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by melpax
Sat Jun 26, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 435
Views: 34278

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

Sydney to go into a 2 week lockdown from 6PM tonight due to an outbreak of the Delta variant. The outbreak started in the Eastern suburbs, several Eastern suburbs, including Bondi & the Sydney CBD were placed under lockdown as of yesterday, now all of the Sydney Metro area has been locked down. ...

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by melpax
Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down
Replies: 9
Views: 665

Re: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down

Not good at all...HKers should be seriously thinking about what they plan to do long-term if they aren’t already. There have been a lot of Hong Kongers with Australian Citizenship or permament residency moving back here over the past couple of years, and a few pro-democracy activists have claimed a...

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by melpax
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 265
Views: 40150

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2021

Lots of people in Y would rather break their journey in LAX anyway. While the US border is painful in LAX, JFK aint exactly great either. Though if you're just changing planes in LAX, you also have to go through TSA screening. Even if I was flying Y, and my final destination was JFK, I would rather...

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by melpax
Tue Jun 08, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round the world airlines
Replies: 25
Views: 3490

Re: Round the world airlines

Pre-COVID, QF almost had RTW service, the missing gap was JFK-LHR. But you would have been able to book a codeshare flight on AA or BA on a QF ticket, with a QF flight number.

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by melpax
Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 435
Views: 34278

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

Cluster in Melbourne believed to have started as transmission between two 5th grade students: https://amp.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/health-officials-warn-that-new-variant-found-in-victoria-could-spread-quicker-between-children/news-story/7e8916632111020ba9c20e5f69df127a This new "delt...

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by melpax
Sun May 30, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021
Replies: 435
Views: 34278

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2021

About NZ and Australia, do people there want to be vaccinated ? Having been mostly spared by the virus might be a disincentive for many. And not everyone cares that much about being stuck in their country. Things have changed in Australia, at least in Melbourne. We have just gone into our 4th lockd...

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by melpax
Sun May 30, 2021 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Supertanker ceasing operations
Replies: 55
Views: 15408

Re: 747 Supertanker ceasing operations

TheDutchman92 wrote:
Australia could definitely use this and it would have the legs to get to Indonesia from a southern operating base too.


A DC-10 tanker has been based in Sydney (at Richmond RAAF base from memory) in previous fire seasons.

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by melpax
Thu May 27, 2021 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42175

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

7 Day lockdown just announced for Victoria... 5km movement limit, but no curfew this time. Non-food retail to move to click & collect, masks to be worn outside of home. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-covid-live-updates-melbourne-braces-for-lockdown-as-health-officials-await...

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by melpax
Wed May 26, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42175

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

QLD can’t be far behind... I was half expecting QLD to have already closed. NZL is to review that travel pause tomorrow, I would expect that pause to be extended. With maybe an Avenue for citizens to return home. QLD have already restricted entry for those who have been in Melbourne Northern Suburb...

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by melpax
Wed May 26, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42175

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

We might see some cancellations from Victorians shortly....... I'd say there would be cancellations already - SA has just closed their borders to travellers from Melbourne, and those from elsewhere in Victoria must get tested on arrival & isolate until they get a negative result. Would think WA...

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by melpax
Tue May 25, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42175

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

COVID outbreak in Melbourne, Indian variant :-( . 9 confirmed cases so far, but thousands have been forced to be tested & isolate, given one of the cases visited a major Shopping Mall while infections... The other states have imposed restrictions on people visiting from certain areas of Melbourn...

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by melpax
Sun May 09, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 1690

Re: The US Big 3 and Melbourne, Australia

Many Americans go to Australia for cruises. All the cruises go out of Sydney, so it isn't just the population, but what drives tourism. Pre-COVID, there were a couple of cruise liners based out of MEL for the Summer. MEL was also a popular port of call as well, The Queens were semi-regular visitors...

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by melpax
Sun May 09, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42175

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

My wife just told me tonight she read on a news site on her phone, that international boarder will not open until 2022, she cant say what site she read that on, so how will that affect Qantas who was hoping that international travel may commence in October. Will their A380s have to go back into sto...

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by melpax
Mon May 03, 2021 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42175

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Obzerva wrote:
Do we have anecdotal figures of ZL's load factors on its jet services as yet?


I flew them on SYD-MEL a couple of weeks back, my flight was close to full.

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by melpax
Sat May 01, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 42175

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

tullamarine wrote:
redroo wrote:
Where is the year going?

No further than New Zealand, it seems.


And perhaps Singapore, and Japan later on IF we're lucky. Unlikely though.......

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by melpax
Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Regional Express MEL - SYD March 2021
Replies: 5
Views: 5429

Re: Regional Express MEL - SYD March 2021

I flew REX last weekend (SYD-MEL). Wasn't expecting a lot, but came away pleasantly suprised. Free checked baggage & snacks are a nice point of difference, especially compared to VA & JQ. The FA's were also made a point of welcoming those flying them for the first time, will be interesting t...

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by melpax
Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 128
Views: 11980

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

Went to the local chemist's with my mum a few days ago for our flu shots. The pharmacist advised my mum to monitor her blood pressure & blood sugar levels for 2 weeks before having her COVID shot. Heart palpitations are a common side affect with the AZ vaccine apparently, which is what over-50's...

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by melpax
Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 44712

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Another Hotel Quarantine breach, this time it was someone travelling PER-MEL after completing quarantine in Perth. Pax was apparently told to isolate on arrival in MEL on Wednesday as the person in the neighboring hotel room in Perth had tested positive. The Melbourne arrival tested positive this mo...

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by melpax
Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Corporations Buying Up American Homes
Replies: 34
Views: 2405

Re: Corporations Buying Up American Homes

In my city (Melbourne, Australia), suburban home prices are going gangbusters. The minimum price for a free-standing 4 bedroom home in the area I live in (around 30kms east of downtown MEL) is now AUD$1 million, and that would be for something needing substantial renovation. Anything under $1mil is ...

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by melpax
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 270
Views: 44712

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2021

Have just got back home from spending the weekend up in Sydney. Flew MEL-SYD on JQ Friday night, and flew back to MEL this afternoon on REX. Both flights were close to full. REX seems to be very competitive, with free checked baggage, and complementary 'refreshments' - a water & a bag of nuts ar...

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by melpax
Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is everyone’s home internet speed?
Replies: 43
Views: 3240

Re: What is everyone’s home internet speed?

My NBN Connection is HFC, which is the old Foxtel cable that was originally laid back in the mid 90's. Before switching to the NBN, I had a cable internet connection, which was a similar speed to the NBN. Have noticed though that speeds have picked up during COVID, with WFH. Currently getting around...

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by melpax
Wed Mar 17, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Netflix
Replies: 39
Views: 1889

Re: Netflix

Rick & Morty (on Australian Netflix, not sure about elsewhere). Have also rediscovered Rake (the original Australian version, not the US remake). Bingeworthy, need to watch it from the start to 'get it'. Not a show where you can jump into a later season. The episode with Sam Neill as a wealthy S...

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by melpax
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 48515

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

I tend to agree that some of the destination SE Asian routes may be more popular. Less so Bali/Indonesia. But Thailand, Taiwan and Japan also have pretty good Covid records. If travel to those 3 countries is opened up early on, JQ would have no problems filling up their 787's. Remember that Japan w...

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by melpax
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Western Sydney Airport VS Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. Which one will be bigger?
Replies: 16
Views: 2178

Re: Western Sydney Airport VS Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. Which one will be bigger?

Given SAC (operator of SYD) turned down the contractual first offer to operate SWZ, I expect the two will fight tooth and nail for traffic. Freight will be relatively simple, but passengers far more complex. SYD will always have the advantage of distance and transport links to the Sydney CBD for bo...

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by melpax
Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Western Sydney Airport VS Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. Which one will be bigger?
Replies: 16
Views: 2178

Re: Western Sydney Airport VS Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. Which one will be bigger?

As others have said, Most, if not all freight-only flights will probably move too SWZ, most of Sydney's logistics & warehousing capacity is now in nearby suburbs. There will be full-service domestic demand from the start also, given the proximity to Parramatta which is a major business centre. O...

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by melpax
Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021
Replies: 329
Views: 48515

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - March 2021

[quote="RyanairGuru"][/quote] As for VIC, Mildura & Bendigo are the only 2 non-metro centres that see scheduled flights. Mildura is a 6 hour drive from Melbourne, and Bendigo only sees QF link flights to Sydney because of demand from Bendigo Bank, and possibly some of the Defence contr...

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by melpax
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

With the upcoming winter season, do we think there is room for airlines to expand into even more small-market leisure routes? Ie. ports that haven’t seen longer-range services ever. I am thinking the likes of LST or HBA-CNS, ABX-OOL or MCY. Maybe not with a 738 or 320, but on an Alliance E190 2 or ...

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by melpax
Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: User's rides
Replies: 83
Views: 4500

Re: User's rides

Kent350787 wrote:
Is the annoying clonk from the RH rear suspension still a feature? I've pulled over more than once in hire cars worried something was broken.


Diff bushes were probably on their way out, one of the few weak point with these cars

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by melpax
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: User's rides
Replies: 83
Views: 4500

Re: User's rides

Kent350787 wrote:
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I think you suffered a little typing dyslexia there, given they were last manufactured in 2016.


Wishful thinking, LOL! it's a 2012, not 2021!

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by melpax
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: User's rides
Replies: 83
Views: 4500

Re: User's rides

Currently driving a 2021 Ford Falcon XR6, with the legendary Barra motor! This one isn't mine, but very close. Have gone back to them after a BMW 5 series, much more reliable than a Euro, and not much difference in driving. This will most likely be my last Aussie car, currently deciding whether to g...

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by melpax
Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 345
Views: 61111

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

For your CUN-MEL flight and the many possible combinations of SYD-LAX-to places east or south of there, from an Aussie perspective, doesn't it irritate a little knowing that you MUST get a USA visa and pay extra for your tickets to be processed by USA authorities? What if you wanted to bring Cuban ...

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by melpax
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

Wouldn’t everyone in the terminal been wearing masks? And there goes interstate travel for the of 2021, I would think if WA/QLD/SA get any cases from this point of transmission aka an airport worker. It will be hard to see the three of the willing take there domestic boarders down. I think we now c...

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by melpax
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 36462

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

Melbourne, and the entire state of Victoria was placed back into lockdown at Midnight last night, for 5 days at this stage. Due to hotel quarantine staff contracting the UK strain, (believed to have been caused by a guest using a nebuliser which have been banned in quarantine) which has then passed ...

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by melpax
Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 345
Views: 61111

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

It is a bit of a pie in the sky idea, but have had to fly back to MEL from Cancun. Having to go through immigration, customs, and TSA just to transit IAH was a painful experience, a direct flight, or a 'normal' transit experience would have been much easier.

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by melpax
Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 345
Views: 61111

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

Hello Aussie friends. I just wanted to step in to say that a new international terminal should be ready in Tijuana by December 2021. There's now official acknowledgement that it'll have an "in-transit" aspect to it. Passengers will be able to enter Mexico perhaps to connect to a flight or...

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by melpax
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

Melbourne entering a 5 day lockdown from Midnight. Main cause for concern is a cafe worker in MEL terminal 4 who contracted the UK strain from their housemate, who is a hotel quarantine worker. Everyone who has passed through T4 on Tuesday has been forced into 14 days isolation as a result. https://...

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by melpax
Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 345
Views: 61111

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

I see the next opportunity after the ULH to JFK/ORD are bedded in being 789s to secondary destinations like SEA, LAS, SAN, DEN etc, probably in a lower-premium configuration. SYD-IAH could also be on the cards if they went down to a 789 on SYD-DFW. Looking ahead to 2030 and beyond here. LAS would b...

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by melpax
Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 20 years from now
Replies: 63
Views: 4710

Re: COVID-19 20 years from now

Toilet paper And the panic buying in general. Supermarkets having to impose buying limits, and having to shorten opening hours so the stores could be restocked in peace, without the staff being trampled! A planned 6 week lockdown in Melbourne becoming over 3 months, and curfews & movement restr...

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by melpax
Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF - Project Sunrise
Replies: 345
Views: 61111

Re: QF - Project Sunrise

It would be unlikely to see any QF group flights to MIA or MCO, any business demand would be serviced by the DFW flights. If anything, MCO would be a perfect JQ destination, being mainly leisure focused, with Disney World starting to become a popular destination for Aussies pre-COVID. Out of left fi...

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by melpax
Sun Feb 07, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Australian mentanlity on big showcase events
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

Re: The Australian mentanlity on big showcase events

Horse Racing was just about the only sport that carried on in Australia for all of last year, even during the Melbourne lockdown. Jockeys & trainers went into their own bubbles in early March, Jockeys were banned from travelling interstate commercially very early on after a scare - this was soon...

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by melpax
Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021
Replies: 196
Views: 30771

Re: Australian Aviation Thread- February 2021

Another hotel quarantine breach, this time in MEL. A quarantine staffer at the Grand Hyatt has tested positive while it was being used to house arriving players & officials for the Aus Open. 500 players, and associated people who were staying there have been told to get tested & quarantine u...

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by melpax
Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How could the US implement intl-to-intl pax transfer?
Replies: 22
Views: 2350

Re: How could the US implement intl-to-intl pax transfer?

A few years back I flew back home via CUN>IAH>AKL>MEL. the flights were all ticketed NZ flights (CUN>IAH was on UA), and I didn't leave IAH or AKL airports. I had a 4.5 hour layover in IAH. I spent at least 2.5 hours in the CPB line, had to recheck my bag, then wait another hour in the TSA line. Jus...

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by melpax
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 36462

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

Another lockdown in Australia - Perth has been placed into lockdown from 6PM Sunday to 6PM Friday (at this stage) after a hotel quarantine guard tested positive, possibly to the UK strain, and was potentially infectious while out & about.... Needless to say panic buying is going on, after the WA...

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by melpax
Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 36462

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

The 4 month hard lockdown in Victoria was extremely effective, reducing cases from 20,000 to zero, but has left scars and brought about extreme risk aversion. People here in Melbourne were very fearful of another lockdown during the Christmas/New Year outbreak. Didn't help matters when the state go...

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by melpax
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The strangeness of Japan
Replies: 10
Views: 1200

Re: The strangeness of Japan

When I was there pre-COVID, it was strange seeing so many people wearing full business on the weekends. Most had work cases or bags with them, so it was clear that they wern't dressing up just because they felt like it. Also saw kids in their school uniforms on Saturdays, again, they had their schoo...

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by melpax
Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 36462

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

[quote="StarAC17"][/quote] Problem is that there's also thousands of locals also in support roles. Most of the ball kids are locals, possibly some of the officials, media, medical staff and stadium staff. They would all have to be part of the bubble as well, and then quarantine for 2 weeks...

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by melpax
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 36462

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

How many people involved in the Open will come from outside Oz? I think the competition would normally have 128 players in the first round (x2 for both genders). Then there are the coaches physios etc. 500 in all at most? If they are all subject to quarantine, is there a risk of any infected among ...

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by melpax
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 36462

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

This is ridiculous. Australia is going to have to choose between their zero-tolerance, zero case, complete isolation approach and organizing major international sports tournaments... You can't have it both ways. All those thousands of Australians effectively prevented from flying back to their own ...

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by melpax
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 36462

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

4 people who flew on the EY Aus Open charter flights from LAX to MEL have tested positive for COVID. Included an EY crew member, a coach & a US broadcaster. As a result all pax from the 2 flights have been declared close contacts & those who are players not allowed to leave their rooms to tr...

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by melpax
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Vessel at Hudson Yards Closed After Series of Suicides
Replies: 34
Views: 2623

Re: Vessel at Hudson Yards Closed After Series of Suicides

The George Washington Bridge a few miles north was long a place for suicide, often coming in bunches but over the years, too many had occurred. With fears of and actual lawsuits filed, the costs of more police patrols, now millions have to be spent installing fencing to limit the ability for jumper...

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