Archive for November, 2008

Who are Teasin Tina and Lusty Lindy?

November 25, 2008

If you read my blogs, you should realise that these ladies must be planes.

Indeed, I am not one to dissapoint. However, these are not just any planes. These are the last two working Handley Page Victor K.Mk 2’s.

Teasin Tina

'Teasin Tina'

Many people write these lovely planes off as relics from the Falkland’s War. Planes that served a purpose at the time and were retired.

Wrong!

These planes actually continued service up until 1991, and were even active in the first Gulf War.

XM715 ‘Teasin Tina’ and XL231 ‘Lusty Lindy’ are now the only two Victors in teh United Kingdom that are still in working order. Many people work hard to ensure these two beautiful planes are kept in good condition. Furthermore, they are maintained to such a level that they are able to undertake fast taxi runs.

Who knows, in the future we could see one flying again.

Visit the Yorkshire Air Museum, to see ‘Lusty Lindy’ and Bruntingthorpe for ‘Teasin Tina’

Andy

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A ‘PRESIDENTIAL HERITAGE’ SAFARI

November 13, 2008

Oh dear, not only has the world gone crazy since the Americans elected the first official mixed race president (of course I refer to the fact that everyone on the planet is mixed race, if you look back far enough), but there are more and more people trying to cash in on the fact.

Africa Safaris have announced a new safari based on the heritage of President elect Obama.

Click here

When will people realize that the individual counts more than the race, religion, creed or colour.

If they don’t understand this, perhaps I need to start calling myself Viking / Norman hybrid or something.

Andy
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Strange but true – Tour de France

November 12, 2008

Take a look at the photo below, and see if you can spot something strange.

First Corner

First Corner

Whilst stopping for a meal down near my house in France, I was a bit confused when the local police started stopping traffic.

Although my French is very poor, I was able to find out that the Tour de France was passing through the village, and all cars had to move or pull away from the main road. Also, any damage would be the owners fault if a bike rider hit the car. well, that’s enough warning for me, so the car was pulled right in behind the building.

Well we waited and waited, after about half an hour a tractor came round the corner and dropped a couple if bails of hay, plus a police car dropped two policemen. The hay was put next to a shop window and the two policemen stood in the street fingering their guns. This was the preparation for the arrival of the riders.

A police car came round sounding it siren, this was to warn us that the cyclists were within 10 minutes of us.

Next, with about 5 minutes to go, a small Renault car came round to the 30 watchers from this village, and threw some leaflets out the window. Expecting this to be interesting, I grabbed one, only to find it was the local tupperware salesperson, doing some marketing. (that’s french tupperware, not sure if we do it anymore)

Finally, we were treated to 5 minutes of bikes whizzing past the restaurant (no crashes) then another 5 minutes of support vehicles. Does this sound right? Not in my books. Heres another picture, there is an even greater clue in this one.

Can you spot it?

Can you spot it?

Have you guessed? Actually it turns out this was not the main Tour de France, it was actually the Tour de Limousin. On top of this it was actually the ladies race. When the men race there is usually thousands of people watching.

Oh well, thats something else i’ve learnt down in France.

Andy
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Remember the Glory days of British Travel?

November 11, 2008

We already said goodbye to one of the greatest british travel and transport icons, Concorde.

Concorde was a design way ahead of its time. You knew you had made it, when you could fly across the Atlantic in Concorde.

However, there was another element of transport, the QE2, how many people could boast, they had flown supersonic to New York then sailed in style back to the UK on the QE2.? Not that many.

Now the QE2 is finally retiring, so this magnificent duo, are now both retired.

The question is, has the UK now retired?

Andy
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QE2, goodbye, but wheres our stuff?

November 11, 2008

After some research, I had a look at what is actually onboard the QE2, the question I want to know, is will these be returned to Cunard or were they sold along with the ship. Of course these items do not belong to the British people, but as you will see from the comprehensive list (thanks to WIKI), there are alot which certainly mean something to the British people

The Queen Elizabeth 2 holds pieces of artwork, as well as maritime artifacts drawn from Cunard’s long history of operating merchant vessels.

Althea Wynne’s sculpture of the White Horses of the Atlantic Ocean.

Bronze busts of Sir Samuel Cunard (outside the Yacht Club) and Queen Elizabeth II (in the Queen’s Room).

The Princess Grill holds four life-size statues of human forms representing the four elements, done by sculptor Janine Janet in marine materials like shell and coral.

The Chart Room’s frieze was designed by Brody Nevenshwander, and depicts the words of T. S. Eliot, Sir Francis Drake, and John Masefield.

The Midships Lobby holds a solid silver model of the Queen Elizabeth 2 made by Asprey of Bond Street in 1975, that was lost until a photograph was found in 1997 that led to the discovery of the model itself, and its placement on the QE2 in 1999.

In “E” stairway hangs three custom designed tapestries, commissioned from Helena Barynina Hernmarck for the ship’s launch, that depict the Queen as well as the launch of the ship. These tapestries, which were originally hung in “D” Stairway, Quarter Deck, outside the Columbia Restaurant, were damaged, and one thrown overboard, in 2005, as mentioned in the Service history (above). They were originally made with golden threads however much of this was lost when they were cleaned incorrectly as part of the 1987 refit.

There are also numerous photographs, oils and pastels of members of the Royal Family throughout the vessel, and silver plaques commemorating the visits of every member of the Royal Family, as well as other dignitaries like South African president Nelson Mandela.

Amongst the artifacts on board is a set of antique Japanese armour presented to the QE2 by the Governor of Kagoshima, Japan, during her 1979 world cruise, and a Wedgwood vase presented to the ship by Lord Wedgwood.

From previous Cunard ships are a brass relief plaque with a fish motif from the RMS Mauretania, as well as an Art Deco bas-relief titled Winged Horse and Clouds, by Norman Foster for the RMS Queen Elizabeth. There is also a vast array of Cunard postcards, porcelain, flatware, boxes, linen, and Lines Bros Ltd Tri-anic model ships. One of her key pieces is a replica of the figurehead from Cunard’s first ship, the RMS Britannia, carved from Quebec yellow pine by Cornish sculptor Charles Moore, and presented to the ship by Lloyds of London. On Upper Deck sits the silver Boston Commemorative Cup, presented to the Britannia by the City of Boston in 1840. This cup was lost for decades until being found in a pawn shop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On “2” Deck is a bronze entitled Spirit of the Atlantic which was designed by Barney Seale for the second Mauretania. A large wooden plaque was presented to the QE2 by First Sea Lord Sir John Fieldhouse to commemorate the ship’s service in the Falklands War.

There is also an extensive collection of large scale models of Cunard ships throughout the QE2

So, will we now only be able to see these in the Museum onbaord the hotel in Dubai, once again, answers on a postcard please

Andy
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So long and farewell to the QE2

November 11, 2008

It’s a sad day not just for Southampton, but for the whole of the UK when we say farewell to the QE2.

Not only is it a sad day that this glorious cruise ship is sailing away for its last ever cruise, many of us are also sad, why once again, a company gets rid of such a beauty.  It’s also a shame that no UK investor decided to purchase the ship for a hotel, even though the business case has been proved by America, with the Queen Mary now resident of Long beach.

People wonder why the British no longer have an Empire, it’s because we do not want to take any financial risks or promote ourselves any more.

If you have a different view, answers on  a postcard please

Andy
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Support Vulcan XH558 – We need your help

November 5, 2008

After a year of ups and downs, but a year that saw the only flying Vulcan grace the skies, the Vulcan Trust now need more money to ensure that this delta lady will continue to fly.

The importance of the Vulcan is not just as a memorial to the role she played in the Royal Air Force, but also as a learning tool for future generations when it comes to design and technology.

A petition to the prime minister has been created, please show your support and sign up.
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/vulcan-XH558/

Andy
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