Tall Tales


On Wednesday we had a glorious sunny blue sky day, which was the ideal opportunity for a quick trip down Portsmouth, so that my grandson could get some pictures of the Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf Quays. I of course took a camera but only my little Canon A570. The view is stupendous, unfortunately from a photographic standpoint having blue tinted glass is annoying. On this day the sun was shining directly into the front of the viewing levels so the glass was also flaring.

The following are a few snaps that I took both from outside and inside the Spinnaker.


The guy is a total prat. If you saw the recent Channel 4 documentary “The Plane Crash” you will have been convinced of the need to be sat in a seat and strapped in. O’Leary is assuming that all crashes are terminal for all passengers. His pilots seem to be under orders to “land hard and make the plane stick” so that they don’t go round again and waste fuel. I have flown Ryanair several times but after experiencing several questionable landings I have vowed “never again”. Call me chicken but O’Leary is dangerous to your health.

Ken Hegan

By Ken Hegan for MSN Travel

You can always count on Ryanair for controversy.

Ryanair jetRyanair’s outspoken cost-cutting CEO, Michael O’Leary, once vowed that his airline would charge for toilets. Ten years ago, the airline famously refused to offer wheelchairs to disabled passengers. This year they introduced seats that don’t recline. Plus the airline now charges you a whopping 60 Euros to print a boarding pass.

But their new scheme tops them all. O’Leary wants Ryanair’s passengers to stand on their short-haul European flights. Not ‘stand up for their rights’…he really does mean ‘stand up’.

In an interview with the Telegraph newspaper, O’Leary said, “Seatbelts don’t matter…if there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seatbelt won’t save you.”

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Hague snubs Arctic Convoy Russian medal – Singing The Party Song


Hague says,

‘The decision not to give permission for the Ushakov medal to be accepted was made in accordance with the current British rules on the acceptance of foreign awards and only after very careful consideration of all the information provided by the Russian Embassy.
‘However, it was found that this information did not show that the intended recipients had given specific service to Russia within the last five years as required by those rules.’

He goes on to explain that the government would reconsider any cases where it could be shown that the intended recipients had given service to Russia more recently.

Why bother to speak if all you can spout is the party line. “The Rules Are The Rules”. We have heard that time and time again. What we need to hear, from you Mr. Hague, is that the government has seen sense, has relented in this stupidly rigid stance and has decided to let the survivors collect these medals.

Change the bloody rules Mr Hague.

The rules were set by faceless bureaucrats, by people who did not have to face the conditions that the medal recipients had to face. Lets apply some common sense.

Anything less is just not acceptable.

Hague snubs Arctic Convoy Russian medal – News – Portsmouth News.