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My guess is the "press" are making a meal of this and actually ignoring what "probably" happened ... although I have no proof of this and it purely my conjecture.

It is imposible to "accidentaly" fly to the wrong destination in this manner ... Air Traffic Control / Flight Plans / Clearances would all be infringed minutes after takeoff and BIG questions asked by all the ground controllers.

It is highly likely that this is a "dispatch" problem by the airlines operations section, (or possibly a very simple cockup by the crew), in that the flight deck crew were sent to the wrong aircraft (or simply got on the wrong one ?? :)) and that the flight deck crew always intended to fly to Edinburgh, just on a different airplane !

Modern two pilot operation would not require the flight deck crew to converse with the cabin crew about destination at all .. cabin crew load aircraft, flight deck crew pitch up, start up and go !

It can, and does happen .... when I was in the RAF I was flight prepping my aircraft for a trip and a crew turned up ... but not the folks I expected .. so my opening gambit was "whats happened to *****, not coming now ??" to get a strange look from the incoming captain "No, I was always on this trip, where is ****? (another flt eng)" ... my response was ... "isn't that him over there (pointing at another Herc on the line)" ... followed by a mad rush of the 3 officers grabbing suitcases, bags, paperwork etc and rushing across the concrete to the correct airplane .....  they had misread the despatch board and were attending bay 26 not bay 16 where their aircraft was waiting .......   :)

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General Car Chat / Re: Omega replacement
« on: Yesterday at 09:36:44 »
You'll find everything more expensive than what you've been used to, so have a quick look around at brakes/suspension/steering type parts.

I suspect on a vehicle like that, you'll hit all the problems I see with the big black pussy - every reply to any query is "yake it to a dealer".  If you're paying someone else, even if a trusted indie, its gonna bump the bills up.  Obviously, that goes for virtually any car with limited DIY assistance available, and certainly not specific to Audi!

I think you are going to have more success finding a replacement capable of dealing with the pikey van by looking at crossovers and proper offroad type vehicles than a 4 door RWD saloon.

Yup, certainly looks that way ... but guess what I don't want !!!  There are loads of Kia Sorento's, Misubishi Outlanders, Hyundai Santa Fes, Volvo DC90s etc etc that will all "do the job" ... but I still enjoy driving a car with a bit of handling ability when I don't have the tintent on the back. I've also been looking at BMW 5's, Mercedes S class (C class are too light unless you go AMG spec, E class is a minefield trying to work out what has what !!)

Audi A8 fits all the spec ... except the bank balance !!

:(

You can't fit a towbar on an AMG spec.

I can't afford an AMG spec !!  :)

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General Car Chat / Re: Omega replacement
« on: 24 March 2019, 21:47:43 »
Mercedes ML will do the job nicely  :y likewise R Class.

Both give you a petrol option or two as well :y

ML is another SUV ... :( 

R Class... very few around  :(

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General Car Chat / Re: Omega replacement
« on: 24 March 2019, 20:38:55 »
You'll find everything more expensive than what you've been used to, so have a quick look around at brakes/suspension/steering type parts.

I suspect on a vehicle like that, you'll hit all the problems I see with the big black pussy - every reply to any query is "yake it to a dealer".  If you're paying someone else, even if a trusted indie, its gonna bump the bills up.  Obviously, that goes for virtually any car with limited DIY assistance available, and certainly not specific to Audi!

I think you are going to have more success finding a replacement capable of dealing with the pikey van by looking at crossovers and proper offroad type vehicles than a 4 door RWD saloon.

Yup, certainly looks that way ... but guess what I don't want !!!  There are loads of Kia Sorento's, Misubishi Outlanders, Hyundai Santa Fes, Volvo DC90s etc etc that will all "do the job" ... but I still enjoy driving a car with a bit of handling ability when I don't have the tintent on the back. I've also been looking at BMW 5's, Mercedes S class (C class are too light unless you go AMG spec, E class is a minefield trying to work out what has what !!)

Audi A8 fits all the spec ... except the bank balance !!

:(

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General Car Chat / Re: Omega replacement
« on: 24 March 2019, 19:56:13 »
As this would be a "private purchase" I'm looking at a policy from "Warranty Direct" that would cover any early failure.. although I know I would have to pay 1200 in 25000 miles time to have it changed.

I can't see any other major bills, and I realise that I will no longer be doing my own work ... I know nowt about oil burners or AWD systems  :(

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General Car Chat / Omega replacement
« on: 24 March 2019, 19:12:23 »
My search for a suitable replacement for the beast is getting nowhere using the  saloon/petrol/rearwheel drive/self leveling/1800kgs kerbweight formula, so I'm considering an Audi Allroad ... main drawback is the fact it runs on ship fuel .. :(

Notwithstanding that, does anyone know anything about these ?? ie major problems/drawbacks, especially regarding suspension, gearbox and DPF ???

Ta muchly for any opinions .. :)

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General Car Chat / Re: Big rise in cost of air con servicing.
« on: 22 March 2019, 22:55:04 »
I'm sure Serek can give us the truth, after all, he does one of the best Air Con services I have ever had !!

:)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Brexit
« on: 21 March 2019, 19:45:05 »
Why am I not surprised, that I hear today, that MP's, all of whom, according to the estimable John Bercow, are "doing their best" are now going to vote against May's deal in a fit of pique because she slagged them off yesterday. >:( >:( >:(

Whatever it takes....  ::)

Lets be very clear, the Withdrawal Agreement does not involve us leaving the European Union and it shouldn't be called May's Deal.  It should be called Barnier's Varadaker's Directive.  :-X

FTFY  :(

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General Discussion Area / Re: Brexit
« on: 21 March 2019, 19:07:17 »
Let's stop all this inwards navel gazing ... there is a deal, sitting there, waiting to be signed, except that the EU have allowed Varadaker to hijack one portion of it, and have now given him an effective veto.

If the so called "back stop" was removed the deal would fly through ... but Varadaker will not budge, so the EU are allowing the "no deal" simply to appease the Irish.

The EU have been asking what we want since October .. they have been told .. remove the backstop .. but Varadaker simply says "No"

Why, oh Why, do the press not actually report the truth ??

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There is actually a very serious side to this matter, and one I was taught many years ago when I was an RAF instructor having to teach mixed-sex flight deck crews about things like "Crew co-operation", "Flight deck gradients", and other aspects of working together in a small metal box at great heights, under great pressure for up to 21 hours at a time. Under those conditions how, and why, people react to even the smallest thing, is very important.

Many folk don't know that we are ALL, every single one of us, born "female", and for the first 6 weeks or so we develop as females. If, after that time, we have the "correct" chromosone mix, ( XX female; XY male), then, in theory, the "male" body will produce a hormone that starts the embryo to change from female to male.

All sounds very simple, and 90% of the time it works as advertised. However (theres always one of them) when things go wrong there are problems.

Keeping it simple, as it is quite complex at times, if the hormone level is on time and correct then the female embryo turns into a "normal" male. The earlier the hormone kicks in the more "macho" the male becomes, and if it kicks in early, and at a high level, you end up with the stereotypical "ultra male".

When the hormone kicks in late is usually the problem, as the later it is, or the lower the level is, the more "female" the foetus is, and a "late and low" level leads to a very effeminate male.

It has recently been proved that the majority of males going for "sex changes" are in this category, they think and feel they are female because their bodies (and brains) developed as female for much longer than perhaps they should have.

BTW, if a "true" female (XX) gets a kick of the same hormone when they shouldn't, it causes "maleness" problems ... stereotypically the "butch" female. In the worst cases it leads to actualy having both sets of sex organs, or the problems that Caster Semenya is having.

Finally, (and you'll be pleased I've finished :) ) the question arises, "Why is this happening so much now, it didn't happen when I was a kid" .. well actually it did, but it was swept under the carpet and kept quiet, but it was certainly less publicised.... but is it actually more "common" now, is it it just "more publicity" ??

There is a school of thought, presently unproven, that the amount of hormones being used both in agriculture (growth hormones) and in everyday life (mainly the hormones in birth control pills, women pass these when passing water, so they enter the water cycle) are affecting us by contaminating the water we need to survive, The only proven studies show that fish are affected .... whose to say that we humans are not ???

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/02/fish-becoming-transgender-contraceptive-pill-chemicals-flushed/

So the behaviour of some folks is actually not under their control, why should we treat them badly when it is their own bodies makeup that is causing them, and society (who can't accept the truth) all the problems ??

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Omega General Help / Re: Starting oddity
« on: 19 March 2019, 17:54:27 »
Sounds like the microswitch thingy that detects you are in neutral or park before it allows you to start is playing up ...the brake function works the interlock on the gear selector, so might well have just enough of a mechanical input to get it to work when warm, selecting neutral uses a different micrswitch thingy I think ... which is why it might work when hot :(

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General Car Chat / Re: The system can work... Car Tax.
« on: 19 March 2019, 16:44:40 »
You can also pay cheques in to most Banks using a special envelope obtainable from the Post Office... so if there is a PO near you and no bank it is an alternative option :)

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General Car Chat / Re: Head gasket replacement on an Astra 1.8
« on: 19 March 2019, 15:53:30 »
Today I rang sister. 'Not to worry', says she, 'all sorted now'. She took a bus to Radstock, rang Dave Fowler, car salesman, who picked her up in his car. She has agreed to buy an ex-Motability 3 year old manual Corsa, after her coach holiday in Chester next week. 'I expect your insurance will go up now', said I, ever cheerful', 'No', said she, 'I have a protected no claims bonus, so it won't go up at all'.

She is passionate Baptist Christian, and everything turns out all right for her, drives me mad. 2 years ago she underwent a 9 hour lumbar fusion operation, to correct an occasional leg pain, and got away with it, operation great success. When I learn the colour I will let you know to give it wide bearth if ever in this neck of the woods.

I'm afraid she is in for a VERY rude awakening .... she might well have a protected no claim bonus... that will reduce her premium by a fixed percentage .... the no claim bonus ... it will have no bearing on the actual policy cost.

As an example ... if her protected no claim bonus is 50%, and her previous policy was 200, she recieved a 50% discount and so paid 100

Having had two accidents in short succession, one causing a write off, her basic premium will rise .. lets say it doubles to 400 (could well be much more given age and recent events) .. with the 50% discount (fixed) she will have to pay 200 .. so her costs will double.

:(

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General Discussion Area / Re: Autobahnstormers
« on: 16 March 2019, 20:21:47 »
treid to log in but wony allow me too. :'(

If you have problems give the membership secretary a quick email and he will sort it :)

memsec@autobahnstormers.org.uk

:)

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