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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Airbus consider the Airbus 350-800 again ?
Replies: 24
Views: 3621

Re: Should Airbus consider the Airbus 350-800 again ?

Can anyone think of shrink of a successful model that has been successful, ever in the commercial aviation market?

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 243
Views: 12363

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

The lockdown here in Melbourne is wearing people down, especially given the long lockdown that we had last year. The curfew & the 5km movement restrictions are the worst things at the moment, virtually all non-food retail is either closed or open for click & collect only, and hospitality is...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 16, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 205555

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Israel is continuing to see record high covid19 cases with about 10K cases being reported everyday with positive test rates climbing , despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. https://www.timesofisrael.com/health-ministry-chief-says-coronavirus-spread-reaching-record-height...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 16, 2021 1:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports have terrority with two state or country
Replies: 20
Views: 753

Re: Airports have terrority with two state or country

Gold Coast airport in Australia has the state border between QLD and NSW run diagonally right across the middle of the runway. About a third of the apron and one small corner of hbu terminal building are in NSW, but most the terminal and the entire landside complex and airport access is in QLD. I a...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 16, 2021 1:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 767 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 45
Views: 1066

Re: Boeing 767 - Who’s have you flown?

QF - 762ER, 763ER (including naming flight of VH-EAJ "City of Wollongong", the first 767-238)
KLM - 763ER

Pretty sure I missed the AN 762s, even before the pylon crack issues and grounding.

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by Kent350787
Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 205555

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

For the moment, the countries pursuing zero COVID are still doing the best job of protecting there population from harm and at the same time allowing their populations most freedom. That might change, but I don't think the current knowledge about COVID and the current vaccines warrant such a change...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 313
Views: 13242

Re: Texas abortion law

It is great you have an opinion on this. It is based on your own personal morals and feelings. Fine. Stop trying to force that on everyone else. Not all of us have the same opinion nor do we want to be forced to have the same opinion. And there is the main argument: people against abortion want to ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 205555

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

A while ago, Singapore have announced they have given up zero covid strategy, and decided to terminate discussion of travel bubble with HK government because of this, since HK government still want zero covid Zero COVID doesn’t work - it’s amazing its pursued at all with vaccines available and work...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 14, 2021 3:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 205555

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

16+ exceed 70% would mean 60% among whole population, which would put them in a similar situation as Israel, and as Israel have shown that isn't enough Also SIngapore was also going to opening up when 80% population vaccinated, but current trend pushed their policy other way rounf The difference be...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 205555

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

[ Australia is watching SIngapore quite closely. Almost half of the country is currently in lockdown, but it is projected that 70% of the 16+yo population will be fully vaccinated (Pfizer and AZ, some Moderna coming online now). 12-15yo became generally eligble for vaccination with mRNA vaccines fr...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 205555

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/pickup/6404400 article in Japanese Singapore Vaccination rate reached 81%, with only mRNA vaccines being counted according to my understanding (They also provide Chinese vaccines, but those are provided under condition and term of at your own cost and at your own risk, and ...

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by Kent350787
Mon Sep 13, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Blues Clues Steve Video
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: The Blues Clues Steve Video

Not growing up with Blues Clues, can anyone explain to me why this Steve video was so impactful that people are talking about it? The original program sought to break the fourth wall and speak directly with the preschoolers watching, engaging them with puzzles. I understand it was hugely popular in...

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by Kent350787
Mon Sep 13, 2021 1:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much cargo can QF carry on LAX-SYD?
Replies: 7
Views: 1058

Re: How much cargo can QF carry on LAX-SYD?

atcdan wrote:
QF operates a B789 at least once a week LAX-SYD, may be more but I only see them on a certain shift.


My understanding is that they have been backloads on passenger charters - sporting teams and defence personnel at various times.

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by Kent350787
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much cargo can QF carry on LAX-SYD?
Replies: 7
Views: 1058

Re: How much cargo can QF carry on LAX-SYD?

QF freight out of the USA at the moment is operated by wet-leased Atlas 748F. The A380s have only flown since around March last year for positioning, one or two cabin upgrades and ongoing maintenance. I understand a couple of 789 charters to the northern hemisphere have returned with freight. As per...

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by Kent350787
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Blues Clues Steve Video
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: The Blues Clues Steve Video

Hey, no fair. I just watched the Colbert clip and I'm about to go onto a work call in tears (I'm a little younger than Colbert, but did watch Steve on Blues Clues on rerun and VHS with my now 18yo)

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by Kent350787
Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A320 - Who's have you flown
Replies: 39
Views: 1378

Re: Airbus A320 - Who's have you flown

A320 - Ansett, JetStar, AirAsia, JetBlue
A321 - JetBlue

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by Kent350787
Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 20 years ago............. 9/11
Replies: 47
Views: 2296

Re: 20 years ago............. 9/11

We had just finished watching Buffy when the late news came on (10.30pm 11 Sept in Sydney being 8.30am 9/11 in NYC). The reporting was showing live footage and we assumed it was a horrible light aircraft accident, or at least a light aircraft only. I don't recall seeing the second plane, although my...

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by Kent350787
Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 4535

Re: Universal Healthcare

This, this, this. True, but we have to address all the issues anyway. The Aussies have managed to address these issues, have significantly lower costs to the patients AND have far better outcomes than the US. Well, about 15 modern countries deliver better outcomes to patients at a lower cost than t...

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by Kent350787
Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 313
Views: 13242

Re: Texas abortion law

I'm still firmly of the view that this legislation is about politics and control of women by men rather than about reducing the number of rate of abortions. Given that so many developed countries with less restrictive abortion rules than the USA have lower rates of abortion, perhaps the question oug...

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by Kent350787
Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 313
Views: 13242

Re: Texas abortion law

The countries with the easiest access to abortion have the lowest abortion rates. (and good sex education and access to contraception) Just sayin'..... Do you have anything confirming this? Research such as this appears to indicate that it is the case https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/induced-a...

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by Kent350787
Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite regional aircraft?
Replies: 45
Views: 2019

Re: Favorite regional aircraft?

My wife used to have a regualr commute, and the choice was CRJ200 or SF340 (alternating, 50 min block time). She would always ask me which flights were the CRJ, so that was her preference, admittedly 20 years ago. I've never flown a CRJ. Well, a few things. 1) Most non enthusiasts prefer not seeing...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 09, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite regional aircraft?
Replies: 45
Views: 2019

Re: Favorite regional aircraft?

I don't think the C Series/A220 really counts as regional. The EJets only sort of do, with the 170/175 being much more "regional" than the 190/195. They are, of course, very nice. I've always been a big fan of the EMB120, but the Brasilia is not really around much anymore. The Q400 is a g...

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by Kent350787
Thu Sep 09, 2021 12:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 313
Views: 13242

Re: Texas abortion law

The countries with the easiest access to abortion have the lowest abortion rates. (and good sex education and access to contraception) Just sayin'..... The same people who push laws like Texas' are almost always adamantly against improving access to contraception (or even things like tampons!) and ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Sep 08, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 313
Views: 13242

Re: Texas abortion law

The countries with the easiest access to abortion have the lowest abortion rates. (and good sex education and access to contraception)

Just sayin'.....

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by Kent350787
Wed Sep 08, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 313
Views: 13242

Re: Texas abortion law

There are a couple of people questioning my statement about quotas. I do believe they exist and I do believe the claims of many former PP workers on this. I will leave you guys with a link to this article from the San Francisco Examiner. Basically it says that a south Texas affiliate of Planned Par...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 757 Survival
Replies: 20
Views: 1932

Re: 757 Survival

Interestingly, when QF was setting up its JetStar division, Boeing brought the 757 and not the 737 as a demonstrator (noting QF already had a 737 fleet). Airbus brought the A321 (IIRC) and they went with a A320/321 fleet. It would have been interesting to see how a 737/757 fleet purchase may have pl...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite regional aircraft?
Replies: 45
Views: 2019

Re: Favorite regional aircraft?

Fokker F50, followed by ATR72. RJs have never been a big part of the Australian market - the CRJ200 was around at the turn of the century, and the ERJ170 and 190 had a relatively short life with Virgin OZ before a recent revival with Alliance (including contract flying for QF). The B6 E190 sector I...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 07, 2021 5:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1334

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

As for the Wiggles, please no, not ever again. I still see the original red Wiggle, Murray Cook, at gigs - they originally came from a mod type of pop-rock band. But they are now stage performers rather than a band. The Wiggles were successful because they did a great job of attracting young kids -...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1334

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

There have been strong suggestions that Ian (Molly) Meldrum's call for videos to promote the songs on Countdown (the Aussie music program) is what started them building worldwide. I wanted to go to the Sydney concerts (which were outdoors in the pouring rain) but not a thing for my parents (I was a...

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by Kent350787
Tue Sep 07, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1334

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

The last half of the 20th Century saw a lot of great, very creative music - be it in Rock, Jazz, Broadway, etc. ABBA was simply one of the greats in their own niche. The fact that they can come out with another album indicates the talent of their song writing. For getting the costumes, they were so...

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by Kent350787
Mon Sep 06, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 50
Views: 1912

Re: Boeing 737 - Who’s have you flown?

QF - 400 and 800 AN - 300 VA - 800 Only ever A320/321 outside Australia. Apart from a couple of 700s with VA until its collapse last year, only the 800 has operated in Australia for around 10 years. New VA still has MAX10s on order, but it will be very interesting to see whether they are taken up. Q...

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by Kent350787
Fri Sep 03, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite regional aircraft?
Replies: 45
Views: 2019

Re: Favorite regional aircraft?

Fokker F50, followed by ATR72. RJs have never been a big part of the Australian market - the CRJ200 was around at the turn of the century, and the ERJ170 and 190 had a relatively short life with Virgin OZ before a recent revival with Alliance (including contract flying for QF). The B6 E190 sector I ...

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by Kent350787
Fri Sep 03, 2021 4:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 243
Views: 12363

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/08/17/the-authoritarian-takeover-of-australia/ https://lynnwoodtimes.com/2021/08/30/australias-authoritarian-pandemic-measures-spark-protests/ Is this an accurate description of Australia today? I do not think it is. Australia has done very well compared to the U....

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by Kent350787
Fri Sep 03, 2021 1:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Ida Incoming for MSY
Replies: 41
Views: 2392

Re: Hurricane Ida Incoming for MSY

The NYC/NJ stuff is real scary, the force that the system has continued.

Looking at FR24, MSY is still closed for RPT.

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by Kent350787
Fri Sep 03, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas abortion law
Replies: 313
Views: 13242

Re: Texas abortion law

Based on decades of evidence from other advanced nations, the best way to reduce the abortion rate (and teen pregnancies) is to improve education and access to contraception - the legality or otherwise is almost immaterial. The Netherlands, for example, has both a very low a abortion rate and a very...

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by Kent350787
Wed Sep 01, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 4535

Re: Universal Healthcare

It would make sense to have a private marketplace for those who cost the least in the system as long as they aren't bankrupted by a need that can blindsight anyone. Car accident, cancer, catastrophic injury etc. No, that would not make sense. The insurance companies would love your proposal though....

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by Kent350787
Wed Sep 01, 2021 3:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 4535

Re: Universal Healthcare

Based on my understanding: in Germany, most malpractice claims go to arbitration and then court if that fails. Medical negligence is covered under tort law in Australia. Both countries require physicians to have indemnity insurance. In Japan litigiousness is very low and malpractice claims would fi...

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by Kent350787
Sun Aug 29, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 243
Views: 12363

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

This vaccine was supposed to offer some sense of normalcy to people now it doesn't so I have to say when people I know ask why should I get this vaccine I have no answer. Life for me is the same as it was a year and a half ago and I am vaccinated. The vaccine was supposed to offer some degree of no...

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by Kent350787
Sun Aug 29, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Ida Incoming for MSY
Replies: 41
Views: 2392

Re: Hurricane Ida Incoming for MSY

MSY appears to be closed ATM.

Best of luck to NOLA and surrounds - had a great visit last year, and hope to go back.

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by Kent350787
Thu Aug 26, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas FY20/21 Group Results, $2.35 billion loss, 2 A380’s to be retired
Replies: 110
Views: 15531

Re: Qantas FY20/21 Group Results, $2.35 billion loss, 2 A380’s to be retired

If they're planning to keep 10 388s long term, I could see the eventual deployments being SYD-LAX, SYD-SIN-LHR, MEL-LAX, and MEL-SIN (that would require 8 frames, leaving 2 spares). In that scenario, SYD-DFW would possibly become a 789 route, which could be one reason to want to replace 789s on sho...

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by Kent350787
Wed Aug 25, 2021 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caravelle - engine start and taxi
Replies: 34
Views: 6942

Re: Caravelle - engine start and taxi

What about the DC-7's and Connies that have been brought back? I love the idea that they are keeping the plane in this kind of shape. Do you have any regs. for the connies? AFAIK, only 2 were flying as of like 2019. VH-EAG was the only Super Connie flying recently (HARS in Albion Park, Australia), ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Aug 25, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anybody miss/remember the 2000s-early 2010s in terms of planespotting?
Replies: 19
Views: 1564

Re: Anybody miss/remember the 2000s-early 2010s in terms of planespotting?

The change in types and chamge in security really made a difference. For example, the Beach at SYD used to be a great location for getting close to teh main taxiway and you could find photo spots - but now there is a 3m high fence that you can't shoot through. I know a group of video spotters who ha...

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 24, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 243
Views: 12363

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Singapore goes nuts, demands FOUR COVID-19 Tests for FULLY vaccinated Germans. What's nuts is that this is still ( tentatively) a massive improvement over the previous situation... Most of Asia is stuck in paralysing anxiety over Covid. The only strategy there seems to aim for eternal elimination. ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 24, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Charlie Watts
Replies: 14
Views: 787

Re: RIP Charlie Watts

RIP. The base of a great band, and such a strong supporter of other musicians through his clubs.

It's interesting - not so long ago we would have been saying "80? Sad to see him go but thats a good old age"

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 24, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.
Replies: 24
Views: 1054

Re: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.

Hopefully, they'll reconsider their stance and just do away with it altogether. If the main issue is HIV, that's already screened for any time anyone donates (and I'd be willing to take a rapid test right then and there as part of the screening process too). I hope so too. As you mentioned, HIV is ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 24, 2021 4:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.
Replies: 24
Views: 1054

Re: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.

Missed the point about plasma - it does take longer (I'm usually at the donor centre for around 90 mins), but also allows a range of products if you're a regular. It can be a little weird at first, with the draw of the whole blood and then the platelet/saline returns. Technically I could donate each...

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 243
Views: 12363

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2021

Also from my home state - of the 106 people in ICU, none had been fully vaccinated.

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The appeal of raising children
Replies: 50
Views: 2514

Re: The appeal of raising children

Get a dog if you feel lonely. OR a Cat... they are both good.. Iguanas are great too. Whatever you do, don't get a cockatoo unless you enjoy having an emotionally needy noisemaker around the house. You forgot "destructive" as a cockatoo adjective (or maybe that's only wild ones). I always...

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why Can't I pump my own gas?
Replies: 70
Views: 3466

Re: Why Can't I pump my own gas?

I used to get excited being allowed to pump gas for mum or dad

In 1977.

I do find some of the "make work" laws in the USA very interesting. I'd be surprised if there are more than a handful of full service filling stations in my city of over 6 million people.

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