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The Really Really Boring and Totally Pointless Snippets of Information Thread XXIV

Old 13th Oct 2014, 16:16
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Good day all. Sunny again(boring!!).

Came across once from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead once in a Cat. Very rough, bottles glasses everything being smashed. Welsh captain think he was on a promise that night.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 16:19
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We are now on Irish Ferries' Jonathan Swift between Dublin and Holyhead
and it is proving what unpleasant things these fast cats are.
A similar sort of vessel sailing out of Portsmouth is apparently know as The Vomit Comet!!
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 16:33
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On the subject of hovercraft, on one trip across the channel I jokingly asked the 'stewardess' if we could go out on deck.
"I'll ask" she said.
A few minutes later she returned and said "Follow me" - and I was lead through the vehicle deck to a ladder (like the Vulcan cockpit) and was shown to the 'control' deck. Conversations with the 'pilot' who explained that he was neither fish nor fowl but had to have knowledge of both, and an excellent view free from the spray that surrounded the passenger cabin.
I suppose if you don't ask you don't get, but I was being facetious when I asked to go 'out on deck'.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 16:48
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Irish Ferries' Jonathan Swift
Can only operate in wave heights up to 3.5 metres I think.

Not an Incat built vessel, my preferred builder of fastcats, TbF.
The JS was built by Austral in Freemantle.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 17:07
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Corn Dogs. Staples of fairs across N. America.


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Old 13th Oct 2014, 17:18
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Flu jab administered,ouch! it bloody stang this time,bigger needle I reckon,nursey is generally very good wi the needle,I reckon I may have mistakenly been given the combined flu/ebola jab reserved only for party members they are keeping very quiet about.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 17:27
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I had a peculiar form of seasickness.

When on a voyage on my dad's minesweeper (loaned to him by Mrs Kwin) I always consumed huge quantities of bread and butter. Not something I did at home.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 18:03
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Pentland Ferries operate a catamaran across the Pentland Firth which is not noted for its calm seas. It's not very often that crossings are delayed or cancelled
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 18:15
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Relaying track in 1947 at Paddington. Hard labour, rough clothes and probably little H&S. Most of these chaps probably fought in WW2 also.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 18:22
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At last. Some time to read in! Rainy here (all bloody day).

The trouble and I have been so busy sorting the ma-in-law out. She's been discharged from hospital, but quite a few problems I'm afraid to say. Other stuff had to be sorted as well, visit to Medway Uni with daughter on the day Farage was in town, big meeting Sunday with the people I do a bit of community work with blah blah.....

Anyway, belated Happy Birthday Keef!!

Limeygal, Very good memories of Galveston, I have done your drive there, except I cheated a bit and started from New Orleans. Loved the ferry at the end and swimming in a clear Gulf with the fishes coming within inches of the beach.

Got my flu jab on Friday. Arm aches, but no pain when administered.

Re foils, got stuck in one in fog at the mouth of the Pearl River going from Honkers to Macau. The captain just stopped and said we would have to wait. Bloody Chinese tramp steamer nearly rammed us. A one hour trip took four in the end!

Oh, and my son decided on a whim to go to the England match in Estonia. He flew to Helsinki, got the ferry over to Tallinn, failed to get a ticket for the match and watched it in a pub instead. He's also been blazing away at a shooting range and now has fired more types of weapon than me.

He's currently stranded in Denmark. I haven't quite got the reason why.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 18:30
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Thanks for the reminder, angels, flu jabs manana by the good Dr Groan scheduled.

On the medical front, aunt who had op refused a few weeks ago on grounds of irregular heart beat and kidney probs and referred back to her own doc, is now in limbo, as her doc says there is nothing wrong with her heart or kidneys and has fired papers back at hospital. You could have been right with your "Friday afternoon" diagnosis angels.

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He's currently stranded in Denmark.
I have an off-shore fleet operator friend based in Esberg, who will gladly press gang him, if you say the word....
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 18:41
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Talking of sausages, one had a big fat Impala boerewors last week. Most excellent! But one must admit one needed a Gin or two afterwards...

Angels, if it's Copenhagen then it's not the worst place to get stranded. If the reason is Christiana, and depending on the age of your son, I would get worried a bit though...
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 18:54
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Been to Esbjerg and Copenhagen. I much preferred Esbjerg! Twas all many moons ago.

Ibbie, tell the doc to keep the pressure up.

Part of the problems with the ma-in-law were accountant-led pressure for her to be discharged on Friday so they could close the ward for the weekend. This is prevalent at St Thomas' -- indeed I've been affected by it after one of my heart ops -- so I was ready for it and was able to go into bat for her to stay longer. She was in no fit state to be discharged and had not been properly examined by a doctor.

Grrrr.....
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 19:06
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Great clip Mr G, the Newcastle crossover wudda been a bigger job.

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Old 13th Oct 2014, 19:15
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Here's a better one.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 19:58
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If'n they had put of them tracks on the correct side to begin with, they wouldn't a had to cross them all over each other exiting the station.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 20:22
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There is great wisdom in that statement Captain Checkers.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 22:05
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Home a day early. Result.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 22:11
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I think tomorrow will be taken up with collecting all the cats and dogs that have fallen out of the heavens today.
Not stopped all day.

It's on days like this that caution is thrown to the wind. The HFs are about to demolish a McVities Ginger Cake.
Death or Glory is our motto.
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Old 13th Oct 2014, 22:20
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reddo - you haven't been sonic booming folk in your little plane have you? Or did your passengers decide they could do with one less day in paradise?

Checkers has been in splendid form, as you can see from Drapes' humble reply above.

Still no sign of the son. I musn't worry because when I was 17 I embarked on six weeks of backpacking in Europe with only the odd postcard for communication. I called to get my exam results from Omonia Square in Athens and was bollocked by my mother for failing most of them. The mere fact I was phoning was a statement that I was alive.

Luckily she lived long enough to see me become 'something in the City' even though she didn't realise the contempt we were held in by the old bowler-hatted farts there.
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