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by Kent350787
Mon Feb 06, 2023 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas, Air France in talks over direct Australia-Paris flights
Replies: 54
Views: 7142

Re: Qantas, Air France in talks over direct Australia-Paris flights

I reckon TK to IST might be the next European direct service PER gets. Didn't TK state they had Australia flights on their radar recently ? Not sure why they'd go to Perth though, especially if they have aircraft capable of SYD or MEL, where what Turlish diaspora there is, lives. This whole story r...

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by Kent350787
Mon Feb 06, 2023 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023
Replies: 151
Views: 14551

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - February 2023

...or they could operate the CDG flight from T1. They have no issue transferring pax between terminals at SYD and BNE; not sure why PER is different. Honestly T3/4 is a dump and should be demolished. It is not connected to the underground rail, is apparently full of asbestos and not fit for purpose...

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by Kent350787
Sun Feb 05, 2023 5:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ever Booked with an Airline that Ceased Ops?
Replies: 11
Views: 790

Re: Ever Booked with an Airline that Ceased Ops?

Not me, but my wife flew Ansett Australia SYD-MEL on 11 Sept 2001. Ansett ceased OP’s on 13 Sept 2001.

She had an unmissable exam back in Sydney, and thankfully managed to snag a seat on one of the 747s QF put on the route given international airspace was still closed after the events of the 9th.

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by Kent350787
Thu Feb 02, 2023 6:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Says DeSantis POTUS Run Would Be 'Disloyal'
Replies: 73
Views: 2975

Re: Trump Says DeSantis POTUS Run Would Be 'Disloyal'

DeSantis have significant appeal for Independents and Centrists. The groups that carry Biden in 2020 and Democrat in midterms. It would be down to DeSantis to rely on them during the GOP primary. He knows the Far Right would vote for him if he win the Primary. Just like Biden knows the Far left wou...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jan 31, 2023 1:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's
Replies: 168
Views: 4264

Re: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/electric-vehicles-made-up-10-of-all-new-cars-sold-last-year-11673876862?mod=dist_amp_social And this was without the sub-20k car that would be announced by Musk on Investor Day 1st March 2023. That will drive nails in many a company. Add to that Musk announcements ...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 30, 2023 7:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's
Replies: 168
Views: 4264

Re: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/electric-vehicles-made-up-10-of-all-new-cars-sold-last-year-11673876862?mod=dist_amp_social And this was without the sub-20k car that would be announced by Musk on Investor Day 1st March 2023. That will drive nails in many a company. Add to that Musk announcements ...

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by Kent350787
Sat Jan 28, 2023 5:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your shortest mainline flight and longest regional flight
Replies: 94
Views: 12360

Re: Your shortest mainline flight and longest regional flight

Shortest mainline SYD-CBR 134nm (737 and BAe146)
Longest regional SYD-GFN 268nm (Jetstream31)

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by Kent350787
Sat Jan 28, 2023 3:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If the Voice to Parliament will be an advisory body why do they have to change the Australian Constitution
Replies: 4
Views: 616

Re: If the Voice to Parliament will be an advisory body why do they have to change the Australian Constitution

https://theconversation.com/amp/creatin ... lia-187972
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I’ve got a lot of respect for Anne Twomey and her deep understanding of Australian constitutional and parliamentary matters.

Here’s a piece she wrote on the issue https://theconversation.com/amp/creatin ... lia-187972

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 25, 2023 11:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest domestic and Shortest international flights
Replies: 47
Views: 2875

Re: Longest domestic and Shortest international flights

Longest domestic SYD-DRW 1699nm
Shortest international NWI-AMS 130nm

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by Kent350787
Tue Jan 24, 2023 7:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: U.S. Carriers Still Flying CRJs, E120s, and Q400s?
Replies: 21
Views: 1464

Re: U.S. Carriers Still Flying CRJs, E120s, and Q400s?

Cross the Pacific to where props come to die! Qantaslink has 50 DHC-8 around the country in n 200, Q200, Q300 ande Q400 form. REX has the world's largest SF340 fleet (mostly B+), and Link airways also have several, inclduing operating SYD-CBR for Virgin Australia. Curiously, I don't know that there ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NZ PM Arden to Resign
Replies: 61
Views: 3053

Re: NZ PM Arden to Resign

Something tells me NZ will be better off. She was horrible. How many Kiwi colleagues/relatives/friends do you have? How many times have you been to NZ? Something tells me you might know very little about the situation there. Not sure who you're asking... but if you're asking me, I have been to NZ a...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Classified Documents from Biden’s VP days found in office
Replies: 280
Views: 11808

Re: Classified Documents from Biden’s VP days found in office

https://www.politico.com/news/2023/01/23/garland-biden-trump-classified-document-probes-00079072 “We do not have different rules for Democrats or Republicans, different rules for the powerful or the powerless, different rules for the rich and for the poor, we apply the facts, and the law in each ca...

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by Kent350787
Sat Jan 21, 2023 3:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NZ PM Arden to Resign
Replies: 61
Views: 3053

Re: NZ PM Arden to Resign

... but I will not entertain this notion that I am not allowed to have an opinion about NZ. It's really insulting and totally wrong as well. If you want to continue with this pro forma forum posting dogma go right ahead but I am done here. I have no idea what you're talking about here. Everyone is ...

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by Kent350787
Sat Jan 21, 2023 12:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NZ PM Arden to Resign
Replies: 61
Views: 3053

Re: NZ PM Arden to Resign

How many Kiwi colleagues/relatives/friends do you have? How many times have you been to NZ? Something tells me you might know very little about the situation there. Yet all the Euros here that have never been to the USA know better than people that actually live in the USA about the situation here....

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by Kent350787
Fri Jan 20, 2023 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023
Replies: 782
Views: 89903

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - January 2023

So how were both the PER-CGK and PER-JNB planned, then announced with much fan fare including a press conference with both Joyce, PER airport, and the WA premier. The flights were then put on sale for weeks before it was finally realised the flights couldn't happen. Something doesn't add up or its ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 18, 2023 11:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights between cities with the same name
Replies: 26
Views: 1565

Re: Flights between cities with the same name

PSAatSAN4Ever wrote:
MEL-MLB: Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) to Melbourne (Florida, USA). And only 8,468 nautical miles! Why isn't anyone picking up this lucrative route?


I'd argue that MEL-MLB is more likely than SYD-YQY: Sydney (New South Wales, Australia) to Sydney (Nova Scotia, Canada). Cocoa Beach here I come!

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 18, 2023 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 715
Views: 74077

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

AUKUS has always struck me as a neat announcable for the three flailing conservative leaders involved, two since voted out by the people and the other resigning in disgrace. There is no good reason strategically why it shouldn’t be broader, but politics. So AUKUS was negotiated and announced with t...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 18, 2023 9:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 715
Views: 74077

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Top Canadian military official says country should be involved in AUKUS. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/military-officer-aukus-deal-1.6714845 While he obviously is not a politician he is a public servant, I take this as a sign that there are negotiations happening in the background. Trudeau was c...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 16, 2023 11:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New conterversial artwork in Boston for Martin Luther King
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Re: New conterversial artwork in Boston for Martin Luther King

BOS has a horrible Brutalist box for a city hall in a city with lovely 18th century classic touches all around. Not surprised they’d select something bizarre for a public MLK display. Don’t knock brutalism you heathen! :) Seems pretty on-point for the NYP to foment discontent on this particular day.

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 16, 2023 10:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Classified Documents from Biden’s VP days found in office
Replies: 280
Views: 11808

Re: Classified Documents from Biden’s VP days found in office

The situation is getting worse How is the situation getting worse? It appears nothing has changed regarding all of these classified documents for months and maybe years. I think he means that Trump supporters are increasingly using the false equivalency to justify the Trump administration's alleged...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 16, 2023 10:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New conterversial artwork in Boston for Martin Luther King
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Re: New conterversial artwork in Boston for Martin Luther King

Recently a new bronze artwork was unveiled in Boston dedicated to American civil rights leader Martin Luther King but it is generating significant controversy as to its composition. The artwork is supposed to be 2 sets of arms embracing each other, but to some part of it looks like a brown male pen...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jan 16, 2023 8:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Advice on Solo Traveling Through Asia
Replies: 23
Views: 1344

Re: Advice on Solo Traveling Through Asia

If I was wandering around the markets in Petaling St in KL I might be concerned, but nowhere else. It's not Singapore sanitised, but it's certainly a modern safe city (apart from taxi ripoffs) in the most touristed areas. I'm a 6'3" blonde aussie guy and the crowds in Petaling St were my only w...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 12, 2023 9:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jeff Beck Died
Replies: 12
Views: 680

Re: Jeff Beck Died

[code][/code] One of rock's greatest guitarists, Jeff Beck passed away of bacterial meningitis. We shared a birthday (June 24, hence my screen name) but he was 15 years older. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/jeff-beck-dead-at-78-obit-1234659559/ 78 is reasonably young these days. A ver...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 05, 2023 1:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: January 6 Committee public presentations and hearings
Replies: 615
Views: 41849

Re: January 6 Committee public presentations and hearings

Boebert was on social media recently advertising the removal of metal detectors at Congress. Seems kind of ... odd.. to do that two days in advance of the one year anniversary of the violent insurrection. Hopefully the removal does not provide easy access to lawmakers for those who may wish to do h...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jan 05, 2023 1:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kevin McCarthy makes history... first in 100 years to fail Speaker vote
Replies: 276
Views: 13301

Re: Kevin McCarthy makes history... first in 100 years to fail Speaker vote

One might describe this entire debacle as a deplorable abdication of orderly governing and service of the people by the GOP, but I remembered we aren't allowed to use the d-word because of MAGA feels.. my bad. From outside the USA it really does seems that the two party system in the US currently h...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jan 04, 2023 5:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cheques/checks - do they still exist where you are? If so, how widely are they used?
Replies: 82
Views: 2560

Re: Cheques/checks - do they still exist where you are? If so, how widely are they used?

Cash, hard currency can never be removed from the financial system. Just like the post office is for communication and trade, cash is the ultimate form of monetary transaction between parties. Tugg I would never say never. While I find it prudent to keep a small amount of cash on hand in case elect...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jan 03, 2023 10:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cheques/checks - do they still exist where you are? If so, how widely are they used?
Replies: 82
Views: 2560

Re: Cheques/checks - do they still exist where you are? If so, how widely are they used?

In Australia they are fewer than 0.2% of transactions. 80% of cheques are tender by people over 65yo, and the other 20% people over 50. Banks want to get rid of them. I have a chequebook in a drawer, but it’s at least 5 years, maybe longer since I wrote a cheque. My bank still offers chequebooks, bu...

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by Kent350787
Sat Dec 31, 2022 2:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Everything That George Santos Has Lied About (So Far)
Replies: 153
Views: 9515

Re: Everything That George Santos Has Lied About (So Far)

As astounding as his lies are, they aren't what concerns me. Where did he get the money to loan his campaign $750,000? Somebody bought and paid for him and I want to know who it is. For a newcomer with no influence to get that amount of money is "curious"... Have any of the people who fun...

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by Kent350787
Sat Dec 31, 2022 2:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Person Dead in Shooting at Mall of America
Replies: 40
Views: 2037

Re: One Person Dead in Shooting at Mall of America

We don't spend out time thinking about other nation's gun policy. Might be an idea to at least be aware of what does and doesn't work elsewhere... and perhaps be a little more pragmatic on what good the 2nd Amendment does to the modern citizen in a modern US. Conservatives need more bullet riddled ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Dec 27, 2022 9:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 US Elections
Replies: 607
Views: 33152

Re: 2022 US Elections

He is part of the 2022 election, but, yes, this whole thing is so crazy. I was wrong: he has not stayed silent. In fact, he has said it is "liberal media's" fault he lied and "so what" and "it was resume embellishment, not lying" and every excuse but taking personal re...

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by Kent350787
Tue Dec 27, 2022 12:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: China opens up Jan 8
Replies: 21
Views: 2640

Re: China opens up Jan 8

Probably a decent chance for travel restrictions on passengers *from* China for a bit, given the current COVID explosion there. It will be very interesting to see the response to outbound travel from China. My local airport, SYD, is down at least a dozen daily flights from mainland China (plus othe...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 22, 2022 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 534
Views: 72436

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022

Sydney Airport Limited's CEO (with support from Adelaide Airport's CEO) calls for more to be done to attract more international flights. This is definitely a call on the States and the use of the various State aviation funds (such as AAIF Qld/NSW, Reconnecting (State), Attracting Air Services (Vict...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 22, 2022 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways US Expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 11525

Re: Fiji Airways US Expansion

My experience was the complete opposite, when I flew FJ910 SYD-NAN, which is the flight that is timed to connect with LAX and SFO. Only about a dozen or so passengers, went to flight connections. Same here- I've flown to LAX with FJ 5 times and never seen more than 30 transit pax. Could stopovers p...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 22, 2022 2:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oregon Gov Commutes death sentences.
Replies: 120
Views: 5649

Re: Oregon Gov Commutes death sentences.

The United States of America has the greatest criminal justice system in the world. The death penalty was never meant as revenge or a deterrent, it's about justice and accountability. Many states have found it nearly impossible to secure drugs for lethal injections, hence why methods like the elect...

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 21, 2022 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways US Expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 11525

Re: Fiji Airways US Expansion

I'm surprised they haven't considered any direct flights to India from Fiji given the ancestral ties? A350 aircraft could definitely make it. Given the Australian market is challenging for India flights in the absence of an obvious O&D hub in India it’s difficult to see how FJ could make it wor...

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 21, 2022 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways US Expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 11525

Re: Fiji Airways US Expansion

I'm surprised they haven't considered any direct flights to India from Fiji given the ancestral ties? A350 aircraft could definitely make it. Given the Australian market is challenging for India flights in the absence of an obvious O&D hub in India it’s difficult to see how FJ could make it wor...

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by Kent350787
Tue Dec 20, 2022 1:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oregon Gov Commutes death sentences.
Replies: 120
Views: 5649

Re: Oregon Gov Commutes death sentences.

Why all the bloodlust? It's discomforting. Sentences are not supposed to be for revenge. They are about justice and rehabilitation. Not to mention the fact that the U.S. legal system is a mess and gets it wrong at an alarming rate. 'Since 1973, at least 190 people who had been wrongly convicted and...

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by Kent350787
Sun Dec 18, 2022 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 534
Views: 72436

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022

QF prior to covid has always said W was hard to generate profits on to Asia, it was profitable when combined with an EU sector. I’ll try dig up the quote. I wonder now though, in the current economy if smaller business will be changing their business travel policy to premium into Asia? I also wonde...

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by Kent350787
Sun Dec 18, 2022 1:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 Years Since Sandy Hook Shooting
Replies: 99
Views: 3842

Re: 10 Years Since Sandy Hook Shooting

Guns are used far more for self-defense than they are for crime in the US. The fact is that there are 400 million guns here and they aren't going anywhere. That's just how it is. I'm all for background checks, mental health screening, raising the age to 21 for anything except shotguns, etc. But dis...

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by Kent350787
Sun Dec 18, 2022 1:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did Qantas to Bangalore launch but American/United kept delaying it?
Replies: 14
Views: 1778

Re: Why did Qantas to Bangalore launch but American/United kept delaying it?

For Qantas what is the market attraction and profit in BLR? There is a large Indian expatriate population in Australia. AI already flies to New Delhi to SYD. It would appear that the strongest business ties are to BLR - I'm not sure about connections. For QF, it's about getting a reasonable yield f...

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by Kent350787
Thu Dec 15, 2022 12:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did Qantas to Bangalore launch but American/United kept delaying it?
Replies: 14
Views: 1778

Re: Why did Qantas to Bangalore launch but American/United kept delaying it?

USA-BLR is pretty much ULR flying. SYD-India is more akin to US West Coast to Europe. Didn't really care to look it up but the point is Australia is much closer to India than the US is Even by the most direct route SFO-BLR is almost 3,000miles further than SYD-BLR. QF flies one of its A332 to BLR o...

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 14, 2022 7:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008
Replies: 87
Views: 3604

Re: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008

It's not really, smoking is at historic lows in NZ, all this is doing is accelerating it's demise. Only a complete idiot would take up smoking today, now those people will have to find something else. it's called choice that's the difference until they ban tobacco period. What's next alcohol wonder...

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 14, 2022 4:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008
Replies: 87
Views: 3604

Re: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008

I see where they're going, but outright bans haven't had great success for other drugs. That said, NZ (like Australia) has reduced tobacco usage to around 10% of the population already via increasingly strong discouragement measures and taxation. I'm not sure about NZ, but around 70% of the packet p...

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by Kent350787
Fri Dec 09, 2022 9:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Marriage: do women change surname in your country?
Replies: 43
Views: 1748

Re: Marriage: do women change surname in your country?

In Australia it was the custom, but there was quite a strong move away from it in the 1990s. My wife and many of her friends didn’t change their names.

I’ve noticed a strong swing back to taking the husbands name in the last 10-15 years.

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 07, 2022 11:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If You Could Have One Airline Serving Your Home Airport
Replies: 33
Views: 3444

Re: If You Could Have One Airline Serving Your Home Airport

Home airport is SYD. BA is the only "European" airline left here after OS ended over a decade ago. It would be nice to see KL back, or even a premium heavy LX here.

TK has been threatening service for at least a decade :)

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by Kent350787
Wed Dec 07, 2022 11:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Kirstie Alley
Replies: 28
Views: 1765

Re: RIP Kirstie Alley

And Qanon mouth breathers are out in full force.. https://www.vice.com/amp/en/article/z347va/qanon-kirstie-alley-anti-vax-murder If they can conclude that the death of Queen Elizabeth was suspicious they really are looney tunes. Apart from being 96 years old, she had also recently lost her husband ...

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by Kent350787
Sun Dec 04, 2022 10:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump calls for termination of Constitution
Replies: 56
Views: 4290

Re: Trump calls for termination of Constitution

It’s going to be entertaining watching him spend the next two years trying to claw out from under this. I doubt it. I bet he could still get 70M Republicans to vote against the Constitution. He's the face and standard bearer of the GOP and they want to dismantle our country and it's guiding princip...

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by Kent350787
Fri Dec 02, 2022 10:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mike Lindell running for RNC Chair
Replies: 32
Views: 2198

Re: Mike Lindell running for RNC Chair

This type of stuff is really sad, because one party rule is almost as bad as no government at all. We really need multiple parties in order to succeed as a country. The mindless repeating of slogans is what you get in single party ruled countries, because discussions aren’t allowed. Somebody like M...

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