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by Kent350787
Sat Nov 26, 2022 8:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia
Replies: 118
Views: 3723

Re: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia

Australia and Canada didn’t import millions of slaves and then keep them in poverty for a century and a half after their emancipation, either. A disproportionate amount of our gun crime is concentrated in certain communities that have experienced these generations of discrimination and high levels ...

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by Kent350787
Sat Nov 26, 2022 5:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia
Replies: 118
Views: 3723

Re: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia

The law doesn’t require people to be members of a militia in order to own firearms. Actually, the Second Amendment says just that: "A WELL REGULATED MILITIA." are the first four words. First, being more important than last (because who remembers the last place of any Tour de France or NFL...

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by Kent350787
Fri Nov 25, 2022 2:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia
Replies: 118
Views: 3723

Re: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia

We all know the drill by now. GOP: 'Thoughts and prayers', 'now's not the time to talk about gun control', 'don't politicize this, people have died', then sit on their asses and wait for the next one. Rinse, repeat. Guns should have never been invented. Now, gun violence should never be tolerated o...

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by Kent350787
Fri Nov 25, 2022 2:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump accused of rape in lawsuit
Replies: 9
Views: 634

Re: Trump accused of rape in lawsuit

Writer E Jean Carroll has sued Donald Trump in the US state of New York for allegedly raping her in the 1990s. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-63736485 Any kind of a problem regarding getting selected as candidate by the Republicans? Haven’t these allegations been made previously but lar...

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by Kent350787
Thu Nov 24, 2022 3:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia
Replies: 118
Views: 3723

Re: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia

Well actually the US doesn't have a monopoly in gun violence - Countries with the Highest Rates of Violent Gun Death (Homicides) per 100k residents in 2019 https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/gun-deaths-by-country El Salvador — 36.78 Venezuela — 33.27 Guatemala — 29.06 Colombia — 26....

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by Kent350787
Sun Nov 20, 2022 10:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 150
Views: 6953

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... stReadNews


I assumed Qatar implemented the ban purely to protect people's tastebuds from Bud? :P
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Aesma wrote:
Now Bud will give the beer to the winners : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... stReadNews


I assumed Qatar implemented the ban purely to protect people's tastebuds from Bud? :P

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by Kent350787
Sun Nov 20, 2022 4:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Records snow in Western, north Central NY State
Replies: 14
Views: 851

Re: Records snow in Western, north Central NY State

Thanks for the explanations. I've only been in those areas in the fall, so don't have any real idea of the weather patterns in winter

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by Kent350787
Sat Nov 19, 2022 10:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Records snow in Western, north Central NY State
Replies: 14
Views: 851

Re: Records snow in Western, north Central NY State

Record breaking amounts of 'lake affect' snow falls has hit areas of Western and north central New York State, in particular in the Buffalo and Watertown areas with as much as 6 FEET (1.9 M) in some areas since late Thursday night. BUF airport and others in the region are shut down, as are all road...

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by Kent350787
Wed Nov 16, 2022 10:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DeSantis or Trump for Republicans
Replies: 93
Views: 4895

Re: DeSantis or Trump for Republicans

The Murdoch press seems to have turned from Trump - Fox cut coverage of the speech partway through, and the NYP trolled him with a small “Florida Man Makes Announcement” front page pointer to an unsupportive half column on P26 https://www.businessinsider.com/new-york-post-buries-coverage-of-trumps-r...

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by Kent350787
Mon Nov 14, 2022 9:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 US Elections
Replies: 519
Views: 24130

Re: 2022 US Elections

And AOC won't ever drop the wokism. It's what makes her who she is and what appeals to her fanbase. But it also limits her appeal to the general population. Why is including all Americans in America a bad thing? That is the heart of "wokeism" the right hates so much. Well, her wokism isn'...

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by Kent350787
Sun Nov 13, 2022 10:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why weren't North America-Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia money makers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1149

Re: Why weren't North America-Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia money makers?

SIN & HKG are major financial centers so biz class cabins have good loads. PAL is always full- even during SARS they were the only carrier with high pax numbers- the Filipino diaspora in California is huge. KUL & JKT markets are too small to USA and these flights require a stop somewhere. T...

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by Kent350787
Sun Nov 13, 2022 10:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should carry-on liquid restrictions end?
Replies: 16
Views: 1482

Re: Should carry-on liquid restrictions end?

Yes, they need to go. By far the dumbest restrictions in the history of aviation security. Can I take this 1L bottle through security with me? No. Its a potential threat. But you can take that same liquid, divide it into 10 x 100ml bottles, throw them in a zip lock baggie and bring the empty 1L wit...

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by Kent350787
Thu Nov 10, 2022 2:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 US Elections
Replies: 519
Views: 24130

Re: 2022 US Elections

[threeid][/threeid] More reason to deep six mail in voting. It's terrible. Terrible for people who can’t wait a few days. Great for busy people and others who might be temporarily out of state for various reasons. Without a mandated election holiday, it’s a necessary compromise. And the issue is mor...

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by Kent350787
Wed Nov 09, 2022 10:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christmas advert RANT!
Replies: 24
Views: 1187

Re: Christmas advert RANT!

I really need to get this Rant off my chest. Early November and I am being bombarded by Christmas adverts already, TV newspaper supermarkets. All this has nothing to do with the birth of a child, if you happen to believe in it. I flick TV channels as soon as one comes on. Just raw commercialism for...

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by Kent350787
Wed Nov 09, 2022 10:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 US Elections
Replies: 519
Views: 24130

Re: 2022 US Elections

The only high level certainty seems to be confirming De Santis as front runner for GoP 2024 nomination.

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by Kent350787
Tue Nov 08, 2022 10:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 US Elections
Replies: 519
Views: 24130

Re: 2022 US Elections

At least no one is wondering «how could it happen?» when talking about the 30’s anymore. The last decade in american politics and the total lack of respect for democracy and civilization shown by the american right wing and their propaganda over the last decade is truely shattering» Yes, the blind ...

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by Kent350787
Sat Nov 05, 2022 9:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 4838

Re: The death of the manual transmission

I got my first car in 1983 and my current car (bought in 2014) is the first auto I’ve owned.

I enjoy driving a manual if a get the chance, but in cars for all practical purposes it’s dead. Manually shifting an auto or automated manual gives me enough interaction when I need it on most roads.

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by Kent350787
Fri Nov 04, 2022 9:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AZ Guv Candidate Lake Campaigns for Less ‘History, Math, Science’ in Schools
Replies: 17
Views: 1755

Re: AZ Guv Candidate Lake Campaigns for Less ‘History, Math, Science’ in Schools

So on the stump, Kari Lake is feeling emboldened enough to openly suggest current levels of history, math, and science in schools are too much to her liking. https://twitter.com/patriottakes/status/1587947720723120129?s=46&t=gaKUiw19vSpgjuPu-Ih0kw Yay, just what a purple state with a growing ec...

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by Kent350787
Thu Nov 03, 2022 5:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories
Replies: 166
Views: 7466

Re: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories

Counting starts once the polls close for in person, absentee and postal votes. Everyone here recognises that votes not cast in person on polling day may take longer to count. Senate results often take several days past polling to be finalised. Distrust in the US system appears to have been fomented...

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by Kent350787
Thu Nov 03, 2022 2:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories
Replies: 166
Views: 7466

Re: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories

Um, because in many jurisdictions the law requires absentee and mail counting from election day, not prior. Wow. ‘Unless you want to change the result...’ Just, wow. Like let’s just pretend the entire system of professionals that protects election integrity doesn’t exist...stunning. This is exactly...

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by Kent350787
Wed Nov 02, 2022 10:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels
Replies: 35
Views: 2293

Re: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels

Then there’s tipping too…. Since I was told a while back that tipping isn't mandatory and that the establishment owners have to make up the servers wage to the legal minimum I might round up to the nearest $5, but most of the time I refuse. It's gotten out of hand, the first time I was in the US ti...

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by Kent350787
Mon Oct 31, 2022 4:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest flights by airline
Replies: 47
Views: 3069

Re: Your longest flights by airline

CX: HKG-BOS return
JL: NRT-BOS return
KL: SIN-AMS

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by Kent350787
Sun Oct 30, 2022 5:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are transcontinental flights basically long haul flights?
Replies: 52
Views: 3887

Re: Are transcontinental flights basically long haul flights?

None, and a fabric seat cover can be changed in seconds for a clean one if it’s dirty, we did it all the time and could carry spares, can’t do that with leather, ease of cleaning is not a valid reason for using leather (they’re not real leather anyway) seats which are significantly less comfortable...

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by Kent350787
Sat Oct 29, 2022 5:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why SQ didn't order the 77L?
Replies: 9
Views: 1288

Re: Why SQ didn't order the 77L?

Yeah, I drew these same conclusions too, but mainly I'm wondering why SQ couldn't have just traded in their A345s for 77Ls similar to how they did it with the 777-200ER and A343. It's not like they would have been new to bargaining with Boeing in that regard anyway, plus the 77L would have had comm...

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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 28, 2022 11:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why SQ didn't order the 77L?
Replies: 9
Views: 1288

Re: Why SQ didn't order the 77L?

I honestly wonder this too. SQ could have flown from SIN to LAX and EWR on the 77L, much more profitable and viable than the four engine gas guzzler A345. What I think is that since the A345 came out first, SQ ordered that. With a bit of research I found that SQ ordered the A345 back in 1999, and i...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 27, 2022 8:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are transcontinental flights basically long haul flights?
Replies: 52
Views: 3887

Re: Are transcontinental flights basically long haul flights?

Nope, US transcons are not long haul. They are medium haul. (NYC-LON isn't long haul either). Short haul, up to 3 hours Medium haul 3-6 hours. Long haul 6-12 hours Ultra long haul - 12+ hours. For me, short haul up to 6, medium 6-9, long 10-13, ULH anything longer. From my home port US east coast o...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 27, 2022 2:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Daily Telegraph: Project Fear was right all along.
Replies: 434
Views: 21962

Re: Daily Telegraph: Project Fear was right all along.

Question from afar: Is there any serious movement in the UK to undo Brexit and rejoin the EU? Both major political parties have said no to rejoining the EU. But that does not mean that they won’t go with a BRINO type deal and put us into a vassalage status Dont trust Sunak or Starmer Vassalage was ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 26, 2022 10:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are transcontinental flights basically long haul flights?
Replies: 52
Views: 3887

Re: Are transcontinental flights basically long haul flights?

Nope, US transcons are not long haul. They are medium haul. (NYC-LON isn't long haul either). Short haul, up to 3 hours Medium haul 3-6 hours. Long haul 6-12 hours Ultra long haul - 12+ hours. For me, short haul up to 6, medium 6-9, long 10-13, ULH anything longer. From my home port US east coast o...

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 26, 2022 10:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are you dressing up as this Halloween?
Replies: 26
Views: 1525

Re: What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

My 14yo bought himself an inflatable dinosaur costume.

No dress-ups for me

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 26, 2022 9:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4268

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

A few years aback I did some nice driving in TX between the major cities (HOU, DAL, AUS, SAT) and I couldn't believe all the passing cars where the max was 75. So I sped up to 100 mph (I still believe I wasn't on metric mode) and I was slower than many other cars. Not a single ticket in my car rent...

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 26, 2022 5:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Live Music - Your Recent / Upcoming Gigs
Replies: 26
Views: 1308

Re: Live Music - Your Recent / Upcoming Gigs

Deb Conway and Willy Zygier just booked for Sunday week in Marrickville, Sydney, Australia. I think the room only hold around 300 people. Singing in a choral concert myself the following weekend in Sydney Town Hall with orchestra, hopefully 800-1,000 ticket sold. It’s so hard to sell tickets early e...

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 26, 2022 2:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are transcontinental flights basically long haul flights?
Replies: 52
Views: 3887

Re: Are transcontinental flights basically long haul flights?

[threeid][/threeid] Here in Australia, most cities are around 8 hours from an Asian hub. SYD/MEL-PER has been more likely to be widebody at around 6 hours. Not to quibble, but MEL-PER is nowhere close to 6 hours. Block time is 4 hours westbound (~3.5 hours flying time) and 3.5 hours eastbound (~3 ho...

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 25, 2022 6:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are transcontinental flights basically long haul flights?
Replies: 52
Views: 3887

Re: Are transcontinental flights basically long haul flights?

Any flight with leather seats is a long haul flight I don't know about other countries, but JetStar Australias A320/321ceo fleet has leather seats. The US, Canada and Australia do tend to see major city transcons as a more premium market, with a slightly improved product over normal domestic. Long ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 25, 2022 3:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are transcontinental flights basically long haul flights?
Replies: 52
Views: 3887

Re: Are transcontinental flights basically long haul flights?

No. They’re barely even medium haul.

Here in Australia, most cities are around 8 hours from an Asian hub. SYD/MEL-PER has been more likely to be widebody at around 6 hours.

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by Kent350787
Sun Oct 23, 2022 3:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should the UK become a Federal nation with a codified Constitution
Replies: 49
Views: 2555

Re: Should the UK become a Federal nation with a codified Constitution

[threeid][/threeid] A federal system would do nothing to rectify the huge power imbalance between the current constituent nations. However you fiddle with the "united" kingdom, the point remains that one country, England, by sheer population, will always dominate the others. Even if Scotla...

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by Kent350787
Sat Oct 22, 2022 6:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4268

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

GalaxyFlyer above alluded to one of my latest pet peeves about drivers nowadays: Sitting at the light for several seconds after the light has turned green... But if you don’t you’re at major risk of being broad-sided by someone in cross traffic who thinks they have a two second grace period after t...

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by Kent350787
Sat Oct 22, 2022 12:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels
Replies: 35
Views: 2293

Re: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels

Thankfully in Australia the sticker price is usually the checkout price, although I have seen “resort fees” creeping in.

Visiting the US is a matter of not really having a clue what the final checkout price will be an just hoping it’s calculated correctly. Then there’s tipping too….

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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 21, 2022 6:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4268

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

When you are entering a freeway, that little portion of the on ramp is supposed to be used to get up to speed with the freeway traffic. You shouldn't be doing 40 mph when you enter the freeway.. Goofy taught me how to merge onto a freeway in Disneyland in the early 1970s https://youtu.be/aHdodyevIA...

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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 21, 2022 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non-Passengers being allowed through security at ONT
Replies: 34
Views: 4777

Re: Non-Passengers being allowed through security at ONT

It's really not a good idea to have non-pax hanging around in a secure area. Those with a genuine need to be in the secure area, should be allowed... those without a strong reason should be denied access. There's plenty of space in airports to say your goodbyes in the landside area. Boosting retail...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 20, 2022 11:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: UK PM Truss resigns, replaced by Sunak
Replies: 238
Views: 11913

Re: UK PM Truss resigns

And people were laughing ago Australia’s succession of prime ministers during overall good economic times.

Good luck UK.

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 20, 2022 6:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4268

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

ACDC8 wrote:
Ah yes, we have those here as well, but we call them Albertans :rotfl:


Maybe it's related to the weird metric system :)

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 20, 2022 6:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4268

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

What the fark is wrong with people in the US of A and their driving habits. I don't care about the driving habits of those living in Europe, Japan or anywhere else in the world. I'm talking about what affects me here. Case in point, i'm driving on a 3 lane highway where the speed limit is 65. I'm i...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 20, 2022 5:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reversal of Mini Budget
Replies: 184
Views: 7856

Re: Semi reversal of Mini Budget

and Truss a certifiable genius. Ardern's polling may be on the nose, and Peters and Sky News are concerned, but to describe things as worse then "not hiding under her desk" Truss seems to be hyperbole to the max. This analysis piece on Truss by the Sydney Mornign Herald European corrspond...

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 19, 2022 11:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Daily Telegraph: Project Fear was right all along.
Replies: 434
Views: 21962

Re: Daily Telegraph: Project Fear was right all along.

You can argue the absence of the promised unicorns and other faith over evidence that is Brexit, inevitably, due to the nature of those pushing it, both in public life or the offshore and shady elements, have led us to this; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqQhHMTdDxU No Brexit, no May as PM who in...

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 19, 2022 9:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus 380 - Where does it currently fly ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1512

Re: Airbus 380 - Where does it currently fly ?

Does anyone have an uppdated list of where the various airlines Airbus 380's are flying ? Are there any domestic or regional routes ? On what routes does for instance Korean Air and Air Asiana use them ? Thanx for any info Korean and Asiana haven’t sent their A380 to Sydney post pandemic, but QF ha...

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 18, 2022 10:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK climate activists
Replies: 31
Views: 1714

Re: UK climate activists

Climate activist aren’t generally that bad, it’s the vegans I really dislike with a passion! Have never met a Vegan that I liked. I am sure there must be one out there somewhere, just haven’t found them. :D And, most likely you won’t. The reason being is that you wouldn’t know about their dietary c...

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 18, 2022 10:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Daily Telegraph: Project Fear was right all along.
Replies: 434
Views: 21962

Re: Daily Telegraph: Project Fear was right all along.

That is fair enough. Thank you for a detailed and thoughtful response. I’ve never really thought of myself as European. Maybe if the UK hadn’t sat fully at the edge of integration, during our years of EEC/EU membership this may have been different. It is of course a matter of individual perspective...

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 18, 2022 4:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do you use the phrase “Thank God”?
Replies: 17
Views: 916

Re: Do you use the phrase “Thank God”?

Tugger wrote:
Hell yes, all the goddamn time!

Thank god for small mercy's.

Tugg


mercy mercy mercy

Hell yeah!

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by Kent350787
Mon Oct 17, 2022 11:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK climate activists
Replies: 31
Views: 1714

Re: UK climate activists

I just don't understand the psychology of these dimwits, I mean if they genuinely want to raise awareness of their cause, then using tactics that will constantly piss people off usually isn't the best way of raising that awareness, it just pits more people against you and your cause. It's the low w...

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by Kent350787
Sun Oct 16, 2022 8:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New MINI Cooper Convertible ‘coming home’ to be built in the UK
Replies: 23
Views: 1849

Re: New MINI Cooper Convertible ‘coming home’ to be built in the UK

The mini convertible is a niche car, and probably sold more in the UK than anywhere else, as due to its weather, the UK loves convertibles (funny but true). Could you explain what it means. From what little I know, the UK weather is mostly rain all the time, at least that is what is shown on TV and...

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