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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 11, 2004 11:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA Kiss The British Tourists Goodbye!
Replies: 99
Views: 3190

RE: USA Kiss The British Tourists Goodbye!

<i>Probably not because nowhere have i read that you need biometrics (eg fingerprint) in the passport. I only read that passports should be machine readable (or do machine readable passports always contain biometrics?).</i> The current standard requires a machine-readable passport for participation ...

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 11, 2004 11:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pushing Homeland Security To Far
Replies: 18
Views: 2644

RE: Pushing Homeland Security To Far

<i>actually the register along with its #1 enemy the inquirer http://www.theinquirer.net/ are both top notch news sites for everyone in the <acronym title="Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT</acronym> business, with alot of insider news often revealing trends in the industry.</i> Yes; if you can filter ou...

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 11, 2004 10:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Clean Vehicle: It Works!
Replies: 122
Views: 3808

RE: Clean Vehicle: It Works!

<i>Clean to drive, yes, but how are the batteries disposed of?</i> They're no more environmentally damaging than other parts of the car... NiCd went out of fashion years ago. <i>Germany has over 50% coal fired plants, and that number will increase in the near future as the "green" (read socialist co...

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 11, 2004 10:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Independence; England, Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland
Replies: 40
Views: 3429

RE: Independence; England, Wales, Scotland And N. Ireland

<i>I don't know if everyone knows but.. the UK is made up of four countries.. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.. but do you think any of these countries will become independent? I hope that Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland get a bit more freedom instead of listening to everything fr...

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 11, 2004 10:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saddam Kept Quiet In The News. Possible Cover Up?
Replies: 10
Views: 2619

RE: Saddam Kept Quiet In The News. Possible Cover Up?

2. Or, the government might of released Saddam from a deal or Plea Bargin with the court.

With what court?

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 11, 2004 10:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your Opinion On Sabena.
Replies: 43
Views: 5558

RE: Your Opinion On Sabena.

the smartest thing that could ever happen to Sabena and the belgian taxpayer. Close it up and start again with no debts.

How would taxpayers gain from writing off an inefficient carrier's debts?

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 11, 2004 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Building A New Airline From Nice To Paris
Replies: 48
Views: 6973

RE: Building A New Airline From Nice To Paris

An LCC directly competing with a TGV route?

Your initial per-seat costs would be (say) 10 times higher than the competing SNCF hardware; the difference in running costs per seat-km is even greater. This might cause some problems if you want to compete on a cost basis.

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 2:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pushing Homeland Security To Far
Replies: 18
Views: 2644

RE: Pushing Homeland Security To Far

Buying a mass-market flight sim is suspicious?

That's nothing. I recently bought two strategy games - now The Authorities know I'm plotting to take over the world, country by country, and crush all humanity with an iron fist.

Oops.

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 2:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA Kiss The British Tourists Goodbye!
Replies: 99
Views: 3190

RE: USA Kiss The British Tourists Goodbye!

<i>How exactly do this help stop terrorism? Ask Richard Reid. He's a product of the UK.</i> As GDB says... How would this measure have stopped Reid? Didn't he have a valid passport? I doubt that there's a large number of terrorists who can slip through the net if we only knew their name and passport...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 12:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA Kiss The British Tourists Goodbye!
Replies: 99
Views: 3190

RE: USA Kiss The British Tourists Goodbye!

I love biometric <acronym title="Normandie Aviation (France)">ID</acronym> - in principle. However, retinal images aren't ideal (imho) and most governments aren't ready to start integrating this with passports anyway. In other spheres, I'd consider two-factor authentication to be "something you have...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 7:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: English Cannot Be Learnt In Scotland
Replies: 9
Views: 1915

RE: English Cannot Be Learnt In Scotland

<i>A case of Whitehall bureacrats trying to emulate their brothers in Brussels</i> Not at all; selectively confusing "English" with "British" and vice versa, and insisting that the only true English is to be found in a certain region of southern England, is a longstanding trend. It's been like that ...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Single European Sky: Agree Or Disagree?
Replies: 17
Views: 2711

RE: Single European Sky: Agree Or Disagree?

<i>Are countries willing to let any commercial airliner fly over it's airspace without permission/authority?</i> Counterexample - would countries give up opportunities to screen individuals entering their country? Well, we now have Schengenland. There is an implicit risk in trusting your neighbour t...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumors from Airbus to launch a new program: A305
Replies: 46
Views: 18063

RE: Rumors From Airbus To Launch A New Program: A305

I hate to spoil the discussion, but... what is the basis of this rumour? <a href="http://news.google.com/news?q=A305" target=_blank>http://news.google.com/news?q=A305</a> <i>Your search - A305 - did not match any documents.</i>  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> If they ha...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 6:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Report: Iraq Arsenal "only On Paper"
Replies: 46
Views: 2511

RE: Report: Iraq Arsenal "only On Paper"

<i>Your examination is bogus. The problem was that much of what Saddam had was unaccounted for and this still remains true. If Saddam destroyed his weapons and materials and did not write it down, that would be very odd. What possible motivation could he have for that course of action?</i> Indeed. H...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 6:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Enviromental Politics Great Threat, Says U.K.
Replies: 87
Views: 1838

RE: U.S. Enviromental Politics Great Threat, Says U.K.

<i>If Europe is so up in arms about US Cars being so inefficient then tell..</i> Were you aware that the EU is pushing for a big modal shift to more efficient forms of transport? Or of the increasingly strict regulations affecting the efficiency / recyclability / safety of vehicles? I won't claim th...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 6:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Report: Iraq Arsenal "only On Paper"
Replies: 46
Views: 2511

RE: Report: Iraq Arsenal "only On Paper"

<i>Negative evidence (such as not finding any in the few places that you can look) is untrustworthy.</i> Didn't the Bush administration have lots of definite evidence of a WMD threat? One would expect so, to justify invasion rather than the less forceful options. It seems to be taking some time to t...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Single European Sky: Agree Or Disagree?
Replies: 17
Views: 2711

RE: Single European Sky: Agree Or Disagree?

Which aspect of the single european sky? Lots of differrent issues are often raised under the same heading. Common standards? Eurocontrol? Removing trade barriers? <i>that any other comments on this subject will be welcomed and any directions on where more information might be found on the SES</i> T...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 3:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How To Say This In Romanian & Danish?
Replies: 4
Views: 2708

RE: How To Say This In Romanian & Danish?

Aha! A quick Google revealed this: <a href="http://en2.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldovan_language" target=_blank>http://en2.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldovan_language</a> The politics are a little different to what I expected, but this confirms that it's basically Romanian, which makes life much easier.  <...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 3:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How To Say This In Romanian & Danish?
Replies: 4
Views: 2708

RE: How To Say This In Romanian & Danish?

In Romanian, it's iunie.

Apparently Moldovan is little more than a dialect of Romanian - it's labelled as a separate language for political reasons more than anything else; much as anglophones would say that the language of northern Belgium is "Flemish" rather than "Dutch".

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 3:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Report: Iraq Arsenal "only On Paper"
Replies: 46
Views: 2511

RE: Report: Iraq Arsenal "only On Paper"

<i>Jaysit, where have you been the past 20+ years? Saddam used chemical weapons against Iran and even his own population during the 80's. Look it up. It's all well documented.</i> Had; past tense. A sense of timing would be appropriate here. <b>A few years ago</b>: Iraq had WMDs. Iraq did Really Bad...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 3:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Enviromental Politics Great Threat, Says U.K.
Replies: 87
Views: 1838

RE: U.S. Enviromental Politics Great Threat, Says U.K.

<i>Actually, the environment is best aided by unfettered capitalism. When companies are forced to compete against each other, they voluntarily seek out ways to reduce energy use to achieve efficiencies.</i> This assumes that some kind of price is set on <b>all</b> environmentally-damaging activities...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 3:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Enviromental Politics Great Threat, Says U.K.
Replies: 87
Views: 1838

RE: U.S. Enviromental Politics Great Threat, Says U.K.

<i>The phenomenon of global warming is an empty worry, fundamentally unverifiable and unfalsifiable in a strict scientific sense. Unsurprisingly, since the early 1990s its intrinsic linguistic emptiness has been filled by myth, especially in Europe. This myth asserts that current global warming is b...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 10, 2004 2:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iraq: Thank You, Coalition Forces
Replies: 95
Views: 2254

RE: Iraq: Thank You, Coalition Forces

<i>I didn't even realize i called you names, but unfortunately, you made it personal. I jsut pasted in what I read form the site, which I personally view as a valid source. Not like I wrote the fuckin thing. Sorry I called you names, dumbing myself to your level.</i> Learning to apologise like an ad...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hookin' Up
Replies: 30
Views: 1510

RE: Hookin' Up

Yes. Not hooking up <i>per se</i>; I'm looking for something longer-term... But, realistically, I'm a geek with minimal social skills; bars do nothing for me; and anybody living within 30 mins from my new house is probably an inbred yokel. The internet is my best option.  <img src="/discussions...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 09, 2004 1:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: VW Go Upmarket
Replies: 56
Views: 2802

RE: VW Go Upmarket

Merkur Scorpio???
Another fine piece of badge-engineering.  Smile

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 09, 2004 11:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S.A. Embargo Of Cuba Must End NOW
Replies: 74
Views: 2586

RE: U.S.A. Embargo Of Cuba Must End NOW

Commander_rab...

"we won ww2" is an interesting point, but if you raise it every time a foreigner disagrees with you, we'll all get bored quite quickly.

If you have any more relevant arguments, we'd love to hear them.

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 09, 2004 10:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Report: Iraq Arsenal "only On Paper"
Replies: 46
Views: 2511

RE: Report: Iraq Arsenal "only On Paper"

<i>First of all, Bush NEVER said Saddam was a threat. He said we must act BEFORE Saddam could become a threat.</i> False. <i>Secondly, WMD was NEVER the main reason we went into Iraq and anyone who thinks it was is either uninformed, too stupid, or unwilling to believe otherwise.</i> False. Consider...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 09, 2004 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU Enlargement & Airline Freedom
Replies: 3
Views: 2033

RE: EU Enlargement & Airline Freedom

I don't know of any mention of a transitional period, or any opt-outs, in the accession negotiations. Therefore, new countries would have to act just like all other EU members (in this context) from day 1. Amongst other things, they would have to comply with regulation 2408/92 (only affects intra-co...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 08, 2004 2:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Asia Rises As Europe Declines
Replies: 13
Views: 1235

RE: Asia Rises As Europe Declines

A higher quality of life in Europe than in North America? Hahaha....that's a good one. I've seen & experienced the UK quality of life....you can have it.

Lacking productivity stats, would you care to quote quality-of-life survey results instead?

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 08, 2004 1:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Thoughts On Tesco Value Products?
Replies: 36
Views: 2769

RE: Your Thoughts On Tesco Value Products?

<i>But since when has the "Value" produce form any supermarket ever been anything other than ordinary? Go to the other end of the scale and try their "Finest" stuff. Some if it is to die for!</i> I'm sceptical; half of it is just image. Tried a blind taste test?  <img src="/discussions/graphics...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 08, 2004 1:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Asia Rises As Europe Declines
Replies: 13
Views: 1235

RE: Asia Rises As Europe Declines

<i>The EU is VERY bureaucratized and over-governed both as a whole and arguably within each country. This will only worsen. Overly generous work rules & strong unions make efficiency gains hard to come by which then limits growth.</i> Remind us again... who has the highest productivity per hour? Fra...

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 05, 2004 1:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Please Show Me Your Love For The Bush...
Replies: 90
Views: 5635

RE: Please Show Me Your Love For The Bush...

I have a 156 I.Q.

p.s. I watch FOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!


These two statements are contradictory.

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 05, 2004 9:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Blue Sky On Mars!
Replies: 13
Views: 2096

RE: Blue Sky On Mars!

Question: Why is the Earth's sky blue? The process that causes this can hardly occur in the Martian atmosphere. Hence, the same blueness is unlikely unless Mars has a uniform blue dust cloud or something silly like that. Or maybe they just <i>want</i> us to think that Mars doesn't have an atmosphere...

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 04, 2004 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flies In Toilets At Munich
Replies: 13
Views: 2764

RE: Flies In Toilets At Munich

<i>Does anyone know why they have pictures of flies in the toilets? Its kinda weird.</i> It's something for people to aim at. I tried it a few times at home, if having a party where people might get very drunk  <img src="/discussions/graphics/winkani.gif" ALT="Wink/being sarcastic"> reduces the...

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 04, 2004 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380's Ordered In Dollars Or Euro?
Replies: 1
Views: 2082

RE: A380's Ordered In Dollars Or Euro?

<i>Now, with the Euro trading at record highs of $1.25USD (with no particular belief that it will drop in the near term future), how will this impact the A380's profitability for Airbus?</i> You could agree a price in cowrie shells, if you wanted to  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" A...

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 04, 2004 2:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Is Metrosexual.
Replies: 21
Views: 1991

RE: What Is Metrosexual.

<i>I would have loved to live back in the 1930's where the was no <acronym title="Virgin Express (Belgium)">TV</acronym> no mobile phones and none of this boring new age shit. it was also a time where a bloke was a bloke if a bloke didnt give a firm handshake you could safely assume he was gay</i> S...

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 04, 2004 1:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: VW Go Upmarket
Replies: 56
Views: 2802

RE: VW Go Upmarket

It's just badge-engineering. Seat & Škoda are made on the same platforms as Audi & <acronym title="Aeromar (Mexico)">VW</acronym>, but aimed at different markets. Think of it like Fiat / Lancia / Alfa, or Ford / Mazda, or... This is why the new VW confuses me; doesn't it encourage internal competiti...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 03, 2004 5:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Is Metrosexual.
Replies: 21
Views: 1991

RE: What Is Metrosexual.

hmm, either "sex in the city" or "sex in a subway car"

Or both.  Big grin

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: When Will They Retire The Tankers?
Replies: 4
Views: 3649

RE: When Will They Retire The Tankers?

The VC-10 is planned to leave service in 2011.

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 02, 2004 2:07 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Letting Posters Delete There Own Topics
Replies: 12
Views: 1115

RE: Letting Posters Delete There Own Topics

I can see some members posting something controversial and when they started feeling the heat deleting the post making the following post's non-sensical.

Or, alternatively, maybe they have genuine second thoughts about the post.

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Breaking News about the American who shot a cop!
Replies: 10
Views: 2130

RE: Breaking News About The American Who Shot A Cop!

<i>I'm curious about how this man came to live in a part of England where Americans (or other foreigners except for perhaps South Asians) usually don't move to. I don't want to insult those form Leeds or Yorkshire, but you often hear of an American moving to London, but since the north is rather eco...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prefer Real Boobs Or Fake?
Replies: 70
Views: 4533

RE: Prefer Real Boobs Or Fake?

Only the real thing.

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Question For Those Recently Engaged..
Replies: 11
Views: 2085

RE: Question For Those Recently Engaged..

I preferred a picnic - with a little champagne - in a quiet part of a pretty park.

However, NYC doesn't have any parks that could be called "pretty", and February is not picnic season.  Smile

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 02, 2004 1:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FAO: Jaspike/Josh Hunt RE: Carpets
Replies: 11
Views: 1248

RE: FAO: Jaspike/Josh Hunt RE: Carpets

Carpets are evil.
I'm strictly a wood floor boy. Beech, preferably.

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by bobrayner
Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:46 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Threads Taking A Long Time To Open
Replies: 72
Views: 4853

RE: Threads Taking A Long Time To Open

Switching to AOL won't necessarily help  <img src="/discussions/graphics/wink.gif" ALT="Big grin"> Here's what traceroute says, from my end - response times in ms. 1 161 145 133 rt-lohtb12.proxy.aol.com 2 155 146 154 accessl2-loh-<acronym title="Air Guizhou (China) and Allegiant Air (USA)">G4</...

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by bobrayner
Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Security Concerns
Replies: 11
Views: 1273

RE: Security Concerns

Where in Europe are you going to?
DIfferent countries have different rules.

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by bobrayner
Sun Dec 28, 2003 2:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So What Is The Preoccupation With Death Lately?
Replies: 3
Views: 3068

RE: So What Is The Preoccupation With Death Lately?

<i>So what is the deal? With all the corpses flying around it is sounding more like Halloween then Christmas and New Years Day.</i> We're all likely to die at least once, and it's an important issue to most people. If a <i>small</i> number of threads refer to this... I don't think it's disproportion...

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by bobrayner
Sun Dec 28, 2003 2:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Get-together In The UK?
Replies: 35
Views: 3508

RE: Get-together In The UK?

East Central London? Is that the latest euphemism for New Cross?  Smile

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by bobrayner
Sun Dec 28, 2003 1:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 15,000 (!) Dead In Iranian Earthquake
Replies: 26
Views: 2502

RE: 15,000 (!) Dead In Iranian Earthquake

<i>It would be nice to see of the wealthy Arab countries help their fellow Muslims in Iran. Their silence is deafening.</i> Hooray! No matter how great the tragedy, yyz717 still finds time to criticise the first Muslims that spring to mind! Anyway. My sympathies go to the people affected... this is ...

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