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Old 4th Jul 2020, 14:42
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When we was 20 something, friend had a BMW 2002 - liked that very much.

Fad around here for aspiring twats, presumably deficient in the adulthood and male appendage departments, is to drive incessantly around the area in a vulgar car of choice, revving the engine and getting the bloody thing to backfire as much as possible. Mostly teens in their "look what mummy and daddy gave me" hot hatches, but I've heard rather more powerful cars doing it; yesterday I saw and heard a pair of Ferraris (I think) being driven prattishley in Purley.

Boys, your cars sound shit. You want to hear a proper engine, how about a Merlin or a Griffon, Centaurus, R-2800, R-4360, etc... and listen to the crackle of a Merlin throttling back. Hell, even the pop, pop, pop of a Gipsy Major in a Tiger Moth when the throttle is closed sounds better than your high revving piece of junk.
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Old 4th Jul 2020, 16:15
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One of the ads that appeared on the side panel here is for tourism on my beloved Isle of Wight, (pronounced Oil o Woight by the locals).
Made me yearn for the place of my birth, the beaches, the countryside and all. Haven't been back there for a few years. See me sis an bro an me oldest chum, Must get over there this year.
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Old 5th Jul 2020, 14:03
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Ditto me and the IoM. Lockdown so tight I think they have death squads roaming the street at night and I don't want to become one of the disappeared even for 14 days.
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Old 5th Jul 2020, 23:43
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Apologies for aviation content ... but I went flying today for the first time in 110 days.

I'm exhausted.

I think I work too hard.
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Old 6th Jul 2020, 04:24
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I think you need to learn how to pace yourself Checkers. Nothing is ever achieved by overdoing things so slow down mate.
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Old 6th Jul 2020, 05:39
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Quite right, that's my philosophy in life these days - slow down and enjoy the view!

Have your skills survived lockdown OK, Checkboard, or did you feel a tad rusty?
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Old 6th Jul 2020, 18:32
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The empty terminal, wearing a mask, the parked up aircraft - that all made it a bit weird. My flying was OK, tarnished more than rusty, I think....
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Old 6th Jul 2020, 18:33
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Any passengers compromised on this outing?
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Old 6th Jul 2020, 22:13
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I don't think so. Distancing, masks, extra cleaning. It has to be as safe as any of the other businesses that are opening up - and society has to open up sometime!
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Old 7th Jul 2020, 07:23
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Originally Posted by Checkboard View Post
The empty terminal, wearing a mask, the parked up aircraft - that all made it a bit weird. My flying was OK, tarnished more than rusty, I think....
Welcome back,

Just as a matter of interest, did you weear the mask all day, and if so, did you have a more comfortable version?

Maximum of one hour for me before I start becoming nauseated and wanting to tear it off. Its also not recommended to wear one for long periods of time due to breathing issues.

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Old 7th Jul 2020, 07:49
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Riding a bicycle mate, tarnish soon polishes off...

What are the masks like? I've worn a washable cloth mask for about 15 mins, about to do the same for 1.5 hours on public transport....
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Old 7th Jul 2020, 12:54
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We don't wear the masks in the cockpit - it would interfere with communication and the oxygen mask (if that were needed). Instead we restrict access to the cockpit. That means ground staff who would previously have come into the cockpit to hand over paperwork and such pass that through the cabin crew, or use the ground headset to talk over the intercom. We do wear masks outside the cockpit - using the loo, walking through the terminal, performing the walk-around inspection etc etc.
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Old 7th Jul 2020, 14:34
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Took the Tabby Terror to the vet this morning for his annual heart check. Was met at the door by a smiling practice manager who said they had to check my temperature first before allowing me inside. "That's fine," said I ... "As long as you don't want to use the same method you do for the animals!"
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Old 7th Jul 2020, 15:47
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Well, you do want accuracy, Bluey.
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Old 7th Jul 2020, 16:56
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
Took the Tabby Terror to the vet this morning for his annual heart check. Was met at the door by a smiling practice manager who said they had to check my temperature first before allowing me inside. "That's fine," said I ... "As long as you don't want to use the same method you do for the animals!"
Post of the year Bluey.
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Old 7th Jul 2020, 17:00
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Originally Posted by hiflymk3 View Post
Post of the year Bluey.
Plus one!

Sent a pic of me wearing my mask on the tram to a lady friend this morning, captioned "who was that masked man?" She replied "are you wearing a cape too?", answered I "no, but the location of my underpants has raised a few eyebrows..."
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Old 7th Jul 2020, 19:33
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Home again after a busy tour. Spent the last 2 days presenting a CRM Indoc. Traffic has definitely increased from last month.
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 08:06
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Actually heard a flight going overhead last night. However drove on the M25 yesterday past Heathrow and Gatwick and saw one aircraft, just one, there and back.
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 08:44
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Well, you do want accuracy, Bluey.
Well ... to a degree Checkers. (See what I did there?)

Post of the year Bluey.
Thank you kind sir, one does one's best to keep the crew entertained!
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 11:11
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Blimey! I got the 12,000th post in this august thread. Do I get a prize?

Bluey, you are most welcome, please keep the entertainment flowing.

treadie's trip to Woking reminded me of when I was working in Woking thirty odd years ago. Owing to a tight deadline I had been working all days and all hours. About 11pm I'd decided I'd had enough and wanted to get to my bed in leafy Balham.
I phoned Woking station to see if any trains were running back into London. I was told there is a milk train that stopped on request, ie put your hand out to stop the train. It's only stops were Clapham Junction and Waterloo.
Now Clapham is closer to Balham but cabs are thin on the ground there at that time of night, thought I'd have a better chance of getting a cab from Waterloo.
No chance and no cabs at Waterloo, so I walked over Westminster Bridge to Whitehall to catch an all night bus to get me nearer to home. By this time my tiredness was adding a surreal quality to the night.
As I waited for the bus I saw mine approaching and put my hand out to flag it down. But it shot right by me full to the brim of people seemingly pressed up against the windows. My heart sank with the thought of another wait when a cab appeared. After a bit of negotiation, cabbies don't like going south of the Thames, I managed to get to my bed.

Dear reader, having typed this account I have a feeling that I might have bored you with this tale before. If so please excuse my lack of memory.
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