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Old 4th Jul 2020, 09:53
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Reckon there will be lots of self- policing to start with. Trouble us the delay between infection and the hospital, if required, is so long that people will relax before the consequences become apparent. Press reckon July 20 to be about the time the exponential comes out to play.
I am off to Eastbourne next week to see family so as always I'll be part of the problem and not the solution.
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Old 4th Jul 2020, 10:11
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Just about to leave - bit busier now but not packed. Not going to do Friday/Saturday evenings for the foreseeable future...
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Old 4th Jul 2020, 11:57
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I think the wind and rain will dampen too much excess al fresco boozing today.

Sitting in me motor while waiting for Mrs H shopping in Morries, geezer with a bmw leaves his trolley in the middle of the empty parking space next to me. While getting into his car his door hits mine. Not hard, no damage and my car has enough chips to open a casino so I'm not really bothered. He then notices me sitting there, he quickly looks away then reverses out at speed and hares off through the car park.

What is it with bmw owners?
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Old 4th Jul 2020, 12:06
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What is it with bmw owners?
Well, if you want the really divisive and provocative answer hiflymk3, there was a time when not every Tom, Dick and Harry could afford a BMW!
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Old 4th Jul 2020, 13:07
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Originally Posted by parabellum View Post
Well, if you want the really divisive and provocative answer hiflymk3, there was a time when not every Tom, Dick and Harry could afford a BMW!
Back in the day they had a certain cachet. I know, I had one, a shark nose 323i, black, very nice and a company car at that. I'm also aware there are BMW owners here and I expect some flak,

As a caveat I'll add there are two types of BMW owners. There's the Jack the geezer who think it flash to accelerate and brake hard in supermarket car parks but haven't worked out what indicators are for.

The other type are those who frequent this hallowed fora who drive the upper marques. They appreciate the engineering, drive quality and comfort etc. Of course they drive responsibly. Now this latter type would be more careful when opening their door so as not to damage their or others paintwork. Even if they did accidentally touch and no harm was done, they'd have the decency, moral character and [email protected] to admit it, inspect for damage if any and apologise. And they would never leave their trolley in the middle of a parking space.
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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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