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The Really Really Boring And Totally Pointless Snippets Of Information Thread MK XII

Old 18th Jan 2009, 10:45
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Niceish morning here. Off out later for lunch.
Saves me having to make it!
Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Mmmm.
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 11:02
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Checkers

LOCOs are well know for landing at airports that are said to 'serve' cities that are bleedin m-i-l-e-s away, but your employer takes the piss with SAW - it's on another continent!

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Old 18th Jan 2009, 11:21
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A recipe for business disaster?

It is a flying sardine can on a massive scale. The Reunion-based Air Austral has announced its plans to become the world's first airline with an all-economy class Airbus A380, which will seat around 840 passengers.

The airline ordered two of the double-decked jets overnight, claiming they would enable it to offer cheaper tickets between Paris and the French territory in the Indian Ocean.

"Our vision is to provide a low cost-high quality service on the heavy traffic route between La Reunion and Paris and the A380 allows us to make this vision a reality,'' said Air Austral president Gerard Etheve in a statement.

"The A380 has the lowest cost per seat and is the most environment-friendly aircraft flying today while at the same time providing a high level of passenger comfort.''

However, it is unlikely Air Austral, which launches Boeing 777 flights to Sydney on April 14, will ever use the jets on its services to Australia.

Air Austral's order for two single-class A380s has confirmed suspicions the world's largest passenger jet's reputation for luxury could be undermined by airlines eager to lower their fuel costs per passenger on long routes.

By fitting 840 passengers in an A380, Airbus claims the aircraft will be the most fuel efficient - and environmentally friendly - yet.

The Toulouse-based aircraft maker said the Air Austral A380 will consume less than two litres of fuel per 100 kilometres per passenger. Airbus claims the jet is 20% more fuel efficient than the Boeing 747.

The order has also confirmed suspicions the A380s could soon morph into the largest flying cattle truck.

Airbus has already openly flagged the idea the A380 could one day fit 1000 passengers, when stretched versions of the jet roll off the production line. This could be done by squeezing 11 seats into each row in the stretched jets, one more than a 747.

The A380 is already certified to carry 853 passengers.
SMH

Actually the first time I've even heard of Air Austral. La Reunion to Paris??? yup gotta have 840 seats minimum.
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 11:54
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it'll be toad-in-the-hole for us tonight.
Just remember that the Cordon Bleu variety "Natterjack Toad in the Hole" is now forbidden as the Natterjack Toad is a protected creature.
Reddo, FZRA -eek! Have a safe flight.
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 12:05
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A380 could one day fit 1000 passengers,
And how many would stand any chance of survival in a ditching?
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 12:23
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Hmmm,one has been given a mission by SIL to research Jack in the Pulpit glass vases,she has one so if one finds out it is by Tiffany one is in for a cut of the wedge.
Bit boring though guns are more my thing.
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 13:18
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Pizza from the Moroccan Italian for us this evening.

Lovely sunny day. Been in town, sat in the sunshine drinking a couple of beers.
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 14:56
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Finally got the last of the pine needles swept up and dumped on the fire (a bit like playing with the iron filings in the chemistry set ).

Coq au vin for tea tonight.

Less said about this morning's effort at the Poulenc the better. More gin.
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 15:16
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Still Foggy here



That's not here
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 15:30
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'afternoon all - hound and self have just returned from the arvo walk and it seems to be getting a tad chilly out there. I might need to break out the Springboks giant puffa jacket again ere long A mug of Earl Grey and a choc chip and cranberry home-made cookie are at my elbow, while hound has a Bonio

The Volvo Ocean Race Game (see other thread) Leg 4 has started and I appear to be perfecting the art of sailing backwards in a fleet while facing frontwards

Do y'all realise that in a month from now I shall be in Florida? There will be warmth and sunshine for days on end... can't wait!! I am so glad I decided to stop hording my BA miles and that I found a biz flight I could use some of em for Its been 16 months since I have slipped the old surly bonds and I am absolutely pining to be in the air again... I can imagine the cabin crew telling each other there is a nutter on board if any of them see the giant grin that will creep across my face as we take off and.. when it gets even broader once we are above cloud!! 'tis utter heaven up there I tells ya
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 15:32
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Here you are Mr D - good article on Jack in the Pulpit vases. I had no idea there were so many different makers.

History of the Jack In The Pulpit Glass Vase
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 15:34
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Coq au vin for tea tonight.

Less said about this morning's effort at the Poulenc the better
Seen that nice Frenchman again, or what ?
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 15:39
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It would only have helped, tib - apparently, Mr Poulenc composed his choral music at the piano. So, to play the sequence top C# - Eb over middle C - Db - C - B - C# is child's play.

To sing it is something which no sane adult should be asked to do, IMHO.

Especially when the rest of the choir is producing similarly discordant, but entirely different notes, around one.



I blame the French. (and mix my gin with ITALIAN vermouth, just to be on the safe side).
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 15:48
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One's no singer, but one can at least visualise what it looks lilke on a stave



Bon chance !
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 16:59
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Yer one found that Website Madam G,can't find my one there.

Here's a picky for Mr Frank.
Grim Wheel QE2,some Ayrab prolly had it away on his toes to the scrap yard wi that now.
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 17:48
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Were the grim wheels not removed some time ago Herr D.? cos' they fell to bits?
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 18:03
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Probably,one don't approve of this new fangled stuff, there were nowt wrong wi proper propellers or Paddle wheels.

Few quids worth of Phosfer Bronze there though.
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 18:35
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Ladies, if you do make-up, the new Lancome vibrating mascara is brill. Each lash perfectly coated, no clumps, no mess and looks really good. No idea why it works, but it does. Splendidly so.

Rostering in its infinite wisdom has put me on a course tomorrow and then given me 5 days of thumb-twiddling in Holland before I go to Africa on sunday. Course programme doesn't look very promising.
Haven's seen Bro and family for a few months so am taking the opportunity to go and to visit them outside Brussels for a few days. Even if Bro probably won't be home until friday, it'll be good to see SIL, the kidies and the new horsie. SIL is an ex Purser with us. Tad obsessive with her boys (meaning more obsessive than I was with ours) but kind, good looking, knows a lot about a lot and VERY funny. Will be good.
The chap married to SIL's sister in NYC will be doing the very first public interview with "Capt Sully of the Hudson" tomorrow morning, on American television.
Wish I could be there in the studio rather than at the course.
Probably learn more too.

Checklist for tomorrow morning:
  • ID & staff car park card
  • Lipstick & toothbrush
  • Pen & paper
  • Fake interested smile
  • Superglue to keep my jaws firmly shut
  • 2 valium to keep me calm and pleasant & and my BP out of the danger zone.
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 18:39
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Checklist for tomorrow morning:
Don't forget
Matchsticks to prop eyes open


(or paint fake eyes on your eyelids so that when they close no one notices)
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Old 18th Jan 2009, 18:55
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Thanks for the reminder, Juud, my checklist for tomorrow includes boarding passes - had almost forgotten a trip to Londinium, and was contemplating the walk to the office. oops!

Good luck with the course - sure you'll be the soul of tact and diplomacy as ever....
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