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  • thecartoonman
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    @handbag

    Agreed, it’s brilliant as it includes the USA as well as a number of other popular far flung destinations. Saves a fortune and means you are not always searching for free wi-fi and can carry on as if in good old blighty.


    thecartoonman
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    I find these reports fascinating and there is no doubt @martynsinclair is a bit of a dab hand at it, though even he has had the odd issue, I think Dublin last year was one from memory.

    I think I prefer @easternpedlar approach, though I dare say, after the first couple of successful trips, since this is a pretty full proof way of avoiding the issues discussed above, albeit with extra hotels, meal costs etc the temptation must be to do it without the overnight stay, it’s becoming more of a game of cat and mouse, still if I remember, Jerry always had one over Tom in the end.

    As ever, keep us posted guys.

    in reply to: Ex-EU tightening up?

    thecartoonman
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    @simon S1 – ‘Am I alone in longing for the original forum which was quick and functional even if a bit basic. Two upgrades later and it really is all a dogs breakfast..,’

    I have to say, I am with Simon on this one, I look at the new Forum now and think ‘what a bloody mess’, don’t know how much it’s cost but how anybody can think that the new layout is anywhere near acceptable is beyond me, it’s a step backwards not forwards.

    Think I will log off for a month, or so and see if it’s any better by Christmas?

    in reply to: BT Forum

    thecartoonman
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    @canucklad – I agree with you completely.

    @ AD ‘Consequently, Monarch can also be legitimately described as a very visible victim of the Brex**it vote to commit economic suicide. Plenty more jobs to be lost before the electorate realises that the UKIPTories have every intention of making them poorer in order to satisfy the latter’s neuralgic obsession with leaving the EU.’

    Pretty sure this could have been written by Polly Toynbee in the Guardian, who on The Daily Politics mentioned Monarch’s demise was down to Brexit, this from a supposedly serious journalist, hopeless.


    thecartoonman
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    @luganopirate I think in this instance we should remember it was a TV programme and probably edited a fair bit, I certainly did not feel the 2 female pilots were anything other than professional and far more preferable to stories of some ‘overworked’ US pilots who just feel asleep and overshot their destination, a situation probably not helped by the locked security door to the flight deck, which would mean cabin crew unable to enter the flight deck and shake them awake.

    What I did find rather strange was the final recruit based in Belfast who had UK/Dutch parents but had never heard of The Bay of Biscay, the Captain asked ‘had he ever studied geography’? Priceless.


    thecartoonman
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    @travelworld

    Don’t you just love these large corporations like BA, here is a clip from Norton Rose Fulbright’s web site – ‘We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff working across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia’.

    I dare say they will send a junior along armed with a couple of law books and a large folder of papers, maybe with an assistant, but even he will be charging BA £500+ per hour, pigs at a trough come to mind here, all this for a €600 claim.

    If you are certain of your facts, in an issue which would appear to be fairly black and white, then from experience the Judge will have little time for this ‘sledgehammer’ approach from BA and their ‘fancy lawyers’ and will award you judgment + costs.

    He may even award you additional costs for travelling and time off work if he thinks their defence lacked merit from a law firm that should have known better and was just wasting valuable court time.

    For all us little guys the very best of luck in your case, keep us posted.

    in reply to: BA Have Crystal Balls

    thecartoonman
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    @ LuganoPirate

    ‘Yes, it costs more, but I’m happy to pay the extra. I’ve been very philanthropic in my life so deserve to treat myself and besides, there’s no point in being the richest man in the graveyard, so I may as well enjoy it whilst I’m above the ground (literally) rather than below it.’

    Brilliant 🙂


    thecartoonman
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    Who writes these signs on Cathay?

    On the basis we are both well versed in English and we cannot understand it what hope for anybody else, you might have expected it to be also in a Chinese dialect and why sideways, which does make you think that whoever compiled it could not read English, since if I was given some Arabic text I am not sure I would get it the right way up.

    Maybe someone stole it from Air Koryo.

    in reply to: Cathay A350-900

    thecartoonman
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    @Charles-P

    This did make me chuckle.

    It reminded me of those black and white films from the late 1950’s where ‘swarthy foreign types’ always seemed to be wearing a fez, smoking a Camel and walking around in a ‘black mood’, while the Jolly Brit resembled Terry Thomas and everybody ‘liked the cut of his jib’.

    Priceless.


    thecartoonman
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    thecartoonman
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    @ rferguson

    I genuinely enjoy reading all your posts, so much inside info on BA from ‘the coal face’. It brings into focus the amount of training that will be needed to roll out the new catering product across all routes and why these things take time, as you say.

    I’ve given up listening to the BA moaners on here, it’s like a stuck record most of the time, it’s a shame, as many of the most vocal have some of the most interesting advice once they move away from their pet hate.

    Anyway, keep posting, I think I can say, we do all enjoy your valuable input.


    thecartoonman
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    TominScotland 6th March 2017 at 03:11

    For what it’s worth, I did chuckle at your comment and took it in the spirit that it was intended, sometimes this forum just get’s far too serious.

    in reply to: Lost skis!

    thecartoonman
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    Glad you had a great time, Tokyo is an amazing city and Japan a fantastic country.

    On a previous visit, we purchased a Japan Rail Pass and used the Bullet Train to go to Kyoto and then on to Hiroshima and the Peace Park, on one of the those ‘incredible blue sky days’ which made the whole experience so humbling, they have a fantastic memorial museum there which was very well done.

    Japan has so much to offer and the politeness of the people and the well ordered nature of the country is a joy and makes you wonder what they think of London and the UK when they arrive here?

    India will be a little different methinks 🙂


    thecartoonman
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    Tokyo is a great place to spend even a day, as you can see quite a lot in a short space of time, particularly if you are on your own and therefore not held back by others wanting to see other things.

    Get a good walking map of the central area.

    I would recommend you visit the Meiji Shrine in Shibuya, it’s very easy to locate and a short walk leads you to a central area where at weekends you will almost certainly see a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony with the bride in full dress.
    http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3002.html

    On exiting the park you will be very close to Takeshita Street which leads you into Harajuku, this is where you can see the Harajuku girls, basically young Japanese girls dressed in the most weird outfits with brightly coloured hair and many shops to cater for their needs, it is worth a look as you will be so close.

    On exiting Takesita Street turn right and head for the main crossroads and the start of Omotesando. If you walk down here, keep on the right hand side as there is a great shop ‘Oriental Bazaar’ it’s been here for ages and sells lovely Japanese gifts from small items up to full kimonos and some of the ladies have been here for years and everything is perfectly wrapped.
    http://www.orientalbazaar.co.jp/en/index.html

    At the bottom of Omotesando turn right and head down Aoyami Dori which will lead you back to Shibuya Crossing and as has been said, it’s very cheesy but to sit in the Starbucks and watch the people using the crossings is worth a coffee.

    This may take about 3/4 hours depending on what is going on at the Meiji Shrine, but if it is one of those lovely clear Tokyo days, then it will allow you to see the amazing contrasts of this great city – enjoy.


    thecartoonman
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    Slightly off topic, but a few years ago we were staying at a Premier Inn for 3 nights while attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed, for the last night by brother-in-law joined us and on check in I tried to pay for his room in cash, the modest sum of £55.

    The receptionist looked at the cash and said can you not pay with a card? No, I wanted to pay with ‘notes of the realm’, not sure they understood what these were and then said okay, but we need to see ID, did I have a passport (no), did I have a utility bill (no), a bank statement (no), a council tax bill (no), at which point I enquired why was this needed, then out came the old chestnut, it’s all about money laundering regulations, this for a £55 hotel room.

    When I enquired that when we went to the restaurant later and had a few ‘snifters’ and 3 meals and then paid cash, would we experience the same issues, no, it’s different in the restaurant, seemingly money laundering does not take place in a Beefeater, but is all the rage just next door in the Premier Inn.

    As it happened, dinner was cut short since the Chef seemingly punched the Manager, probably over a disagreement over the microwaves and the meals were ‘on the house’, so the £10k I had in my briefcase stayed where it was.

    So, in future to avoid these ID checks at Premier Inn’s I have always paid with a card, in the end they just grind you down, though I have often felt of slapping down a wad of notes and then produce a raft of supporting ID documents, though I would imagine the whole scenario would be completely lost on everyone.

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