AOB – November 2016

27 November 2016

Too funny:

One of my notes on twitter after getting back to Dubai: “Just what local residents needed – a bike festival in our car park. #Fail. @BayAvenue

Bay Avenue sent me a five part reply on twitter:

“Thank you for your feedback. We intend to make Bay Avenue an active and vibrant community at the heart of Dubai.
We carefully curate globally renowned acts that we feel are likely to create a communal following and get people together around fun & exciting events.
We have ensured that events such as these take place during the day and end early enough to avoid any loud noises or commotion during the night. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause and want to reassure you that we take your concerns seriously. We look forward to potentially seeing you at our community activities.”

Globally renowned acts at Business Bay – who are they kidding!? After eight years the Bay Avenue mall is half empty – and many of the outlets that did open are already closed. As a retail operation it is a disaster.

My response to Bay Avenue which they failed to answer –  “Did you consult with or survey residents to see what activities they want in our car park…which btw was meant to be a lake.”

Of course they didn’t. Globally renowned acts in the Business bay car park – April Fools’s Day is late this year!

26 November 2016

Back in Dubai – just 12 and 1/2 hours from JFK. Passed fairly quickly. But tired this evening.

22 November 2016

New York’s constant noise – emergency vehicles.

New York’s constant smell – hot dogs!

But it is good to be back – it has been too long.

14 November 2016

John Oliver on President-Elect Trump. Strong.

13 November 2016

So the first officer and captain on EK144 from Madrid last night share controlled rest the whole flight back to Dubai.

Their cabin crew are of course expected to be awake all flight.

Every thirty minutes the pilot flying is expected to call the first class galley to say that they are OK…basically to show that one of them is still awake.

If the cockpit crew does not make this call then no more than ten minutes after the call was due the cabin crew have to call the cockpit.

So Tai makes her call on the half hour. Then hears nothing thirty minutes later; waits another ten minutes and calls the Spanish first officer.

The next call from the cockpit is thirty minutes later and is picked up by the Spanish cabin crew in first class. The first officer tells her to tell her colleague (Tai) not to call and disturb them.

When he does emerge from the cockpit he just talks in Spanish with his country colleagues. He cannot be bothered to learn Tai’s name or to talk in English.

Just what all passengers need – an arrogant prat of a pilot who refuses to talk in the official language of Emirates and who gets upset at cabin crew who are simply doing their job of ensuring that one of the cockpit crew are awake.

Makes me cross.

Tai told the purser. Typically the purser did nothing.

So to the Spanish first officer on EK144 last night – get rid of the attitude, do your job, respect your colleagues and learn some manners.

10 November 2016

The Obama/Trump White House love-in earlier today was nauseating to watch. Carry on like this and they will be playing golf together.

Everything from the last 18 months says that these men hate eachother. Only two days ago they were still exchanging insults. Trump’s hounding of Obama’s nationality was a long running embarrassment. Obama should not have been extending a friendly welcome to Trump on his visit to the White House. He should have thumped him.

9 November 2016

Bernie Sanders on the Trump presidential win:

“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids – all while the very rich become much richer.

To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”

Sanders may well have won if he had been the Democrat nominee.

There are demonstrations against the Trump presidency in many US towns tonight. You really only have the right to demonstrate against Trump if you bothered to vote.

All of the exit polls and data suggest that the Democrats did not win because they did not vote in the numbers that they did in 2008 and 2012.

Tai and I flew together to LAX last week and had a couple of days in Southern LA. It was good fun – lovely weather. After a 16 hour flight and with an 11 hour time difference it was hard not to be tired. Blue skies, sea air and decent food help. I liked Huntington Beach very much. Very laid back. Love the old wooden piers of southern LA.

2 November 2016

Emirates A330-200 A6-EAK was withdrawn from service at Dubai on 30th October after arriving as EK723 from Thiruvananthapuram. This brings to an end Emirates A330-200 operations.

Meanwhile on 29 October Emirates A340-300 A6-ERN was withdrawn from service at Dubai after arriving as EK863 from Muscat. This brings to an end Emirates A340-300 operations.
Also presumed withdrawn from service and now stored at DWC are:

Emirates B777-300 A6-EMX

Emirates B777-300 A6-EMR


Emirates B777-300 A6-EMU

Emirates Boeing 777-31HER A6-EBL. This aircraft is one of five Emirates B777-300ERs due to go to Rossiya next year

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