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by chimborazo
Thu May 16, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license
Replies: 38
Views: 1743

Re: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license

Good info on the side of the sword, multiple horses etc. However.... I’m English... so the left is the correct side :-) All these examples of difficult roads. I’m currently in Bogotá... wow! Not only are all the various slip roads on and off the main roads that go in seemingly crazy directions and a...

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by chimborazo
Wed May 15, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What (Not) to Say When Interviewing to Be a Flight Attendant
Replies: 56
Views: 10834

Re: What (Not) to Say When Interviewing to Be a Flight Attendant

What are your strengths?

Well... firstly I am physically incapable of lying.

Really?

No

And what would you say is a weakness of your’s?

Short Thai women.

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by chimborazo
Wed May 15, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license
Replies: 38
Views: 1743

Re: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license

Wow! In depth. But.... no no no no no on the last point. It doesn’t matter if there are two lanes or 15 lanes in the motorway: you drive in the left lane unless overtaking. I.e. if you’re not overtaking, move back to the left lane WITH the HGVs and indicate right again to pass. Our roads are more co...

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by chimborazo
Wed May 15, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license
Replies: 38
Views: 1743

Re: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license

We have some fabulous roads to drive. I’d imagine Max, as a pilot of quite some years judging by these threads, would have no problem driving a manual on the correct (left side*) of the road. Just take a moment to mentally “swap” what the hands do. * majority of people are right handed. People passe...

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by chimborazo
Wed May 15, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck visit in-flight?
Replies: 23
Views: 2479

Re: Flight Deck visit in-flight?

Yes it is possible. I have done it.... on a 777 a couple of years ago. Legal... I doubt it.

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by chimborazo
Wed May 15, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 8961

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Isn’t it ironic though that your employer thinks it’s okay to make you suffer and then give recovery time (including more time away from home) than it is to pay more to have you arrive at a suitable time and in a suitable condition for work. This has been my argument at my company. Business is ridi...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?
Replies: 79
Views: 12610

Re: KLM, Lufthansa & Finnair using North Korean airspace!?

yes, there was a minute chance, equivalent to that of any airliner being struck by a meteorite. And what are the chances if a missile disintegrates ? the same as a meteor, which often disintegrate into meteorites. A disintegrating meteor creates more (but smaller) meteors. A meteorite is a meteor t...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 8961

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Isn’t it ironic though that your employer thinks it’s okay to make you suffer and then give recovery time (including more time away from home) than it is to pay more to have you arrive at a suitable time and in a suitable condition for work. This has been my argument at my company. Business is ridic...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 8961

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Exactly. Same as me and I’m also tall. And have wide shoulders. So, like my company, your company doesn’t pay for business. But your company will pay for premium economy it seems, or if not premium any available enhancements in the economy cabin. We only get premium over 9 hours. And pay for exit ro...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 8961

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

A colleague of mine was adamant that Qatar have premium economy on their A380s. They don’t... they have first, business and economy. “But there is a cabin upstairs at the back. It’s premium.” Hmmm. I’ve been in it a lot... it’s standard economy in a standard seat... just an “exclusive” cabin bookabl...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 8961

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

From AA's FAQ introducing MCE: Q: How will this program impact my upgrades from Main Cabin to Business Class cabins? A: We will retain our current Main Cabin to Business Class upgrade policies. Main Cabin Extra will be considered part of the Main Cabin, not a separate cabin. Exactly. You’d be well ...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 8961

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

My BA gold/emerald status lets me book exit row/MCE seats on AA in economy for free Paying for MCE is not equivalent to paying for an upgrade to a higher cabin, it is equivalent to paying for emerald status for that flight. As noted above, you can pay for exit row seat on BA (or get them free for go...

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by chimborazo
Tue May 14, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying
Replies: 80
Views: 9506

Re: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying

I remember reading in Brian Moynahan’s excellent Airport International (which fired my interest in aviation about 32 years ago when I was 9) that airline pilot selection had a set of tests to determine candidates personality. One was playing basketball IIRC: they were looking for the team players an...

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by chimborazo
Sat May 11, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can a British citizen use NHS benefits in the US ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2586

Re: Can a British citizen use NHS benefits in the US ?

British here. Technically europeans need to apply for and have EHIC card when you travel in Europe to access treatment but I’m pretty sure you can get away with showing your passport. Saying that, a few years ago I had an operation in the UK and at the pre-op was requested to show passport and proof...

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by chimborazo
Fri May 10, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airliners.net dating
Replies: 86
Views: 6747

Re: Airliners.net dating

Airstud wrote:
vikkyvik wrote:
My wife swears as much as I do (which is a lot).


Gross.



“Damn good swear is good for you, it gets the blood pumping”. **
- Mustrum Ridcully, Archancellor of Unseen University, Ankh-Morpork


** or words to that effect

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by chimborazo
Wed May 08, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 126
Views: 3784

Re: EU elections

Further, your comment is along the lines of David Cameron’s famous: we are better inside reforming. See how that worked out for him :-) I and most of my compatriots have very little in common with many people in Europe... I genuinely don’t understand why so many people think it’s such a good thing t...

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by chimborazo
Wed May 08, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 126
Views: 3784

Re: EU elections

Appreciate your answer. Yes there is a good reason.... the population of my country is growing way faster than infrastructure and services are or even can be updated to cope. I wouldn’t mind if my considerable percentage tax bill was spent on coping with it... but it isn’t. I agree on the politician...

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by chimborazo
Wed May 08, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 126
Views: 3784

Re: EU elections

Dutchy, for a lot of people leaving the EU IS progress. It is a dying monolith. Had it been genuinely open to reforming and actually dealing with its issues, less people would have voted for Brexit. It amazes me that so many left wingers celebrate things like the Arab spring, emancipation, democracy...

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by chimborazo
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?
Replies: 43
Views: 4226

Re: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?

Some folks on this board (and I think it’s generally obvious which country most hail from) need to understand that irony does not mean: “like iron.”


Agreed for Max Q on the good work.

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by chimborazo
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Middle school teacher fired over topless photo
Replies: 33
Views: 2573

Re: Middle school teacher fired over topless photo

Not really surprising in a country that is aghast at a nipple popping out at a concert or when someone swears but has no issue about showing extreme violence on the tv. Priorities all wrong

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by chimborazo
Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pushback by men, pushback manually
Replies: 30
Views: 5423

Re: Pushback by men, pushback manually

A few years from now it will be one small step for a woman or a man and one giant leap for women or men kind... Don’t see a problem with pushing down on the rear fuselage to turn a 172. I’ve done it loads. And judging by some of the landings I’ve seen (and one very bad one I’ve done) they are strooo...

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by chimborazo
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could a quad use different combinations of engines?
Replies: 35
Views: 2028

Re: Could a quad use different combinations of engines?

Bigger engines are designed that way because generally they are much more efficient at cruise. The redundant cruise engines will just add huge amounts of drag

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by chimborazo
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The incorrect use of a cruise ship
Replies: 49
Views: 4377

Re: The incorrect use of a cruise ship

Simple solution: for the cruise to Vancouver, select a cabin on the port side and only ever walk around outside on/look out from the port side of the vessel and Robert’s your mother’s brother.

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by chimborazo
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bucket List
Replies: 20
Views: 1519

Re: Bucket List

Visit Antarctica.

Entertain two girls at the same time. Have recently been told by the girl I’m seeing that she is up for it so that’s promising...

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by chimborazo
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Terrorism in NL? Shots fired in tram.
Replies: 49
Views: 1945

Re: Terrorism in NL? Shots fired in tram.

Not surprising he has a long rap sheet. Profilic offenders in liberal and tolerant countries like the UK and Holland (yes I do mean UK, it’s actually quite liberal here, if you don’t subscribe to the Hate Mail’s usual world view) keep on at it because we seem to have a real problem in dealing with “...

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by chimborazo
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704758

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

This whole MCAS unknown is ironic: many big time Boeing lovers praise the fact the pilot is always in control ( unlike in the Arbus where “the computer is in control”) and yet here we are with an aircraft that has a hidden protection system the pilots weren’t initially told about or how to deal with...

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by chimborazo
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704758

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Trump ordering the grounding is actually a really good decision. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were words behind closed doors perhaps with Boeing and the FAA knowing they have monumentally effed up - yet to be proven if so on the Max itself, but certainly effed up on the way they’ve handled this....

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by chimborazo
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704758

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Several of Norwegian's Boeing 737 Max 8 has had to turn in mid air over Europe ... Grounding ok, but at least they should have let planes in the air finish their flight. What difference does 2 or 3 hours later make? Politics... Just move everyone out of their way and clear them to land on a 20 mile...

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by chimborazo
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nail salon has an interesting name
Replies: 11
Views: 1934

Re: Nail salon has an interesting name

casinterest wrote:
What was the Hair styling center next to it called?


Curl Up and Dye. What else could it possibly have been called?!

Sarcasm off. :-)

There is a Chinese takeaway near me called Wok Right Inn which makes me chuckle every time I see it.

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by chimborazo
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Take On Nepotism
Replies: 21
Views: 1452

Re: YOUR TAKE ON NEPOTISM

On the face of it the situation you are describing it is not nepotism. They pay for your training and give you a job. I assume the caveat is that you actually have to be able to pass everything you need to to get the licences.... Known connections that offer you support, routes through training and ...

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by chimborazo
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kamala Harris wants prostitution legal I agree
Replies: 28
Views: 2392

Re: Kamala Harris wants prostitution legal I agree

Glad that there's some consensus on here about legalizing sex work. I proudly wrote my first Master's in Public Health Nursing paper on the dynamic process changes within history vis-a-vis sex workers. Got an A+, and a free ride into the PhD program at UC San Francisco with that paper, although I d...

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by chimborazo
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Parts of Indian and Pakistani airspace closed after multiple shootdowns
Replies: 323
Views: 27947

Re: Pakistan Scrables Aircraft In Response to Indian Airstrikes

L410Turbolet wrote:
Aesma wrote:
Pakistan does nothing against militant Islamists roaming their country.

Sounds awfully familiar, doesn't it?



+1

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by chimborazo
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Logic behind helicopter taxiing
Replies: 65
Views: 12470

Re: Logic behind helicopter taxiing

“Okay. We’re going to need 10 feet of rope and a piece of wood to twist it, to pull these skids back together.”

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by chimborazo
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Interesting Facts about Yourself?
Replies: 22
Views: 2066

Re: Interesting Facts about Yourself?

[quote="Okie"]I made a mistake once.
I thought I had made a mistake but I had not. :yes:

Okie



I’m not always right..... but I’m never wrong.

;-)

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by chimborazo
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Interesting Facts about Yourself?
Replies: 22
Views: 2066

Re: Interesting Facts about Yourself?

The palm sections of my hands are about 35mm longer than my middle fingers. I can make my eyes shake rapidly from side to side like a tremor on demand. I grew up in Indonesia and remember - when I was about seven - a group of local kids calling a white girl a witch because she could do it. I said I ...

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by chimborazo
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: More and more wing clipping incidents?
Replies: 70
Views: 4820

Re: More and more wing clipping incidents?

I would think that overall it’s cheaper to repair the occasional winglet/tailplane than it is to design and certify and fly around (unnecessary weight) a system that beeps like my car does when I park.

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by chimborazo
Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: More and more wing clipping incidents?
Replies: 70
Views: 4820

Re: More and more wing clipping incidents?

What we have here is someone who has an idea that therefore means it MUST be workable. Becuase it’s myyyy idea. If it’s that great an idea, go on Dragons Den and I’m sure you’ll get your arm bitten off. Of course we could have all the bells and whistles to stop collisions. In the same way we could h...

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by chimborazo
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Student Pilot Feeling Overwhelmed
Replies: 35
Views: 4409

Re: Student Pilot Feeling Overwhelmed

Aviation is - or at least should be - very calm and considered. I can’t comment on a busy STAR arrival but it is an orderly process with ATC giving you directions and organising it. Driving on the road no one is in control, there are idiots everywhere, the majority don’t have the situational awarene...

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by chimborazo
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Student Pilot Feeling Overwhelmed
Replies: 35
Views: 4409

Re: Student Pilot Feeling Overwhelmed

As well as all the above I’d recommend getting a Class 1 medical, or whatever the first class equivalent is in the US, to be confident there is nothing hidden there. Flying a plane isn’t difficult. I’ve only 180 hours of PPL experience to speak from... but it’s not hard to get a PPL. What is hard is...

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by chimborazo
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-400 question
Replies: 23
Views: 6806

Re: 747-400 question

Stratclub... is your real name David Brent?

If so, can you do the dance for us please..?

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by chimborazo
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Getting sick on the road
Replies: 17
Views: 1753

Re: Getting sick on the road

Spent a week in Kurdistan... fine. Cappuccino at hotel in the morning (my first, normally black coffee) about 8h before flight. Started feeling grumpy 2h later then had to rush to the loo. Not good. Tactical toilet trips right before leaving for airport, and before getting on flights. Embarrassed to...

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by chimborazo
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your best flights of 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 2798

Re: Your best flights of 2018

First time in this kind of thread... QR A359 Q-suite BKK-DOH there were 8 of us in business and 20 in economy Same on the following 351 to LHR - about 12 and 30 Got a photo with the whole economy crew in the galley One Friday night left: ISU-DOH-LHR in economy then straight on to CX LHR-HKG-BNE prem...

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by chimborazo
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320ceo barking dog question
Replies: 65
Views: 7317

Re: A320ceo barking dog question

And the tug/truck doesn’t “assist” in the push back: it DOES the push back.

I was sat at Heathrow earlier and the engines were definitely running before steering lock pin was removed on the A320s I saw

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by chimborazo
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320ceo barking dog question
Replies: 65
Views: 7317

Re: A320ceo barking dog question

Hmmm. I don’t buy that about push, stop, brakes, engine start. On pretty much every flight I’ve been on, one or more engines is started during the push back IIRC- across all types. Why would you need brakes when connected to the tug? In any case, the brake pressure accumulator would (should?) be cha...

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by chimborazo
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Peterborough MP convicted, what next?
Replies: 30
Views: 1773

Re: Peterborough MP convicted, what next?

She’s a Labour MP. The party of do what we say and not do what we do. She will never resign... it’s not in their nature. I live in Peterborough... it’s a nice city. Generally. There are some rough areas though. The population in these areas appear to have a disregard for looking after the place they...

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by chimborazo
Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should North Americans be limited to one car?
Replies: 156
Views: 7872

Re: Should North Americans be limited to one car?

Two cars for one person is not really relevant in terms of pollution as you can only drive one at once. Of course there are production and disposal impacts too.
The biggest issue is the unnecessarily high fuel consumption of many of the vehicles... 10-15mpg is just ridiculous.

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by chimborazo
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone here play non-aviation related simulator games ?
Replies: 35
Views: 2511

Re: Anyone here play non-aviation related simulator games ?

Simcopter. “Despatch calling”

Now the thread really ends...

Finality

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by chimborazo
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rumour: New £50 note
Replies: 13
Views: 1277

Re: Rumour: New £50 note

It can be difficult to spend £50 notes... some places just don’t want to take them despite the fact they should.

I stopped for a Costa Coffee the other day and they wouldn’t accept my £50 note for a large cappuccino so I had to pay with two twenties and a ten instead.

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by chimborazo
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Correct Moon is . . .
Replies: 25
Views: 1109

Re: The Correct Moon is . . .

Keith

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by chimborazo
Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 9/11 ... Never Forget
Replies: 49
Views: 3760

Re: 9/11 ... Never Forget

It was indeed a horrific event. I watched the second plane live on tv- in UK - after listening on the radio while driving and can still remember shouting out loud. I was moved watching a documentary last night seeing the emergency services walking towards the building. Many would soon be dead. Heari...

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