Archive for May, 2008

M20 and Operation stack

May 22, 2008

Well, i’ve had to scoot around a load of lorries today, especially the ones sneaking off at junction 11 to try and sneak into Dover via the back roads.

However, I’ve spoken to Seafrance today, regarding my early Saturday morning crossing and they believe that after todays workers strike and the fishermen gradually returning to their nets, the crossing on Saturday should be ok and running as per timetable.

Well, if that’s the French bit sorted, let’s hope mother nature decides to hold in the rain and storms till after I have crossed the channel eh!!

A note on the sour side though, the French fishermen were on strike about the cost of diesel and how if affects their livelihood.  Now on first look, you would accept that times are hard, and our fishermen should go for some sort of assistance and not blame them at all.

However, when you look more closely and you find that the fishermen had already received a economic grant to be spread over three years,  and in fact they are striking because they want it sooner.  You really begin to get annoyed, especially when it’s usually European money (i.e our money) that is given to the French fishermen, to keep them in a job and undermine the British fishermen, with the money we contribute.!! Now that is wrong.

Our Government should fight to get our fishermen discounts on fuel, or we should seal our borders from French and Spanish fishermen, scooping up our managed stocks whereas for years, they took all the fish, even the baby ones, and said they were cultural national dishes.
Andy
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M20 get’s operation Stack again

May 21, 2008

Well, what can I say.  The sun is out Summer is appraoching, there’s a Bank Holiday coming up, so what’s missing.

Well, there’s two things.

Firstly, the rain.  Well thats planned for the weekend and the Bank Holiday, so that’s normal.

Secondly, French fishermen on strike and Operation Stack being put in place on the M20, ruining my day.

Well, funny enough, it’s been annouced that the Port of Dover is closed due to French fishermen.  It’s only a matter of time until the M20 becomes a car park.

What makes matters worse is that I am due to go to my little house in France.

The Irony of this is that I was planning to go to France a month or so ago and SeaFrance went on strike, causing chaos.

I’m thinking that maybe we need to somehow buy the French side of the channel to avoid all these problems or re-open the Folkestone – Bolougne route.

Andy
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When Vulcans were appreciated

May 20, 2008

It’s been quiet on the old airplane restoration front, so I’ve been looking at youtube.

I’ve found this wonderful video showing the Vulcan’s at their best and performing in the sky where they belong.

These scenes will not be repeated as we are still trying to return one Vulcan to the sky, imagine trying to have a whole squadron.

Andy
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65 years on, we remember the Dambusters

May 16, 2008

A Lancaster bomber will fly three times over Derwent Reservoir in Derbyshire to commemorate the pilots and the planes of the famous Dambusters raid.

The reservoir was used as a training site by the pilots ahead of their attack on the German Dams.

In 1943, the RAF’s 617 Squadron set out to destroy three dams in Germany’s Ruhr valley. They managed to breach two, giving a boost to Britain’s war effort.

A service will also be held to remember the eight aircraft and 53 crew who were lost.

It will be held on top of the Derwent dam on Friday morning.

A Spitfire, a Hurricane, two Tornadoes and a Dakota transport plane will join the fly-past.  Also present will be Squadron Leader Les Munro, the last surviving pilot from the mission, Michael Gibson, whose uncle, Wing Commander Guy Gibson, led the Dambusters and 88-year-old Richard Todd, who played Mr Gibson in the 1954 film The Dambusters who will also lay poppies on the water of the reservoir.

The Dambusters raid was also famous for the specially designed bombs used to breach the dams.  These were designed and developed by Barnes Wallis, and were made to skip the water, much like a skimming stone, until they reached the dam, where they would sink and detonate at the base of the dam, causing the greatest damage.

Altogether 19 planes were dispatched on the raid, codenamed Operation Chastise.

Andy
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Airport Parking, do you need it?

May 15, 2008

How do you normally travel to the airport?  So you get the train, do you get a taxi?

Most people actually drive.

Now, did you know that you could actually save up to 60% by booking in advance rather than at the gate on the day.

Come and take a look at my website, it not only covers the actual costs of parking, but it will also show you, in relation all the companies involved, the types of security and distances.

Its not the most interesting thing on the web, but it could save you lots of money.

Andy
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That’s torn it

May 15, 2008

Have you seen the news today?  The new Cunard cruise ship, Queen Victoria, has had a little bump in Malta.

Unfortunately this has ripped a hole in the stern.

The ship will be inspected and hopefully repaired in Malta.  Passengers will miss one port of call but have already been informed that they will receive compensation by Cunard.

No-one was injured in the accident.

The Queen Victoria was one of the ships launched with a failed naming ceremony, thus keeping the myth alive that if the champagne bottle does not break, the ship will suffer problems.

Andy
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It’s a waiting game for the Vulcan

May 12, 2008

Well, the Vulcan did all she could, she flew her heart out for the CAA.  All we can do now is wait for the results, which could take up to 4 weeks to appear.

It’s going to be a nail biting time.

The one thing that is certain is that the graceful lady performed as expected and without incident.

The Vulcan Returns

Visit the website

Andy
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Vulcan returns to Bruntingthorpe

May 9, 2008

The former RAF Vulcan has returned to Bruntingthorpe after her stay at RAF Coningsby.

The webcams show her snug in her hanger, back safely from her testing.

It’s all a matter of waiting now to see the results.

Take a look at her on the webcams, and if you have spare funds, feel free to donate on the website.

Andy
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So long and thanks for all your work!

May 9, 2008

With a heavy heart I have had to bid farewell to my trusty steed.

My Isuzu Bighorn

My Isuzu Bighorn has gone to the garage in the sky. Well, in reality it has not, some monster in a garage will probably perform open bonet surgery and either cut all her internal organs out, or give her a replacement heart.

Either way, she will never be the same car again.

She was being collected today at midday, so looking at the time, she will be on her way .

She was a trusty vehicle, and in the three years we had her, she travelled all over England, France and Belgium clocking up over 50,000 miles. Only broke down once, which was actually a flat battery.

Although she will never be replaced mentally, in real terms I have purchased a Ford Galaxy. Not the biggest or sexiest of cars, but it carries seven people and does 3 times as many miles to the gallon.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Andy
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