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Postby Georgeconna on Mon 18 Sep 2017, 8:17 am

POTW contender there.
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Postby Pen Pusher on Mon 18 Sep 2017, 8:40 am

Best of the comments.

The DM is often mistaken for a newspaper.
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Re: Honk! Honk! Idiot klaxon.

Postby T_J on Mon 18 Sep 2017, 10:21 am

Easy money if he got paid for this story! You can go onto Planefinder flight tracking software and replay this non-event from August 15th at 3pm over Byfleet, Surrey.

The lower airliner is Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340 Flight VS42 at 9,150 feet

The upper airliner is British Airways Boeing 777 Flight BA272 at 10,850 feet

The photographer got the identity of this airliner wrong when he described it as a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It is clearly a Boeing 777.
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Postby st24 on Mon 18 Sep 2017, 4:51 pm

T_J wrote:Easy money if he got paid for this story! You can go onto Planefinder flight tracking software and replay this non-event from August 15th at 3pm over Byfleet, Surrey.

The lower airliner is Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340 Flight VS42 at 9,150 feet

The upper airliner is British Airways Boeing 777 Flight BA272 at 10,850 feet

The photographer got the identity of this airliner wrong when he described it as a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It is clearly a Boeing 777.

I dunno Tom, you come on here with the cool, calm voice of reason when you should really just be calling us all idiots....
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Postby AlexC on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 11:33 am

To be fair to the Mail they did say 'appear' to come perilously close, although they could have said that it was because the shot was taken with a telephoto lens which has the effect of compressing distance, but then that would have made it the non-story that it is.
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Postby DerekF on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 11:42 am

Indeed. Not everyone knows about safe separation and telephoto compression. Had I seen it, I would attempted a picture myself. If the DM paid cash for it, good for him.
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Postby wezgulf3 on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 2:19 pm

What do you expect from the Daily Fail, more pathetic tabloid nonsense!! And Worzel Gummidge should know better to send it in to them!
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Postby Brevet Cable on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 2:27 pm

Nothing unusual.

Don't think it's been posted on this forum, but another recent story in the media concerned the Saudi Typhoon which was shot down/crashed in Yemen.
The various media outlets all ran the same article unchanged......which happened to have the main photograph showing an F-15 !!
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Postby CJS on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 3:21 pm

Did this make it into the print edition? If not it's indicative of how the (occasionally excellent and certainly extraordinary) online reporting of the news is clearly on a dumbing downward spiral.

As for misidentifying the 777, let's be very honest here - how many of us would make similar mistakes if we didn't spend a lot of time gazing skyward?

And I would venture that 90% or more of Joe Public wouldn't have identified the 340 either - a 4 engined airliner is probably still a Jumbo Jet to most people!
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Postby Finningley Boy on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 3:26 pm

RIGHT! That's enough of the DM bashing, I read the Daily Mail and find it a very stimulating and informative read. You Bleedin' 'eart, lefty, liberal, pinko, oooh I've got a hole in me' tights, Corbynite, McDonnellite, Abbotite, labour voting, green voting, remoaners..... should give it a try some time! :cuppa: Who knows, yeh might learm summik! :wink:

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Postby parsley on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 6:40 pm

CJS wrote:Did this make it into the print edition? If not it's indicative of how the (occasionally excellent and certainly extraordinary) online reporting of the news is clearly on a dumbing downward spiral.

As for misidentifying the 777, let's be very honest here - how many of us would make similar mistakes if we didn't spend a lot of time gazing skyward?

And I would venture that 90% or more of Joe Public wouldn't have identified the 340 either - a 4 engined airliner is probably still a Jumbo Jet to most people!



Was indeed in the print edition,albeit in less detail than the online version..copy was at work
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Postby parsley on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 6:41 pm

Finningley Boy wrote:RIGHT! That's enough of the DM bashing, I read the Daily Mail and find it a very stimulating and informative read. You Bleedin' 'eart, lefty, liberal, pinko, oooh I've got a hole in me' tights, Corbynite, McDonnellite, Abbotite, labour voting, green voting, remoaners..... should give it a try some time! :cuppa: Who knows, yeh might learm summik! :wink:

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PS Give the Daily Express a bash an' all!


The Mail is also very absorbent if required :grin:
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Postby AlexC on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 8:25 pm

parsley wrote:The Mail is also very absorbent if required :grin:


:sick:

I suppose this (the Mail article) is a minor example of what Trumpy would call fake news?
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Postby CJS on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 9:01 pm

Nah, he only calls things fake news if they're actually true.

You don't get a lot of that in the Daily Wail.
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Postby Brevet Cable on Thu 19 Oct 2017, 1:41 pm

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/passengers-scream-terror-pilot-performs-11362861
Passengers scream in terror as pilot performs incredibly low stunt when Air Berlin flight lands for the last time


Yeah, OK, it's the Mirror, but even so...... :facepalm:
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Postby Brevet Cable on Mon 30 Oct 2017, 5:50 pm

And it's the turn of the Daily Mail again.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5028853/Incredible-pictures-iconic-British-fighter-jet.html

Whilst the article is their usual wibble, the big problem is the video of (sic)"Havilland Vampire jet flying above clouds in the sky"
Now presumably a 6 year old with English as their second language came up with that title, but the real problem is the aircraft depicted in the video :whistle: :facepalm:
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Postby capercaillie on Tue 31 Oct 2017, 8:41 am

Brevet Cable wrote:And it's the turn of the Daily Mail again.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5028853/Incredible-pictures-iconic-British-fighter-jet.html

Whilst the article is their usual wibble, the big problem is the video of (sic)"Havilland Vampire jet flying above clouds in the sky"
Now presumably a 6 year old with English as their second language came up with that title, but the real problem is the aircraft depicted in the video :whistle: :facepalm:


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Postby Brevet Cable on Tue 31 Oct 2017, 10:29 am

Well it's a twin-boom tail..... :lol:
Usual journalistic skills, really -- if it's green it's a tank, if it's a firearm it's an AK-47.
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Postby CJS on Tue 31 Oct 2017, 10:49 am

2 things are particularly stand out for me in that link:

1. the genius headline claiming it to be "Britain's most iconic WW2 fighter jet..." eh :dunno:

2. the end of the cracking video

WE PAY CASH FOR VIDEOS...


(...especially ones which don't show the right thing). :facepalm:

Nice one DM. Other comedy publications are available, but to be honest they're just not as funny. :win: :win:
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Postby Berf on Mon 06 Nov 2017, 12:57 pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5051269/Just-eight-pilots-remain-Battle-Britain-Few.html

Love the 'The Battle of Britain was crucial in preventing a Nazi invasion. Pictured: RAF De Havilland Chipmunk's' picture.
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Postby Spiny Norman on Mon 06 Nov 2017, 1:13 pm

Berf wrote:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5051269/Just-eight-pilots-remain-Battle-Britain-Few.html

Love the 'The Battle of Britain was crucial in preventing a Nazi invasion. Pictured: RAF De Havilland Chipmunk's' picture.


Hilariously inept.

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Postby Brevet Cable on Mon 06 Nov 2017, 1:26 pm

Is it just me,or do the aircraft in the picture on the right ( 4th row down ) look remarkably like Meteors ?
You can also throw in that the image above the Chipmunk one is of a later ( post BofB ) Spitfire, as evidenced by the 5-bladed propeller.


And as an aside and a personal moan.....it's a shame that the media still concentrate on the BofB pilots in particular and the RAF in general, yet ignore anyone who saw service in any other branch of the military during WW2.
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Postby speedbird2639 on Mon 06 Nov 2017, 9:11 pm

Brevet Cable wrote:.....it's a shame that the media still concentrate on the BofB pilots in particular and the RAF in general, yet ignore anyone who saw service in any other branch of the military during WW2.


Conversely a lot of the other arms of the services active in WW2 received campaign medals and memorials for those lost; something which is only now starting to be addressed for people like those who served in Bomber Command as an example.

I guess its all about what they think will capture the publics imagination - flying a Spitfire in the Summer months over the Garden of England to defend the country sounds a bit more 'sexy' than tramping over hundreds of miles of desert in North Africa or hacking your way through a jungle in SE Asia.
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Postby Tommy on Mon 06 Nov 2017, 9:29 pm

"Chipmunk's" :wall: :wall:

In addition to the inclusion of the Chipmunks, I also see that the "Greengrocer's Apostrophe" has made it into the media mainstream. This from the same paper that laments the young because schools aren't what they used to be and exams are too easy...

Gents - make sure you're better than the Daily Fail. You seldom ever need to use an apostrophe to pluralise nouns. Just add an "s" (or "es" as the case may be).

But, I realise it's one thing to rant about grammar, and another thing to just set out the correct way for others. It's the following:

Chipmunks, not Chimpunk's
F-16s, not F-16's
Idiots, not idiot's
Nazis, not Nazi's
Bigots, not bigot's
Apostrophes, not apostrophe's

... & so on and so forth.


*awaits someone to pull me up on some other grammatical issue... Did I forget the vocative? How about the gerund? :hypno:
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