Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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Deanxm wrote:thats a proper fresh air chasing the surf beach right there jim.

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The air there Dean is absolutely second to none :-D That was taken last Sunday. It was a lovely day and quite pleasantly warm down on the beach. I was quite staggered to see just how much further forward the season is in the extreme west. The conker trees are out in bloom there and here they're really only just seriously breaking bud.

There's no doubt that part of the coast gets the full force of the gulf stream for both good and bad. It can get a bit wild there with high seas carrying pebbles right up onto the prom and against the houses... It's not a good place to park a car in the winter...

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its like that here my beans have finnished flowering as has my pear tree, all the roses are in flower now too, being further south and in the gulf stream makes a huge difference.

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Deanxm wrote:nothing wrong with uk beaches
Obviously the Solent air has addled your brain ;)

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Xac wrote:
Deanxm wrote:nothing wrong with uk beaches
Obviously the Solent air has addled your brain ;)
So are you are implying my brain is addled too? :twisted:

Well you’re probably right :roll: :lol:

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i was going to say yes Xac, its more than likely im not right in the head but its far too late to do anything about it now :lol:

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Deanxm wrote:i was going to say yes Xac, its more than likely im not right in the head but its far too late to do anything about it now :lol:

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I'm sure addled brains is a pre-requisite to proper Citroen ownership :D

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Struth Jim, you need to conquer that fear of aircraft.

I reckon there are two attractions of flying for me - one being the more-or-less unbeatable acceleration and t'other is watching the wings flex. This latter point is like watching/measuring deflections on a large concrete span - it shows vividly how engineering takes over where skepticism leaves us stranded.

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I didn't know you worked for the RAF Xac ;)

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Chris570 wrote: I didn't know you worked for the RAF Xac ;)
I obviously spent too much time at the Empire Training School at Boscombe Down ;)
Always was dissapointed we never saw TIE fighters parked on the apron.

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It's all too bloody magic for me :evil:

I have a rule. If I can't drive there or a train doesn't go there I don't go there. Simple...

I will use a boat to cross water with car or to pick up another train...

I'm very happy to leave flying to the birds...

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so if we could tether enough pigeons to you you would feel comfrtable traveling like that.............
I remember the my second flight to ireland on my own, i was about 6 i think, i was in an isle seat next to some guy who had a window seat, i must have been chewing the poor sods ear as i remember him telling me on the runway that he hates flying and asked if i would like to swap seats so i had the window, i jumped at the chance and proceeded to give this guy a running comentary for the whole takeoff about the great view was and how much the wings bend and isnt it weird how they dont break, it must of been the worst flight he had ever been on, i bet he was relieved when i went into he cockpit after takeoff for the rest of the flight.

The above is a very good reason why children should not be sent on planes alone!

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Oh gosh, that reminds me of my first flight :twisted: Aboard an RAF VC10 in 1981 en-route to Belize. Back then the RAF put the seats in backwards as they thought it was safer.

I was shocked at the sheer acceleration of the VC10. When it was taxi-ing I thought in my ignorance it was about to take off and then the pilot opened the taps. By gosh did it ever go... And remember backwards seats so rather than being pushed into them one was pulled out of them against the seatbelt. Up it went and I was looking out of the window over the wings. VC10 wings are slender things as they don't carry the engines and by golly do they flex. I was rigid with fear expecting them to fall off at any time. It took my fellow passenger to convince me it was normal...

And then landing... Full reverse thrust. I thought the world was about to end.

Taking off from Belize on a runway just long enough was a bit of fun too. Taxi to the very end, spin it around, brakes hard on and rev the engines to full tilt, the whole thing vibrated like a road drill until the pilot, still with engines going full-bore, released the brakes. It was like being on Rita at Alton Towers. The thing hurtled down the runway and lifted off just scraping the vegetation at the end of the runway...

That was my introduction. I've flown all sorts of planes since, some Ok and some real horrors. a BAC1-11 of Air Malawi will always stick in my mind as the one I thought I'd never walk away from... And the DC-10 that got struck by lightning... And another Cyprus Airways BAC1-11 - never did have much luck with those...

Best flight ever was in an RAF Hercules going to Cyprus. Second was an internal Saudia flight between Riyadh and Jedda during Haj when I was the only Brit. All the others, including all aircrew, on their way to Mecca, prayed before takeoff. Somehow it was oddly reassuring...

But don't get me started. I could go on all night about 'entertaining' flights I've been on. Only then will you all understand why I no longer fly :evil:

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Giving up air flight on the basis of a negative experience, seems to me like giving up "special cuddles" because a relationship turned sour. I had to deal with a genuinely deranged/aggressive driver yesterday- flight is much safer by comparison...

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Truth be told Adam, it goes a lot deeper than I've let on. It's what you might call a phobia fair and square. It also manifests itself in that I have terrible trouble being a passenger in anything but a train. Many on here will vouch what a terrible passenger I am in a car :(

Slowly it's getting better though. Time heals as they say and it's true. One day I may be able to fly again but don't hold your breath...

It's a hangover from what happened to me a number of years ago that's taken me a long time to recover from. The period from 1998 to around 2004 was a very dark period in my life. I'm still recovering. Getting over a series of breakdowns takes a while and Churchill's 'Black Dog' still comes to visit occasionally :evil: