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

Old 20th Jan 2009, 08:20
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A very special day to-day.
The Yanks get a new President.
And it's fifty years to the day since I joined the RAF.

But I still have to do my Mum's shopping!
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 08:36
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Speaking of the Great Lakes there was a bit on the box last night about an Icebreaker, used for keeping the St. Lawrence open during the winter. Quite interesting, particularly the bit where the icebreaker was leading a bulk carrier, but not by much. As was mentioned by the icebreakers captain 'if we have a mechanical failure we only have a few seconds before we get 36,000 tons of Croatian bulk carrier up out stern'.

And speaking of jobs I'd better get on with the list of stuff that's got to be done before the weekend (having a 'bit of a do' on Saturday). List set by MadsMum that can be done 'any time over the next couple of days' (translation:- 'NOW').
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 08:42
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Got a tickley throat cough.....eat a few olives packed in olive oil.



Then have a whisky.
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 10:19
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Is this going to be suitable for my new job?

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Old 20th Jan 2009, 10:24
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Is this going to be suitable for my new job?
Perfectly, but a tad over priced me thinks.
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 10:25
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Brrrr,kind of damp cold here that seeps into one's bones.
I see the colonials are getting a new boss today.
This is good a Jockistani version of Star Trek
YouTube - Chewin the Fat Star Trek (aberdonian style)

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Old 20th Jan 2009, 10:46
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Nice story on radio 4 this morning concerning the MV Llala. Built in 1949 at Yarrow she is still going strong on Lake Malawi. There being no navigable water from the sea to the lake she was delivered to the lake side in crates and assembled there.
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 10:47
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Originally Posted by flyblue View Post

You mean your mates, like the one who repeatedly missed the toilet bowl the last time we were at your house?
Relax, I'm reasonably sure he wouldn't notice the thing unless it had any alcohol in it


Radz, yer polka dots are genius!

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Warning: long and boring aviation bit follows.

Imagine.
At work, you do the best you can, and try to make sure that everybody else does too. Out of the deep conviction that what you do is important for a safe operation. Because of your strongly held belief that safety comes first, you often get into trouble with station managers and ground staff all-sorts who want the aircraft to leave on-time and every thing else be damned.
Because you make the FAs stick to the letter of the law when it comes to safety, rather than let them get away with a sort-of approach, you are often looked upon as an obsessive freak.
Even if YOU believe that safety comes first, you are often told by various departments that you are the kind of person who would ultimately ground the airline because you forget the commercial aspects.
Your argument that safety is the ultimate commercial advantage, and that a crew that is diligently manged when it comes to safety will also be sharper when it comes to service, falls on company-wide deaf ears.
You learn to do your own thing regardless, learn to pick your battles, learn to try and not give a sh!t about what management thinks and does. You learn to take decisions and stand by them, regardless of the pressures brought to bear. You learn to fire up your crews for at least the stretches they fly with you, learn how to make ground staff do what you want and how you want it while stroking their egos so they think they decided it rather than them feeling the need to report you to head office. Learn how to make pax surrender their excess handluggage and thank you for it, learn how to wheedle bunk time for your FAs out of the captain so they will be fit for landing, learn how to motivate yourself to keep reporting the same safety and service issues year after year without losing hope because nobody ever answers your suggestions let alone implement them.
You learn to take great satisfaction out of your pax, FAs and Pilots usually being happy with the job you do. You learn to never expect management to recognise your efforts, and you become adept at thinking "I do the best job I can and f*ck everybody else".

So imagine that you are suddenly rostered for a course day you've never heard off. You troop up with 11 other hapless souls. Company's top management is there too. In great numbers. WTF thinks you.
You are told that things will need to be sharpened up considerably. On the safety and on the service front. You are told that you will need to take decisions and stand by them you are told that you will need to be very strict with safety you are told that you will need to lead your crew rather than just facilitate and that those four stripes on your arm mean that you are supposed to take responsibility rather than accepting the status quo and pointing the finger at other departments.
You are informed that all senior pursers are getting called in to be told to be the kind of Sr P you have tried to be against all odds ever since you got that fourth stripe.

Epiphany is a strong word.
But bloody apt in this case.

Yours,
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 10:55
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Great news Juud, and if they "wasted" the time of top management it's prolly a clue that is not just utter corporate communication department BS

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Old 20th Jan 2009, 11:14
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One thing about that Tandy kit, Mustpost, is that with 2 Meg of RAM it had more memory than most of the mainframes I was using about that time.
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 11:19
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The anglepoise lamp design is 75 years old this year.

Lovely day here in Herts. Mrs G is off to work in charity shop. She has left instructions............that will be obeyed.

Norm, I expect you'll be celebrating the 50 years etc.,
after you've done yer Mum's shopping that is.
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 11:46
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"Nice story on radio 4 this morning concerning the MV Llala."

Yes, very interesting, but as with so many R4 programmes it lost so much by being on radio instead of TV.
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 12:06
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You are informed that all senior pursers are getting called in to be told to be the kind of Sr P you have tried to be against all odds ever since you got that fourth stripe
Oh it'll only get better, the company will stumble along with this idea for a while, senior staff will move on and eventually some new "super" manager will have this bright idea, change the name of the initiative and brief it all out again!
Of course some will point out "we did all this x years ago" to be told that you can't look to the past and this is a totally new idea

Been there, got the briefings about every 3-5 years over the last 35!!

Large companies good at re-inventing the wheel under different names every few years!


Of course they will forget to inform most of the other bits of the industry you deal with so I'm sorry it will still be
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 12:41
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Tom Baker is 75 today. Happy Birthday Tom.
Always was the BEST Dr Who!!!!!!
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 12:46
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Steam radio

Frostbite:

I often find that radio is often BETTER than TV, because (given a good broadcaster, I admit) the pictures are better. All too often TV shows pictures which are not relevant,unhelpful or often just plain wrong, because they HAVE to have pictures. Don't believe me? Look at "rolling news" which endlessly repeat a short clip over and over because that's the only one they've got (vide the recent Gaza mess).
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 12:59
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Norm, first and foremost, congratulations on your anniversary!

Secondly, you could not be more wrong. Tom Baker was a very good Dr Who, but I never felt like giving Tom Baker marks out of one. David Tennant, on the other hand...

Juud, fantastic thing to happen - just checking - are they aware of your position as enfant terrible WRT safety in the past? Have they come up and said, "Well done, old thing, you were right all along"?

If not, perhaps a judiciously worded email to the head of something? (Ops? HR?) Along the lines of "Reference my emails of 22 January, 1 May, 17 July, 14 October, 17 October, 2 December (and that's just from 2006)...."

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Old 20th Jan 2009, 13:04
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goudie, I don't think "Celebrating" is quite the correct term.
Drowning my sorrows would be nearer the mark.
WTF did all that time GO???

Stockie, I suppose that there Tennant chap had his good points,
but I never liked his lager.

It's just a matter of GOOD taste versus popular appeal.
VIVA Tom Baker.

Thanks for the Congrats anyhow.

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Old 20th Jan 2009, 13:17
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Juud

Stick with your enthusiasm and conviction girl. Like Westie I too have watched the winds of commerce blow hot and cold, and in the end you realise just one thing.

Trust to yourself.

Unfortunately airlines are run by some of the best bean counters in the business - or we in Manchester might still have had reasonably profitable long haul rather than everything via Thiefrow where they can pack us all in like sardines and nmake mega bucks.

You will have to let us know how long this mindset lasts and how it is interpreted along the way
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Old 20th Jan 2009, 13:37
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Frank, you Greater Mancunians have just GOT to get out of the
habit of being SO jealous of the success that Heathrow enjoys.
Let's face it , everyone KNOWS where Manchester is, but no-one
wants to go there. Even me, and I was BORN in the area.

I left 50 years ago today!!! Thank goodness.

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Old 20th Jan 2009, 14:09
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One would have thought the Cousins would have had a bit more consideration and held that inaugathingy int summer it looks like it's feckin freezin over there.
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