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by harkins
Fri 22 Jan 2021, 6:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: COVID-19: Your Thoughts and it's effects on you.
Replies: 4352
Views: 198279

Re: COVID-19: Your Thoughts and it's effects on you.

FGR2 wrote:
Fri 22 Jan 2021, 5:03 pm
Now the new variant is reported as having an increased rate of mortality.
And they’re concerned that the South African and Brazilian variants have features that make them vaccine resistant.

This is a mess that will never end. It’s way beyond bleak.
by harkins
Sun 17 Jan 2021, 4:43 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2021 Participation and Discussion Thread
Replies: 161
Views: 15241

Re: RIAT 2021 Participation and Discussion Thread

I don’t think Farleys Harrier said he doesn’t want to go, more that he believes that there will be no event to attend. And I tend to agree. I’ll definitely use my carried over FRIAT ticket if it does go ahead, but I think there’s little to no chance of it doing so. Even though things were much bette...
by harkins
Wed 06 Jan 2021, 4:45 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: COVID-19: Your Thoughts and it's effects on you.
Replies: 4352
Views: 198279

Re: COVID-19: Your Thoughts and it's effects on you.

You are right with the bit in brackets regarding 5 times the number of deaths, as we are targeting the most at risk of death with the vaccine. However I believe the rest of the sentence is still true, as I was referring to the number of positive tests, as per the comments by harkins and ItR on why ...
by harkins
Wed 06 Jan 2021, 12:00 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: COVID-19: Your Thoughts and it's effects on you.
Replies: 4352
Views: 198279

Re: COVID-19: Your Thoughts and it's effects on you.

I’m sure there’s a good explanation for this, but after nearly one year of this virus circulating in the UK, currently around 60’000 people being tested positive each day with apparently 1 in 50 at present with the disease and 1 in 30 in London, herd immunity is not and never was a possibility. If i...
by harkins
Thu 31 Dec 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: COVID-19: Your Thoughts and it's effects on you.
Replies: 4352
Views: 198279

Re: COVID-19: Your Thoughts and it's effects on you.

A final though; in its current form Covid-19 kills people with weakened immune systems. Covid-20 or 21 may kill otherwise healthy people. The vaccine being rolled out is just the start. It's highly likely you will need an annual Covid vaccine to protect you from the ever mutating forms. I’ve limite...
by harkins
Mon 16 Mar 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Will air shows be cancelled because of coronavirus
Replies: 293
Views: 40634

Re: Will air shows be cancelled because of coronavirus

Thanks MiG-Eater. I am struggling to hold it together to be honest. And as much as I fear for my future, it’s the fear for the futures of those I hold dear that is killing me. But thanks for the words of understanding and positivity. Sure, see you at RIAT’s big birthday next year.
by harkins
Mon 16 Mar 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Will air shows be cancelled because of coronavirus
Replies: 293
Views: 40634

Re: Will air shows be cancelled because of coronavirus

This is a living nightmare. I have so many difficult decisions to make, but whatever I chose to do, I know it will not end well. I’ll lose many loved ones and most probably my income and my home. And absolutely my sanity.
by harkins
Sat 14 Mar 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Will air shows be cancelled because of coronavirus
Replies: 293
Views: 40634

Re: Will air shows be cancelled because of coronavirus

It's reached a point now where I couldn't give a rats arse whether RIAT gets cancelled or not. And I am not remotely interested in whether I'd get refunded or not. All I'm interested in is whether my parents survive this and whether I'll ever see them again and whether anyone is going to still have ...
by harkins
Wed 11 Mar 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Gladiator - Even less actual flying?
Replies: 0
Views: 1030

Gladiator - Even less actual flying?

I saw an article on UKDJ about a new simulator package that will allow large numbers of pilots to exercise together without leaving the ground. Reading the MOD press release it does sound as if even less actual flying is on the cards. Even the exercises involving foreign air arms could be performed ...
by harkins
Wed 11 Mar 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Will air shows be cancelled because of coronavirus
Replies: 293
Views: 40634

Re: Will air shows be cancelled because of coronavirus

I'm amazed at how many people I've spoken to that are far more authoritative on this subject than the politicians, medics and scientists. If only the powers that be knew there was a janitor where I work (amongst others) who could tell them that all this is a stupid media manufactured event and that ...
by harkins
Wed 19 Feb 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: The Red Arrows will be moving to.....
Replies: 56
Views: 14196

Re: The Red Arrows will be moving to.....

As for harkins' post speculating on the future of the RAFAT full stop - seriously? Yes, of course. I wasn't saying that it is highly likely or imminent, but I cannot believe that there are not some people in government and even in the air force that would have no problem saving a huge amount of mon...
by harkins
Tue 18 Feb 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: The Red Arrows will be moving to.....
Replies: 56
Views: 14196

Re: The Red Arrows will be moving to.....

I'm sure the MOD and maybe even the RAF big wigs would love to axe them as it'd be a huge saving. Probably just a little concerned about the backlash from various quarters.
by harkins
Thu 13 Feb 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2020 - CANCELLED
Replies: 1085
Views: 187348

Re: RIAT 2020

As for the Matadors, fingers cross and also no tail art please! Unbelievable, just be full of gratitude if they even turn up! Unbelievable, someone has to jump on a fairly benign and hardly unreasonable hope. You can have this Thursdays least entitled RIAT poster award. If we are lucky enough to se...
by harkins
Thu 13 Feb 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2020 - CANCELLED
Replies: 1085
Views: 187348

Re: RIAT 2020

I agree with Tommy, whilst I also agree with Jason and Go4Long. Variety is great, but in an age of so few rare or star items, it is frustrating that you miss something good so narrowly. I'm tempted to do both shows this year, but I can't hide my frustration that the only two big military airshows in...
by harkins
Tue 11 Feb 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Modern Military Photos
Topic: Hyakuri March 2019 - now with added sunshine!
Replies: 11
Views: 3360

Re: Hyakuri March 2019

Great photos Wes. I know bright sunshine and blue skies is what many consider the most important aspect of an aircraft photo, but personally, I think that your photos are great and have an atmosphere that I haven't seen in many of the very many other Hyakuri posts (and no heat haze). And besides, I'...
by harkins
Mon 10 Feb 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2020 - CANCELLED
Replies: 1085
Views: 187348

Re: RIAT 2020

The big news out of Gloucestershire today was that Friday and Sunday discounts are ending, again. The build up is on fire!
by harkins
Mon 03 Feb 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2020 - CANCELLED
Replies: 1085
Views: 187348

Re: RIAT 2020

Yes Tommy, I apologise for using "the last couple of years" when the marketing madness was a feature of last year only. And also sorry for trying to circumvent the foul language ban.
by harkins
Sun 02 Feb 2020, 10:29 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2020 - CANCELLED
Replies: 1085
Views: 187348

Re: RIAT 2020

A nice balanced post Woodster. I think you're right that other promising themes previously haven't achieved their potential. And in all honesty, these themes are quite strange in as much as they on the one hand can't fail; a couple of Typhoon, F-16 and Grippens in the air and static and bobs your un...
by harkins
Fri 31 Jan 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2020 - CANCELLED
Replies: 1085
Views: 187348

Re: RIAT 2020

This 'announcement' was perfect material for the DBH are idiots versus DBH are perfection argument that we enjoy on here. It certainly was an announcement, and a fairly safe one as there is a pretty good chance these two RAF types will make some sort of appearance. But as much as it was an announcem...
by harkins
Thu 30 Jan 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Royal International Air Tattoo
Topic: RIAT 2020 - CANCELLED
Replies: 1085
Views: 187348

Re: RIAT 2020

I have to agree with Mark, this is not a confirmation (subject to operational commitments) it's more an assumption that they will be there. It doesn't even specify flying or static (although the RAF P-8 would 100% be static only of course). It's not much different than saying "Hopefully we will...
by harkins
Wed 29 Jan 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Aircraft seen randomly at unexpected but most welcome times
Replies: 96
Views: 11812

Re: Aircraft seen randomly at unexpected but most welcome ti

I can't really add to this apart from maybe a USAF Boeing C-32B (a 757) at Dubrovnik as I was boarding my holiday flight home.

I think I have way more instances of expecting to see aircraft and not. Staring forlornly across an airfield, camera in hand with nothing but the sound of skylarks.
by harkins
Mon 27 Jan 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Really sad no big Lincolnshire airshows
Replies: 18
Views: 3696

Re: Really sad no big Lincolnshire airshows

Neither really, just unsure as to whether my post that preceded yours by about 8 minutes had not submitted properly.
by harkins
Mon 27 Jan 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Really sad no big Lincolnshire airshows
Replies: 18
Views: 3696

Re: Really sad no big Lincolnshire airshows

There have been, but I think he is meaning in more recent times as he said has, not had. Wasn't the last public air show at Coningsby in 1996? And I tend to agree that given that they had held shows there in the past, and since at other similarly active bases, that Coningsby hasn't held a show quart...