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by chimborazo
Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1343
Views: 70742

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Maybe it was a blessing in disguise. I don’t think so. Even with the age restrictions, A faster delivery of AZ would have saved more lives. But a higher occurrence of deadly side effects would have reduced the willingness of the population to get vaccinated. In addition the protection of the AZ vac...

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by chimborazo
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strange business names
Replies: 41
Views: 1927

Re: Strange business names

Some unusual ones I've come across: https://i.imgur.com/AkLL1up.jpg https://i.imgur.com/dlgKEF0.jpg https://i.imgur.com/kaQxJSl.jpg :shock: https://i.imgur.com/b8IR4SS.jpg https://i.imgur.com/TWC8DTs.jpg https://i.imgur.com/AeJh6FL.jpg https://i.imgur.com/348BpKt.jpg https://i.imgur.com/pY9Duqi.jpg...

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by chimborazo
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strange business names
Replies: 41
Views: 1927

Re: Strange business names

There is a “Wok Right Inn” Chinese takeaway near me which always causes a smile on passing. Singh Brothers Plumbers: “You’ve had the cowboys, now use the Indians” written on the van. Was told about this by a Sikh friend... not sure if it was actually real as it was a long time ago but do remember ha...

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by chimborazo
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Extension of flaps and landing gear during turns on large aircraft
Replies: 18
Views: 3003

Re: Extension of flaps and landing gear during turns on large aircraft

It is also considered good airmanship not to move the flaps and the gear at the same time to avoid peak loads on the green hydraulic system (this is also not a limitation/procedure, but is considered good airmanship). I asked about this on a training course in Toulouse once. The manufacturer says i...

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by chimborazo
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Preparing for an interview
Replies: 6
Views: 584

Re: Preparing for an interview

A) know the job posting upside down and backwards... Anything on there that's mentioned that you don't know research a bit. You don't need to know everything about everything but at least know what everything is. B) research the company and have some questions about it that do not have to do with p...

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by chimborazo
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2
Replies: 147
Views: 12024

Re: Boris Johnson supports Scottish indeRef#2

Cut Scotland off and let it float up towards the North Pole... they will freeze. I will be sorry to see them go - I have some good Scottish friends and it’s a beautiful country. But I’ll tired of the anti-English. I’m tired of the politics. Just go do your thing. Scotland will be a failed state and ...

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by chimborazo
Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest Biden Administration "Scandal"
Replies: 35
Views: 3032

Re: Latest Biden Administration "Scandal"

I mean if I were in that position I'd like to be able to return a gesture of respect offered somehow, but not necessarily by saluting in return. Pause and stand at attention for a few moments to acknowledge the salute. Not in uniform, don’t return a salute as noted above. Generally it is the rank/o...

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by chimborazo
Wed Mar 24, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Grass landing strips
Replies: 21
Views: 2457

Re: Grass landing strips

I seem to remember with one of my instructors that when we flew in to a particular field (Full sutton) that the best course of action when taking off was to raise the nose gear off slightly ASAP on takeoff as the drag on the grass on the nose wheel was more than the additional drag from a few degre...

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by chimborazo
Thu Mar 18, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fast food you avoid
Replies: 68
Views: 3844

Re: Fast food you avoid

I don’t think Mucky Ds class themselves as fast food. “Everyone” classes them as such because they are generally pretty fast and have most things either already cooked or they don’t take too long to put together. Plus the Drive Thru gives a not unreasonable expectation that you’ll get what you order...

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by chimborazo
Sat Mar 13, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle
Replies: 33
Views: 2873

Re: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle

And all the above can be nicely demonstrated by driving along with your hand out the window of a car. Hold it “flat” for zero AoA and speed up and there is no noticeable change. Tilt your hand up to say 5 degrees while maintaining the same relative position and you will feel the tendency for your ha...

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by chimborazo
Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle
Replies: 33
Views: 2873

Re: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle

It is a controlled descent. Lift is still being generated and holding the plane weight- it’s just holding it in a descent profile. Just ends with no flare as you note. They basically crash it into the deck and go to full throttle as they do so in case the arrester cable breaks. Note the very strong...

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by chimborazo
Fri Mar 12, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle
Replies: 33
Views: 2873

Re: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle

It is a controlled descent. Lift is still being generated and holding the plane weight- it’s just holding it in a descent profile. Just ends with no flare as you note. They basically crash it into the deck and go to full throttle as they do so in case the arrester cable breaks. Note the very strong ...

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by chimborazo
Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Netflix
Replies: 39
Views: 1739

Re: Netflix

Life on Mars if you haven’t seen it. Fabulous series. The storyline(s) are really good and there are lots of hilarious moments. Take it in perspective of the era it represents (and it all makes sense in the end- see below!). British version btw- I tried watching the American first episode and it was...

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by chimborazo
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: User's rides
Replies: 83
Views: 4164

Re: User's rides

The Alfa is beautiful but out of my range- company car driver. Years ago had a 156 GTA with a few extras. That was a great car. I have a 2016 Golf GTD with DSG in Oryx white. Looks great and is a lot of car for the money. Never going back to a stick. Only done 39K miles as it spent a lot of time at ...

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by chimborazo
Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why was N106US the a320 involved in the hudson river ditching never repaired?
Replies: 30
Views: 4859

Re: Why was N106US the a320 involved in the hudson river ditching never repaired?

It took a hell of a battering during the impact. I suspect there is much more structural/internal damage than that which is easily seen from external pictures. That lifting system won't be doing it much good either. It's necessary to allow a crane to lift it from the water of course, but it's likely...

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by chimborazo
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: King toppled from throne by gender-neutral card deck
Replies: 22
Views: 1822

Re: King toppled from throne by gender-neutral card deck

Chess is in for a major reform: The monarchy was toppled over a century ago, so the king and queen need to go. The bishops are a dilemma. Either we need to remove them, or add in other religions. I say we add a pair of Imams and Rabbis. In the wake of the cold war, defence budgets were slashed. One...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do all Americans have two names?
Replies: 31
Views: 1825

Re: Do all Americans have two names?

Top of my head, must people I know have two pre and one surname. It’s very common in UK. My gf is from Northern Europe and has only first and last name. It’s very noticeable on American film/show credits that the middle name letters are there. Tends not to happen so much here... just first and last ...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do all Americans have two names?
Replies: 31
Views: 1825

Re: Do all Americans have two names?

“H. Norman Schwarzkopf (FIO)” is what they put him down as at West Point induction. Maybe not written in that order- it’s a long time since I read his biography.
First Initial Only... he didn’t actually have a first name, just an initial. Strange!

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by chimborazo
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2nd Impeachment of Donald J. Trump 1/13/2020
Replies: 104
Views: 5765

Re: 2nd Impeachment of Donald J. Trump 1/13/2020

Justin - take a deep breath, and just accept that they have different opinions. They're your family, differing viewpoints are not a crime and they should matter to you far more than your political opinions. They will be there to support you when a politician won't You don’t choose your family but y...

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by chimborazo
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are preflight walk-arounds done by pilots and not ground personnel?
Replies: 38
Views: 4631

Re: Why are preflight walk-arounds done by pilots and not ground personnel?

Cheese and onion. The well known “Swiss cheese” effect of having all the holes line up in a sequence of events for something to go wrong. That chain can be potentially broken regarding potential issues observable from a walk round. The (safety) onion is multiple layers... maint do their checks, pilo...

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by chimborazo
Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part XI: 2021
Replies: 648
Views: 34378

Re: Brexit part XI: 2021

If Scotland do get another referendum in the coming years and the vote is to leave the UK, they’d better hope the EU let them join the same day. Because even one month of the SNP running the finances after they leave the UK and lose the disproportionate share of UK tax per capita will show they woul...

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by chimborazo
Tue Dec 15, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DR Jill Biden
Replies: 93
Views: 3333

Re: "DR" Jill Biden

Half way over the Atlantic, cabin crew announcement: “ladies and gentlemen, if there is a doctor on board, please make yourself known to the cabin crew.” “Can ai ‘elp..?” Says Valentino Rossi as he wanders into the galley... A dentist would be better than a lay-person. A nurse would be much better t...

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by chimborazo
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Favorite Movie
Replies: 80
Views: 5225

Re: Your Favorite Movie

Gran Torino. Simply the best movie of all time. I watched it part way through a Trans-Atlantic... and then twice on the way back. It’s heart-breaking, uplifting and fascinating all at the same time. Then Wedding Crashers. Just a feel-good movie with so many hilarious bits. “You motor boatin’ son of ...

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by chimborazo
Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101826

Re: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president

This is great Trump notes that SC hasn’t considered the Texas request: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-fox-and-friends-election-challenges-not-over-electoral-college-vote And then a Republican gets upset about other states processes: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/scalise-noncommittal-accep...

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by chimborazo
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: First plane that needed software?
Replies: 56
Views: 5510

Re: First plane that needed software?

Depends on the term “needed”. The F-16 is inherently unstable to provide greater agility and from what I’ve read requires software to be controllable (ie a human pilot couldn’t maintain controlled flight in an equivalent “direct law” - directly moving the control surfaces). I don't think the F-16 h...

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by chimborazo
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Upper Deck Boeing 747-400BCF
Replies: 36
Views: 4924

Re: Upper Deck Boeing 747-400BCF

The Boeing conversion pdf also notes that the flight deck door is removed and replaced with a curtain. This suggests any person carried on the freighter would need to be vetted/approved (further adding to comments above about them not being passengers). That actually surprised me- I would have antic...

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by chimborazo
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: First plane that needed software?
Replies: 56
Views: 5510

Re: First plane that needed software?

Depends on the term “needed”. The F-16 is inherently unstable to provide greater agility and from what I’ve read requires software to be controllable (ie a human pilot couldn’t maintain controlled flight in an equivalent “direct law” - directly moving the control surfaces).

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by chimborazo
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is the Cessna Grand Caravan so slow compared to other turboprops?
Replies: 19
Views: 2939

Re: Why is the Cessna Grand Caravan so slow compared to other turboprops?

Probably a combination of: - a relatively old design - wing designed for lifting payload rather than outright speed - draggy airframe - particularly fixed landing gear - structurally incapable of high speeds - fixings of aerodynamic moving surfaces etc (on that, I’m often surprised at how “weak” the...

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by chimborazo
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Installed Engine Attitude
Replies: 32
Views: 2696

Re: Installed Engine Attitude

The engine is identical on both wings. During install they're rotated a few degrees by pulling them against the wing mount. I would imagine the pylons account for the necessary geometry to “point” the engine in the right direction, rather than any rotation by pulling them when installed. There will...

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by chimborazo
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is inflation?
Replies: 24
Views: 1995

Re: What is inflation?

Inflation in itself is fine in terms of prices going up as long as wages follow. But inflation is by its very nature exponential, so it may only go up a percentage or two but it aggregates. So if inflation is 2% year on year but - as happens at my company last year- wages stay static it opens a gap ...

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by chimborazo
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions on how to become a pilot and training
Replies: 128
Views: 2979

Re: Pilot and business

http://en.everybodywiki.com/James_Zockoll This came to mind as soon as I read the thread. Jim Zockoll started Dyno-Rod when he was a pilot at Pan-Am. that’s a while back now! Obviously things will be a bit different these days. I learned about this from reading Airport International by Bryan Moynaha...

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by chimborazo
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Workload of the PNF in the 732
Replies: 17
Views: 2102

Re: Workload of the PNF in the 732

It doesn’t sound that different to flying GA, just more systems to check, but also more automated systems (there are no automated systems on the singles I’ve flown). In fact, it sounds like there’s less “checking” - FREDA checks every 15 mins for the flying I do. Of course every pilot is/should be c...

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by chimborazo
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are cruel rulers necessary?
Replies: 66
Views: 5166

Re: Are cruel rulers necessary?

I worked in Kurdistan for approximately 7 months over a number of visits. The folks I worked with were from all over Iraq, both Arabs and Kurds, and further afield from Syria and Jordan. Have spent many hours with a coffee and a cigarette discussing exactly this point. Two of the guys are some of th...

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by chimborazo
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big Surprise
Replies: 12
Views: 1279

Re: Big Surprise

And to add- even when we meet very few people, we don’t know everywhere and everything they’ve been and done. Alongside the vaccines it would be great to have a system where we can be “vaccinated” and have something in us that makes our eyes bright green or whatever When we have Covid in our body. I...

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by chimborazo
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big Surprise
Replies: 12
Views: 1279

Re: Big Surprise

Pin entry when shopping? It amazes me how many people don’t use a glove or - as I do if I haven’t got one - the corner of another card or something I won’t directly touch again for some time to hit the digits. I have seen people shouting at other people to keep their distance at others then use the ...

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by chimborazo
Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101826

Re: Official Election thread

Well, not always. A president at the end of their second term isn't in the game to get themselves re-elected. I wonder how Trump will behave when he gets to the end of his seco.... hang on! Scratch that :lol: I was thinking more of the 'career politicians' running from the local sheriff, through ma...

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by chimborazo
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101826

Re: Official Election thread

Curious as to what Trump's endgame is at this point. The margins in the swing states shared by a few posts above show that any recount isn't going to change the result. It's pretty appalling how the scummy GOP folks are going along with this. Their own election win is fine, but the President's some...

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by chimborazo
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101826

Re: Official Election thread

As an outsider I would suggest both sides need to stop thinking their own model must be the best for the country and must consider why the other side think their models have merit as the beginning point of discussion. And instead of analyzing which one is better, the discussion must be about why ot...

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by chimborazo
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101826

Re: Official Election thread

Dear GOP. It is the Economy. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/11/09/biden-voting-counties-equal-70-of-americas-economy-what-does-this-mean-for-the-nations-political-economic-divide/ Biden-voting counties equal 70% of America’s economy. https://i1.wp.com/www.brookings.edu/wp-content/up...

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by chimborazo
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101826

Re: Official Election thread

The delaying tactic on not conceding is in parallel with the request for money to pay off campaign finance. Trump and his team know they have lost, but they will keep spinning it out taking in as much money as they can to pay off the campaign finance. It seems they over spent because they “knew” the...

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by chimborazo
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Alcoholic beverage consumption in-flight
Replies: 13
Views: 2804

Re: Alcoholic beverage consumption in-flight

Is that a statement or a cry for help? Bit of both maybe. But joking apart.... thats quite normal from what I see from a certain group of travellers. Get someone who has been on the rigs for 30 days with no booze and that can be doubled. It’s not big and it’s not clever... and flying is just so bor...

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by chimborazo
Fri Apr 10, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Alcoholic beverage consumption in-flight
Replies: 13
Views: 2804

Re: Alcoholic beverage consumption in-flight

Oh and this is general based on a lay day before work at end of a long haul arriving in the early hours. Usually eastbound. Westbound just overnight in hotel. And taxi to and from airport. If driving then will likely just have a beer in the lounge and maybe a glass of wine with supper dependent on f...

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by chimborazo
Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Alcoholic beverage consumption in-flight
Replies: 13
Views: 2804

Re: Alcoholic beverage consumption in-flight

About 3 large G+Ts per hour (average on BA as they always seem to double up drinks handover to customers on long haul) for the first 2-3-4 hours (variance depending on which cabin/which gin and so it’s alcohol percentage). Duration depending if I’m tired/dehydrated. May only be one if previously deh...

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by chimborazo
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega Church Pastor Jailed for Soliciting Congregation to Attend Massive Services
Replies: 104
Views: 3247

Re: Mega Church Pastor Jailed for Soliciting Congregation to Attend Massive Services

A few people on here need to read “Blind Faith” by Ben Elton

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by chimborazo
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 170751

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

American politicians and policy makers seem more concerned with their little stimulus package than what is going on in hospitals. They are giving the numbers: so many masks, so many this, so many that. "Open for business by Easter", "everybody packed in churches by Easter". Stoc...

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by chimborazo
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus and Darwin award
Replies: 55
Views: 5441

Re: Coronavirus and Darwin award

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52029546 The hoping to shake it off by Easter is not a bad thing. But the absolute bollocks spouted in the content here and the idea that it’s actually possible to do that when all the evidence shows the opposite... crazy. This is what happens when religiou...

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by chimborazo
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 170751

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Let’s take a real-World example that’s close to my heart. My small local pub is run by three brothers who brew their own beer and have a wood-fired pizza oven. It’s a great place and we and our neighbours love it. They have now been forced to close by direct action of the government. Do you think i...

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by chimborazo
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 185827

Re: US cancels flight to Europe except UK for 30 days

Will this hold up in court? ACLU will sue Trump for discrimination against Europeans? Just don't understand why the UK is exempt while the rest of the continent is a no-go zone. Belgium, Austria, Greece, Czech Republic, Finland, Portugal, etc, have fewer cases and will take a huge hit from being bl...

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by chimborazo
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC
Replies: 17
Views: 1238

Re: Useless thread: Banks that issue both Visa and MC

I had an HSBC visa debit and MC credit... credit card expired a couple of years ago... they sent me a new CC and lo and behold I now have a visa CC. No idea why that happened. I travel around the world a lot and noticed in the past that some people don't take MC. Not had the issue yet with visa. Hav...

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