Awesome photo - Right, it's time for bed.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I arrived at T3 to find just two desks open for UC check-in and a large queue snaking around the concourse. Various staff members were wandering around but none of them appeared to be ready to open up additional desks. After 40 minutes I managed to check in and make my way to security. Thank heavens for Fast Track otherwise I would have been queuing for over an hour. Isn't T3 appalling!!? VA marketing department keep bombarding me with emails about the future of T3 which all sounds very nice but what about managing things a little better during the refurb. Awful experience. Once in the Lounge (Virgin - your lounge rocks!!) I was able to relax. Service on the flight was average but not exceptional. I sometimes think Virgin crew are more interesting in their wellbeing rather than their passengers. They spent most of the flight discussing their plans for that evening rather than checking on the passengers. Are any other airlines better? My partner was due to join me in Chicago the following Friday. Just prior to boarding a technical fault was discovered and the flight delayed for an hour. This turned into two hours before they started to bus the passengers to the plane. Once boarded the same fault on the opposite side of the plane was discovered. Surely this is a maintenance issue. The passengers were offloaded and the flight eventually departed 5 1/2 hours later. During that time a few sandwiches and bottles of water were offered but they were insufficient for the number of passengers in the departure lounge. We have since complained the Customer Relations and got the 'I'm sorry we didn't live up to your expectations and thanks for telling us. We'll do better in future' letter. Sorry but that’s just not good enough. I've since responded and I'm waiting for a reply before I pick up the phone. In summary I was very disappointed with the level of service offered by Virgin Atlantic. Check in at T3 and my partners flight are more than enough to send me back to BA but then throw in its extensive route network, One World Partnerships and the new Club World and they more than have the edge. I appreciate that a BA flight hasn't left on time for several years but at least you know you'll get their within an hour or two of the arrival time. Virgin…is it a case of form over function?
Service on the flight was average but not exceptional. I sometimes think Virgin crew are more interesting in their wellbeing rather than their passengers. They spent most of the flight discussing their plans for that evening rather than checking on the passengers. Are any other airlines better?
My partner was due to join me in Chicago the following Friday. Just prior to boarding a technical fault was discovered and the flight delayed for an hour. This turned into two hours before they started to bus the passengers to the plane. Once boarded the same fault on the opposite side of the plane was discovered. Surely this is a maintenance issue. The passengers were offloaded and the flight eventually departed 5 1/2 hours later. During that time a few sandwiches and bottles of water were offered but they were insufficient for the number of passengers in the departure lounge.When returning my partner was travelling PE. I enquired about upgrading using miles or money but was told the flight was full. I checked again at the gate and was told the same thing. After takeoff I wandered around the UC cabin and counted 6 empty seats. I had heard the check in staff @ Chicago were a little on the frosty side (earlier posts on this site) and I would tend to agree. Not the most helpful of people.
We have since complained the Customer Relations and got the 'I'm sorry we didn't live up to your expectations and thanks for telling us. We'll do better in future' letter. Sorry but that’s just not good enough. I've since responded and I'm waiting for a reply before I pick up the phone.
In summary I was very disappointed with the level of service offered by Virgin Atlantic. Check in at T3 and my partners flight are more than enough to send me back to BA but then throw in its extensive route network, One World Partnerships and the new Club World and they more than have the edge. I appreciate that a BA flight hasn't left on time for several years but at least you know you'll get their within an hour or two of the arrival time. Virgin…is it a case of form over function?
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
When taking the first exit to the left, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise
* signal left and approach in the left-hand lane
* keep to the left on the roundabout and continue signalling left to leave
When taking an exit to the right or going full circle, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise
* signal right and approach in the right-hand lane
* keep to the right on the roundabout until you need to change lanes to exit the roundabout
* signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want
When taking any intermediate exit, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise
* select the appropriate lane on approach to the roundabout
* you should not normally need to signal on approach
* stay in this lane until you need to alter course to exit the roundabout
* signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want
When there are more than three lanes at the entrance to a roundabout, use the most appropriate lane on approach and through it.
OK - simple to understand. It doesn't mean negotiate the roundabout on your mobile phone while arguing with your girlfriend. Or, indicate right whilst going straight on so everyone has to stop until they know what you are doing.....Remember....MIRROR, SIGNAL then MANOEUVRE...muppets.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Isn't it a fantastic building. Alternatively, go to the Apple store online. Anything from Apple is always going to be goooooooood!!!
Question of the day: Why do blonde women in Blue BMW 520 Tourers fail to look when they pull out of junctions when I'm doing 50 (in a 60mph zone) with my lights on. While I'm having a crack at blondes - check out the next 4WD you see - especially X5's, X3's, Range Rovers and Discovery's. 70% chance there will be a lone occupant. Guess what, she'll be a blonde usually in the middle of the road because she can't drive. Most of them won't have ordered indicators and they'll be in the phone at the same time. Call me sexist and you would be spot on.
Oh & Abi - It's down to £25.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Just testing a new application on iTunes that lets me blog about my music.
posted with beaTunes
Thursday, November 01, 2007
I purchased the domain name through Blogger & Google checkout (google own blogger) for £4.80. The name is currently being distributed to DNS Servers (name registration servers) around the net. According to google it may take up to 3 days to work for everyone. This was my first use of google checkout. Similar to paypal and a breeze to use.
Abi, I'll give you £50 if you read this blog today without being prompted by our two readers!!!! This amount will reduce by £5 every day from today (1st November). I will bet ANYONE another £50 that Abi won't read this blog within the next 10 days.
Watch this space for updates.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
• Driving while on your mobile phone is a legal requirement. If you can reverse while using it you get a special award.
• The higher the fuel consumption the better the vehicle.
• City driving requires the largest SUV you can afford.
• Never stop at a traffic light if it’s orange. It has to be red for several seconds.
• While waiting for a traffic light to turn green keep inching forward.
• Undertaking should be performed at every opportunity.
• Saying thank you is optional but if you say thank you should expect ‘uh ha!!!’ in response.
• People can eat a whole meal with just a fork.
• If you order a take-out work out what you want and then half the order. Still expect to throw most of it away.
I’m not being serious – well only a little as the above could be applied to most countries. What amazed me the most is the number of people driving and using a mobile phone. These people have cars that cost tens of thousands of dollars, mobile phones that cost hundreds of dollars and they can’t afford a $5 hands free kit.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Anyway I was trying to find a web site that would show her flight location so I could track it in. Most sites only cover North America BUT I came across a very interesting Google Earth Blog that described a service run some guys at FBOWEB.COM. They provide services to pilots including live flight tracking. Most of it being subscription based. However they provide some sort of link from Google Earth enabling you to see live flight arrivals at several of the major US airports. What they didn't explain is that you can see EVERY flight that is on it's way to the airport in question and not just those coming into land. For details go here. Check out these pictures of Abi's flight.
Check out these pictures of Abi's flight.
There are two other aircraft very close to Abi's. The first is an Air India 747 going from Heathrow to Chicago. The second is a private Lear Jet Ambulance going from Goose Bay (Canada) to Iceland.
Abi's flight landing at Chicago O'Hare - She's the one with the yellow track.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
We've made it to the end of the canal. We reached fort william yesterday afternoon but decided to spend the evening a few miles back up the canal at Gairlochy locks. A lovely setting next to loch lochy with hardly a soul around. Today we are heading back throug loch lochy into loch Oich then mooring at invergarry castle.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Cruising across loch lochy at 1030 on a tuesday morning and the RAF have got nothing better to do the scream across the loch in their jets. Seriously though its fantastic. I keep trying to take photos but by the time i hear them they are long gone. Ar per the request the speedos will be coming out tonight. You'll wish you hadn't asked.
Monday, October 01, 2007
We spent the night in fort augusta and sampled a few of the local ales. Nice place which is full of tourists by day and just the locals and boaters in the evening. After a hearty breakfast of porridge (apparenty i could have had a heart attack inducing scottish breakfast if i'd walked 100 meters up the road) we attempted a staircase of 5 locks. Due to the size of the locks the boats had to be pulled through. If we had left the engines on we would have suffocated. It wasn't too hard but with all the tourists watching we tried to look like pros. It took an hour to get through before we were on our way again. Cruising across loch Oich we spotted a couple of stags and even more exciting were the two tornados that buzzed us at very low level. We've arrived at our home for the evening, Laggan Locks.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
We arrived at the boat yard at 12:30 after a journey lasting 9 hours. Our home for the next week was called Eriskay. A 38 foot cruiser built last winter. Its a great little boat, compact and very modern. After an induction and a short safety video we were off. We had a 45 minute journey taking in a swing bridge and a lock. All navigated without incident. We crossed loch ness and took a berth in Urquhart bay harbour across from a ruined castle. We've had dinner and are about to settle down for the night. Further adventures to come x
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Today’s top 10 songs
Love Removal Machine – The Cult
Last Chance on the Stairway – Duran Duran
Good Grief – Foo Fighters
Stupid Girl – Garbage
Used to Love U – John Legend
Midnight Show – The Killers
Numb – Linkin Park
Better Love – Luther Vandross
Lonely No More (Acoustic) – Rob Thomas
Crazy (Unplugged) – Seal
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
It's been a while since I last posted so here is a little update
We've booked out next holiday - end of September cruising down the Caledonian Canal with Caley Cruisers. It should be interesting and I just pray the weather holds out. We looked at the Norfolk Broads and the English/Welsh canal system but as I said to Abi 'It's not cruising if I can jump over the canal'. After out experiences in Australia (Hawkesbury River) I wanted to go somewhere similar, lots of space and as few people as possible - Scotland fitted the bill - wide canals and huge locks. We’ve hired a 35 foot cruiser which comes complete with an LCD TV, DVD and MP3 player. How cool is that (providing we can find a mooring with electrical power). Abi, as second mate and chief cook is preparing the food for the trip. I expect gourmet meals and plenty of good wine. My role as captain involves driving (is that the correct expression), navigation and keeping order on ship.
I deleted my iTunes library last night!!!!!! Not something I do every day. The library was nearing 130GB and I decided a little pruning was in order. I'd downloaded some freeware to help me identify any redundant files and when prompted to backup the library before starting I clicked on No!!!!! I could have said yes but being the cowboy that I am I replied NO!!!!!...Why did I do that?!?!?!?!?!? All my history disappeared in an instant and I was left with an empty library. Not the sort of pruning I intended. I've recovered the music/videos but lost ALL the metadata. Bang goes my play counts, ratings, comments and import details. It doesn't sound that important but I use this information to create dynamic play lists and get rid of rubbish. Anyway, a few minutes spent on goggle unearthed iPodRip which should solve the problem.
I heard a thought provoking comment by a politician on the news this morning. 'With rights comes responsibility'. He was discussing the case of an Italian guy who murdered a teacher 12 years ago. It seems the gentleman is up for parole and has appealed the decision to deport him. His appeal was upheld as he had been living in the country for 20 years (12 of which he spent in prison!!!!). So he is being allowed to stay. I really don't care about his rights, kick him out and send him back home. He didn’t care about anyone else when he murdered that teacher. I don’t want a person like that living in this country. He probably won’t be able to work and will be on benefits for the rest of his life. Why should I work to support someone like that? Apparently the reason they can’t deport him is that Italy is in the European Union and he can just come right back. Fantastic!!! I think I’m going to vote for the UK Independence Party next time. I’m quite happy with free trade and the single currency but that’s about it.
Is it me or is the BBC 1 Breakfast news dumbing down. I have 30 minutes to eat my breakfast and watch the news. I want to know what’s going on, some local news and the weather. Not some stupid report on newreaders learning so water ski, or sailing at Cowes or finding funny stories in the newspapers. What a lot of rubbish. I’m going to have to find another news channel to watch and it’s not going to be Bloomberg or Sky News.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
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Thursday, June 28, 2007
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Right now I'm off to investigate SOAP and find out if I'm actually able to do my job.