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#19876 mel2

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 23:03

Trump in London. Enough said.


He's leaving tomorrow. (Phew!)
I wonder why every POTUS seems worse than the previous one. (Rhetorical question)
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#19877 HelenVJ

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 08:38

Rather like our Prime Ministers, Mel!


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Posted 05 June 2019 - 09:38

Such visitors always arrive/depart via London Stansted airport, which is within a few miles of my house.  In general, the number of non-civilian aircraft gives away an arrival or departure.

I wasn't here on Monday, so I missed the arrival, but last Friday there were a probably 10 very low, very loud, very non-civilian helicopters buzzing about - I know such people bring a lot of other people and equipment with them, presumably that was a load of that arriving.  If I hear departures today, I'll let you know.

 

A a child, and I lived within shouting distance of an Essex policeman and a Stansted air traffic controller - at that time Stansted was the nominated airport for hijacks (still might be, for all I know).  So if you were to successfully hijack a plane and say "Take me to London" (or England, or the UK), Stansted was where you'd've been taken.  This I discovered in a converstaion when the policeman was bemoaning that all annual leave had been cancelled for some specific dates, at which point the air traffic controller piped up "oh, those are the dates the hijack scenario I've been programming is running!"  Cat well and truly out of bag!!


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Posted 05 June 2019 - 10:44

How's your lawn looking, Maizie?


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Posted 05 June 2019 - 10:50

Just over 30 years ago, we managed to close Stansted Airport for three days. 

A heifer imported from Canada jumped the corral fence as she came off the plane and it took that long to catch her!


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#19881 mel2

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 10:50

Rather like our Prime Ministers, Mel!


Sad but true, although not generally bent on world domination (this century at any rate).
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Posted 05 June 2019 - 20:49

Just over 30 years ago, we managed to close Stansted Airport for three days. 

A heifer imported from Canada jumped the corral fence as she came off the plane and it took that long to catch her!

 

These days you can just use a drone ohmy.png


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#19883 elemimele

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 21:06

.. and then it would have to clear customs and immoogration


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#19884 Norway

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 08:48

She'd need a pet passport. But I wonder how they'd get a cow in the photo booth? unsure.png


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 08:49

you're right, it would be udderly ridiculous


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 12:21

 

Just over 30 years ago, we managed to close Stansted Airport for three days. 

A heifer imported from Canada jumped the corral fence as she came off the plane and it took that long to catch her!

 

These days you can just use a drone ohmy.png

 

Aren't drones a bit small to cause so much havoc? rofl.gif (following on from the livestock thread ...  thinking in the same vein)  


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 16:15

Well, I expect a wasp in the cockpit could be, um, interesting?


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 16:23

not half so awkward as a heifer


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 21:13

So I got it all wrong? I thought the drone was to fly around  the airport and find the heifer, fire a tranquilizing arrow and head back to inform the authorities of the recalcitrant cow's exact position. 


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:01

These days I don't think Stansted is used for livestock flights!  The airfield was such a huge area, with such tempting grass, and the heifer was very nervous (I was going to say flighty but thought better of it!) that it took a lot of us a long time to get close enough to her to round her up.  I think a drone would just have set her off galloping round again!

By the way, I thought the drone comment was a reference to Gatwick being closed for several days before Christmas because of one.


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