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The Chat Thread

Postby von Zoyton » 31 Aug 2015, 14:20

The new chat (no.2) thread from Aug 2015
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We have a chat room: mchat.php
but also a random chat thread: you are here, enjoy!
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The pilots mess is also regarded as a "very general" chat forum: viewforum.php?f=5
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Please also consider if the post you are about to make may work better as a new thread
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Re: The Chat Thread from Aug 2015

Postby von Zoyton » 31 Aug 2015, 14:22

Welcome to the new Chat Thread from Aug 2015
The old thread has been archived: viewtopic.php?f=68&t=1427
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Re: The Chat Thread from Aug 2015

Postby Frecks » 31 Aug 2015, 14:26

What an excellent idea VZ. A lovely new clean sheet to start from.
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Re: The Chat Thread from Aug 2015

Postby von Zoyton » 31 Aug 2015, 14:27

:yay: :yay: :crazypilot:
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Re: The Chat Thread from Aug 2015

Postby tiffinata » 31 Aug 2015, 21:44

First day of spring here today and it is cold. It has been the coldest winter here for 26 years.
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby kylie_koyote » 31 Aug 2015, 23:12

How cold is it?
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby tiffinata » 31 Aug 2015, 23:29

'....you cannot flout Nature with impunity. Treat Nature with respect, and she will tolerate you, even encourage you; but treat her with contempt, and your days are numbered.' Hits the Trail
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Fairblue » 31 Aug 2015, 23:35

An average of 13.6 degrees, the man said. That's about two degrees colder than our summer weather!
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Spitfire666 » 01 Sep 2015, 08:37

:claphappy: Happy Birthday, Steamloco! :beerglass: :acake: :asun: :wavemachine: :woohodance:
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby tiffinata » 01 Sep 2015, 08:46

Well so it is!
Hope you have a happy birthday.
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby kylie_koyote » 01 Sep 2015, 11:21

Happy birthday! :cheers:
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Frecks » 01 Sep 2015, 11:30

Happy Birthday from me too :D
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Fairblue » 01 Sep 2015, 12:04

Happy birthday, SteamLoco. Are you getting to play with your big toy today? :acake: :cheers:
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Kismet » 01 Sep 2015, 12:23

:claphappy: Happy Birthday, SteamLoco :claphappy:
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby The Professor » 01 Sep 2015, 17:01

I'm going to wish SteamLoco a happy birthday, and hope nobody notices I don't know who he is. Must have missed you arriving! :mrgreen:

It's lovely weather here. Has anyone seen the new designs for the flag of New Zealand? I saw some good designs, I thought the shortlisted ones all looked a bit horrid, but I'm prejudiced of course towards the Union Flag.
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Isaac Reed » 01 Sep 2015, 21:41

I looked at the designs for it awhile back. Personally I don't like any of them. I think that the current flag represents the majority of the people rather well.

To quote a line from 'Yes Minister' (I am probably the only person who still watches 80s British sitcoms) the flag designs that have been put forward resemble flags of 'tin pot little African countries'.

I actually am rather heated on this question even though I don't live in NZ.


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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Isaac Reed » 01 Sep 2015, 21:46

And happy birthday!!!!!

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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Fairblue » 01 Sep 2015, 21:51

Isaac Reed wrote:To quote a line from 'Yes Minister' (I am probably the only person who still watches 80s British sitcoms) the flag designs that have been put forward resemble flags of 'tin pot little African countries'.



You're not the only one, IR. I watch 80's sitcoms too. Mr FB sits in the corner and rolls his eyes. :roll:
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Isaac Reed » 01 Sep 2015, 21:55

Well Mr. FB is missing out! :)

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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Spitfire666 » 01 Sep 2015, 22:18

Isaac Reed wrote:To quote a line from 'Yes Minister' (I am probably the only person who still watches 80s British sitcoms)

We actually have a channel called "UK Gold" devoted to the old comedy shows. I love them.
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Isaac Reed » 01 Sep 2015, 22:25

If only we were able to get channels like that here in the states. With British shows I mean. We have, ummm, hmm, well some channel like that. I forget the name, that has old American shows.

I am just outside of Carlise at the moment. Sadly the hotel room is devoid of a television to find you UK Gold channel on. :(

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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Fairblue » 01 Sep 2015, 22:46

Spitfire666 wrote:
Isaac Reed wrote:To quote a line from 'Yes Minister' (I am probably the only person who still watches 80s British sitcoms)

We actually have a channel called "UK Gold" devoted to the old comedy shows. I love them.

There are some more recent not quite so good shows on there too, but it is good for the old favourites.
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby tiffinata » 01 Sep 2015, 23:14

I wonder if the whole NZ flag thing is a plot to take people's minds off what else is happening in politics? (NZ members- please enlighten me)
If it happened here in Oz I'd say yes.
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Fairblue » 01 Sep 2015, 23:48

tiffinata wrote:I wonder if the whole NZ flag thing is a plot to take people's minds off what else is happening in politics? (NZ members- please enlighten me)
If it happened here in Oz I'd say yes.

A conspiracy theory?
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby tiffinata » 02 Sep 2015, 01:18

No, just a distraction.
There's the whole Trans Pacific Partnership thing going on and some of the deals being discussed mean that projects over a certain $ can have foreign labour brought in without offering it to locals first. Although that is debatable, depending on who you talk to.
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Mac50L » 02 Sep 2015, 01:49

Arrh, the flag. Two things, when Britain joined the Common Market we felt we were abandoned.

The other thing, a reporter in New York holding up an NZ flag and asking people which country it belonged to. They all said Australia. Our prime minister has been shown in front of an Ozzy one and the same for their prime minister, in front of an NZ, one each time when in a foreign country. It is quite common to hold up a black flag with a silver fern on it at sporting events, down side is a bunch of terrorists in the Arab countries holding up a black flag with a scribble on it.

It all means, about time we had a "real" flag and if we change, it will be our 5th flag.
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby tiffinata » 02 Sep 2015, 04:31

A fifth flag?
Wow!
Although Google tells me Australia has has three flags since 1901, plus the British flag variations prior to that.
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 02 Sep 2015, 05:29

tiffinata wrote:No, just a distraction.
There's the whole Trans Pacific Partnership thing going on and some of the deals being discussed mean that projects over a certain $ can have foreign labour brought in without offering it to locals first. Although that is debatable, depending on who you talk to.


Yes, I agree, without getting 'political' [ahem, what i do on Facebook, lol], there's a whole bunch of stuff in Oz politics at the moment [both sides of the political divide mind you] that are designed, as per the ol' 'smoke & mirrors' magic trick, to divert attention away from the real issues that actually will impact drastically on the pockets & economic well-being of 100% of Aussies, not the minority, & the TPP is an important one as you say Tiff.

Yet, no-one seems to want to discuss it...but every 5mins or so we have a media furore about the monarchy, republicanism or some other peripheral issue e.g. not many know or realise that the Head of the ARM [Aust. Republican Movement] is none other than a certain former high profile Rugby Union player, rabid left-wing journalist & best selling author of Kokoda, El Allamein, Gallipoli & other military stories in recent yrs, i.e. the Man in the Red Bandana, lol.

Just another diversion or vaudeville side show act if you ask me, but enough of that, or I'll be on my 'irrelevant to the Nation as a whole soapbox' all day. Sadly, we have no real Statesmen in Australia anymore, & the politics of the day is petty, personal & prejudiced...no forward thinkers with any brains across the whole field imho. OK, rant over...sorry. :x :oops: :mrgreen: [I'm just a very fervent monarchist is all, so changing our flag while our veterans who fought under it are still alive is a terrible slap in the face to their service]
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby Mac50L » 02 Sep 2015, 06:26

tiffinata wrote:A fifth flag?
Wow!
Although Google tells me Australia has has three flags since 1901, plus the British flag variations prior to that.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_Zealand_flags
Flag of the United Tribes 1834-1840
Union Jack 1840-1867
First NZ flag 1867-1869
Flag of NZ 1902- today

As for fighting under and especially Gallipoli, more like we were fighting under the Union Jack or under that control and it became a "stuff-up" all round.

However we did send some good pilots and one who was on the Dambusters Raid, Les Munro, died recently. Probably lucky that his aircraft was damaged by flak and he had to turn back.

Politics - one our best NZ exports was someone who became the premier of Queensland :roll:
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Re: The Chat Thread

Postby J349 » 02 Sep 2015, 08:23

Isaac Reed wrote:To quote a line from 'Yes Minister' (I am probably the only person who still watches 80s British sitcoms) the flag designs that have been put forward resemble flags of 'tin pot little African countries'.

British sitcoms from the 70s and 80s are still very popular in this country. Household names like Dads Army, Only Fools and Horses, Fawlty Towers, Yes Minister, etc.
In my opinion, they beat the modern twaddle they call 'comedy'. YPM is my favourite, second only to Dads Army, although I think, in some respects, it surpasses it with it's clever wit and irony. No wonder it was Margaret Thatcher's favourite TV series!
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