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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

70 employers, who were thoroughly investigated by HMRC, and paying below the National Minumum wage, named and shamed today






The 70 employers, who were thoroughly investigated by HMRC, and paying below the National Minumum wage, (named and shamed) today are:

East Midlands Crossroads - Caring for Carers, Nottingham, neglected to pay £37,592.56 to 184 workers.

Delcom Systems Ltd, Salisbury neglected to pay £11,731.52 to a worker.

S Hanns LLP, Chatham neglected to pay £8,448.84 to a worker.

The Apostolic Church trading as James Kane Nursery, London, neglected to pay £8,347.71 to 2 workers.

Young Friends Nursery Ltd, Hove, neglected to pay £6,789.71 to a worker.

Station Garage (Little Weighton) Ltd, Little Weighton neglected to pay £5,440.77 to 2 workers.

KRCS (Digital Solutions) Ltd, Nottingham, neglected to pay £5,161.85 to 5 workers.

Mrs Shirley Elvin trading as Seaton Garage & Engineering Co, Hull, neglected to pay £4,840.31 to a worker.

Pontcanna Hair Studio Ltd, Cardiff, neglected to pay £4,784.34 to a worker.

Carol Ann Daker trading as Swan Hill House Residential Home, Shropshire, neglected to pay £4,395.78 to 27 workers.

Hobby Horse Ltd, Plymouth, neglected to pay £4,049.31 to a worker.

Fylde Coast Pizza Ltd trading as Papa Johns, Blackpool, neglected to pay £3,949.62 to 14 workers.

Manleys Ltd, Belfast, neglected to pay £3,797.83 to 3 workers.

J B Howard and Son Ltd, Leyland, neglected to pay £3,469.96 to 7 workers.

Mr L Tolman & Mr S Blanchard trading as Mardi Gras Hotel, Blackpool, neglected to pay £3,206.76 to 3 workers.

Stafforce Personnel Ltd, Rotherham, neglected to pay £3,044.79 to 63 workers.

Best Start Ltd trading as Tiny Treasures Day Care Nursery, Birmingham, neglected to pay £2,928.95 to two workers.

Maybury Automotive Ltd, Woking, neglected to pay £2,670.88 to 2 workers.

C&R Tyres Ltd, Kelso, neglected to pay £2,261.60 to 3 workers.

SSE PLC, Perth neglected to pay £2,233.95 to 5 workers.

Encore Envelopes Ltd, Washington, neglected to pay £2,060.09 to a worker.

SmileyWorld Ltd, London, neglected to pay £1,729.00 to a worker.

Mancroft Ltd, Leeds, neglected to pay £1,172.97 to 3 workers.

Kevin & Bernadette Farrell trading as Derrygonnelly Autos, Enniskillen, neglected to pay £1,690.35 to a worker.

Delves Food & Wine Stop Ltd trading as Loco, Walsall, neglected to pay £1,152.48 to a worker.

Webe (Chelmsford) Ltd, Chelmsford, neglected to pay £1,521.98 to 4 workers.

Gregson Lane Garage Ltd, Preston, neglected to pay £1,431.57 to 2 workers.

Ms Julie Ann Wright trading as The Worx, Portadown, neglected to pay £1,110.60 to a worker.

Mr S Partridge & Ms M Shead trading as Cobblers Fine Sandwiches & Pastries, Wakefield, neglected to pay £1,003.83 to a worker.

Mr Phillip Campbell & Mrs Lorraine Campbell trading as Supervalu Kells, Ballymena, neglected to pay £905.86 to 2 workers.

Mr C Pask trading as Pask Hair & Beauty, Derby, neglected to pay £900.00 to 2 workers.

J&G Salon Ltd trading as Jealousi & Garlands, Tamworth, neglected to pay £881.28 to a worker.

Faster Fit Tyres Ltd, Scunthorpe, neglected to pay £719.30 to a worker.

Mrs Karen Aitken trading as Angel Hair Design, Darlington, neglected to pay £703.33 to a worker.

Clearshot Ltd, Manchester, neglected to pay £684.94 to a worker.

Everest Express Ltd, Lincoln, neglected to pay £657.03 to a worker.

Leisure Emporium Ltd trading as Brown’s Cafe Bar & Bistro, Nottingham, neglected to pay £643.86 to a worker.

Mrs S Walker trading as Alleyways Fish & Chips, Scarborough, neglected to pay £601.59 to a worker.

Gary & Toni Valentine trading as The Harbour Inn, Seaton, neglected to pay £584.42 to a worker.

Shreeji Barnsley Ltd trading as Coffee Delight, Buxton, neglected to pay £555.70 to a worker.

Rowe Sparkes Solicitors Ltd, Southsea, neglected to pay £530.96 to a worker.

Fish Hairdressing Company Ltd, trading as Fish Hairdressing, Maidstone neglected to pay £521.82 to 3 workers.

Mrs Deborah Adcock trading as LJ Beauty & Hair, Seaham, neglected to pay £463.60 to a worker.

D&D Dies Ltd, Nottingham, neglected to pay £446.37 to a worker.

G Joynson, D Joynson and C Joynson trading as Headquarters, Withernsea, neglected to pay £430.07 to a worker.

Matchesfashion Ltd, London, neglected to pay £375.61 to 2 workers.

Colin Saich trading as Lindcoly Kennels, Bury St. Edmunds, neglected to pay £338.41 to 9 workers.

Inn2inns Ltd, Middlesbrough, neglected to pay £323.10 to 2 workers.

99p Land Ltd, Swindon, neglected to pay £315.26 to a worker.

General Tarleton Ltd, Knaresborough, neglected to pay £300.62 to 6 workers.

Western Computer Group Ltd, Bristol, neglected to pay £287.54 to a worker.

Matrix Electrical Engineering Ltd, Harlow neglected to pay £286.60 to a worker.

Honeybees Childcare Ltd, Preston, neglected to pay £276.30 to a worker.

Mr G J Pearce trading as Sheppards Wood Service Station, Nottingham, neglected to pay £268.56 to a worker.

The Mirrors Ltd, Manchester, neglected to pay £262.87 to a worker.

A1 Techsol Ltd, Manchester, neglected to pay £233.47 to a worker.

Mrs J Cole trading as Rayleigh Retreat, Rayleigh £231.73 to a worker.
  
Hamlet Homes Properties Ltd, Westcliff-on-Sea neglected to pay £226.40 to a worker.

Smartmove Property Specialists Ltd, Aldershot, neglected to pay £206.36 to a worker.

EYFS Ltd trading as Oak Tree Day Nursery, London, neglected to pay £181.41 to a worker.

Mr & Mrs P Munn trading as Merry Maids of the Weald, Tonbridge, neglected to pay £169.56 to a worker.

Mr H Singleton trading as Willowbank Builders, Huddersfield, neglected to pay £163.89 to a worker.

Professional Referral Services Ltd, Wigan, neglected to pay £156.93 to 2 workers.

Amtec Computer Corporation Ltd, Ferndown, neglected to pay £149.64 to a worker.

Lychgate Coffee Ltd, Wolverhampton, neglected to pay £124.39 to a worker.

Finite International Logistics Ltd, Penarth, neglected to pay £119.92 to a worker.#

Drummonds Ltd, Manchester, neglected to pay £113.58 to a worker.

Grove Mechanical Services Ltd, Magherafelt, neglected to pay £107.00 to 2 workers.

Lin Chinese Takeaway Ltd, Stoke-on-Trent, neglected to pay £103.00 to a worker.

Mr Assad Madani trading as Donapapa Pizza, Durham, neglected to pay £101.64 a worker.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Don't blame the airlines, blame the politicians,who set up the airport departure regulations as Turkish Airlines criticised over 'Syria-bound' girls


Turkish Airlines have "serious questions" to answer over why they allowed three British schoolgirls said to be heading to Syria on to a flight unaccompanied, the shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said.
Metropolitan Police
From left to right: Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum at Gatwick Airport.
Credit: Metropolitan Police
"There are serious questions about why Turkish Airlines allowed three 15 and 16-year-old girls unaccompanied onto a flight,"

"Why were such young people allowed to fly on their own in the first place? And why - when we know other young people seeking to travel to Syria have initially travelled to Turkey - did the airline not raise immediate concerns to the police and security services?

"The Government had told us they were already working with the airlines to disrupt people travelling via Turkey to Syria so it is extremely hard to understand why it has taken until now for the Home Secretary and the Transport Secretary to contact Turkish Airlines about this."

Julian Bray Aviation Security Expert comments: Its all very well for politicians to sound off about this but the fact is that airport ground staff are employed by a company other than the airline and  not linked to flying cabin or flight crew or airline airport staff. If its all running smoothly and no alarms raised they have little contact with each other. In fact many thousands of  children daily fly unaccompanied, and only on a few airlines is a chaperone or intervention service supplied.

Their school an Academy say access to social media is restricted on THEIR computers but as most tablets and phones have access to free wifi and the internet. It is easy for young people to hoodwink their old style traditional parents. Who tunes the video player, TIVO or remote box in your house?

Local authorities also need to share some of the blame, access to jihadist recruiting websites are not routinely blocked and supervision is at a minimum I know as I've seen it in my own City

The girls for example could be in transit between say home and a boarding school in a different country.  That is the basic problem and to interfere would be held as a denial of basic human rights in terms of freedom of movement. The only way to shut this down is for Turkey and other destination countries to impose visa restrictions on those who seek to travel to their country but this overnight would decimate the holiday trade and of course the cheapest way to travel to Turkey during the Summer will be consolidated charter air travel, using only the outward leg of the charter ticket and then heading for the border with Syria. Who will be policing that?

So the blame should rest firmly with the politicians, specifically they need to though emergency legislation enable any late intervention to lawfully take place and to recompense the airline for a late and or delayed/cancelled departure and having to offload and reload palletised luggage which is handled by another company or sub-contractor. So you begin to see the problem is set at many different levels.

The girls had ditched traditional dress, and on CCTV would not appear to be distressed or upset, or displaying any outward signs of acting under duress. Usually if girls of Asian origin are being flown out the country say for an arranged marriage, they can be picked up at the search and x-ray stage as anti abuse organisations simply tell the girls to slip a spoon in their pocket, to set off metal detectors.   The parents had not reported them missing for some hours by which time they were in flight or already within Turkey. Immediately on arrival, they would have been met and driven off by Islamic State who have several supply routes already in place...in this part of the world money talks and ISIS is exceptionally well minted and we are not talking about tea...

Their school an Academy say access to social media is restricted on THEIR computers but as most tablets and phones have access to free wifi and the internet. It is easy for young people to hoodwink their old style traditional parents. Who tunes the video player, TIVO or remote box in your house?

Local authorities also need to share some of the blame, access to jihadist recruiting websites are not routinely blocked and supervision is at a minimum I know as I've seen it in my own City


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Sunday, 22 February 2015

NIGHT OF CARNAGE AT PETERBOROUGH UNITED MANAGER DARREN FERGUSON FALLS ON HIS SWORD and Gary Breen, Gavin Strachan, Jimmy Walker, Stewart England and Marc Lindsey sacked...

20:49 21st February 2015
Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has released the following statement.


It saddens me to say that the club has this evening parted ways with one of the finest managers in our clubs history.

After Speaking with Darren [Ferguson], he feels that a new challenge is needed for both himself and the football club.

Posh Manager "falls on sword."

We have had over 8 incredible years together with tremendous success on and off the field. I will be forever in his debt for the great times, fantastic football and professionalism he has brought to our football club.

I also have no doubt that wherever he goes next, it will lead to great success for him and the club he next works for.

The club has also this evening parted ways with:
 
 Gary Breen,
Gavin Strachan,
Jimmy Walker,
Stewart England
and
Marc Lindsey.

I’m personally very disappointed in our current league position, the performances from our playing squad and the fact that we have dropped way below our own standards that we set out at as a football club.

There is plenty of young and experienced talent in this squad and with 14 games left in the season, I have personal expectations that our players will all lift their performance levels to match the incredible passionate performance and display by nearly 2000 Posh fans today when we were 3-0 down at Stadium MK.

It has not been our finest 6 months results wise or performance wise as a football team and my remit is to now go out and find a new football manager and coaching staff that will challenge and inspire these players to greater heights and to start fulfilling their potential individually and collectively.

Some fans have questioned my own commitment, interest, investment and passion for this football club recently; so to them I say with full sincerity and honesty, I am hungrier than ever to get this club back into the Championship and beyond and to deliver on the promises I have made to the City of Peterborough.

Read more at http://www.theposh.com/news/article/statement-2287144.aspx#hsFBOx0gstXB5EOk.99

PBROTRIB COMMENT:


 The PBROTRIB says: Sad to see Mr Ferguson depart, our good wishes go with him, but this could be the lightening rod to motivate both players and fans. It is also significant that several other names have also suddenly departed. It is now down to all of us to support and re-build the Football Club, it can be done. And to make it work, the club, squad and juniors have to become more centered and focused on its supporters. Currently its not happening. The club might also consider booting out some of the 'lardy ar*ses' who populate the boxes but make little day to day contribution to the Club.

It has to be disgraceful that within minutes of the announcement Stewart Jackson MP and some local councillors were busy twittering the news to anyone who would listen, as if it was their idea.

If the club management didn't have to devote substantial time and resources in playing games with City Hall and dealing with Marco Cerestes pi**poor  Cabinet, POSH would have had more time for the game. Hopefully the Cabinet too will move on, or be pushed out of office in MAY.

There must be a football team in Sunny Umbria that needs new leader,  introducing never ending road works and piles of Chinese manufactured solar panels.

Supporters can really make a huge statement on behalf of their Club simply by voting in the Local Government Elections in May, and voting out the entire Cereste controlled Cabinet and getting in new councillors and new council officials who appreciate how a brilliant football team is important to the wellbeing and wealth of this City.


Julian Bray
PBROTRIB Editor  



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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Horrendously high off-piste ski accident costs cause ski medical insurance to skyrocket for budget tourists


 The blood wagon, the fastest way off the piste for the injured, or you call out the helicopter..


Julian Bray, Travel Expert writes: The thought of a 2015 ski holiday and hammering down an off piste black run is now something my bank manager hopes I'll  leave to my two sons Dominic and Oliver.

 The former a well respected surgeon, and the latter founded Xtreme Gap Holidays. Both are accomplished skiers and believe in being fully insured, but even they might have taken a sharp intake of breath, at the cost of calling out the 'blood wagon' on the ski slopes this 2015 season.

Recent insurance claims data highlights the most expensive countries for medical assistance, relating to winter sports accidents, sadly many Brits still try to ski without any medical insurance in place or skimp by opting for minimal rates excluding off-piste cover, then promptly going off-piste! Its also not been helped by the increasing popularity of snowboarding, simply snowboarders and skiers on the same piste do not always mix, and some resorts are waking up to this as the medical centres are now even busier and charge accordingly.

• The cost of leg fracture medical bills in the USA averages over £26,000 and almost £15,000 in Canada

•  Canada and USA are now the most expensive countries for winter sports medical assistance – with an average cost of over £11,000 per medical assistance

•After Canada and USA, Austria and Switzerland are the next most expensive countries for medical assistance


 Insurance claims analysis from Allianz Global Assistance UK and Ski Club of Great Britain shows greatly enhanced costs for medical assistance for injuries on the slopes. Treatment for a head injury in Canada and medical air ambulance repatriation, known in the trade as a Medevac to the UK, presented an eye watering invoice in excess of £145,000.  Those heading for the slopes really have to ensure they have insurance providing adequate cover for their needs, or face the financial consequences.

Barry Smith, at Allianz Global Assistance UK: “Looking at the average costs of medical assistance provided for Ski Club of Great Britain policy holders, by far the most expensive countries are Canada and the USA, each averaging over £11,000 in costs per claim. In addition to the Canadian £145,000 bill, the rest in our top five from the USA, ranging from £33,000 to £81,000 for bone fractures.”

After Canada and the USA, Austria and Switzerland are considered the next most expensive for medical assistance, the average costs of over £2,000 and £1,200 respectively. The USA topped  lists for both leg and arm fractures, a leg fracture £26,107, and for an arm the debt climbs to £40,950.

Frank McCusker, Ski Club of Great Britain says:  “Whilst most skiers and snowboarders do return home in one piece, it doesn’t take much to sustain a serious, and hugely expensive, injury on the slopes. The high costs monitored in the past few years could leave an individual in financial difficulty if they did not have appropriate travel cover in place to cover the bills.


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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Delta B763 near London on Feb 17th 2015, burning smell on board



Delta Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N177DN  Flight DL-33 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to Seattle,WA (USA), was enroute at Flight level 32000ft about 50nm north of London Heathrow (UK) when the crew decided to divert to Heathrow Airport having reported 'a burning smell of plastics' on board. The aircraft landed without incident on Heathrow's runway 27L some 25 minutes later.

A replacement Boeing 767-300 registration N176DZ estimated to reach Seattle with a delay of 4 hours.

Source: CNS, Aeroinside.com


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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

93-year-old male charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder at Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

BERLIN -- A Court in Germany says a 93-year-old man has been charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served as an SS guard at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland.

The defendant, whose name wasn't disclosed, allegedly served in Auschwitz from January 1942 to June 1944, the Detmold state court said in a statement released on Monday.

He's alleged to have been assigned to the Auschwitz I concentration camp, but also to have helped supervise new prisoners, largely Jews, as they arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the part of the camp complex where most of its 1.1 million victims were killed.


SOURCE: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/germany-accused-nazi-guard-93-charged-with-accessory-to-murder/


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Westjet B737-700 at Toronto, departed on the wrong runway. Canada TSB has reported incident.



A Westjet Boeing 737-700, registration C-GWJO (flight WS-1232) from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA) on October 30th 2014, with 127 people on board, had been cleared for takeoff from Toronto's runway 24L but instead lined up on runway 24R and initiated the takeoff run.
On Feb 16th 2015 Canada's Transport Safety Board made the incident known and formally reported the incident.

The Tower Controller detected the aircraft on take-off run at that point, visually and screen checked the area for conflicting traffic and found it was all clear, and instructed the aircraft to continue take-off. The aircraft became safely airborne on runway 24R and continued to Fort Lauderdale for a safe landing.

On Feb 16th 2015 Canada's Transport Safety Board made the incident known and formally reported: "Tower controller observed the aircraft accelerating for takeof from runway 24R instead of cleared 24L. There was no conflicting traffic or risk of collision, the controller therefore instructed the aircraft to continue take-off." The operator is investigating the occurrence.


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Monday, 16 February 2015

AIRBUS A330-202 slews off Orly Airport runway onto grass...



An Air Algerie flight AH1004 from Algiers, Algeria, slewed off a French airport runway earlier today. The nosewheel and left undercarriage wheelset became stuck in the grass at Orly Airport, France shortly after 2.30pm Monday 16th February 2015.

 Internet images  show rubber burn marks on the runway, which was closed after the incident.


 No passengers were reported injured on the Airbus A330-202.

A spokeswoman for the Airport said that the runway should be reopened "in one or two hours".



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LIGHTWEIGHT COMMERCIAL DRONES: SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS TO GET OFFICAL U.S. GO AHEAD


 
This'll never fly....


The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration based in Washington today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the US aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.

The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.

The proposed rule also includes extensive discussion of the possibility of an additional, more flexible framework for “micro” UAS under 4.4 pounds. The FAA is asking the public to comment on this possible classification to determine whether it should include this option as part of a final rule. The FAA is also asking for comment about how the agency can further leverage the UAS test site program and an upcoming UAS Center of Excellence to further spur innovation at “innovation zones.”

Thursday, 12 February 2015

'NUT RAGE' HEATHER CHO TO SERVE ONE YEAR JAIL TERM OVER SOUTH KOREAN 'IN-FLIGHT' AIR INCIDENT

Cho Hyun-ah, also known as Heather Cho, daughter of chairman of Korean Air Lines, Cho Yang-ho, appears in front of the media outside the offices of the Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, in Seoul 12 December 2014

Ms Heather Cho  jailed for one year in Korean Airways 'Nut Rage' incident 

A South Korean court has found a former executive of national airline Korean Air guilty of breaking aviation law over what is being termed the "nut rage" case and sentenced to one year in jail. The maximum available was 10 years.

Heather Cho was accused of forcing a Korean Air aircraft to return back to the departure gate, whilst still connected to a tug and being 'pushed back. The first class passenger demanded a steward was offloaded as she did not like the way she had been served nuts (!!!)

The conviction carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, in prison. Prosecutors asked for three years, But the Court has handed down a one year jail term. Cho, was a vice-president with the airline, and found guilty of obstructing aviation safety. She ordered her Seoul-bound plane, which was locked down (and already moving in a tug powered 'push back' positioning manoeuvre) at New York's JFK Airport to return to the gate and offload the chief steward on December 5th.  Fellow first class passengers, called as witnesses, said she became angry after being served macadamia nuts in a bag, and not poured by the Steward into a bowl.

Her defence team argued that aviation safety had not been violated as the plane was still being pushed back by a connected tug towards the runway taxi way.  However, reports say the judge rejected the defence argument, ruling the plane having left the stand  was technically classed as in flight and therefore she interfered with an in-flight aircraft.

Cho, the daughter of the chairman of Korean Air, was also charged with assault, and interfering in an investigation.

Cho, ( known as Cho Hyun-ah), publicly apologised for the incident and resigned from all her posts at the airline in December.

The trial opened a national debate about the Korean business system, which is dominated by family firms known as chaebols.  The families running these businesses have sometimes been accused of high-handedness and acting with impunity. All that will now change as the matter for the first time in South Korean business circles, is being publicly debated following the 'nut rage' case.

Sources: BBC, PA, CNS, AFP

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

COSTA CONCORDIA CAPTAIN GETS 16 YEAR JAIL TERM - ITALIAN STYLE - LENGTHY APPEALS PROCESS MAY TAKE MANY YEARS



The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia  Cruise Ship Francesco Schettino was handed a 16-year prison sentence on Wednesday 11th February 2015, having been convicted of multiple counts of manslaughter.

Francesco Schettino was not present in the makeshift Court set up in the islands small Grosseto Theatre when Judge Giovanni Puliatti delivered the verdict from the bench of three Judges.

Earlier the former Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino broke down and sobbed his way though an emotional justification claiming the worlds' media and ships owners had misrepresented him, over the last 3 years.  His "head was sacrificed" to safeguard economic interests, he then broke down in tears immediately before the three Judges retired to reach their verdict.

He had been accused of manslaughter, causing the January 13th, 2012 capsize near tiny Giglio Island and then abandoning the cruise ship, well before the majority of the 4,200 passengers and crew were rescued, and many still trapped on board.

Due to the lengthy appeals process in Italy, which can last many years, it is currently doubtful if the former Captain will ever physically be confined in jail.


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Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino trial Italian Judges retire to consider verdict

Julian Bray will be commenting live after the trial judge verdicts are given later today (on Wednesday 11/02/15) and how this will affect the future of cruise ship operation generally as they they become increasingly complex and technical. Also how this incident will affecxt the fdurture operation of SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea) introduced after the sinking of the Titanic over 100 years ago.
 
 
The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia Francesco Schettino claimed during his trial "a part of me died" on the night of the disaster. In fact 32 people were killed in the incident. Italian Judges have formally retired to consider the verdict which is expected to be given later today (Wednesday).
Francesco Schettino claims the blame lay with Costa Cruises, and said the media had portrayed him unfairly. "I have spent three years in a media meat grinder."

Julian Bray will be commenting live after the trial judge verdicts are given and how this will affect the future of cruise ship operation as they they become increasingly complex and technical. Also how this incident will affecxt the fdurture operation of SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea) introduced after the sinking of the Titanic over 100 years ago. 




 

Schettino is charged with manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and leaving the liner ahead of some of the passengers when it hit rocks and capsized off the island of Giglio in 2012.

 Defence lawyer Domenico Pepe asserted that his client was "the victim of a legal and media circus", who had suffered a lot of pain since the disaster.  On Tuesday, prosecutor Stefano Pizza called the captain's conduct "reprehensible" and said: "There is a tsunami of evidence against Francesco Schettino but he has admitted to nothing.  It would be easier for a lawyer to fly than to defend Schettino."
Schettino, 54, claims equipment failures complicated the situation on the sinking vessel, he held off calling the evacuation to avoid people panicking and jumping into the sea.

His lawyers suggested the captain had calculated tide and wind conditions would carry the listing ship closer to the shore, making the evacuation process safer.  The reef was not on nautical charts and claimed sailing close to Giglio was encouraged by the ship's owner.   Schettino,54, disputes claims he abandoned ship 30 plus minutes before the alarm was finally sounded, asserting that 'he fell off' as a result of the vessel tilting.  Rescue Helicopters plucked survivors off the stranded 290-metre vessel while Schettino was already ashore.

A salvage operation estimated to cost many hundreds of millions of pounds, rolled and refloated the hulk and using buoyancy chambers towed the ship from Giglio in July 2014 for investigating and eventual breaking up.

Sources: CNS, BBC, SkyTV, PA, ENSA and RAI



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Monday, 9 February 2015

OOOPS Aircraft on runway, that I'm seconds away from landing on... Airbus A320-200 Pilot takes evasive action




A LAN Airlines Airbus A320-200 operated on a code share for  LAN Colombia, registration CC-BFC  Flight LA-3160/4C-3160  Bogota to Bucaramanga (Colombia), was (February 7th 2015) on final approach to Bucaramanga.  After receiving and confirming landing clearance,  the pilots spotted an aircraft preparing for take off on their allocated runway. The Airbus went around and turned to offset from the runway centre line. The aircraft subsequently positioned for a second approach and landed safely.

The airline promptly filed a safety report with Colombia's Civil Aviation Authority stating that their crew had received landing clearance at Bucaramanga by the Control Tower, however, on short final, sighted an aircraft, preparing for take off, positioned on the runway and went around.

source: aeroinside.com, CNS, CCAA

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

SEVEN KILLED IN VALHALLA,NEW YORK :RAILROAD CROSSING: TRAIN HITS STRANDED CAR ON TRACKS


Credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880

Seven people were killed Tuesday evening, when a Metro-North commuter train struck a car and caught fire during the evening rush hour in Valhalla New York.


 Flames and smoke poured out of a train carriage on the Harlem Line, for hours after the main fire was extinguished. The interiors were scorched.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said follow-up investigations would determine exactly what happened, but first responders suggest both the fire and explosion were the result of the train hitting the vehicle.

“You have seven people who started out the day to go about their business and aren’t going to be making it home tonight. And it’s a painful reminder to all of us how precious life is, and sometimes, how random it can be,” Cuomo said. “This is a truly ugly and brutal sight. The third rail of the track came up from the explosion, and went right through the car, so it is truly a devastatingly ugly situation to see.”

 
A Jeep Cherokee was marooned on a crossing as the barrier gates came down on it, at Commerce Street Valhalla when it was struck by Harlem Line train No. 659 just after 6:30 p.m., Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Marjorie Anders confirmed. The train left Grand Central Terminal at 5:45 p.m.

The gates came down on top of the vehicle, which was stopped on the tracks, the MTA said. Astonishingly the driver got out to look at the rear of the car, then got back in, drove forward and became stuck. The train pushed the car about 10 train car lengths north, the MTA said.


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TRANSASIA ATR-72 AIRCRAFT CLIPS BRIDGE AND CRASHES INTO RIVER 35 DEAD 28 RESCUED FROM WATER 58 ON BOARD

TransAsia ATR-72 TAIWAN crash: 35 dead as ATR-72 Turbo Prop plane crashes into Taiwan river

+++ MAYDAY MAYDAY ENGINE FLAMEOUT +++ PILOT +++ LAST MESSAGE +++

LATEST: BOTH ENGINES FAILED.HEROIC FLYING BY DOOMED PILOTS SAVED HUNDREDS OF LIVES.....

UPDATE: 6/02/2015 The plane crash in Taiwan has killed at least 35 people, according to [06/05/2015] figures, while others are still missing.
 
The Turboprop ATR 72-600, was carrying 58 people (including passengers and crew),  cartwheeled into the river near the capital Taipei, a few minutes after taking off. The plane was conducting a domestic flight from Taipei to Kinmen island archipelago, reports the South China Morning Post.
 
Passengers who were not injured were able to put on life jackets and get out into the river, some were pulled out by rescuers. 
 
The blackbox data and voice recorders of a TransAsia plane that crashed into a river in Taipei showed that the pilot called "mayday" and announced an engine flameout 35 seconds after noticing engine failure. 
 
About one minute after the announced flameout, the black boxes stopped recording. Later reports suggest that one engine flamed out just 37 seconds into flight then the second engine abruptly stopped functioning.
 
 Local sources suggest both engines were swapped out shortly after its new delivery ie new engines retrofitted, the aircraft being less than 2 years old. 
 
Thirty-one of the passengers were mainland Chinese tourists. Many were from the city of Xiamen. The photo sequence shows the aircraft losing control and tilting fully to its side, its left wing breaking as it hits a bridge then plummeting into the shallow river. 
 
Julian Bray comments: Clearly the pilot used great professional skills to miss the high density apartment blocks and was seeking to put down his stricken plane in the River in order to save lives. His body was recovered, strapped into the pilots seat and still holding onto the controls.
 
Even without the blacks boxes to confirm the actions there was clearly little the pilot and co-pilot could do.  Brave and heroic actions by the crew and a remarkable series of rescue stories being  revealed. Our condolences to all concerned.
 
 
 
Image of plane crashing over bridge in Taiwan (4 Jan 2015 - image by @Missxoxo168)
The car shown above, hit by the ATR-72 is the taxi shown below...



Some sixteen (later revised to 35 plus) people comprising passengers and crew have died when a TransAsia Airways turbo-prop plane clipped a bridge, narrowly missed road traffic, but hit a taxi (see above), and then crashed into a Taiwanese river near the capital city, Taipei. many more were injured, according to CNA - Central News Agency - Taiwan. 28 have so far been rescued.
 
Dramatic video of the final moments of the aircraft have been aired which shows the almost side on vertical steep banking, the aircraft was performing.

Fifty-eight people in all boarded the domestic flight, several sustained injuries in addition to those who died

Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) broadcast video clips of the plane, taken by passing motorists, the forward section is seen half submerged in the Keelung river. Rescuers waist deep in water are still extracting people from the wrecked fuselage ripped open as it came to rest in the water.

The aircraft had just taken off from Songshan Airport on a heading heading to Kinmen islands, just off the coast of the south-eastern Chinese city of Xiamen. Air Trafic Controllers lost contact at 10:55hrs, local time (02:55hrs GMT).

Footage of the plane apparently filmed from inside passing cars showed it banking sharply, hitting a taxi and clipping the bridge before crashing into the river.



detasiled Report:

A Transasia Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A, registration B-22816 flight GE-235 from Taipei Songshan to Kinmen (Taiwan) with 53 passengers and 5 crew, departed Songshan's runway 10.

Shortly after takeoff at 10:52L (02:52Z) the aircraft began to roll left, the crew radioed "Mayday! Mayday! Engine Flame Out!" at 10:53L with no further transmission.  

The aircraft reached a maximum height of about 1050 feet (corrected for QNH), lost height, struck a taxi, hit Huangdong Boulevard Viaduct with its left wing at nearly 90 degrees of bank angle at about 10:55L (02:55Z) and impacted the water of the Keelung River near the Nankang Software Park.

It came to rest inverted, about 2.9nm from the end of runway 10. 14 people were initially rescued alive, 16 (later revised to 35) occupants were killed, 28 people are missing and feared trapped inside the wreckage almost submerged in the river.

The airline reported at 17:00L that 16 occupants have been killed, 13 occupants are being treated in various hospitals, one survivor has already been released from hospital care. The accident ATR-72-600 has been in service for less than a year and underwent last regular maintenance on Jan 26th 2015.

Taiwan's ASC have dispatched investigators on site and opened an investigation.



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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

World Travel Market Global Trends - Shocks in store for travellers

Here is an extract from the World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2014 from Euromonitor International -  The final point  highlighted in RED might render the current Airports  Commission worthless.... Sorry Boris!

Global Overview

Travel and Tourism Continues to Prosper
  • The International Monetary Fund predicts global Gross Domestic Product growth of 3.4% for 2014, up from 3% in 2013, with China, India and the Association of South East Asian Nations key drivers of growth.
  • Brazil, Russia, India and China have lost their shine with China seeing an expected slowdown, but still is poised to overtake the US as the worlds largest economy in Purchasing Power Parity terms in 2014.
  • Travel and tourism continues to prosper globally, with arrivals reaching a record 1.1 billion in 2013, up by 5.1%. 2014 is forecast to see a further increase, estimated at 4.7%.
  • Inbound receipts are also expected to see healthy growth, with Asian middle and affluent classes the biggest spenders when travelling overseas.
  • Hotel sales globally are rising, driven by strong performances in North America and Asia Pacific.
  • Low-cost carriers continue to be the most successful sector in air travel with the business model embraced by many scheduled airlines.
  • Mobile technology is currently transforming the tourism landscape in terms of bookings, customer service and consumer behaviour.
  • Destination services, personalisation, mobile bookings and peer-to-peer are expected to be the main disruptive forces in the travel industry over the next five years.  



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FLYING OVER CONFLICT ZONES....IS THIS THE WAY AHEAD?





Flying over hostile  conflict zones.  Malaysia pushes for a system to protect passenger jets after the downing of flight MH17.  But the proposal is facing push-back. Aviation Security Expert Julian Bray  speaking LIVE from the UK explores some of the issues on the Singapore flagship news programme Primetime Asia.   


 
 

 





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Monday, 2 February 2015

JUST TWO MEETINGS IN SEVENTY YEARS ? That's how the International Civil Aviation Organisation [ICAO] ROCKS !




Its only the second time since 1945 but the UN agency International Civil Aviation Organisation [ICAO] has summoned the aviation industry, NGO's and Ministers from dozens of countries and meeting at its HQ in Montreal, Canada this week to square the impossible circle and reach some form of agreement to prevent flying in combat zones  (Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shot down over Ukraine).

The thinking is the agency should build an intelligence database allowing regulators and governments to share known and perceived risks to aircraft flying over conflict zones. Added to this is pressure for military data to be included but also the need for military security and capability to be shielded. 
 

Critical air notices about competing administrations are frowned on, but pressure to release information is growing. The Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines losses have contributed to the growing clamour for real time information streams. 

The evidence of change is striking, on January 14th, the ICAO  urgent warned its membership members aircraft flying over Libya risked being shot down.

Then a few days later, January 22nd, the European Aviation Safety Agency cascaded French warnings asserting that flights over Pakistan could be subjected to “terrorist attacks.”

Ukraine warned airlines flying over its territory (a combat zone) to remain above 32,000 feet, however MH17 was flying at around 34,000 feet when it was blasted apart by a surface to air missile.

The Netherlands - from where MH17 took off - requests airlines to tell passengers before  take-off if they will cross a conflict zone, however airlines and other nations have said that this goes too far, the truth being that nearly all long haul flights will at some time traverse a conflict zone.

 "We are confident that an ICAO centralized database represents a reasonable balance,” claims Ken Quinn, formerly US Federal Aviation Administration General Counsel.

However few can agree over the various levels of disclosure and filtering before its released into the public domain

However The US has long been critical and still does not believe that  ICAO - a UN agency  - is capable of evaluating the information and suggests the origin of source  be identified, so end users can decide how much weight to give them.

Also high on the agenda is the vexed question of ejectable black boxes, in use on military aircraft for over a decade but still to be considered for civil aviation. Any sign of an impending peril, the box ejects, parachutes down and floats on the surface of water or easily located on land.   

Courtesy TTG, CNS &ICAO


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Sunday, 1 February 2015

BBC NEWS REPORTING: Egypt 'freeing and deporting al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste' to Australia

Egypt 'freeing and deporting reporter Peter Greste'


Breaking news


The Australian ex-BBC correspondent was arrested in December 2013 and imprisoned last June on charges including spreading false news.

There is no word on the two al-Jazeera men who were jailed with him, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

All of the defendants denied the charges against them and have said their trial was a sham.

They were accused of collaborating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013.

The three men said they were simply reporting the news.

Egypt's top court had in January ordered a retrial of the three men.

But an Egyptian official told Agence France-Presse news agency on Sunday: "There is a presidential decision to deport Peter Greste to Australia."

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-31083890?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_breaking&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=news_central

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British Airways Airbus A320-200 (G-EUYG) on Flight BA491, departing Gibraltar Jan 30 2015, engine shuts down in flight

 


  
A British Airways Airbus A320-200,[G-EUYG] on flight BA-491 from Gibraltar to London Heathrow, was climbing out of Gibraltar leaving runway 27. The crew stopped the climb at 9000 feet following the failure of the right hand engine (V2527).

The pilot shut the engine down and Spanish ATC diverted the aircraft to Malaga,Spain where it made a safe landing on Malaga runway 31 some  35 minutes after the initial departure from |Gibraltar departure.

A replacement British Airways A320-200  [G-EUUN] reached London Heathrow after a delay of 6 hours.

Sources: CNS, www.aeroinside.com,  CAA

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Missing Flight MH 370 On January 29th 2015 MH370 has been officially declared an accident and all on board presumed dead




Missing Flight MH 370  On January 29th 2015  MH370 has been officially declared an accident and all 239 passengers and crew on board presumed dead.

The announcement paves the way for an insurance payments to be made but does not in reality take us any closer to finding the missing aircraft, now regarded as being on the sea floor of the Indian Ocean. The search continues but may now be scaled back.

An interim report into MH370's disappearance will be made public on March 7, a day before the one year anniversary of the plane going missing.


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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

HEATHROW £16 BILLION EXPANSION WILL DECANT DISTANT SURREY HOMES INTO FULL ON FLOOD RISK STATUS



Julian Bray writes: The above truly astonishing background note was given to BBC Radio Surrey and clearly the extra runway lobby will be furious. This is something not to be broadcast in the public domain...hopefully a PR mans head will roll, or knighted, depending on your political outlook.

For the first time, it is now confirmed that in Heathrow effectively compressing the water table under acres of concrete, it will create an additional flood risk in areas not previously prone to flooding. In short the Environment Agency will have to re-calculate its flood maps for the entire region effectively blighting a whole new range of properties, farms, estates and smallholdings placing others at a new risk of flooding. Especially as Parliament just yesterday (January 26th) has now given the green light to FRACKING!!!  Simply once insurable properties in prime locations will see premiums rocket to eye-watering proportions...


Exclusive - Heathrow tells BBC Surrey it's likely to invest in flood defences. Airport sent us this "background info"pic.twitter.com/kyqXc19gwV 


This is how it works. According to the background note Heathrow as part of the expansion programme will look at the flood footprint many miles away from the airport. The focus will be on the Colne and Wraysbury Rivers but will take in all perceived flood threats to Heathrow. The only way Heathrow can ensure its own plot remains flood free is to divert or contain the floodwater  elsewhere.

By targeting the Colne and Wraysbury, they effectively have two options create new flood fields or plains by buying up strategic farmland with the intention that it should take the flood water , and as they put it " [buy up] land for balancing reservoirs to attenuate water" ie create huge  new lakes many miles away from Heathrow possibly floodwaterpumps all along the rivers Colne and Wraysbury and possibly enlarge storm drains, put in new floodwater pumping stations to carry the water a long way from Heathrow to  " additional flood storage."  Realistically "additional flood storage" is a series of man made lakes or simply releasing the pumped water into flood fields or outflowing into other waterways not currently associated with a flood risk, thus creating 'new at risk but possibly lower value damage flood containment zones'. 

The problem with water is that you can move it, but you cannot ever compress it. Water will always find its own level somewhere.  The more you bear down on the overall water table, the greater is the flooding problem in adjoining areas. That creates a ripple effect so the flood risk area spreads.  

The final line suggests providing investment for local flood defences. The Conservatives have  consistently hacked away at the flood defence budget and it would take the whole proposed £16 billion investment just to get back to where  we were 10 years ago.   Simply Heathrow have now belatedly flagged up the enormity of the flood risk that faces the population within a 100 mile radius of  London Heathrow.   Simply if you own property in areas adjoining known flood risk areas, the combination of fracking and Heathrow robustly dealing with any additional flood risk problem caused by its runway expansion programme; then seriously consider selling - do it quickly...

So well done BBC local  newsrooms, a truly mega exclusive for BBC Radio Surrey in particular, news on tap as it were.....and a suitably fluid response!

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Monday, 26 January 2015

OVER THREE THOUSAND FLIGHTS CANCELLED AS WINTER STORM JUNO CHECKS IN FOR TREE DAYS OF MAYHEM

                                




Seven Northeastern USA states are on a major Storm Watch alert as a potentially record-setting storm is now churning up the coast and threatening to dump more than 2-4 inches of snow.


Some 3,000  flights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have already been cancelled, and those that are still running, are predicting delays. 


This major disruption to schedules will impact on the UK and Europe as aircraft will be out of position or frozen in to weather affected airports. All passengers are advised to check with their carrier BEFORE heading to Airports not only in the USA but also in the UK and Europe.


Winter Storm Juno is due to hit on Monday, and last right through until Wednesday. Communities ranging from the New Jersey shore to Maine — including the City of New York, Boston, Providence, Hartford and Portland — are all bracing for the impact.


More than 28 million people may be affected by power failures, severe travel disruptions and extreme  cold and widespread ice conditions. In the UK, adverse winter conditions are expected to impact in most parts of the UK.





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Sunday, 25 January 2015

FORGET THE ROMANCE OF AIR TRAVEL, AER LINGUS, FINANCIALLY ITS ALL DOWN TO THE SLOTS SAYS IAG IN NEW TAKEOVER BID






Julian Bray writes: According to sources in Dublin, the Irish airline - 25% Government owned  - Aer Lingus, is set to go ahead with an agreed takeover offer from IAG GROUP who own British Airways and Iberia, the Spanish carrier, but code shares with BA.

 The latest  offer is around €2.50 (£1.87) per share. The longform approval process could be completed within a matter of days. Frankly if Aer Lingus was still flying Tiger Moths and Dakotas, the offer still makes financial sense in aviation terms, as the value is tied up in the astronomical value placed in one take off and one landing which when paired are termed slots. No slots, no flights, it really is as simple as that!  British Caledonian was taken over by BA simply to acquire the slots, the B-CAL airline soon dismantled and forgotten. As was BMI.

The current market price for a SINGLE SLOT non shoulder time ie a pair or 'slot' is around $30 million, but when a strategic package of slots come on the market, it becomes a sellers market and any number is possible. There is also an outside chance that another major carrier could launch a rival bid at the eleventh hour.  Its all about the slots!

 The Aer Lingus table value is circa  €1.3bn (£971m), but IAG Chief  Willie Walsh will face opposition from Ryanair who are sitting on a 29.8% stake and possibly the Irish Government with its 25% stake. They will seek to add an additional premium to the slot package value.  

Aer Lingus is ranked behind BA, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic at London Heathrow. Willie Walsh, knows the target airline inside out. He was the Aer Lingus boss for a few years from 2001/5 then decamped to BA as chief executive. If it goes ahead its bad news for staff  in all three airlines and aircraft manufacturers, as staff consolidations and aircraft order reductions will certainly be on the cards, and quickly once the deal goes through.


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Robert Burns (1759-1796) Address to a Haggis in FULL





BURNS NIGHT - and no one can ever quickly find the Grace.  Here it is.
Remember the Gravy is a dram of single Malt poured directly into the heart of the opened Haggis ...and have a dram yourself


Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
147. Address to a Haggis
 
 
FAIR fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
                    Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’a grace        5
                    As lang’s my arm.
 
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin was help to mend a mill
                    In time o’need,        10
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
                    Like amber bead.
 
[At this point on the word knife, stab the Haggis several times]

His knife see rustic Labour dight,

An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,        15
                    Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
                    Warm-reekin’, rich!
 
Then, horn for horn, they stretch an’ strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,        20
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
                    Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
                    Bethankit! hums.
 
Is there that owre his French ragout        25
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad make her spew
                    Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
                    On sic a dinner?        30
 
Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckles as wither’d rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;
                    His nieve a nit;
Thro’ blody flood or field to dash,        35
                    O how unfit!
 
But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
                    He’ll mak it whissle;        40
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ hands will sned,
                    Like taps o’ trissle.
 
Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware        45
                    That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer
                    Gie her a haggis!
 





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