AOB – March 2018

25 March 2018

Back in Chiang Mai – apologies for the silence. It was good to be away from the computer for almost a couple of weeks.

Flying non-stop from Doha into CNX is a real bonus – avoids Bangkok and makes for a fast trip from the UK. 6hrs 45 from London to Doha and 6hrs from Doha to Chiang Mai. The connection was about 1 hour 40 minutes.

The new DOH airport is fabulous. Modern, spacious, accessible and clean.

The train from the south to north nodes is within the terminal structure – just up one flight of stairs rather than down to an underground tunnel.

The airport is however quiet. Maybe we transited at off-peak times. No security check in transit on the way back…that was a surprise and possible a bit naughty.

So where have we been:

Arrived London late on 12th and had three nights in the city – cold but dry – and good walking around in weather.

The usual suspects – Green Park, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly, the river, Borough Market, St James’ Park, Regents Park, Portobello Road and Camden Town.

Early nights due to the time difference and jetlag. Sleep early and wake up far too early!

Took the train from Euston to Birmingham International on the 15th – picked up a car and drove to Abingdon – it was getting seriously cold. Four nights with my mum in Abingdon. A day outing into Oxford. And catch up with Tim and Caren.

Then we flew from Birmingham to Belfast on Monday 19th – and drove through Maghera, passed the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle into Portrush.

Maghera was the home of the Scott side of the family when they lived in Ireland.

Liked Portrush very much.

On across the non-existent (for now) border to Donegal, Westport and Galway.

Then on Friday 23rd the short flight back from Dublin to Heathrow and on Saturday Qatar from LHR at 9am connecting at Doha for the Chiang Mai flight.

15 March 2018

We flew Qatar Airways from Chiang Mai to London on Monday. Comfortable flight. Easy connection. Loved the A350 from Doha to London.

Two days in London. Nice to be back. Early spring colors.

7 March 2018

Naughty Emirates is telling pork pies again – all in the name of marketing:

Their press release – reprinted in the Gulf News hyped that:

“Emirates has just completed a transatlantic flight operated entirely by an all-women crew, in order to highlight that women are capable of carrying out tasks in a male-dominated field.

The special flight EK 225, operated in time for International Women’s Day, flew thousands of miles from Dubai all the way to San Francisco in the United States, and this was all made possible by the more than 75 women from more than 25 nationalities.

Dubbed the “Superwomen flight,” the world’s largest passenger plane was piloted by Canadian captain Patricia Bischoff and British first officer Rebecca Lougheed.”

An all-women crew? Trouble is it was not. SFO is a ULR flight requiring four pilots – the augmenting crew of captain and first officer were from the other sex.

I don’t mind Emirates encouraging women in aviation…as long as they pay them the same salaries as their male counterparts.

What is irritating is their dishonesty. If they took the time to plan and actually conduct a flight like this, good on them. But they are just too lazy. Instead they took enough video to manipulate what was filmed to make a normal flight appear to be something else.

Just call it a majority-women crew. It clearly was not an all-women crew.

Typical Emirates and Dubai – the gulf between what is said or promoted and what is in fact reality.

I do not miss it.

1 March 2018

Two months of 2018 gone already. The mornings are still very pleasant in Chiang Mai though by mid afternoon it is now very warm before cooling again in the night.

But it has not rained for a couple of months and some of the countryside looks tinderbox dry.

A few pictures from Tai’s birthday on Monday: