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Old 17th Oct 2006, 17:28
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I have no Freetowns next month Personally, I love the City, Lungi on the other hand is another kettle of fish all together! There are NO restaurants on the Lungi side of the bay other than the one at the hotel.

There are several good venues for eating, drinking and partying in Freetown itself, mainly around the Aberdeen area where the Lungi's sister hotel, the Cape Sierra is located.

I am to understand that the company is not keen on us leaving the Lungi side initially until they have more experience of the destination, and a better understanding of the way things work out there.

I hope that we will be permitted to cross a.s.a.p, as Lungi really offers very little compared to the actual City.

Crossing from Lungi can be made via hovercraft, helicopter or ferry. The road journey takes approximately 6 hours! There is buzz that the helicopter is unsafe. I have used all three modes to cross in the past, and have found all to be fine. The ferry is, in fact a bit of an eye opener, and to those more adventurous amongst us, an experience not to be missed.

Sierra Leone is a stable country, and is trying to expand it's inbound tourist industry. Don't be fooled by the pictures of the bounty beaches, they are on the other side of the city, and until we are permitted to cross from Lungi, the only beach we are likely to see is Maheera Beach, just down from the hotel. It is perfect for sitting on with a beer and watching the truly spectacular sunset, but is not really suitable for sunbathing, or swimming.

Hope that gives those who are interested a bit of an insight, personally, I can't wait to go back, I have so many fond memories of Freetown, and of course it will be great to see the Astraeus crews, they are a great bunch of people.

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Old 17th Oct 2006, 18:30
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And how did it go? Many people attending the recruitment day? What did you think on the whole?
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Old 17th Oct 2006, 21:44
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I have heard contradicting reports from different poeple at BMED about whether or not crews will be allowed to go accross to Freetown city. One of the security managers at BMED told me no, but I have heard from other crew, yes, so not 100% clear on the comapny's stance.

The sea at Maheera beach in Lungi where the hotel is doesnt appear too appealing. The Bounty beaches, in particular Beach number 2, are much nicer, but are on the Freetown city side.

In terms of dropping the company a line, I have tried that already. I requested the first trip because I am familiar with Freetown, and also because I am a french speaker, a good thing to have to Dakar. Unortunately, I am not on the first trip, but I suppose this can't be helped. There is no french speaker on the trip either. I will get Freetowns in time

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Old 19th Oct 2006, 17:38
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They still offer the BA df products they have just added more of there own as there are alot of products in the Highlife mag not available onboard due to various operational reasons ie. stock only available on eu flights etc.


The above is completely wrong! BMed don't offer any BA duty free products anymore. They started their own 'exclusive' range on october 1st.

Anyone noticed that on this month's BMed in-flight magazine the BA logo is no longer there? At least on the front cover. A subliminal message?
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Old 19th Oct 2006, 17:51
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Freetown/Malarone tablets

Let us all know what it's like there mosquito-wise!
Someone insists there are no mosquitoes there or hardly saw more than one....

Thougth I had heard that you should not get sby's before a trip to FNA, but looks like people are getting those.

You start getting your Malarone tablets the day before and you might end up in Tehran instead! They suggest to take Malarone tablets a day before the trip, but this is an extract from a medical website....


Malarone is a newly released medication for prevention and treatment of chloroquine-resistant forms of malaria, including cerebral malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum. Studies have shown Malarone to be 98% effective in prevention of malaria which is as effective as mefloquine or doxycycline.

Malarone is a fixed-dose combination of two antimalarial agents, atovaquone and proguanil hydrochloride. These interfere with different pathways in the biosynthesis of pyrimidines that are the building blocks of nucleic acids involved in DNA structure. Thus, the agents block malaria replication both inside and outside the red blood cell.
Malarone is taken once daily with food or milk, starting two days before entering a malaria risk area and continuing daily until seven days after leaving the area of malaria risk.

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Old 19th Oct 2006, 18:19
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Any idea when their next assessment day will be?

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Old 19th Oct 2006, 18:26
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Originally Posted by seasick View Post
Any idea when their next assessment day will be?

seasick

There won't be one for the forseeable future. Looks like the training course starting on 13th nov has been postponed.
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Old 20th Oct 2006, 01:38
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Talking :)

Hello ,
There is still The BA Logo on the Duty Free .
It's at the bottom "British Airways , Operated by BMED".
It's not as nice as the Shoplife Magazine to be Honest .

Let's hope next month's issue looks nicer !

www.impressions-ba.com ,
Also here is a Destination guide to Almaty :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP-wl...related&search=

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Old 20th Oct 2006, 08:58
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Originally Posted by G-MEDA View Post
Malarone is a fixed-dose combination of two antimalarial agents, atovaquone and proguanil hydrochloride. These interfere with different pathways in the biosynthesis of pyrimidines that are the building blocks of nucleic acids involved in DNA structure. Thus, the agents block malaria replication both inside and outside the red blood cell.
Malarone is taken once daily with food or milk, starting two days before entering a malaria risk area and continuing daily until seven days after leaving the area of malaria risk.
The side effects are NASTY!!!! I will never touch the stuff ever again. If they decide to give it to you check and make sure that you know what all the side effects are, maybe have a word with your local gp.
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Old 21st Oct 2006, 10:43
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On the Malarone subject - I noticed that the typed prescription on the box supplied by the company states " 2 days before" and the company have penned over to change it to " 1 day before".
Think this is proposterous and has some serious legal implications should you fall ill. I presume they are simply trying to cover the inevitable standby scenario.
I hope questions have been asked through the union.
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Old 23rd Oct 2006, 13:23
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Thumbs up

I think we can all guess that the A321's on order will be cancelled in exchange for another type!
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Old 23rd Oct 2006, 14:59
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Care to expand on that a little BMEDbus?

Are you thinking bigger or smaller

What gives you that impression?
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Old 23rd Oct 2006, 16:57
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A321

There Are Still 5 A321's on order .
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Old 23rd Oct 2006, 23:31
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To those bmed crew out their , was reading a posting on www.airliners.net/forum which has a topic about BA, GB and Bmed and wondered any truth !
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Old 30th Oct 2006, 10:02
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Smile what is it about?

Hey,
I was wandering what the article is about since i tried to access to it and it says: web page not found... can you copy it and paste it here?

Thank you,

Dmed
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Old 31st Oct 2006, 18:03
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Thanks

Thank you!

Now, i would like to ask all my colleagues in this forum what their opinions are about the situation after reading the article on the link above. What you think is gonna happen? Whats gonna be the "big announcement" about?
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Old 31st Oct 2006, 18:07
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for my money float on a stock exchange - prob foreign one
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Old 31st Oct 2006, 19:57
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Other than raising money by becoming a PLC - where do u believe the new money could come from ?
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Old 1st Nov 2006, 11:27
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According to our newsletter, BMED is also looking at further possible additions to the network, with some likely to be announced soon.

I have my fingers crossed for more Africa!

Regards

Mike
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Old 1st Nov 2006, 14:35
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Question BMed announcement...

As I think someone previously mentioned there is a whole thread dedicated to this subject on the BA cabin crew union(BASSA)website.
A lot it seems to be based on supposition though i.e. Buying A330's,merging with GBAirways,moving to LGW,ending the franchise with BA blah blah....

What do you Guys 'n' Gals who actually fly for BMed think will happen & what are your managers telling you?

Would be interesting too know!

Happy Landings...

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