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  • Inthesandpit
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    @alainboy56, yup it would seem we are from the same era. My first BOAC trip was on a Standard VC10 from LHR to JNB, via ROM, CAI, DAR, JNB. My father had got a job with the SAAF outside of Pretoria, we were on our way to look at what was there and accommodation. Sadly the emigration never happened but that’s another story. I too had the same ‘Passenger Flight Log Book’ I remember completing the first time at an airport, first flight in type and reckoning up the hours sections. Unfortunately my book got filled up and so I resorted to the electronic versions. I like my.flightradar24.com as I can add seats etc. and yes as a young Air trafficker in SEJAO at West Drayton it was still 10/28 for LHR with the occasional 23/05 operation.

    @luganopirate I still use a fountain pen at meetings whilst all around me are clicking on laptops and ipads. I have kept all my A5 notebooks of meeting notes, but sadly it shows my experiments with different coloured inks over the years :-).I still use my trusty dark green ink to this day. My regular Yard-o-Led silver fountain pen must be over 30 years old and is still going strong, being left handed the nib is used to me. I have numerous others that are more modern and ‘names’ but still in boxes. That’s my indulgence at times – watches and pens 🙂

    Apologies for wandering of topic – having a senior moment.


    Inthesandpit
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    As many others I used a manual log from back in 1975, from Ian Allan books if I remember (first flight recorded VC8 LHR MME on British midland), although I had flown before that as a child (BOAC Junior Jet club logbook) and youth I could not recall flight numbers so did not log them, similarly a lot of my cabin crew days in the 80s are not included as I misplaced my logbooks.

    Over a course of many weekends I uploaded the lot onto my flight diary which is now my.flightradar24.com, I find it works really well for what I need.

    This next trip will see my 1100th trip logged, it is interesting sometimes to look at the map and go through the log to see where I have been and on what frightening types of aircraft / airlines.

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    Inthesandpit
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    Capetonianm – I am with you there, only the other day I received a call whilst in the UK with some ‘oik’ speaking in Estuary inglish (spelling intended) opening the conversation with “hiya (Christian name) I can call you that – right” – er no you cannot I replied, followed by stunned silence. needless to say the call was short and not so sweet. Now my UK bank First Direct are politeness and respectful personified. I know this is off topic but essentially I agree with the other posters who find the comedy element in safety videos off putting.

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    Inthesandpit
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    Montysaurus – I had the same problems last week, all sorted now, I finally managed to enter our Personal details after the help from a non Cathay staff member here in Dubai. Cathay were no help whatsoever. Sorry for digressing from the thread, but I also had issues with the BA mobile APP, I checked my booking for next week and was offered an upgrade at a steal of a price, considering I had got the original trip for a good price too. I went all through the process to get to the point of payment and the process stopped there with a message – passenger payment profile not available – ???.
    I reverted to the good old laptop when I got home and it worked no problem.

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    in reply to: BA.com-edy website

    Inthesandpit
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    Thanks everyone for the input – the situation has been resolved and all is good. Thankfully I did not have to resort to social media – for that I would have had to sign up and I am a dinosaur in that respect :-). Pass the fountain pen I will now write up my journal.
    The resolution was aided by a very kind lady from BA in DXB, I do not know how but shall we say she is from the old school of airline staff.

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    in reply to: CX Website

    Inthesandpit
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    GivingupBA – Yup that was my first line of assault, Local CX office here not very helpful, could not do it said I had to email Customer affairs in HKG, as I was working in DXB yesterday even went to the CX Check in to speak to the local rep, she was not available and the rest were DNATA staff in CX uniforms, who were about as useful as chocolate teapots, thanks anyway for the reply 🙂

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    Inthesandpit
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    Thanks Cathay, I don’t normally book flights through an agent but I got such a good deal for the whole package. Now you mention it, I seem to remember from my long distant past this issue before. When the site is back from maintenance will I be able to upload all the Advance passenger info as required?.

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    Inthesandpit
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    Interesting, one question if I may ask, say you are travelling Econimule in a window seat, you pay for the two adjacent seats and after doors closed some oik decides to move to the aisle seat you paid for, if said passenger then refuses to move because the seat is empty even after careful and patient explanation (like we all do ) will the crew be brave enough to validate your explanation, back you up and request nay insist the passenger takes their original seat which may now have been taken by someone else. I can see musical chairs and lots of anger.


    Inthesandpit
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    Here in the sandpit in the industry I work in I work with a lot of SAFFAS who were compelled to leave SA when many industries sought to replace manager and supervisory roles with employees of non European extraction. Some have been here over 25 years, one guy can trace his family back to the first Portuguese settlers in the Cape, he often recounts family history that has been passed down that there were no indigenous peoples living in the cape at the time of the first Europeans and in fact those that claim to be indigenous actually came south from Central Africa.This has been born out by studies conducted at the University of Manchester about the movement of indigenous peoples in Africa after the settlement of Europeans. Some theories state that if there were indigenous tribes in the cape they would have been more anthromorphically similar to aboriginal peoples.


    Inthesandpit
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    Charles-P, I still refer to Zimbabwe as Rhodesia as my father did, having grown up in the 60s the country names as then got lodged in my brain from Geography, the same with Airport names. I cannot get my head around some of the airports with famous celebrities names, LPL will always be Speke, MME Middleton St George (I grew up there), BHD Belfast harbor etc etc. My father always called India ‘The jewel in the crown’ it still sticks with me to this day of course I do not use it, and of course I delight in calling Trump land ‘the former Virginia Colonies’. It is not at all racist, colonial or insulting but just a throw back from the era I grew up in and a warped sense of humour.


    Inthesandpit
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    Charles P – Thank you so much for your kind words. It was not until my father died I found out the true extent of his RAF service, he started off as a rigger on Hurricanes with 85 Sqn at 18 and evacuated from France at Dunkirk, then 105 Sqn again on Hurricanes and ended up as and engineering officer on Sunderland Flying boats towards the end of the war which took him to Ceylon as he insisted on calling it. I have some amazing pictures of these monsters at Negombo and Trincomalee. My RAF service was not so exotic and restricted to overseas postings in Belize, Norn Iron and Norfolk 🙂 but I was just a simple ATCO.


    Inthesandpit
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    Charles P – I am hooked on your travel diary and welcome back.
    A few years ago well just after the tragic Tsunami, the war office an I visited Sri Lanka. We had intended to take my father as he spent a lot of years there in the RAF at the end of WW2, sadly he passed away before we could take him. Instead we took his photo album on our visit to Kandy and it was spooky and emotional to stand in the same spot as he did taking a photograph of sights that had changed little. Kandy is a beautiful place, our two day trip from the south (Saman Villas) took us to the elephant orphanage, a beautiful tea plantation, Kandy and next day up Siguria via the drivers ‘brothers’ spice garden. Vietnam a few years ago we found charming, I remember the Vietnam war on the news in the 70s and Saigon was our base for a few days, we stayed in the Rex Hotel famous for the 5pm news broadcasts when the US military were telling us all how they were winning the war against ‘Charlie’. We then went north to Nha Trang, the airport is now on the former huge US base at Cam Ranh bay, the Visual Approach gave a great view and scale of the former base and we stayed at the Evasion Ana Mandara resort in Nha Trang, with a final few days up the coast at the L’Alyana Ninh Van bay hotel. We found both countries and their people utterly charming – enjoy. Beware the Ruskies have found Vietnam and bring with them their unique brand of rudeness.


    Inthesandpit
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    Thank you everyone for your comments I will pass this onto my colleague (who is not on BT).

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    Inthesandpit
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    FDOS_UK – I remember the old Cards where they asked you to remove spectacles and false teeth lol

    in reply to: More BAd news….

    Inthesandpit
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    FDOS_UK Fair comment a well put argument looking on the global aspects of this, perhaps I have become a little too regionalised.

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