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    Losing QFF points and calling in the media

    My comment was in relation to the notion that the passengers were Canberra academics and thus considered themselves "special". I think that battling cancer is enough reason for someone to be focussed on that, rather than keeping track of their airmiles. I think if you or your spouse are facing...
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    Toronto collision: passengers insist on taking carryons

    It is commonplace for a few items of safety equipment to be stored in overhead lockers. Usually those closest to the crew positions. Exempt those bins from any auto-lock system. The big danger is the delay caused by pax in an emergency retrieving their baggage, with a secondary consideration...
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    Losing QFF points and calling in the media

    I think battling cancer is reason enough to want different treatment. When you don't know if you'll still be around from month to month, your views change from what is normal.
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    Toronto collision: passengers insist on taking carryons

    I'd love to see it too. Every evacuation that has been filmed has included some passengers wheeling their bags across the tarmac. There'll always be somebody who breaks the rules to get their bag, or video the drama and with all cabin crew busy, who will stop them? And once one person does it...
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    How many people actually fly F in their lives?

    Completely unrepresentative sample here. Most Australians would NEVER fly F in their lives, and I don't mean 51% most, neither. Three times, for me. FRA-DFW on AA as an upgrade from J, and SYD-DXB-IKA award on EK. A bunch of times on AA domestically, but that's not real F. That's in a lifetime...
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    Scams like these

    I get a nice chunky envelope from Malaysia every year, complete with colourful stamps and a couple of scratchies inside. Anyone else had this one? Winning the travel lottery - A Thousand Flights
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    EK A380 Massive Sideways Landing

    It looks dramatic, but the extreme telephoto magnifies the appearance of lateral movement while minimising any appearance of movement towards the camera. In reality, the aircraft is moving at well over 200 km/h, and its path on the runway is pretty much a straight line. Having said that, the...
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    So... what car do you guys drive when not flying?

    Just responding to a few points in discussion. After decades of yearning, I finally got to drive a red Mustang down Route 66. And a yellow Camaro in Chicago. They look great - not as good as the originals IMHO - but frankly I prefer my 2015 Golf wagon. American cars rarely impress me as...
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    Where are you going in 2018?

    No, I didn't plan that. Pure coincidence. In fact this is the first time I've opened up AFF in months!
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    Where are you going in 2018?

    Plans firming up. Back to Iran for the third year running. Only a short trip of four days. Paris-Bordeaux roadtrip via Normandy, Mont St Michel, St Malo. Three couples in a van, should be a lot of fun! Barcelona-Canary Islands-Monte Carlo cruising. 19 days. Really looking forward to this! And...
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    Shiraz in Shiraz

    Re: Shiraz in Shiraz: Street feast USD is the second currency of Iran, pretty much. I took over a hefty wodge of both Euro and dollars, but found no difficulty in using dollars. The Euro were brought back home again, but will be used in Greece over the next few weeks. The reason that they want...
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    Shiraz in Shiraz

    Shiraz in Shiraz: Street feast Shiraz in Shiraz: Street feasts Tehran Iran 22 Apr 2017 Street feastJust outside the National Museum is a park in the traditional Persian fashion: shady trees, fountains, running water, ambling paths and benches. And beside the park, on the footpath beside a busy...
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    What's your Uber experience?

    This sort of thing is counter-productive. From the drivers' point of view. First off, you're missing out on fares if you are offline. There's always going to be a few drivers not playing the game, and they'll get the fares (and move out of the area) before there's enough of a passenger to...
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    What's your Uber experience?

    As a cabbie, I committed many acts of theft by finding. After every shift, I'd lever up the back seat and there'd often be a few coins underneath. If I got to drive a replacement cab while mine was off the road, I'd be likely to find twenty or thirty dollars there. Drunks were useful sources of...
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    Shiraz in Shiraz

    Beginnings Beginnings Tehran Iran 22 Apr 2017 BeginningsThe rest of the tour group arrived around lunchtime on Friday. Twenty-one paying tourists, all Australians, two Australian staff (Bruce the legendary carpet expert, and his assistant, Vicki), two Iranian guides (Parri and her offsider...
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