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  1. You might want to watch out with this one - I actually did get a call a while back. At 9.45 at night. "this is your bank, we've just seen some strange movements on your card with money being spent in Luxembourg. Could we ask you some questions?". Yeah, sure! I gave the caller short shrift and said I'd call my bank right away to inform them about this scam/phishing. "Wow! You're the fist client I had in weeks who actually from himself out wants to do what you should be doing. We would have advised you to get in touch with the service number on the back of your card presently..." It was indeed a call from my bank and there were strange transactions in Luxembourg... All in all only about €60, but still. Cheers Mallard
  2. While the one queen got retired (the plane) the other one (THE Queen) didn't want to miss the opportunity to personally honour Mr Moore for his efforts wonder if he (100) was secretly thinking what a charming young lady (94) she is 😄 Cheers Mallard
  3. OK - strictly speaking it's British Airways, and not the UK. And the Queen is, of course, the plane, not the monarch. https://ukaviation.news/british-airways-confirms-boeing-747-retirement/ https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53426886 So the world's largest operator of jumbo jets is retiring their complete fleet of 747s with immediate effect... Cheers Mallard
  4. Thanks for the comet-comments 😉 If I would believe in premonitions I'd probably go for the wise-men approach - I mean, hey, it's already in the name - instead of the harbinger of doom! I'm not sure how bright it looked last time, I wasn't around, 4,500 years ago... If you know where to look you will be able to see it with your naked eye as a star with a smudge (if you've ever spotted our neighbouring galaxy without any visual aid, 2.5 million light-year distant Andromeda, it's similar to that). But through a pair of binoculars you will easily get to see what is shown in the second picture. The first picture was taken with a 600mm telephoto lense, the second was snapped with a 150mm lense. I had to wait until enough light had faded from the sky to find it, it's really close to the horizon and in these parts (Ireland) it never really gets completely dark in summer. And, granted, in pictures with a a bit of a longer exposure (2.5 seconds for both) things in the sky will always look better... Cheers Mallard
  5. ...the skies cleared up last night, and I got a glimpse of the NEOWISE comet - so out came the camera... I took the pictures at half past midnight looking almost straight due north. According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C/2020_F3_(NEOWISE) it will be back in about 6,800 years. Just in case you miss it this time 🙂 Cheers Mallard
  6. Wow! These sure are some amazing models... Browsing on from there I found this one and even better - he also flys that thing outdoors 🙂 Cheers Mallard
  7. Yep - or the equivalent of about 190 fully laden 747s (or roughly 460 737s) that have crashed over the past three months. But nothing to see here. Keep up the good work! 😐 Mallard
  8. These are truly awful! Do you have any more? 😄 Cheers Mallard
  9. Well, soon it'll be Sir Tom... https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-captain-tom-moore-to-be-knighted-after-raising-33m-for-nhs-11991235 Cheers Mallard
  10. Video of the flypast to celebrate Mr Moore's 100th birthday can be seen via this link: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-52484185/captain-tom-raf-flypast-in-veteran-s-honour Cheers Mallard
  11. The latest on Mr Moore: Not only has he managed to raise £29m, but he has also topped the UK single charts ("The Weekend", on #2 and heading for #1, encouraged people to help Mr Moore get to #1) https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52415966 Royal Mail has issued a special postmark https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-52433007 and there will be a flypast by the RAF to mark his birthday https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-52453194 not bad for a 100-year-old... Cheers Mallard
  12. Well - this should be interesting... Wizz Air will be back up and flying from May 1st onwards. https://inews.co.uk/news/wizz-air-resume-flights-luton-airport-airlines-fight-survival-2549981 Cheers Mallard
  13. Of course you will still be able to fly, long-haul routes will still have their pace and demand. You'll probably just have to pay more when fleet sizes reduce. By the way - flights to Australia from Europe never were very cheap in the first place... (word not allowed, I fondly remember a Qantas flight from Frankfurt to Cairns and back from Brisbane to Frankfurt in their business class. Cost an arm and a leg, but I arrived fresh as a daisy (okay, perhaps a bit sozzled from all the complimentary glasses of bubbly) , thanks to the lounge in Singapore which provided free shower facilites, soap, shampoo, towel and all). Family recently arrived on a half-way affordable flight, but they had to go via Brunei and were cramped in the sardine class all the way - no fun there! One new thought appears to be leaving the middle seat free on a three-abreast row... Let's see how that pans out https://www.thejournal.ie/an-idiotic-idea-michael-oleary-says-ryanair-wont-return-to-flying-if-middle-seats-must-be-left-empty-5081704-Apr2020/ Cheers Mallard
  14. You do realise that you can actually (well, granted, not at the moment) cross a border by foot, car, rail or boat? 😉 I have travelled up and down Europe, and pretty much never used a plane to do that... In fact, I think that if you don't come to Ireland (from the Continent) by boat, you're "cheating". I get it, what Mark meant - it's more like my cousin and her husband, who regularly took the cheap Ryanair flights for a weekend in [insert city here]. Most of the cities I had visited myself, but when I asked them about some of the sights it mostly boiled down to "had no time for that, but a great meal at X, and we did see suchandsuch from the distance". That kind of short-haul, whistle-stop holiday flying will probably not be back so soon. And good riddance to it! Cheers Mallard
  15. Should be interesting to see how many of those planes will take to the skies again. A couple of days back there was an article in the business part of the paper in which realtors specialising in office rentals here in Ireland were pretty much wetting their pants. With the huge increase in people working from home (and still, miraculously, getting their job done) there is a strong vibe that corporations are seriously reviewing their office space requirements. Why have four floors of a building, when one or two might do, if and when you only call in your employees for really important meetings that should be better held face to face? And they also mentioned the further implications that screen meetings might do away with a considerable part of business travel. This is something that has been touted for several years, but now we're going through a massive case study on how feasible that actually is in real life. Just a short while back Dublin - London was the second busiest route in the world, with more than 80,000 people flying that stretch every week... Doubt we'll be seeing that kind of traffic again soon, and with it the planes that shuttled the (mainly) suits there and back... Cheers Mallard
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