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The moon landings were faked, were they?

September 16, 2009

Well, that caught your attention.

In my blog before I have mentioned my problems with believing the moon landings were actually real and have often commented on this. This is however, only my own opinion.

I did however, read the news on the BBC website and saw, much to my amusement, that two Bangladeshi newspapers, had published a story regarding the faked moon landings along with statements from Neil Armstrong.

Much to the newspapers embarrasement, the researchers had found the story shown in “The Onion”, a satirical online news channel, and took it as fact without researching further.

Such matters as this really made me laugh.


Have you ever been to Folkestone, Kent?

September 16, 2009

Have you ever visited or traveled through Folkestone.

As a man of kent, I would love to hear what you thought of the place.  Personally, I find it embarrassing about the condition the town is in, much the same way as Dover has become.

I’ve mentioned in my Dover article, (read here) that as a cruising man, I expect quite a lot from a port, especially if it is a cruise port.

Well, Folkestone may have some saving graces, I believe they have aspirations to attract the cruise ships, but will not offer them until they have redeveloped.

I was reading an article today about Folkestone now being redeveloped. If this does happen then we could be seeing some drastic changes in the near future, all of which could be great for the local area.
Let me know what you think, either of Folkestone or of the redevelopment plan.


Ahhh, what a nice description of my lovely old cruise ship

April 27, 2009

Visit this website, called cruise cyprus and hear how the locals are describing the age old beauty that is S/S The Emerald.

For years this was the most popular of the TUI ships and many passengers are not booking with TUI after their thoughts and feelings were ignored, when it was annouced that the Emerald would be dropped from the TUI charter list, even though she had two years left sailing before the SOLAS laws either stopped her sailing or forced Louis Cruise lines to refurbish her.

At the end of the day, its nice to see the old girl appreciated


Heathrow Airport Hotels

24 hour Vulcan Scramble

February 4, 2009
Help Save XH558

Help Save XH558

Father and Son, Robert and Steven Lowe, from Newark on Trent, have conceived a brilliant way of raising funds to help keep the Vulcan, XH558 flying.

The father and Son team, who will be accompanied by crew chief Taff Stone, have set themselves the target of visiting all 15 exisiting Vulcan airframes in and around the country within a 24 hour period.

They would be starting at East Fortune at 00.01 with XM597.

They will be joined on different legs by surprise guests and staged events to encourage them on their way.

Fellow club members will be acting as coordinators at each location, liaising with the museums involved, creating a presence on the day to welcome the team, as they stop by to change drivers, snap a picture and carry on with their challenge. Supporters will help explain the event and our plight to all the visitors, backed up with promotional posters and leaflets explaining the Pledge fund and the many ways people can help save the aircraft. With 850+ miles to cover, 18 hour 50 minutes journey time, it only leaves 15 minutes spare at each location – and that does not allow for traffic.

The time remaining, progress details and pledges or donations received, will be updated for all to see, together with links to partake in sponsoring of the event.

On the day, a central control room at Bruntingthorpe, “Scramble HQ” will track the team and give updated details as they progress along the route. Staff there will process Pledges collected en-route and enter onto the on-line system. You will be able to watch the progress of this event, add additional sponsorship or pledges and see the results as they happen. Official collecting tins and any donations received on the day will be added to the running total.

At all times, speed limits will be observed. It is the challenge and raising of public interest in XH558 that most appeals to the team.

By the early hours of Monday 23rd February, the club aim to have not only raised a significant level of interest, but a not too insignificant level of further funding!

But why should the public help keep this plane flying?

XH558 is the only airworthy Vulcan in the world. Restored to flight after nearly 15 years at a cost of £7million. She now faces grounding forever, unless an additional £750,000 can be raised in February enabling funds for another full air show season. Last year, she appeared in front of over 1.5 million people.
She inspires immense pride in all who see her. A full education programme is built around her, not only telling the story of the cold war era, but the value of science and technology in inspiring future engineers.
She was the “mother of concorde” – Can you help us save this iconic British Aircraft?


Cat in the bath

January 30, 2009

Now you’ve probably read that and are expecting a cat sitting or going toilet in the empty bath.

Nah, that’s normal, no this cat is playing in a few inches of water and enjoying it.

Little fella really seems to be a happy bunny


Its a cat that thinks its a slinky

January 30, 2009

I know cats are mad but this one takes the biscuit.

Most will run up and down, and bite your feet, or steal your socks


S/S The Emerald

January 29, 2009

Now heres a bit of news I know alot of people were waiting on.

The S/S Emerald, formerly charted by Tui cruises from Louis Cruise Lines, is soon to be back on the cruising market.

Louis Cruise Lines confirmed that the ship will be sailing from Cyprus for mini cruises.

There is no information on their website so far.

This is good news for the thousands of passengers who travelled with this ship under the Tui colours for 10 years and formed a close association with the graceful lady of the seas.  Enjoying her small but comfortable lounges and fantastic sailing conditions.

Of course, the future may not be bright for the last sailing ‘American built’ cruise ship.  Tui dropped her charter before the 2010 intorduction of the new SOLAS regulations, where ships like the S/S Emerald, will not be allowed to sail.  Dependent on the popularity of the S/S Emarld sailing under Louis Cruise Lines own cruises, will we find out if the company will invest in an upgrade.

This is not completely out the question.  In 1987 the ship was refitted to include extra decks, which guaranteed her extended life for another 13 years.

The Emerald is now 50 Years old , only time will tell if she is allowed to make 53.

On behalf of the passengers and fans of the S/S Emerald, our hopes go on that she will be successfull in her new life sailing for Louis Cruise Lines direct.

Andy Skinner

Its 2009, so lets all visit the lolcats

January 16, 2009

With the credit crunch hitting hard and peoples moods being low, we should all visit the lolcats to cheer ourselves up.

Finding Jesus

Finding Jesus

It certainly makes me smile



Were the moon landings faked?

December 3, 2008

A keep hearing more and more people making comments about Man’s triumphant return to the moon.  However, I am really curious about if we ever did land on the moon.

Some issues still worry me.

Why did so many NASA Moonscape photos have non parallel shadows? sceptics will tell you because there is two sources of light on the Moon – the Sun and the Earth… That maybe the case, but the shadows would still fall in the same direction, not two or three different angles and Earth shine would have no effect during the bright lunar day (the time at which the Apollo was on the Moon).?

Why did one of the stage prop rocks have a capital “C” on it and a ‘C’ on the ground in front of it?

Who would dare risk using the Lunar Module on the Moon when a simulated Moon landing was never tested?

If the Rover buggy had been moving in one-sixth gravity, then it would have required a twenty foot width in order not to have flipped over on nearly every turn.  Yet the Rover had the same width as ordinary small cars.?

If the fabric space suits had a crotch to shoulder zip.  There should have been leakage of air.?

Let me know your thoughts.  Lets build a good list of positive and negative points, and really discuss this.


Bring on the Trumpets

December 1, 2008


I am still laughing at this one