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by ArchGuy1
Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Feasibility of Replacing the Ice Crossings/Ferries on Dempster Highway
Replies: 14
Views: 1307

Re: Feasibility of Replacing the Ice Crossings/Ferries on Dempster Highway

I thought they opened a year round highway to Tuktoyaktuk recently? I watched a CBC report on a very remote northern village that has been connected for the first time by roadway. They actually opened a year round highway to Tuktoyaktuk, but I am talking about building bridges over the Peel and Mac...

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by ArchGuy1
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Feasibility of Replacing the Ice Crossings/Ferries on Dempster Highway
Replies: 14
Views: 1307

Feasibility of Replacing the Ice Crossings/Ferries on Dempster Highway

Would it be feasible to build permnant year round bridges on the Dempster Highway in Canada to replace the ice crossings and ferries that currently cross the Peel and Mackenzie Rivers? This was done over the Mackenzie River on the Yellowknife Highway with the construction of the Deh Cho Bridge in 20...

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 40 Years Since Attempted Assassination of Reagan
Replies: 9
Views: 1327

40 Years Since Attempted Assassination of Reagan

Today marks the 40 year anniversary of the attempted assassination of then US President Ronald Reagan at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. John Hinckley Jr was sentenced to mental confinement after being declared not guilty for insanity. He was released in 2016. What are your memories of this even...

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by ArchGuy1
Sat Mar 27, 2021 1:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Curfew in Miami Beach
Replies: 7
Views: 970

Curfew in Miami Beach

Authorities have extended a curfew in Miami Beach that begins at 8 pm and are better prepared after last weekend's chaos of trying to enforce it. Among the measures are closing causeways at 10 pm. Will be interesting to see what happens and if Ron DeSantis tries to stop it. https://www.google.com/am...

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by ArchGuy1
Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Snowstorm in Colorado
Replies: 5
Views: 811

Snowstorm in Colorado

Two days ago, a snowstrom brought over two feet of snow to Denver and disruptions of travel across Colorado and the Western Plains. Very historic snowstorm and certainly one for the record books. Will also be interesting to see if it alows COVID-19 vaccinations and leads to a huge increase in COVID-...

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by ArchGuy1
Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

https://www.federalregister.gov/documen ... s-savannah
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MARD is currently collecting proposals for the future of the NS Savannah and the dealine is tomorrow March 15. Hope this ship will be saved.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documen ... s-savannah

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by ArchGuy1
Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

OA260 wrote:
Seems an MSC cruise ship has gone on fire in Corfu .


Image

That is the MSC Lirica.

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by ArchGuy1
Fri Mar 12, 2021 3:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 Years Since Fukushima Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster
Replies: 78
Views: 4095

10 Years Since Fukushima Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster

Thursday marked the 10 year anniversary of the Fukushima Earthquake, which led to a tsunami and a meltdown at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. A remembrance ceremony was held with the Emperor in attendance. Very historic event in the history of Japan. https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.co...

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by ArchGuy1
Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

Is Stockholm/Astoria a ship you think is significant enough to preserve as a hotel or museum ship like MV Doulos? No, you're the only one that thinks that. On other topics---the company that runs the Queen Mary has filed for bankruptcy. I didn't see that mentioned here. https://lbpost.com/news/quee...

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by ArchGuy1
Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Explosion in Equatorial Guinea
Replies: 0
Views: 755

Explosion in Equatorial Guinea

On Sunday, a series of explosions at a military base in Equatorial Guinea led to the death of 20 people and 600 people injured. A fire at a weapons depot led to the explosion of the high caliber ammunition. Very sad event and hope for the best for those affected. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbc...

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights News, Discussion and Questions Thread - 2021
Replies: 17
Views: 2571

Re: Retractable Floor Planned for Colosseum in Rome

TWA772LR wrote:
That's actually pretty cool. As an American I'd travel to go see a show there.

Makes me wonder how such a system will work in an ancient structure.

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Threats to Call ICE Over Mask Mandate at Houston Restaurant
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Threats to Call ICE Over Mask Mandate at Houston Restaurant

A number of customers have threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement over a mask mandate by a Mexican restaurant in Houston after Texas lifted a mask mandate. There is no connection between the two and why are people claiming the ICE needs to inspect that restaurant over a mask mandate?...

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mask Mandate in Wyoming Lifted
Replies: 52
Views: 3068

Re: Mask Mandate in Wyoming Lifted

c933103 wrote:
Do we need one thread for each individual American states on the issue?

The thread about the Texas mask mandate was locked.

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by ArchGuy1
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mask Mandate in Wyoming Lifted
Replies: 52
Views: 3068

Mask Mandate in Wyoming Lifted

Starting on March 16, Wyoming will lift it's mask mandate and allow restaurants, bars, gyms, and theater to resume normal operations on the same day. It will be interesting to see if COVID-19 cases go up significantly as a result. Also wondering if Biden will get tough through funding mandates and p...

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by ArchGuy1
Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

No, you're the only one that thinks that. On other topics---the company that runs the Queen Mary has filed for bankruptcy. I didn't see that mentioned here. https://lbpost.com/news/queen-mary-future-limbo-bankruptcy-urban-commons#:~:text=The%20ship%E2%80%99s%20future%20plunged%20into%20uncertainty%...

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by ArchGuy1
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

No, you're the only one that thinks that. On other topics---the company that runs the Queen Mary has filed for bankruptcy. I didn't see that mentioned here. https://lbpost.com/news/queen-mary-future-limbo-bankruptcy-urban-commons#:~:text=The%20ship%E2%80%99s%20future%20plunged%20into%20uncertainty%...

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by ArchGuy1
Sat Mar 06, 2021 2:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

The article suggests that the owners were a bit optimistic asking for 10,000,000 Euros. If you compare the tonnage with the number of passengers, the the number of tons per passenger seems to be relatively high. Is Stockholm/Astoria a ship you think is significant enough to preserve as a hotel or m...

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by ArchGuy1
Sat Mar 06, 2021 2:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights News, Discussion and Questions Thread - 2021
Replies: 17
Views: 2571

Retractable Floor Planned for Colosseum in Rome

The Italian government is planning to fund $12 million for installing a new retractable floor in the Colosseum in Rome that would be used for theater and concert performances. The underground floors have remained exposed for more than a century and the Colosseum in Rome has had materials removed for...

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by ArchGuy1
Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Highway Crash in California
Replies: 19
Views: 1296

Re: Highway Crash in California

ltbewr wrote:
No matter who is at fault, the operator of the SUV, if not killed in the crash, will likely get a life sentence for that many people in the vehicle, one with a max legal capacity of 6 to 9 persons.

The SUV driver was actually killed in the crash.

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by ArchGuy1
Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted
Replies: 145
Views: 6716

Re: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted

It’s a meaningless move. Businesses in Democratic areas will continue forcing masks while those in conservative ones won’t. I visited both Dallas and Atlanta the last 6 weeks and I’m not kidding that once you got outside the downtown areas there was literally nobody wearing masks walking in or out ...

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by ArchGuy1
Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Highway Crash in California
Replies: 19
Views: 1296

Highway Crash in California

At least 12 people are dead and 12 are hospital after a Ford Expedition SUV collided with a semi truck in Imperial County, California near the US-Mexico border. At least 2 dozen people were inside the SUV at the time of the crash and the truck driver sustained moderate injuries. It will be interesti...

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted
Replies: 145
Views: 6716

Re: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted

What a mess in TX! I could see business rethinking moving there with the poor leadership in the state. The U.S. has really mishandled COVID19. The Texas "rugged individualism" is not a way to solve an actual pandemic. I hope the state I live in limits travel from these anti mask states! W...

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted
Replies: 145
Views: 6716

Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted

In an announcement that took place in Lubbock today, Governor Greg Abbott has lifted a statewide mask mandate and is allowing all businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity. This will go into effect starting next Wednesday, and businesses will still be allowed to limit capacity or mandate masks. ...

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

What reason do you have for thinking that this won't end up going to the breakers like the Marco Polo. Colliding with and sinking the Andrea Doria, the last SAL liner in existence, the only SAL liner built in Sweden, and the second oldest seagoing passenger ship in service right before COVID-19. Tr...

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

bennett123 wrote:
What reason do you have for thinking that this won't end up going to the breakers like the Marco Polo.

Colliding with and sinking the Andrea Doria, the last SAL liner in existence, the only SAL liner built in Sweden, and the second oldest seagoing passenger ship in service right before COVID-19.

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56196069 Interesting little piece about the Magellan and Marco Polo. As far as the Astoria is concerned, I think the Stockholm is best forgotten. As a cruise ship, it could have a future, but is somewhat a niche market. Clearly it can't compete head on with the floatin...

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

No, you're the only one that thinks that. On other topics---the company that runs the Queen Mary has filed for bankruptcy. I didn't see that mentioned here. https://lbpost.com/news/queen-mary-future-limbo-bankruptcy-urban-commons#:~:text=The%20ship%E2%80%99s%20future%20plunged%20into%20uncertainty%...

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former French President Sarkozy Sentenced to Prison
Replies: 4
Views: 888

Former French President Sarkozy Sentenced to Prison

A French court has sentenced former French President Nicholas Sarkozy to three years in prison with two of them suspended. He will be able to spend his prison time at home with an electric braclet and the first former French President to be sentenced to prison in modern times. It will be interesting...

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

The article suggests that the owners were a bit optimistic asking for 10,000,000 Euros. If you compare the tonnage with the number of passengers, the the number of tons per passenger seems to be relatively high. Is Stockholm/Astoria a ship you think is significant enough to preserve as a hotel or m...

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by ArchGuy1
Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

The article suggests that the owners were a bit optimistic asking for 10,000,000 Euros. If you compare the tonnage with the number of passengers, the the number of tons per passenger seems to be relatively high. Is Stockholm/Astoria a ship you think is significant enough to preserve as a hotel or m...

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by ArchGuy1
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

https://www.cruiseharbournews.com/Astoriaauc.html
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The MV Astoria was supposed to be auctioned today, but there were no buyers. The asking price was about 10 million euros and the court will now have a second auction with a lower price. Wonder why that is no one is interested?
https://www.cruiseharbournews.com/Astoriaauc.html

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Train Involved in Collision With Truck and Explosion in Texas
Replies: 1
Views: 467

Train Involved in Collision With Truck and Explosion in Texas

A train in Central Texas collided with a tractor trailer on Tuesday morning, causing a massive explosion. The collision took place around 6:40 am and the train struck a flatbed semi truck at a crossing near Cameron. The train was carrying gasoline tankers and coal and this is what caused the explosi...

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by ArchGuy1
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dinosaurs Possibly Killed by Comet Rather Than Asteroid
Replies: 12
Views: 1287

Dinosaurs Possibly Killed by Comet Rather Than Asteroid

A new study suggests that the extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was caused by a comet rather than an asteroid. Regardless, the object from space crashed off the Yucatan Peninsula. There will sure be debate on whether an asteroid or comet killed off the dinosaurs and...

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by ArchGuy1
Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Power Outages in Texas Due to Winter Weather
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Power Outages in Texas Due to Winter Weather

Almost 3 million people across Texas are still without power after severe winter weather and it is an improvement from the 3.7 million on Tuesday. A disaster declaration has been issued to deal with the outages. I personally lost power at my house and am forced to stay in a hotel. Hope the best for ...

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by ArchGuy1
Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Snow Apocalypse in Moscow
Replies: 3
Views: 637

Snow Apocalypse in Moscow

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rbth.c ... l-2021/amp
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Since February 12, Moscow has seen on and off heavy snowfall and this is the most the city has seen since 1973. The snow is so deep it could take 8 days to clean up. Very historic event taking place.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rbth.c ... l-2021/amp

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by ArchGuy1
Sun Feb 14, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ebola Outbreak in Guinea
Replies: 11
Views: 1176

Ebola Outbreak in Guinea

An ebola epidemic has been declared in Guinea after seven people got ill and three of them died. This comes as Guinea is fighting COVID-19 and will place a huge strain on the healthcare infrastructure. It will be interesting to see what happens. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.aljazeera.com/amp/new...

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by ArchGuy1
Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stonehenge Possibly Built Originally in Wales
Replies: 3
Views: 544

Stonehenge Possibly Built Originally in Wales

Experts are now saying that Stonehenge was originally built in Wales and comes after bluestones were discovered at the Preseli Hills in Wales. The stones would then have been moved to the Salisbury Plain in England about 5,000 years ago. This is a fascinating discovery and it will be interesting to ...

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by ArchGuy1
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Winter Storm Causes Pileup in Fort Worth
Replies: 0
Views: 583

Winter Storm Causes Pileup in Fort Worth

https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/ ... antic-snow
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A winter storm is bringing sleet and freezing rain from Texas to the Mid Atlantic region of the United States. Multi car pileups were seen in Fort Worth and Austin. Very crazy event that took place.
https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/ ... antic-snow

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by ArchGuy1
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

Cordelia Cruises has purchased the Empress of the Seas and renamed the ship Empress. Two to seven night cruises to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and across India will be offered starting in June 2021. Some good news in an industry hard hit by COVID-19. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/24338...

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by ArchGuy1
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Huge Fire in Dartmoor, England
Replies: 8
Views: 822

Huge Fire in Dartmoor, England

A huge fire has developed at Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England and the blaze is 3.1 miles wide and continuing to spread. The fire can be seen from Plymouth 20 miles away and 10 fire service vehicles are dealing with the incident. Will be interesting to see how this fire goes. https://www.goog...

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by ArchGuy1
Tue Feb 09, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Second Snowfall in New York City
Replies: 3
Views: 530

Second Snowfall in New York City

https://www.google.com/amp/s/abc7ny.com ... m/10320047
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On Sunday, another snowfall came to New York City and brought 4 to 8 inches across the area. This is a pretty good storm and comes just days after a huge snowstorm hit the city. This is very interesting.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/abc7ny.com ... m/10320047

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by ArchGuy1
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Snow Across Britain
Replies: 20
Views: 1556

Snow Across Britain

Snow and high winds are currently taking place across Britain, including London and power disruptions are expected with rail service being disrupted. Vaccination centers across some areas of Britain are being shut down due to the snow. It is a very crazy event taking place and it will be interesting...

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by ArchGuy1
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: (Famous) Cities / Places / Sights News, Discussion and Questions Thread - 2021
Replies: 17
Views: 2571

Red Light District in Amsterdam to be Moved

The famous red light district in Amsterdam is set to be moved to a new erotic center elsewhere in the city. This is being done because authorities hoped visitors will focus on the arts and culture of the city. It will be interesting to see how all this plays out. https://www.google.com/amp/s/thepoin...

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by ArchGuy1
Sat Feb 06, 2021 12:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

London Bridge was moved from London to Lake Havasu City, Arizona in the late 1960's, around the same time Queen Mary came to Long Beach and London Bridge has become a popular tourist attraction for Lake Havasu City and one of the most popular in Arizona. London Bridge has no more relevance for Lake...

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by ArchGuy1
Sat Feb 06, 2021 12:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

I really need to see a source stating that London Bridge is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Arizona. I just plainly can’t believe that. And again...stop comparing bridges to ships. The location does not much matter with a bridge because traffic will use it regardless, as long as it c...

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by ArchGuy1
Fri Feb 05, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

I do admire ArchGuy's enthusiasm for preserving bits of Maritime Heritage though. But conserving museum exhibits, is expensive, and that expense is related to the storage environment, materials, and size. Conserving, and maintaining 80000 tons of largely mild steel in a salt water environment is ma...

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by ArchGuy1
Thu Feb 04, 2021 11:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

A few days ago, MSC Cruises took delivery of the MSC Virtuosa in St.Nazaire. Features onboard the new ship include the first humanoid bartender at sea, expanded dining options, and a stunning LED sky dome that is the heart of the ship. Very exciting ship entering service soon. https://www.cruiseindu...

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by ArchGuy1
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

bennett123 wrote:
IMO, the Queen Mary is much more valuable historically that the modern cruise ships.

The problem is that even if the $23M is found, which is no mean achievement, there is then another $200M to find.

Hope they can find a way to do so with Queen Mary like they did with SS Great Britain.

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by ArchGuy1
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

How is that a valid comparison? Bridges are useful for crossing bodies of water. What body of water can the Queen Mary help people cross? While the Queen Mary does not help people cross bodies of water, a bridge like the Williamsburg Bridge is in a harsh marine environment and probably harsher than...

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by ArchGuy1
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44440

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

Why bother, it's not worth spending $200m fixing her up. From the 1940's until at least the 1980's, the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, and Queensboro Bridge were neglected and suffered a lot of deteoriation, including corrosion. In addition to deferred maintenance, the free...

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