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  1. Saw this video on the other side of the Russians living in town, found it interesting. I can still recall signs in russian back in the mid 90's though.
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    BA Retro livery

    BA are painting some of their 747's in retro livery to celebrate 100 years. This one rolled out yesterday. Looks pretty good and nice touch of nostalgia there. Looking forward to the BEA one.
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    Good Movies / TV Shows

    As we have to wait what seems like an eternity for the return of Westworld (which I'm currently re watching and enjoying even more second time around), plus the last GOT season seemed to be too short and I've pretty much forgotten everything about it apart from Daenerys Targaryen's tits, maybe we need some suggestions to fill the entertainment void in our lives. The Walking Dead (TWD) made a welcome return this week, and in line with MM's fair policy of no spoilers, I'm not going to say anything apart from it was a very good mid season opening. Another new series hit UK screen this week, a return of "24" but without Jack called "24 Legacy". I've not had time to check it out yet though. "Taboo" is another series getting great reviews which I hope is more enjoyable than it's overpriced GoGo bar namesake. One which I've started to watch and while initially I thought I was wasting my time, but stuck with it is "Black Sails" which is great for a bit of escapism. I've made a promise to myself to watch more entertainment on TV these days. Last year the only series I managed to get time to watch and enjoy was Westworld. I ended up catching TWD on series link after it had been plastered all over the media about what happened etc. Although I don't make the rules, maybe it might be acceptable to MM and the Mods if we only specifically discussed any given episode or series in detail once it has been aired in the USA and UK and is available for viewing elsewhere?.
  4. I've been reading up on the new 777x and it seems to be getting closer to the actual test flight stage, (Q2 2019) with deliveries expected in 2020 (as I understand it). From first impressions it appears to be quite revolutionary in a number of areas, not least the Engine design and development, along with folding wingtips and pax capacity of over 400. Some are saying this could kill off the A380. I'm not so sure if that is a fair or relevant comparison, perhaps putting it up against the A350 might be better, here's an interesting comparison: https://simpleflying.com/777x-vs-a350/ Anyway, speaking of Engines, here's the new GE9x strapped to a 747, the comparison to the GECF6 this particular 747 has, to give y'all an idea. Either way, hopefully it'll be better for the end user (us) in both comfort and reduction of costs.
  5. Good points KM, I'm thinking EVA are sensitive to bad PR, and they pride themselves on being one of the best Airlines out there, probably aspiring to Cathay's status. I'd also let him sit in his own shit for the duration. This had happened with the same passenger apparently but on another EVA flight where the CC refused, they were all reprimanded and disciplined, which is absolutely shocking behaviour from EVA Managment.
  6. Kudos to the EVA CC on board, but their managment team need their arses kicked. Given their alledged disciplining of CC who refused to wipe clean the same pax on another flight, it is poor managment and unprofessional at best. The CC in question is taking legal action, and rightfully so. As Fiend says, no match on the Passport is no entry on the plane, I think that's a pretty unambiguous rule and adhered to strictly, so maybe some questions need to be asked if indeed he did abuse the system like this. Not sure if the Senior CC or even the Captain can do anything in this situation, apart from perhaps warn the pax he is being disruptive, and the Senior CC should really have stepped up rather than let a junior CC have to do this I think, as she would have certainly been involved in the decision to allow him access to the biz toilet and change of seats, my feeling is that she should have controlled the situation with perhaps a slightly less accomodating approach. But then you have to balance out the bad PR if he was genuine in his issues, which, reading the articles over on Flyertalk and elsewhere, don't seem to be. He was apparently "moaning with pleasure". Saying that, if he was genuine then he would have had a carer with him. On the flight in question he was extended every assistance, as if he knew how to play the game to get what he wanted. One can only hope he is named and shamed and gets a shitstorm of personal abuse for his actions. It also begs the question what would you do if this guy was sat adjacent or in front / behind of you, would you say something to him or let the CC get on with their job?.
  7. Ahh good stuff Jacko, thanks. Didn't know JP had gone...bloody hell what's Hammer going to do after work now?. I'll knock it off the list.
  8. As we all know, Pattaya can be slightly daunting for the first timer, or even people who have been numerous times before. I'm not exactly sure where all the beer bar complexes are these days, and my Google map ability is feeble. In the GoGo and bar review section we have maps of GC's GGB's and Darkside Bar locations, so wouldn't it make sense to have one for beer bar complexes as well?. as a suggestion, how about google links to: Drinking Street Lucky Star Plaza Made in Thailand Frog Complex Tree Town Rohmpo Beer bar complex (if it still exists) Pook Plaza Also perhaps some more, adding as we go along. Mods , feel free to move / edit as you deem necessary.
  9. Here's my map. Thanks and credit to you forcebwithu for the instructions. Cheers mate, owe you a beer or two next time i'm in town.
  10. Thanks forcebwithyou, I'll give it a go and see how I get on, they are really clear and very well laid out instructions, thanks for taking the time to post. It might take me a couple of attempts, but I'll tackle it by opening 2 windows and going between the two stage by stage.
  11. That's spot on Forcebwithu!, is it easy to do that or to edit in complexes and locations?.
  12. Fair point, the problem I have is that there are so many beer bar complexes these days it's easy to get confused. I might even add sunee plaza for GE if I can find it...
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    Bruno Ganz died 15/02.

    Best known for a brilliant performance in downfall as Hitler (good movie, worth a watch) and also the subject of countless parodies. Shame he's largely remembered for this scene as he was a very versatile and accomplished actor. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Ganz Here is the famous scene, in the original dialogue.
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    Good Movies / TV Shows

    Yep, really enjoyed that series, Mrs Butch got me interested in it so I picked it up after Ep02, great TV and agree, shame it's over.
  15. OK I'll reply to my own thread lol, This is the location of Drinking Street up near and beyond the old Big C (now central Marina) This complex according to recent reports is now pretty much full of Arabs. https://www.google.com/maps/place/ดาทิเซียโน/@12.9487699,100.889102,247a,35y,27.2h/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x3102bdfe3f505fff:0xaa6b34df4addd1c9!8m2!3d12.948838!4d100.8889311 Soi New Plaza (not sure if it is also called Lucky Star Plaza, anyone know?) is a cut through between Bukhao and Second Road. It berings you out almost opposite Soi 7/8 and is great for cheap beers. Popular with Expats, the area offers the "old school" experience if bars competing with the music volume and ladies of varying degrees of beauty and experience. https://www.google.com/maps/@12.9344348,100.8865958,177a,44.4y,27.2h/data=!3m1!1e3
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    Boeing 777x - The future?

    I agree Samsonite, years ago I flew a KLM 747 into Cape Town, it was relatively spacious and comfortable , the equivalent SA Airlines 747 plane was cramped, uncomfortable and truly horrific. The old EVA 747 were Combi's iirc, they were also pretty good in econ and Elite was awesome, at the time only £150 more on top for a return trip , so it was a no brainer for 12 hours.
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    Good Movies / TV Shows

    ahh....sorry you didn't like Russian Doll, not for everyone and yes, the dialogue can be a but much. I noticed Black Earth , it came up as a suggestion, I'll definitely check it out. I'm just watching The Punisher S01, 2 more eps to go!. On another subject, I recently watched "Tin Star" S02 on Sky Atlantic, personally it was very disappointing and not a patch on the first season. A disjointed storyline, no backstory like we had in the first season, and the cinematography which enhanced S01 greatly was seriously lacking. Characters in the plot were given little or no development and it kind of just bumbled along, with a couple of filler eps thrown in for good measure. Tim Roth was good, funny and dry as always, but the script was predictable and boring. Pity really because this was a series I had looked forward to.
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    Boeing 777x - The future?

    good question, as Jacko said maybe offering better comfort for less. I agree, flying is cheap at the moment, possibly in part due to the cheap price of oil. Shockingly enough I just looked at a ticket and saw how much is made up in taxes here in the UK. The base fare itself is , as you say, cheap. I think an improvement in comfort would be nice. no one wants to be in Econ for a long flight, and econ seems to be getting smaller and smaller. Premier econ is now a gateway drug into business, but I think that we might see more PE classes as travellers are tempted by the price point and enhanced comfort on long haul.
  19. Bloody excellent, now going to go through them the second and probably time. You've got an eye for pics Firth, I'm liking the ones of people going about their daily business, like the girl praying or the copper walking with serious intention. On the 3rd from last pic, it's interesting to notice the water waste pipe connecting the shacks by the railway track, they do exactly the same in the RP.
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    The Sanctuary of Truth, Naklua.

    Brilliant pics, very enjoyable and thanks for posting Firth. I like the female chippie with earphones!. I see there is a lot of work ongoing, are they repairing or adding to the existing structure?.
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    EVA Air - a warning

    Ahh, bollocks lol. Welcome to the board, and thanks for the info mate. Are they all now 3-4-3 in Econ did you notice?.
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    EVA Air - a warning

    Odd you mention that Gus, I looked at the seat layout in Prem econ today and all the bulkhead seats are greyed out, everything else available. I certainly hope that's not the case that they are charging. I've been tracking BR067/ 068 this week on FR24, they seem to have got their act together on timings, it's been early in and out of LHR every day, which is kind of unusual for EVA!.
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    Good Movies / TV Shows

    Right, another Netflix series, Russian Doll Here's the IMDB link https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7520794/ Although the first episode is slightly hard going, it is worth sticking with. There are some funny one liners and good comedy in it, along with allowing us to empathise with another character introduced mid way who develops quite quickly. At first I thought it was a bit too "PC liberal trendy" due to everyone being in mixed race relationships, gay or lesbian but it's not the case, that was just my skewed take on it because it has no relevence to the overall story line. The main character Natasha is really well played, smokes a lot, takes a lot of drugs and delivers some of her lines brilliantly. Kind of along the same lines of Groundhog Day / Bandersnatch (never seen it, but comparisons are made) Well worth a look, I binge watched the entire series when I really should have been fixing a knackered hoist motor on a Crane but it was dark, windy and snowing so I decided not to.
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    The rate on the street.

    That is bloody painful. we have some news re Tusk and his comments about NI, getting him in hot water but uniting the govt in a way, perversely. Hope it might have a positive influence but I doubt it...
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    Pictures from around Pattaya

    Like these day to day threads, thanks for posting.