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What made you smile today? Part III

Old Jul 1st 2018, 5:41 pm
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Originally Posted by macliam View Post
Yes, hate paying OTT for air tickets - but since the Monarch bust last year, travel (and accommodation) in Portugal has become far more expensive. These days you hear far more French and Italian voices in the Algarve, too.

Market forces. That's the penalty you pay for living in a peaceful country when all the rivals have taken a hit.

.... and I'm sure Portugal is smiling after the Russia match (not, of course, that they'd take pleasure at Spanish failure. Much )
I still hate the penalties thing, and feel just a bit sorry for Spain.

One thing that got me though... you can get a flight at a reasonable price as of mid-July? I would have thought that that would be scuppered until late/end August... ?
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Old Jul 1st 2018, 6:32 pm
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Originally Posted by BuckinghamshireBoy View Post
I still hate the penalties thing, and feel just a bit sorry for Spain.

One thing that got me though... you can get a flight at a reasonable price as of mid-July? I would have thought that that would be scuppered until late/end August... ?
"Nem bom vento, nem bom casamento......." I'm too long in Portugal for it not to have affected me!!

Reasonable is £103, Stansted-Faro, which is more than double what I would normally have expected to pay (given that there are no constraints on time etc.)
No flight back booked yet - there are (oddly) some very cheap flights back in August, but I'm going to suck it and see. Now I need to talk to the quack again about medication.......

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Not too sure but I hope this post will make everyone smile now as it should be the post that opens page 1399.
& it was and it did.
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Originally Posted by macliam View Post
Through a valve amp and paper-coned speakers, I trust...........
Pop, hisss, click, kuh-dunk, kuh-dunk, kuh-dunk, kuh-dunk, kuh-dunk, kuh-dunk. Ah, the joy of vinyl!

I'm off to wind up my cylinder player for the REAL experience........
I do have a wind up gramophone & a few quite good 78's.
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On a couple of recent trips abroad I've bought for my (extremely attractive and nubile -- relevance below) translator/interpreter some snow globes.

I caught her polishing the precious things today, and by chance I'd bought the League of Gentlemen box set when I was last on leave. I've lent her Series 1, together with a dire warning about its darkness. (Let's see if this bloody image uploader works ):


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Originally Posted by Bahtatboy View Post
On a couple of recent trips abroad I've bought for my (extremely attractive and nubile -- relevance below) translator/interpreter some snow globes.

I caught her polishing the precious things today, and by chance I'd bought the League of Gentlemen box set when I was last on leave. I've lent her Series 1, together with a dire warning about its darkness. (Let's see if this bloody image uploader works ):


I see it fine...
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Reasonable is £103, Stansted-Faro...
Would that be with Easygit?
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Old Jul 2nd 2018, 2:41 pm
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Would that be with Easygit?
Now, without wishing to go too stereotypical, Orange doesn't suit me (sorry Donald!) ...... no - they fly from Southend, not Stansted. For me, Stansted is a pig to get to, Southend is the nightmare journey that pigs in Stansted wake up in a sweat about!

The plane I'll catch has a big harp on the tail and, like the namesake lager, the journey will be (relatively) cheap and not best quality. But it's only 2.5 hours and listening to some loud folk on the headphones will drown out the incessant sales banter. I listen to more gaeilge (and gaidhlig) on flights than at any other time! Someone has to keep up the ethnic identity on these euro flights with their pan-european crew - sha, they don't even say "Failte"

I like to fly jet2, far more civilised, but they have a limited timetable and are generally more expensive so hardly ever cost in. shame.
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Old Jul 2nd 2018, 3:41 pm
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Now, without wishing to go too stereotypical, Orange doesn't suit me (sorry Donald!) ...... no - they fly from Southend, not Stansted. For me, Stansted is a pig to get to, Southend is the nightmare journey that pigs in Stansted wake up in a sweat about!

The plane I'll catch has a big harp on the tail and, like the namesake lager, the journey will be (relatively) cheap and not best quality. But it's only 2.5 hours and listening to some loud folk on the headphones will drown out the incessant sales banter. I listen to more gaeilge (and gaidhlig) on flights than at any other time! Someone has to keep up the ethnic identity on these euro flights with their pan-european crew - sha, they don't even say "Failte"

I like to fly jet2, far more civilised, but they have a limited timetable and are generally more expensive so hardly ever cost in. shame.
I stopped using the Orange thing quite a few years ago, on account of the fact that they're liars. This prompted coming back from Gatwick to Geneva, flight cancelled due to 'industrial action by French air traffic controllers'. There will be no further flights from the UK to Switzerland this evening.

I disarmed OH of all potential weapons, left her arguing with the orange people and popped off to the BA desk.

Are you flying to Geneva this evening? Certainly sir, how many passengers? Two please. There you go, boarding in about 30 minutes.

Back to the orange desk where OH is still in full flood, and check-in person still in denial. Presented the BA tickets and demanded compensation, got fobbed off with an offer of a hotel voucher and a flight from Luton at 06:30 the following morning,

More recently eldest stepdaughter has been bitten twice by the orange thing. She's been fobbed off as well, but where they're in deep lumber is that she's a fully qualified lawyer, still job hunting so has time to run rings around them. She's taken it on board as 'sport'.
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I stopped using the Orange thing quite a few years ago, on account of the fact that they're liars. This prompted coming back from Gatwick to Geneva, flight cancelled due to 'industrial action by French air traffic controllers'. There will be no further flights from the UK to Switzerland this evening.

I disarmed OH of all potential weapons, left her arguing with the orange people and popped off to the BA desk.

Are you flying to Geneva this evening? Certainly sir, how many passengers? Two please. There you go, boarding in about 30 minutes.

Back to the orange desk where OH is still in full flood, and check-in person still in denial. Presented the BA tickets and demanded compensation, got fobbed off with an offer of a hotel voucher and a flight from Luton at 06:30 the following morning,

More recently eldest stepdaughter has been bitten twice by the orange thing. She's been fobbed off as well, but where they're in deep lumber is that she's a fully qualified lawyer, still job hunting so has time to run rings around them. She's taken it on board as 'sport'.
ATC is frequently blamed (by all operators) , falsely, because customers usually can't verify what tale they have been told - except, just occasionally, they get caught out, and that is fun!
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Old Jul 2nd 2018, 4:11 pm
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Thai football team found alive!
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Old Jul 2nd 2018, 4:57 pm
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Thai football team found alive!
That's good news - but on first seeing it I was reminded of the headline "England football team learn how to pass the ball. Opposition flummoxed"
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Old Jul 3rd 2018, 12:38 am
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The Thai boys missing inside a cave system have been found after a 9 day search.

Great news all round & I hope the rescue teams manage to get them out very soon.



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The Thai boys missing inside a cave system have been found after a 9 day search.

Great news all round & I hope the rescue teams manage to get them out very soon.



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oops . Sorry Expatrick. I just saw your own post.
That's ok - such good news is worth repeating!
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A mega-investigation into irregularities in the awarding of contracts by local authorities across the country - it's been codenamed "Operation Tutti Frutti"

Sounds like a great title for a kids' book involving a foiled ice-cream heist or something.
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