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Old 14th Mar 2016, 15:37
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ExSp33db1rd: I was only at Prestwick for ten weeks as part of my apprenticeship 1967-70.

Perhaps you are familiar with another legendary comment from the annals: a BOAC aircraft was waiting to join the runway at LHR when an arriving Pan Am had to go around from next-to-zero feet. The BA Captain advised his passengers 'those of you on the left hand side may observe The World's Most Experienced Airline having one of its experiences'.

Or so the story went.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 16:50
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In the spirit of the OP. Today I purchased a pack of four sponge wipes. Not real sponge, of cellulose manufacture. I noted from the advice on the back of the product wrapping the sponge should be rinsed thoroughly before use.

We live and learn.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 17:02
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I blame the French.

Way back in my childhood, when 'Spontex' first became available in the UK, it soon became obvious that dry cellulose 'sponges' were useless, and they only became effective after soaking.

It seems that nothing has changed.

Apparently, Spontex is a French invention.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 17:12
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Glad you're getting fettled, HF

A drinking holiday in Finland?? Sounds intriguing, I think we should be told more.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 19:03
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One has to report another spiffing sunny day hereabouts after the fog had buggad orf,not as mild as yesterday though.
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Old 14th Mar 2016, 20:43
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Originally Posted by lasernigel View Post
I have pretty flaky skin. Don't know what drug causes it though.
Nigel, could that drug which gives you flaky skin be called...Marriage?
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 00:16
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Or so the story went.
Yes, I heard of that.

I like the other World's Most Experienced story at Heathrow too ... PanAm 747 asked to hold briefly to allow a Lufthansa 737 to line up first, did they have the 737 in sight ? Wa a a l, dunno what a 737 looks like but were right behind a little clockwork mouse down here ?

Pleess, ve are not clockwise mouse, ve are Boeing 737 bound for Frankfurt.

Wa a a l, have it your own way but you sure look like a clockwork mouse to me.

Heathrow Tower - Lufthansa 509 is cleared for take off, when airborne contact Heathrow departure 125.7 and "squeak" code 2674.

Brilliant, someone should write a book of ATC/aircraft comments- maybe someone has ?
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 05:09
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Heard this myself on the clearence delivery frequency at LHR one night:


BA Pilot : BA456 requst clearence for Barbados.


ATC Lady : Reads clearence.

BA Pilot : Reads back clearence.

ATC Lady : I'd like to come with you to Barbados.


BA Pilot : Sorry, every seat taken.


ATC Lady : I could sit on your lap.


Voice in the night : Higher?
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 07:38
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It's Tuesday and this week means it's green bin emptying day, which in
turn means I can get back in the garden and start filling them again.
The circle of life continues.

Cloudy and +6C out there. Therefore I shall remain in here until it improves.

Less than 2 weeks to go now before the clocks go forward to BST.
We are getting there.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 07:52
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 08:22
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BP 5919 still extant and being rallied.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 09:21
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Morning peeps, wide awake 4am again, so watched a documentary about the war of 1812, a interesting scuffle but not at 4am,cloudy here.
Orf to QE Hosp this afternoon to see Cardiac Nursey.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 09:54
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Good luck, Mr D.
Good luck in finding Suite 4 as well.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 09:59
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There was/ still is an ATC humor thread in the ATC forum. It does have comments like the one you want from all over the world.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 10:06
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Reading in, salutations to the medically afflicted seem in order.

May you feel better soon.

Now for an aviation PSOIT.

The horizontal cloud at the top is not a cloud.

It's 32 tonnes or a swimming pool full of jet fuel being jettisoned over the Atlantic as we turned back to Shannon.



We diverted to Shannon offload a sick passenger. Who did not want to go to the hospital. Despite three MDs telling him he was in danger of losing his life somewhere over the pond.
At SNN, fierce looking helmeted fire fighters and brawny ambulance staff had to carry him off kicking and screaming.

Apart from 2 people bitching, the other 314 pax, most of whom lost their connection and all had to spend a night in a hotel in Atlanta, took the whole thing calmly and with concern for the sick guy.
Their joint compassion and understanding was a reminder that people can be pretty great.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 11:04
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If one fell ill at sea the Chief Stewart was licenced to strap you to the galley table and operate on yer if necessary, he was supplied wi a book called the Board of Trade Book of Surgery to this end and the galley always had plenty of sharp knives,they didn't turn a merchant ship around just because someone needed operating on.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 11:59
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Good day all. Started off sunny but now overcast.

Nigel, could that drug which gives you flaky skin be called...Marriage?
Nah that makes my skin smooth, esp after a massage!

and all had to spend a night in a hotel in Atlanta
Done that one myself. Must admit Hartsfield not my favourite US airport. Last memory of there is coming back just at the beginning of my first heart attack.

BP 5919 still extant and being rallied.
Wonder if its still in the same family?
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 12:57
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We diverted to Shannon offload a sick passenger. Who did not want to go to the hospital.
Why is it that some people have so little regard for their own lives?

Nigel, could that drug which gives you flaky skin be called...Marriage?
Nah that makes my skin smooth, esp after a massage!
Laser ... please, please tell us you are not contemplating that insanity again????
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 15:52
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Diversions towards the way to the US - and the pax not wanting to go to a hospital in Ireland.

Back when the US were hosting a World Football/Soccer Cup, I was crossing the Atlantic towards the land of hamburgers and Coca Cola. A doctor was paged over the PA, the pax was assessed and we landed on the JFK on schedule. The nice F/A (no pun) pointed out that the pax in question was lucky not to have to go to a hospital in the US and I think the pax in that flight should have been told how much better are the hospital in Ireland.
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Old 15th Mar 2016, 15:52
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Ships Doctor?never ever see one might of had em on the big passenger jobs,normal merchant ships, no chance,the ships cook was always known as Doc under the red duster.
Back from hosp,they never tell yer owt.
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