Archive for April, 2008

It’s those lol cats again

April 30, 2008

Sorry, could not resist this one

LOL CATS again
This site always makes me laugh, its the lolcats website

Andy
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The Vulcan flying in a display? Could be soon

April 30, 2008

Biggin Hill International Air Fair, has started selling it’s tickets online.

One very important part to read on their website is that the Vulcan is booked for display on both days subject to it passing its tests.

Now this is excellent news. Its also very good as the Air Fair is helping celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the RAF. This will be a fitting place to have the Vulcan especially as she missed the 25th Anniversary of the Falklands War. This has been booked for the fair after 10 years of detailed restoration work by charity Vulcan To The Sky Trust, costing more than £6m

Subject to final tests this month, it will make its first airshow flight in 15 years at the show.

This will be the 45th time the event is held at the former RAF base.

Book your tickets in advance and get them cheaper by calling 01959 578270/1/2 or logging on to the show’s website at bigginhillairfair.co.uk

Andy
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Would Harry Potter live here?

April 29, 2008

Rochechouart Chateau near our house

So lets forget all the troubles with my car and focus on some of the positive points of my little break away to France.

In the picture above, you will see Rochechouart Chatteau.  It is beautiful and has been turned into a modern art gallery (not my bag unfortunately).  Whenever we have brought friends over, especially those with kids, they have always looked up in awe and shouted “Its Hogwarts”.

From a distance, you can see where they get the idea from.  This is just one of the photos from my trip over to France.  I thought I would share it with you.

Andy
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Another thanks to P&O ferries

April 29, 2008

I forgot to mention yesterday.

P&O should also be thanked as I was not charged for changing my ticket. The P&O ticket office could have really upset me and added the ticket change amount to my woes, but they skipped it and just reprocessed me for a later sailing. So thanks to the P&O ticket office too. Many times these people go un-thanked and I am sure they help and assist many people each day.

Andy
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Well done P&O ferries

April 28, 2008

It’s not often I am really pleased with the service I receive but hands up and applaude P&O ferries.

With the problems I had in France, the French Recovery people towed me all the way to Calais.  But they did not just drop me at the gates, oh no, they took me through passport control, tickets etc everything.

P&O were great, they organised new tickets, obviously we missed our ferry.  They arranged for a tow onto one of their ships and also a tow off.

Now that is a great organisation, and good to know if you are stuck in France.  The words of get to the port will now always be on my mind.

Well done P&O, I am grateful.

Andy
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The AA and it’s call centres

April 28, 2008

Here is a fun point.

As stated, I was in France for a few days and had the misfortune to break down on my way home.

Being an AA member, but only for the UK, we thought we would phone them for advice.  Having been transferred twice, to numbers that were for closed offices, we finally got a recorded message saying as we were on a French motorway, they could not offer any assistance, being a member or not, due to the legalities of French motorways.

Well, as it took over an hour to finally see a French recovery vehicle, we decided it was better to bite ther bullet and get towed to Calais, where P&O would look after us.

It did cost us €460 for the pleasure but we got home.  My only complaints on the whole process are as follows:-

1)    AA should not pass you on to closed offices, luckily I was with my wife, but imagine if she was on her own in France.

2)   When we did speak to a person directly, it was an Indian call centre. I have no problem with this but the problem arose that the call centre person did not actually know where Dover Port was, and expected us, at that stage sitting on a Ferry in the middle of the channel, to give them a postal code so they could look it up.  The sad phrase of Google it comes to mind.

Andy
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Where have I been

April 28, 2008

Well, believe it or not, I thought I would spend a few says in the south west of France at my little house.

The weather was really hot, the people and surroundings were lovely.

I had a few bits of fun on the way back which I will list each in turn as I think they all have valid reasons for me either being happy or sad.

Andy
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Last meeting of the Three Cunard Queens

April 23, 2008

The Three grand luxury Cunard liners have met in the port of Southampton for the first and final time.

Cunard’s “Queens” consisting of Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 2 all lined up in Southampton for the meeting.

What was special about this meeting?  It’s the first time all three queens have ever been together at their home port.  Ironically, it’s also the last time, as the Queen Elizabeth 2 will retire this year, and undergo a refit before being moved to Dubai to become a floating hotel and museum.

Southampton residents and fans from around the country took part in the celebration, with fans arriving hours before the meeting to obtain the best vantage points, to view the proceedings.

To any person skeptical of the importance of the cruise industry and its value both to Southampton and to Great Britain as a whole, need only glance at the passion and splendor of the event to realise the cruise industry is a serious player in the UK holiday business.

At Compare Airport Parking, we can provide comparison on those holiday extras you may want before traveling.  For instance we can compare Port Parking at Southampton and Port Hotels at Southampton.

Andy
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Today is St Georges Day

April 23, 2008

So what does it really mean to you?

If it was St Patrick’s Day, many of you would run off to the nearest ale house and quaff Guiness. So why should English people want to celebrate St Patrick’s and not St George’s day.

Well I think it comes down to public perception and pressure. Do any of you remember the furst gulf war, where people were hanging flags and were being told to take them down. Also during the football competitons, people were being asked to take the flag down. It all boils down to national identity, our Government seems determined to quash our identity and present us with a boil in the bag, one size fits all european identity. well not this time.

St Georges day should be a day to celebrate great English achievements and developments.

What about Waterloo? The Battle of Britain, Trafalgar day. All great moments in history, but also what about the launch of the Titanic, the launch of Concorde and the Queens birthday. All these events should be important, and I believe the use of St George;s Day to promote these events is crucial.

We are not a piece of European land, we are England, we are proud.

You can always visit The Royal Society of St George

Andy
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