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  1. leadman

    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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    Bangkok Taxi Scam

    Arrive BKK hotel this morning and front story on the Bangkok Post was reporting on a German report about the hotels, taxi, etc, scam in various parts in Thailand at the moment. Perfect timing as i just had a nasty experience coming from the airport with a taxi whose meter was doctored. As a...
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    Travelling support for the Aged, a lot of help

    I've mentioned a number of times in posts here over the years one of strengths of travelling for me was dad and mum's many trips to Thailand (100 +) when we were growing up and travel/asia/people etc, just became the family norm. Unfortunately they have reached that time in life that its...
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    What people do to try to get a hotel upgrade

    I've witnessed many times people trying to get a hotel upgrade at the front desk from the true and tried DYKWIA right through to outright begging and pleading, but last nights one is worth posting. Checking in at a Marriott in London, the Office manager was taking a call which went something...
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    Nice beers i have had recently - Trappist, lagers, Ales et al.

    I've been thinking about this for some time, that the humble beer really does not get the mention wine does on this forum. A whole section dedicated to the "red & white" and the common man's drink is left well behind. Then to add insult to injury, a new thread "Beer, cider and alcoholic...
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    Best reason for an aircraft not to fly

    Now sitting in the Admirals Club after de-planing AA27 LAX > HND due to the engineer losing "his rag"! Sounds good, but the pilot informed us that the engineer was cleaning the air con duct and his cleaning rag was sucked into the plane. After 3 fruitless hours the rag could not be retrieved...
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    Anyone else had a weird experience like this?

    Was dreading the RNO > DFW > BOS flight on AA today as it left at 12:53am and never like those 3 and a bit hour flights after midnight, the rest of the day is usually a write-off. Flying J and in 3A, (which is where we seemed to get dumped) noticed the PAX next to me was in wrap-around dark...
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    Profiling through customs

    A number of times I've passed through AU Customs and seen what i thought was a bit of profiling; once when standing next to lady of Asian appearance but the accent was better than mine, was questioned 3 separate times, but yesterday coming through felt it first hand. I took my son on one half...
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    Late go-around at LAX

    Yesterday walked into my room at the Renaissance overlooking LAX north runways. As the bags went down watched BA283 380 landing on 24R. The OZ201 380 was on 24L and starting to roll leaving a slow exit of the BA from the tarmac. Suddenly the 777 of AF66 came into view on approach, then jumped...
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    OH&S gone mad

    Trolling through my old flash drive and came across these snaps from the Sheraton FRA. How could you even get your head in and close the door! The message must be for hamsters!
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    The life of a Lounge - TK IST

    I have been to many lounges across the world, would hate to count the number, but it was my first time in the TK lounge in IST. After arriving from BKK early morning it was big surprise to find a really great, clean, well set out lounge, even to the point I e:mailed a colleague telling him this...
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    Bingham Code - Pascoe hits the nail on the head

    Great article from Micheal Pascoe, and resting after 24 hours from BKK > HKG > LAX > RNO it was perfect reading as I could relate to nearly all of them across the three flights. The Bingham Code: The 11 rules frequent flyers need to follow Almost should be carved in stone. "Stand to right...
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    The Lady of the Sky - nice article

    As the 747 Begins Its Final Approach, a Pilot Takes a Flight Down Memory Lane A nice article on the 747. I ready do miss them, but when I recently flew SYD - SFO on a 747 I realized how quiet the new aircraft have become. In my opinion the A380 has nothing on the 747 especially on takeoff.
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    Minimum layover time for a city visit

    A few posts recently have mentioned minimum times between flights for a city run/visit during layovers. I thought i would give it a go on this trip in FRA and gather some facts/thoughts. Scheduled to arrive from TXL at 10:05 and out to BKK at 14:45 so, in theory, 4:40 was seatbelt off >...
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    Ban the Trunki!!!

    I'm seriously looking at starting a petition on to ban these horrendous animals/bags from airports! After being viscously attacked by two of these woefully designed, plastic fantastic, poor wheel based critters driven by juveniles without proper training, I ended up on my posterior at...
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    Spare amenity kits for charity

    In a quick visit back to my home town my Auntie asked if I had any spare amenity kits for a charity she was working with. After reading the website I'm now packing about 20 odd bags to get to them to help their cause which of those who read the link would appreciate is one of...
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    Korea - a bit of a travel dilemma

    About to pack and head to MEL for the HKG > ICN flight, but cannot seem to break away from family calling about the Korean peninsula. I've been through a few risks in my time; north Pakistan, gunfight in Guatemala et al, but Dad got me thinking when he said have I an "escape plan" if something...
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    songs that get you travelling

    Five minutes to take off and was listening to a bit of music, then it was Albert Hammonds, Never rains in southern California. Is there any better two lines for a FF? "Got on board a west bound 7 47 Didn't think of deciding what to do"
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    Feet on bulkheads, chewy on seat better!

    On todays flight BKK to DOH. I was wondering if QR actually feed their staff as this could have been reserve rations? On landing I was just imaging how the staff member who placed it there didn't think it was going to be spotted when they left their seat!
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    Cash in India - current experience

    The recent demonetisation of the Indian 500 and 1000 rupee bills have caused a fair bit of mess over here, so those travelling might want to be prepared for long queues to get the new currency. You can only exchange 4000 rupee per day at banks of the old bills for a short period of time, and the...