The correct potato chip flavor

The correct potato chip flavor Is POTATO! https://products1.imgix.drizly.com/ci-lays-classic-chips-f2a72b92f5140c94.jpeg If you must have more then salt and pepper is an option. But it is not more correct than POTATO/regular lightly salted chips. And then if you need more then you may add either ra...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 B747 and one A330 of Virgin at Orlando airport today ( video ) all at the same time.
Replies: 56
Views: 11968

Re: 5 B747 and one A330 of Virgin at Orlando airport today ( video ) all at the same time.

VS should be talking to Hifly to lease 2 A380's just for MCO operations out of LGW and MAN. A 8 week lease in the summer might well be a great idea, VS loads drop off dramatically when the schools go back and planes soon get stood down. It depends. I've flown MAN-MCO during the middle of September ...

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by Bongodog1964
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH CEO claims LH sells the most premium seats — is it true?
Replies: 88
Views: 12562

Re: LH CEO claims LH sells the most premium seats — is it true?

In a recent interview with Business Insider LH's CEO was asked why LH chose the 748-i when many of the world other airlines went with the smaller 77W. His answer and I quote " According to Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr, the decision operate the 747 instead of smaller aircraft has to do wit...

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by Bongodog1964
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help with Orlando Hotel
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: Help with Orlando Hotel

If your looking for an on site hotel at Universal this is a good one and often has some good deals. https://www.loewshotels.com/sapphire-falls-resort The "onsite benefits" are really worth having, not only free transport round the site and early admission to parks, but unlimited express p...

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by Bongodog1964
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help with Orlando Hotel
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: Help with Orlando Hotel

Friends of mine just back from Avanti Palms resort right across from Wet n Wild. Its been refurbed. They said it was a great location and enjoyed their stay. http://www.avantipalmsresort.com/ Wet n Wild disappeared 2 years ago, this resort is the opposite side of the freeway to the Universal Volcan...

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by Bongodog1964
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 B747 and one A330 of Virgin at Orlando airport today ( video ) all at the same time.
Replies: 56
Views: 11968

Re: 5 B747 and one A330 of Virgin at Orlando airport today ( video ) all at the same time.

windian425 wrote:
VS should be talking to Hifly to lease 2 A380's just for MCO operations out of LGW and MAN.


A 8 week lease in the summer might well be a great idea, VS loads drop off dramatically when the schools go back and planes soon get stood down.

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 B747 and one A330 of Virgin at Orlando airport today ( video ) all at the same time.
Replies: 56
Views: 11968

Re: 5 B747 and one A330 of Virgin at Orlando airport today ( video ) all at the same time.

I just arrived in Disney World for a quick end-of-summer vacation and the place is practically overrun with Brits and other Europeans. It's weird but cool to hear so many non-American accents. A waitress told me she thought Disney was running some promotion in the UK where visitors could eat for fr...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?
Replies: 132
Views: 3092

Re: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?

For all the old engineering types:

Engineering drawings developed on a dieline machine, delivered by the lady from the reprographic department and stinking of the ammonia developing solution. If left in the light for a few months the blue lines faded to nothing.

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by Bongodog1964
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Correct Transit System
Replies: 47
Views: 1495

Re: The Correct Transit System

Presently in New York, the state of the Metro makes me appreciate the London Underground so much more than I have previously !!

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GE's in trouble?
Replies: 38
Views: 5030

Re: GE's in trouble?

The bigger issue is that conglomerates require their management to be unusually skilled at running completely different businesses. GE is/was a good example: how much can one management team know about jet engines, locomotives, wind turbines, light bulbs, appliances, medical equipment, insurance, o...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GE's in trouble?
Replies: 38
Views: 5030

Re: GE's in trouble?

GE is one of the few remaining industrial conglomerates, 30 years ago they were the norm, businesses with a long pedigree often stretching back 100 years or more, who had used their cash over the years to diversify into all sorts of enterprises, then it became fashionable for activist investors to d...

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by Bongodog1964
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Exeter Airport
Replies: 152
Views: 11931

Re: Future of Exeter Airport

What a brilliant idea, just as they build the new town of Cranbrook, you draw a runway through the middle of it !!! As you are looking for somewhere that is under served with international routes at present and has space for 6 runways, how about one of the following: Benbecula, West Freugh or Campbe...

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by Bongodog1964
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ITV uh... "versus" BBC?
Replies: 21
Views: 881

Re: ITV uh... "versus" BBC?

I'm very confused on this, I looked on IMDB and there is no mention of the BBC in relation to Doc Martin at all, I attache all relevant info below: Production Companies Buffalo Pictures Homerun Productions (in association with) Distributors Portman Film (2004-) (World-wide) (TV) ITV - Independent Te...

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by Bongodog1964
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 129
Views: 15896

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

Northwest of the current runwys. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44357580 There's a plan a bit down the page. There's a slightly more detailed plan here . https://i2-prod.getsurrey.co.uk/incoming/article7123564.ece/ALTERNATES/s1227b/heathrow.jpg Heathrow are making things very difficult for ...

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by Bongodog1964
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress
Replies: 129
Views: 15896

Re: Heathrow 3rd runway - Progress

Some luv’ly gerimandering in these moves by the Maybot and Grayling imho. Bring to parliament to second most contentious issue days before summer recess. Force a three line whip on the issue and wait it out till the autumn. After which the Maybot may have been confined to history by her own colleag...

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