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by bananaboy
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 395
Views: 63747

Re: Updated: Thomas Cook Files for U.S. Bankruptcy Protection

Rumor saying MT1107 is grounded at JSI as cant pay for fuel. Passengers stranded. Certainly something up as LGW showing next info 0900. I believe the operating aircraft had to divert to Corfu and looks to be flying back to LGW. Doesn't ZTH have a curfew? If it's missed that, it would have to be tom...

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by bananaboy
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 395
Views: 63747

Re: Updated: Thomas Cook Files for U.S. Bankruptcy Protection

https://news.sky.com/story/thomas-cook- ... e-11815380

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Looking very bleak now.

"The hedge fund CQS has walked away from talks to provide urgent liquidity to the ailing travel company, Sky News learns."

https://news.sky.com/story/thomas-cook- ... e-11815380

Mark

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by bananaboy
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 395
Views: 63747

Re: Updated: Thomas Cook Files for U.S. Bankruptcy Protection

In the UK the CAA have started the wheels moving, it is called "Operation Matterhorn". They are gathering available aircraft seats incase the banks pull the plug on Sunday. Fosun has the funds to top up but seems unwilling. Over 10,000 customers abroad bought flight only tickets and they ...

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by bananaboy
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread 2019
Replies: 53
Views: 8280

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2019

Awesome. I have yet to get on Norweigian but it looks great. How is it for those of you that have been on? I've only been on Norwegian Epic, but the Freestyle cruising is really liberating. Having sailed with RCCL three times prior to NCL, NCL is definitely onto something with it. Can you explain f...

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by bananaboy
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is next for Icelandair?
Replies: 80
Views: 12336

Re: What is next for Icelandair?

gkirk wrote:
What they need is something which is as capable of carrying a load of fish from Plaice to Plaice quickly...


For cod's hake, enough with the fish jokes.

Now, back to the original porpoise of this thread.

Mark

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by bananaboy
Wed May 08, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY 101 AUH-JFK diverting to Manchester
Replies: 34
Views: 6458

Re: EY 101 AUH-JFK diverting to Manchester

Nickd92 wrote:

MAN handles WAYY more diverts than LHR.


Can you share the stats on this please? Would make interesting reading.

Thanks

Mark

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by bananaboy
Mon May 06, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What to expect on Holland America MS Koningsdam?
Replies: 7
Views: 1058

Re: What to expect on Holland America MS Koningsdam?

I know Oceania offers in-depth lectures in science, history, geography etc. Does Holland America offer these? How does it compare to Oceania? Yes they do offer a decent "enrichment" program onboard - I think they're strongest at this in Alaska but you'll definitely be able to learn a litt...

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by bananaboy
Mon May 06, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What to expect on Holland America MS Koningsdam?
Replies: 7
Views: 1058

Re: What to expect on Holland America MS Koningsdam?

I spent a day looking round Koningsdam last year when she was in Amsterdam and loved her. Amazing pool area, great spaces for entertainment and live music, I loved Americas Test Kitchen (who thought boiling an egg could be so interesting!), an innovative theatre, beautiful art everywhere and so on. ...

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by bananaboy
Mon May 06, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What to expect on Carnival Imagination?
Replies: 2
Views: 875

Re: What to expect on Carnival Imagination?

I sailed that ship / itinerary about 3 years ago. Was my first time sailing with Carnival and, for what I paid, thought it was excellent value. Clearly, it's an older ship with the quirks that come with that - ie Serenity hidden away and accessed through a lounge. Food was decent in quality, especia...

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by bananaboy
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another anti-gay Republican photoed with male partner
Replies: 114
Views: 8565

Re: Another anti-gay Republican photoed with male partner

https://lgbtqiainfo.weebly.com/acronym- ... ained.html

Q - Queer and Questioning
I - Intersex
A - Asexual
+ - others

Mark
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bennett123 wrote:
What is QIA+


https://lgbtqiainfo.weebly.com/acronym- ... ained.html

Q - Queer and Questioning
I - Intersex
A - Asexual
+ - others

Mark

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by bananaboy
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)
Replies: 61
Views: 14632

Re: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)

Looking at Varadero Today. these are the departures. I'm curious why flights to the same destinations often seem clustered around the same time. For example Sunwing has 2 flights leaving within 5 minutes of each other to Halifax and two at the same time to Toronto. Why not spread them apart instead...

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by bananaboy
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest Airbus A321-271NX NEO Routes
Replies: 27
Views: 7122

Re: Longest Airbus A321-271NX NEO Routes

TC957 wrote:
I've seen Novair use theirs on ARN - SID flights.


Likewise.

That's 3,126nm - absolutely 'up there' in terms of longest regular non - stop flights.

Mark

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by bananaboy
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities with Airports that are close to each other
Replies: 47
Views: 2757

Re: Cities with Airports that are close to each other

Rhodes. RHO Diagoras is just over 2nm from its predecessor Maritsa LGRD which seems to be still active for military and some civil aviation, but not commercial.

Mark

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by bananaboy
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing
Replies: 2094
Views: 91477

Re: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing

Teresa May to make a statement at 10pm.

Thoughts? Resignation?

Mark

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by bananaboy
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Delta Ever Run A Daylight ATL-LHR?
Replies: 70
Views: 11729

Re: Has Delta Ever Run A Daylight ATL-LHR?

And that 8am JFK-LHR on a VS A346 does well. There are many pax connecting from that flight to VS’ LHR-LOS and LHR-DEL flights as they both depart late evening. DL can at least share in the revenue on the JFK-LHR portion of those connecting itineraries. Yeah this flight is actually pretty useful fo...

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by bananaboy
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aurigny sub-charter A320 for Gatwick - Guernsey
Replies: 4
Views: 1462

Aurigny sub-charter A320 for Gatwick - Guernsey

https://fr24.com/AUR613/1eff9853

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How rare is this?

Just spotted a Titan A320 operating an Aurigny flight from London Gatwick to Guernsey. Can't see any A320 pics in the database at Guernsey. Is this a first?

https://fr24.com/AUR613/1eff9853

Mark

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by bananaboy
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing
Replies: 2094
Views: 91477

Re: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing

Lets get going. Hoping for a red arrows fly past to salute the nation on the big day. I wonder if this can be re created? https://youtu.be/JmcElnR-y2g Whilst some extremists will be celebrating, most of the country are thinking why the hell are we considering putting ourselves through this? https:/...

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by bananaboy
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes
Replies: 247
Views: 57864

Re: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes

Also, just to correct you as per the OP, this thread is about all new LHR routes, not just "discussing new or extra British Airways flights from LHR for Summer 2019." Back to the topic... Great to see LJU addition - I agree that it's a gem of a destination and those timings are great for ...

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by bananaboy
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes
Replies: 247
Views: 57864

Re: London Heathrow (LHR) 2019 New Routes

hi guys BA did fly to Montpellier.from LGW after the take over of DanAir in 1991 route stopped very quickly after the take over.. You know there are some on here who are aware of that fact but that was nearly 28 years ago were discussing new or extra British Airways flights from LHR for summer 2019...

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by bananaboy
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing
Replies: 2094
Views: 91477

Re: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing

https://news.sky.com/story/top-eu-law-o ... 0-11571293

Is this the ruling?

Mark
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The UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50, says "top EU law officer."

https://news.sky.com/story/top-eu-law-o ... 0-11571293

Is this the ruling?

Mark

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by bananaboy
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA and VS on same ticket with good price
Replies: 17
Views: 2053

Re: BA and VS on same ticket with good price

I've noticed VS seem keener to use BA on domestic BA connections at Heathrow. I could have sworn they'd been pushing people onto FlyBe but something seems to have changed over the past few weeks. I rarely see a BE/VS result returned, it's always BA.

Mark

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by bananaboy
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing
Replies: 2094
Views: 91477

Re: Brexit part 4: Until the last Tory Standing

It's as if some Brexiteers can't accept that Germany is doing well after losing the wars; that a country that was defeated is doing better than the victor. The fact that Germany is a major player in Europe feels like Germany has won and got the final revenge; hence why toilet papers like The Express...

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by bananaboy
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta's press pass
Replies: 160
Views: 7915

Re: CNN's Jim Acosta's Press Credentials Revoked

What a world we're in where some can lose it over a reporter touching a woman's arm whilst in the same breath defend a man who would boast about grabbing a woman by her vagina.

Crazy.


Mark

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by bananaboy
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tui to offer direct flight from UK to Cabo San Lucas
Replies: 26
Views: 4891

Re: Tui to offer direct flight from UK to Cabo San Lucas

TUI increasingly targets other markets. For instance, TUI in Belgium (I know that TUI UK is a legacy from Thomson Holidays, so not exactly the same thing) flies many VFR routes and increasingly opens more. I have flown TUI (or Condor) a few times and many of those flights are not very different tha...

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by bananaboy
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tui to offer direct flight from UK to Cabo San Lucas
Replies: 26
Views: 4891

Re: Tui to offer direct flight from UK to Cabo San Lucas

PHL BOS and MIA don't have a link either and these are large US Metros that usually get links to a Mexican resort city before London does. Geography hurts BOS and MIA with Pacific Mexico in general. But you have to appreciate that TUI are a holiday company not a scheduled airline so the majority of...

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by bananaboy
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tui to offer direct flight from UK to Cabo San Lucas
Replies: 26
Views: 4891

Tui to offer direct flight from UK to Cabo San Lucas

Tui will offer twice weekly flights between London Gatwick and Cabo San Lucas from November 2019. Flights to Cabo are in addition to services to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. If this service actually launches it will, I believe, be the first ever regular link between the UK and Cabo. First Choice anno...

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by bananaboy
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Words in your language that mean completely different/gross/disgusting things in another
Replies: 93
Views: 9446

Re: Words in your language that mean completely different/gross/disgusting things in another

"Šlag" in Serbo-Croat always used to give me a laugh. It means "cream"..the stuff from cows.

Mark

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by bananaboy
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cobalt Air ceases operations
Replies: 1
Views: 815

Cobalt Air ceases operations

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/10/17/coba ... -grounded/

https://cobalt.aero/

No doubt more to come. Is going to be a long winter.

Mark
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Another one bites the dust. :|

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/10/17/coba ... -grounded/

https://cobalt.aero/

No doubt more to come. Is going to be a long winter.

Mark

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by bananaboy
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 65665

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

A little overview of things you stand to lose... https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/12/rail-safety-spotify-access-key-no-deal-brexit-notices-analysis In case you can't be bothered reading though it all, just think a second about the ridiculousness of the very last one in today's world: B...

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by bananaboy
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 65665

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

Control the borders. EU law states that you have 3 months to be in work or study or you should return to your country of citizenship (I'm paraphrasing). We chose to not implement. We've always had control of our borders for those coming from outside the EU. So, I'll ask again..what right(s) or free...

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by bananaboy
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 65665

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

Probably because most people in thr UK couldn’t get a flying fig about free movement rights being eroded. I, and many others, would have no interest in living in Germany, Romania, Bulgaria etc. If FoM would be the only right British citizens will be stripped of, the issue would indeed be purely the...

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by bananaboy
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 65665

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

Many UK politicians see leaving the single market and dropping of freedom of movement and suffering the economic fallout as a price they are willing to pay.... they are just not willing to let the British people have a say on this matter as they think they have a mandate for it....) I find it fasci...

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by bananaboy
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW L1011 Timetable services
Replies: 76
Views: 8201

Re: LGW L1011 Timetable services

That was a Continental service with a DC10-30 with an Eastern code. The service was on a 747 by the following year. 1988 TriStar programme for British Airtours and British Airways at LGW: ... Tuesday KT506 LGW 2230 - ALC - 0630 LGW KT507 Owners Abroad Wow, what a resource this site can be! This was...

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by bananaboy
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad adding fourth LHR service
Replies: 5
Views: 3091

Re: Etihad adding fourth LHR service

https://www.headforpoints.com/2018/10/0 ... nges-week/

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SQ789 wrote:
Are they closing the lounge in LHR? It should have been DUB or IAD should have closed before LHR does! Not good for traveler!


No.1 are taking the lounge over.

https://www.headforpoints.com/2018/10/0 ... nges-week/

Mark

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by bananaboy
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 65665

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

So you are fine to have an opinion on tax cuts, e.g. income of the government, but don't have any opinion when it comes to cuts. Seems a bit populistic to me, 350m/week to NHS anyone? I have an opinion on tax cuts. I welcome it. How they do is not my problem or job. In other news, some good news at...

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by bananaboy
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thr correct number of inches is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 3132

Re: Thr correct number of inches is . . .

We manage. No reason to change it. From what I understand is that metric is what is used in schools, once all the stick in the mud old people have died off metric will take over. It’s absolutely daft that it has remained in use as long as it has. I’m not so sure. I was taught metric at school, but ...

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by bananaboy
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thr correct number of inches is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 3132

Re: Thr correct number of inches is . . .

Not everyone uses the metric system. Wrong. at least for length units. the inch/foot/yard thingies .. today reference the meter for their definition. We still use yards for road signs and when I fly I speak to ATC with height instructions, it is given in feet. Individuals have free choice in the UK...

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by bananaboy
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 65665

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

An interesting excerpt of a radio phone-in this morning. The guest was (is) an actual trade deal negotiator who was invited by the Hong Kong government to work on their deal(s) after the territory was handed back to China. https://amp.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/james-obrien/expert-schools-james-obri...

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by bananaboy
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA line up at JFK photo.
Replies: 127
Views: 29020

Re: BA line up at JFK photo.

In terms of sheer numbers of foreign aircraft at overseas airports, I think the likes of Palma and Antalya are going to see more. Now, finding a photo of it though... Found one from a few years ago. From memory, Britannia were operating something like 130 weekly flights at their peak. 0390828 Plus, ...

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by bananaboy
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA line up at JFK photo.
Replies: 127
Views: 29020

Re: BA line up at JFK photo.

Pic says 2008.. Even back then, was a BA 767 regularly scheduled to JFK?

Is that likely to be the MAN service?

Mark

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by bananaboy
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 45040

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

Norwegian aren't shouting too loudly to their customers about the change. They've advised passengers already booked and the aircraft type for the A380 flights is not shown on the site, unlike their 787 flights. (Not sure what they have in the GDS's) From a marketing and brand perspective, I think it...

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by bananaboy
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hi Fly A380 operations thread 2018
Replies: 293
Views: 45040

Re: Thomas Cook the first to lease HiFly A380

I see there have been medical diversions in the pasr# but would this be the first commercial A380 flight to / from Larnaca?

Mark

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by bananaboy
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 65665

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

- 31% would leave with no deal and - 15% would take the government deal Were a referendum to take place asking for second preferences, in the final round remaining in the EU would have a clear lead over no deal Brexit by 59% to 41% Wow.. that really would be measurable in the millions (plural), the...

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by bananaboy
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 65665

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

https://twitter.com/bbaschuk/status/1022078969221398533

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Interesting hearing today on LBC a Bloomberg business correspondent sharing his thoughts on the challenges awaiting even with a no-deal.

https://twitter.com/bbaschuk/status/1022078969221398533

Mark

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by bananaboy
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: *Video Only* Virgin Atlantic 747-400 Orlando to Belfast - VIDEO
Replies: 6
Views: 3235

Re: *Video Only* Virgin Atlantic 747-400 Orlando to Belfast - VIDEO

Great report - nice to remember the magic I felt flying when I was a kid.
Hope you had a great vacation in Belfast.

Mark

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by bananaboy
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge
Replies: 2200
Views: 65665

Re: Brexit Phase 3: an enthusiastic jump from the cliff-edge

News coming out the the EU might have rejected the Chequers plan should not come as a great surprise to anyone - we were told 2 years ago that Cherry picking was not an option so what do we suggest after 2 years of very little - Cherry Picking! Apparently we would have got everything we wanted if w...

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by bananaboy
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2443
Views: 62364

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

And Mr Cameron spends millions on leaflets with PUBLIC money and it’s all fine. Lovely whataboutery.... classic, in fact. A leaflet setting out the government position was issued for the first referendum so it was bound to be done again for this one. I didn't particularly want public money spent th...

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by bananaboy
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2443
Views: 62364

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

First Leave.EU were fined and now Vote Leave who are also now being referred to police for potentially breaking electoral law. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/vote-leave-brexit-fine-police-electoral-commission-spending-latest-a8450466.html Mark And Mr Cameron spends millions on leafl...

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by bananaboy
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2443
Views: 62364

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 50466.html

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First Leave.EU were fined and now Vote Leave who are also now being referred to police for potentially breaking electoral law.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 50466.html

Mark

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by bananaboy
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit EU position Phase 2
Replies: 2443
Views: 62364

Re: Brexit EU position Phase 2

Heard today on the radio that the option to leave and revert to WTO rules would also require a hard border with Ireland.

Anyone able to shed light on this?

As someone said, leaving the EU feels like trying to "get the eggs out of a baked cake."

Mark

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