Monthly Archives

Monthly Archives for April 2011.

Being in Beirut

Bombed building from civil war Whats the first thing you think of when you think Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon? Chances are: “war zone”, “Destroyed”, “unsafe”, “terrorist”. A website called Lebanon News: Under the Rug Swept features the Looks Like Beirut Certificate which notes  the times “people compare Beirut to destruction”. For the world forgets that the Lebanese Civil War ended. It was a horrific war which claimed too many lives and did indeed destroy swathes of Beirut. But the war stopped over 20 years ago. Today, Beirut is becoming the place to visit. Lonely Planet…

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2300 hours

A recent flight  tipped me over into 2300 hours of flying since I was born. This is equivalent to over 95 days inside a metal tube.  Over 3 months of my life! More Trivia (some of which can be found at my flightmemory page) 75 airlines (my favourites of course Emirates, Air New Zealand and Qantas) 48 types of plane (the 3 most common being B737, B747 and B767 and the most exotic a Zepplin airship) 180 airports (the 3 most common Melbourne, Sydney and Los Angeles) 36 countries on 5 continents flown to (out of the…

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Korean Air–lets go shopping!

In 2009, Korean Air foreshadowed it would be installing duty free stores on its ten new A380s. The airline is already the number one airline company in the world for in flight retailing!  Now they have revealed the store layout. It will be located at the back of the lower deck near the rear stairs.  The store will replace 13 economy seats. The Korean A380 will have the lowest number of seats on board out of all of the airlines flying it (see my previous Blog post on the Korean A380). The duty free “store” is made…

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Martin J on the Monorail

In 2012 the Seattle Monorail will be 50. Opened March 24, 1962 for the Seattle World Fair.  The line runs at a top speed of 72km/h for just over a 1.5kilometres. The train pictured here is one of the two original Alweg trains built in 1961. The monorail trains and their tracks were given historical landmark status by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board April 16, 2003. About 2.5 million people pay the $2 fare for the two minute trip. In the late 90s, there was  a plan to put five monorail lines across Seattle. Called the Seattle Monorail…

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Back to the 80s with Air NZ’s newest safety video

Same words…very different costumes…in the last Air New Zealand air safety video, the crew were nude- in this one, they go”funky”.  Led by flamboyant American fitness personality Richard Simmons, the briefing introduces all of the usual safety features on a plane (ie no smoking, fasten seatbelts, brace positions, life jacket, luggage etc) as a series of “exercises” to be completed before flying. The instructions are delivered with lots of crazy costumes, boppy music and humourous gags. The video available for viewing here. What do you think of it? Some thoughts from me: I noticed a couple of the crew…

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A380 Bang

Here’s a great reason to ALWAYS wear a seat belt on a plane even when its stationery on the ground. I cant believe how many seat belts I hear being opened seconds after a plane lands. Have you seen the video where the Air France A380 jet at  New York’s John F. Kennedy airport hits the tail section of a Bombardier CRJ 700 Regional Jet? The smaller plane spins a quarter turn on the taxiway! The A380 was operating Air France Flight 7 to Paris and was taxing to take off. It had 495 passengers and 25 crew members…

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My Computer is Back!

I am at least eight posts behind having not had a computer for ages…upcoming Blog Posts:1. Being in Beirut2. The Uglification of Pattaya3. Amazing Amman4. Petra Report5. Way out Wadi Rum6. Virgin Blues7. V Australia Business Class…Stacks up?8. Survive a Plane Crash Hope to feed these through in the next weeks…watch this Blog!

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Delayed

Had the longest delay of my life today.11 hours! (compared to some people’s woes-nothing!)The delay is out of Brisbane heading to LAX (Flight 007).The airline is V Australia, the overseas arm of Virgin Blue. They have an “unserviceable” aircraft!Ironcially, my previous longest delay was with Virgin Blue out of Brisbane- destination: Sydney in 2000. That was an 8 hour delay.I was so unimpressed with Virgin Blue’s handling of that delay,  that I did not fly them for years! A recent convert back to the Virgin Blue family, this incident has me bemused. ..and a little worried. My…

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Basil Fawlty and Mistaken Identity

In an hilarious episode of Fawlty towers called “The Wedding Party“, Basil Fawlty decides to put an end to amorous dealings in his hotel.  It’s side splitting stuff-on TV- in real life another matter. At a guesthouse I recently stayed at, the owners were a husband and wife couple. Check in with the wife, went smoothly, my room was in order and I was given good advice on where I could have dinner. Then I met the owner. He decided within minutes of meeting me, that I was after his wife. He muttered to me:…

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