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    Solar Panels

    I have monitored my two arrays for just on 6 1/2 years and as of last month I have "paid them off". But how I see it is I have just pre-paid my electricity bill over that period of time. My calculations are based on the $$$ I get going to the grid + the amount that has replaced what would have...
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    Openflights vs MyFlightRadar24

    Very sad to see this feature go, as it was one of my drivers to be on this site. I was a frequent user looking at "leg timings" etc, helping with the long nights in hotel rooms, but like everything in these crazy times, we reaccess what we need. Sadly, will have to look hard at this year's...
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    Does anywhere in Sydney exchange withdrawn foreign bank notes

    I was in India when the currency conversion happened and it was an amazing time. I posted a few photos here when it was happening about the lines around the ATM's and Banks. I was able to change some as I went to a bank in Dehli just to see the line of people, and a guard took me inside the...
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    Top Three Holiday Photos

    Thanks bpeteb. I find my work trips far more rewarding now and seeing a lot more "areas" i would never dream of. It also opens you up to see the world in a different light, from the negative of taking photos of birds and animals living and feeding around the rubbish we make, to the positive of...
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    Top Three Holiday Photos

    Well with iso-boredom i thought i might add a few by country. These are from Sabah in Malaysia and my first Oriental Hornbill was, for me, one of the great highlights in life. He was actually feeding a chick with a lizard, which i also captured, just amazing. The second is a Tabon Scrubfowl when...
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    The "I am in self-isolation" thread

    The lock-down has at last given me time to do a job i was putting off for a long time, de-dusting all my old die-cast aircraft collection. I told the kids it was a fog slowly building up but they didn't buy it. Took four hours but fun going through the old liveries, aircraft and long gone...
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    Top Three Holiday Photos

    Like the thread. I have gone totally away from photographing man-made objects and tourist sites (which I extremely rarely visit these days) to now only photograph wildlife, particularly birds. I'm also arranging a lot of my spare time overseas to do birding, getting up early to do walks and keep...
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    Virgin Australia > Velocity cleans up at the Freddies [Again]

    Reminds me of an old girlfriend many many years ago that had an amazing collection of sports trophy's (over 50 just for tennis), and at that time i think i had about 2 in my life from hockey. But what was more amazing was to find that most of them were made-to-order by her mother!
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    Virgin Australia > Velocity cleans up at the Freddies [Again]

    splitting hairs, but the award was to Virgin Australia > Velocity as you can see from the award table. But whatever name, not a bad job at all.
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    Virgin Australia > Velocity cleans up at the Freddies [Again]

    It's like a lot of awards, like our lovely Logies! The voting pages used to be in the New Idea i think. Even go as far as the Academy Awards. All just fluff & guff, but fun.
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    Virgin Australia > Velocity cleans up at the Freddies [Again]

    I received a few e:mails from Marriott asking me to vote in the Freddies.
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    Virgin Australia > Velocity cleans up at the Freddies [Again]

    Interesting e:mail this morning to see that Virgin cleaned up in the Freddie Awards for ME/Asia/Oceania. Program of the Year — Virgin Australia > Velocity Best Elite Program — Virgin Australia > Velocity Best Promotion — Virgin Australia > Velocity Best Customer Service — Virgin Australia >...
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    The "I am in self-isolation" thread

    Well I've done the 14 days and wasn't too bad. I had planned to re-catalogue one of my hobbies when i retired, but brought it forward a few years and finished most of it in 9 days so had something to focus on. Also wonderful to get the brain to stop thinking about the next work-trip, booking...
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    The "I am in self-isolation" thread

    Day 5, now watching "Air Crash Investigation" on Foxtel. Is this signs of going stir crazy??????
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    The C word, R U OK?

    And so to the Virus Killer. Should last the quarantine period;
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