Archive for September, 2008

Is this the end for a flying Vulcan?

September 12, 2008

With a heavy heart, I have to say that the future is not looking bright for XH558, the only flyign Vulcan in the world.

After a hard first year of flying, small teething problems and cancelled airshows, the coffers are running low and some sponsors are no longer able to supply funds.

Where does this leave our iconic aircraft?  Well unfortunately, it leaves her mothballed in the hanger.

This is not a future we had all intended for our glorious Delta Winged Lady.  The original plan was to breathe another 10 – 15 years of life into this cold war jet, providing our children the education of what has happened in the past and how design and technology raises to the challenges of the world problems.

The Vulcan, along with the other V bombers, were created to answer the cold war threat, a chance that a Nuclear War could occur.  The V bombers were designed to fly long distances and carry our Nuclear Deterant.  This was in the form of Blue Steel and Skybolt Nuclear missiles.

The Vulcan plans were always on standby, but luckily were never needed in the role they had trained for.  Ironically, the Vulcan’s were only called into war, when the Argentine invaded the Falkland Islands, and an audacious plan was created, using Vulcans, both bombers and fuel tankers, to attack the islands and return them to British control.

With this wealth of history, the Vulcan’s soon became a favourite of the airshow circuit, with the RAF maintaining two Vulcan’s for display purposes.  The spirit if the Vulcan lived on. However, even this had to end, with the Vulcan display team finally be disbanded and the last two Vulcan’s sold off.

Luckily XH558 was bought, with a plan to return her to flight, this dream was finally fulfilled this year.  Huge crowds flocked to hear the distinctive growl as the Vulcan finally took to the skies once more.

Now, the future looks dark.

But, in true British spirit, Never say Never!

The Vulcan could remain in the sky.  So far public support has been great, providing well needed funds to the cause.  But more is needed.  Each pound donated helps keep the dream alive.

You can help.  No matter what size of your donation.

To find out more, visit the Vulcan Trust site

Please help keep this lady flying, Don’t let the fate of Concorde befall the Vulcan.

Andy

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Welcome back Britney Spears

September 9, 2008

I have to admit to watching some of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.

I was glad to see Britney Spears is looking so much better after her personal ordeals. Although not much of a modern music person myself, I do find it disturbing how the press are so quick to build someone up only to delight in running them down when bad things happen.

Well done to Britney for fighting back to her former self. It’s good to see a star fighting to return to mainstream again.

Andy

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Vulcan Displays at Southport

September 9, 2008

The restored vulcan XH558 is certainly making the most of it’s restoration, as she left RAF Brize Norton Sunday 7 September, to display at Southport.

Having been grounded the day before due to bad weather, along with the wing walkers, the Vulcan was a sight for sore eyes.

Visitors were treated to a display from the mighty delta winged aircraft as she flew past the beach.

It was estimated that around 55 – 60 thousand airplanes enthusiats and fans flocked to the Southport sea front to watch the annual aitrshow

The Vulcan performed in the afternoon, to everyones delight as some previous airshows have been cancelled due to either weather or technical problems.

The mighty vulcan was not alone in the sky, Tornadoes and Eurofighter Typhoons, harrier jump jets and an AWAC 707, whilst the Blades and Red Atrrows performed aerobatic displays

There was also a demonstration of the role of the RAF, with a small display of troops attacking from the beach via Helicopter whilst fighters simulated bombing runs.

Andy

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OMG – chihuahua costumes?

September 8, 2008

I was takign a brief stroll through my blog innards to see what people were looking for and why they visited my blog.

I was surprised to see someone had visited me with the search term “chihuahua costume”

I was unable to find anything on my site which could satisfy their search, except for the lolcats site.

So to be fair, i’ve scouted around and found you something.

Chihuahua in a costume

Chihuahua in a costume

Click on the image to go visit the website, there is some funny stuff there.

Andy

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Only 6 weeks to go – SS Emerald here I come

September 8, 2008

With mixed feelings I am both exited and upset that it is 6 weeks to go till my cruise on the Emerald.

The sad feelings are based on the fact. that in 8 weeks time, the ship will pass back to Lois Cruise Lines and no longer be available for my yearly or twice yearly holiday.

The good feelings are that I will see all my friends again, enjoy 2 weeks sailing on the friendliest ship on the Eastern Mediterranean.

I am also taking the opportunity to renew my wedding vows, as we honeymooned on the Emerald, I was going to wait until our 10th anniversary to do this, but as the ship will be gone i’ve had to push the plans up a year.

Andy
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LIFE.CAMERA.BLOG

September 4, 2008

I loved LOLCats website, but i’ve found another that really has made me laugh

Take a look at the following website.

It will really make you smile.

A must see blog site

A must see blog site

Andy

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The poor Concorde, Wings clipped and shut indoors!

September 3, 2008

Take a look at this video posted on youtube

As you will see, she is cramped and does not feel the same.

At least she is alongside other famous vehicles like the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Maybe one day she will be free.

Andy

Andy

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What I would give to see this at the London Olympics 2012

September 3, 2008

Please please, could one of the eccentric millionaires donate some money and pull some strings.

We would all love the symbol of our hopes and dreams flying again

It’s not too late.

Andy

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Seen lolcats recently

September 3, 2008

You really must visit

cat could not lift the heavy box

cat could not lift the heavy box

I always laugh when I look at these pictures

Andy

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British bomber aircraft Avro Vulcan

September 3, 2008

If you can ignore the cheesey film

It has been posted on Youtube and would appear to be some sort of cold war information film for the Russians’ using old MOD film footage.

There is also an interesting soundtrack, including the Thunderbirds theme tune, it really made me laugh

It’s interesting

Andy

Andy

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