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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

zero point zero

The late John Vernon

"Zero point zero"

This classic line "Zero point zero" from the film Animal House delivered by the late great American actor and all round cinema bad man John Vernon is posted to encourage our Chancellor George Osborne before he delivers the Autumn Statement and just about sums up what we can expect. If George could take in some style points, so much the better, we can all get down to the pub. I had the pleasure of socially meeting and dining with John Vernon when he was filming Branigan in London during the 1070's, with John Wayne in the title role as a detective....

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Friday, 25 November 2011

LEVESON INQUIRY : STREET OF SHAME CONFIRMED & I AGREE!



I am a Life member of the National Union of Journalists (40 years man and boy!) and ironically on the day the Obituary for Johnny Longdon one of the early inspirational BBC pioneer audio boffins was published, ( He invented the self drive BBC desk!) and once borrowed Churchills hat for a few days and many other stories.

 I was invited to comment live and give my professional view (Thursday 24th November) on the Leveson Inquiry, http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/ on the BBC Cambridgeshire Jeremy Sallis  hosted BREAKFAST SHOW.
The magic of ISDN and the Glensound C5 ISDN mixer allows me
 to broadcast directly from my home at full professional quality
into radio stations around the world.

Having closely researched my task, I began to feel really uneasy and wondered just how much our generation was involved in the general muckraking and  everything that was being presented? Then up popped an e-mail from the  http://www.gentlemenranters.com/  website which answered my question.

I invite you gentle reader, to follow the link as it speaks volumes on how the Gentlemen of  Fleet Street (and there were many) view - or would have viewed - the world today. Lord Leveson might be well advised to have a look as well. He is only getting a small part of the self serving story. Here is the e-mail in full, holding nothing back!

Half a century in this business and (just watching the telly) I cannot remember our public image being so deservedly low.

I’d rather entertain people offering to tarmac my drive with overmatter from the M5 than this bunch of cowboys currently masquerading as reporters (and… editors).

AND – here’s the thing – it wasn’t my generation that has brought this about.

Shame on the lot of them.

BUT… we used to do things better.






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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Boris could take a Health & Safety tip from NY Mayor Bloomberg

Photo: RichGreenberg 
My good friend Rich Greenberg from New York has just posted this picture which until very recently was the location of the 'Occupy Wall Street' camp, cleared by Mayor Bloomberg on  'Health and Safety' grounds. This should give an incentive to our London Mayor Boris Johnson, to not only clear the streets around St Pauls Cathedral in London but also for Basildon Council to tackle the renewed Dale Farm situation, as the caravans are massing again...

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Stewart Jackson MP lights Blue #Borders Touch Paper.....

With all the major security issues surrounding the Olympics and the Border Agency, it's good that Peterborough s MP Stewart Jackson has his finger firmly on the main self destruct off message button . Thanks to the excellent 'They Work for You' website....

Written Answers - Home Department: Illegal Immigrants (14 Nov 2011)
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-11-14a.80985.h&s=speaker%3A11759#g80985.q0

Stewart Jackson MP: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi nationals who have no legal basis to remain the UK have been removed to Iraq in each month since May 2010; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers - Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Turkey: EU Enlargement (14 Nov 2011)
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-11-14a.80986.h&s=speaker%3A11759#g80986.q0

Stewart Jackson MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and
Commonwealth Affairs whether the issue of Turkish recognition of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 will be a consideration in the Government's policy in respect of the application by Turkey for membership of the EU; and if he will make a statement.


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Saturday, 12 November 2011

A little more for your Poppy Please


Many of our ex-servicemen observed their own private two minutes silence at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day, some now too frail to stand out in the cold; but they still silently remembering their friends during the two minute silence. Some soldiers only aged 17 who fell in the Great War and another generation in the second World War.

Since that time, there have been more than 1,000 wars (since 1945) of all kinds, some justified, many not. Tomorrow Sunday, a Service of Remembrance will take place at the existing war memorial within the Cathedral precincts from 10:45am. 

If you can attend then do so, but if not simply remember those who have protecteed our country and through injury or loss now need your financial support, contribute a little more for your Poppy.
In fact, if you see a collecting tin, just put whatever you can afford in that tin, as an additional thank you for all that our service men and women do.  We shall remember them. 





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Saturday, 5 November 2011

Ve warmly welcome Ed Balls to a secret location in Peterborough today! November 5th 2011

ALLEZ DAS BALLS!! NOVEMBER 5th 2011

COURTESY GUIDO FAWKES  www.order-order.com  on his special day!

http://order-order.com/2011/11/02/any-excuse-to-run-this-picture/

Any Excuse to Run This Picture of Ed Balls


Balls has a favourite hand gesture to indicate growth flat-lining.
When he pulled it out today Dave quipped:
“You can go on making your questionable salute…”

What did he have in mind?



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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

BOEING LIGHT That's the Dreamliner....heading for Japan



After a three year delay, Boeing’s lightweight 787 Dreamliner took off yesterday. Spectators flocked to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to get a first look at the twin-engine, lightweight jetliner, which landed smoothly at 9:04 a.m.

ANA’s (All Nippon Airways) first Dreamliner touched down with aviation fans worldwide welcoming the plane that its American maker hopes will keep European rival Airbus out of its best market (Japan). Why? The U.S. aircraft giant has had to cede ground to its Airbus nearly everywhere else, including at home.




The twin-engine aircraft boasts the latest features aimed at giving passengers a more comfortable flight while delivering a 20 percent improvement in fuel efficiency. Most of the 787 is covered in carbon fibre, a high-tech plastic that is very strong but still lightweight. Military planes have used the material for years, but this is the first time so much has been used on an airliner.

According to reports, the Boeing Dreamliner 787 is said to be almost a make or break diversion for Boeing as Aerobus continues to encroach on all the American Boeing markets and is now taking parts of the US domestic market features the largest entryways, overhead bins and windows of any airplane flying. Blake Emery, Boeing’s Director of Differentiation Strategy, is reported as saying these upgrades “improve harmony inside the cabin.” The design puts equal emphasis on form and function.

The plane has a carbon fibre design making it more fuel efficient than traditional heavier planes. For the passengers, using the plane in-flight will be a much more intuitive experience, from storage-bin latches to the control of how much light seeps through the expanded windows. Other improvements include more pressurized cabin air, larger windows that can be electronically dimmed and hands-free toilets.

There’s good reason to celebrate, especially in the current economy; Boeing has a backlog of 821 orders — almost a 10th of those from Japan alone. The wings on the 787 were made in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy, the first time that a foreign contractor has built the most complex component of an aircraft for Boeing. The Dreamliner may only be partly made in the USA (but at least those parts include the ideas and the technology).


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Friday, 14 October 2011

Dr Liam Fox Resignation letter in full to David Cameron

Dr Liam Fox Resignation letter in full to David Cameron



The cabinet investigation has not been going well for Dr Fox according to supporters and our information is that a Sunday newspaper has a number of new highly damaging allegations to put to him over his 'close' friendship with his Best Man. Meanwhile Mrs Fox is maintaining a dignified silence..this position might change. There is not expected to be a complete cabinet reshuffle but the new defence secretary will be announced later this afternoon ( Friday  14 October 2011).



Letter courtesy http://www.order-order.com/

Dr Liam Fox Resignation letter in full to David Cameron





Dear David,






As you know, I have always placed a great deal of importance on accountability


and responsibility. As I said in the House of Commons on Monday, I mistakenly


allowed the distinction between my personal interest and my Government


activities to become blurred. The consequences of this have become clearer in


recent days. I am very sorry for this.






I have also repeatedly said that the national interest must always come before


personal interest. I now have to hold myself to my own standard. I have


therefore decided, with great sadness, to resign from my post as Secretary of


State for Defence - a position which I have been immensely proud and honoured to


have held.






I am particularly proud to have overseen the long overdue reforms to the


Ministry of Defence and to our Armed Forces, which will shape them to meet the


challenges of the future and keep this country safe.






I am proud also to have played a part in helping to liberate the people of


Libya, and I regret that I will not see through to its conclusion Britain's role


in Afghanistan, where so much progress has been made.


Above all, I am honoured and humbled to have worked with the superb men and


women in our Armed Forces. Their bravery, dedication and professionalism are


second to none.






I appreciate all the support you have given me - and will continue to support


the vital work of this Government, above all in controlling the enormous budget


deficit we inherited, which is a threat not just to this country's economic


prosperity but also to its national security.






I look forward to continuing to represent my constituents in North Somerset.






Yours ever,






Liam



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Fox Trots from Westminster - A PM writes.....

Fox Trots from Westminster - A PM writes....
An icey blast through Westminster...
Dr Liam Fox falls on his sword and resigns,
as rumours circulate that Sunday Newspapers
have acres of new allegations to put to him...
Letter courtesy of http://www.order-order.com/  Guido Fawkes

Letter to Dr Liam Fox from David Cameron, Prime Minister
Friday 15:00hrs 14th October 2011

Dear Liam,


Thank you for your letter.


I understand your reasons for deciding to resign as Defence Secretary, although I am very sorry to see you go.


We have worked closely for these last six years, and you have been a key member of my team throughout that time.


You have done a superb job in the 17 months since the election, and as Shadow Defence Secretary before that.


You have overseen fundamental changes in the Ministry of Defence and in our Armed Forces, which will ensure that they are fully equipped to meet the challenges of the modern era.


On Libya, you played a key role in the campaign to stop people being massacred by the Gaddafi regime and instead win their freedom.

You can be proud of the difference you have made in your time in office, and in helping our party to return to Government.


I appreciate your commitment to the work of this Government, particularly highlighting the need to tackle the deficit, and the relationship between Britain’s economic strength and our national security.


You and Jesme have always been good friends, and I have truly valued your support over the years. I will continue to do so in the future.






Yours ever,






David


[David Cameron, British Prime Minister] 


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Monday, 12 September 2011

The Kiwayu Safari Village resort, owned by a local family, where a british male tourist has been murdered and his wife abducted were on the first night of their secluded holiday.



The Kiwayu Safari Village resort, owned by a local family, where a british male tourist has been murdered and his wife abducted were on the first night of their secluded holiday.

Kiwayu was at one time a favourite haunt of A-list celebrities, but this elite clientele relies on word-of-mouth recommendation and the A-listers have mostly moved on to other more secure fashionable resorts.  Guests live in roundovals or bandas, small cottages. It is located on the Kiunga Marine Reserve, in a sheltered lagoon opposite the island of Kiwayu, north of Mombasa and Lamu, over 300 miles east of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. What is not generally appreciated is that it is a short boat ride from Somalia, known for its pirates and general lawlessness. The whole Kenyan shoeline and beaches from Mombasa right up to Somalia.

Julian Bray Travel Expert commented: "Having stayed in the region several times, I can confirm that guest security has always been a problem during the four decades I have visited the region, and commercial security guards from private contractors are usually employed. But recently in order to save money, many resorts now directly employ their own locally recruited security staff.  Hotel receptionists usually strongly suggest guests keep within well guarded and patrolled hotel grounds and compounds and actively discourage guests from sunbathing, swimming and strolling on the unguarded public beaches beyond the compounds."

"The beach hotels are also home to packs of vervet monkies who often leap onto balconies and steal anything loose from bedrooms, if the windows and balcony doors in most hetels are left open. At Kiwayu you simply don't have the choice.   

"The Kiwayu resort website featuring the resort stresses its seclusion, normally guests have to fly in a light aircraft to the nearby island of Lamu before transferring to the resort by sea.  There are 18 roundovals or en-suite cottages all built with traditional materials by local craftsmen and are spread along the shoreline like a ribbon development facing the lagoon and silver sand beach.

"There is spasmodic mobile phone coverage at the resort, such coverage is said to be at the edge of cell reception from a mast located on the mainland, there is no broadcast television but movies/ TV shows are piped in from a dvd player system."

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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Heroic bid to avoid Bournemouth houses by RAF Red Arrows pilot ends in his death

Royal Air Force Red Arrows  (double click on picture to see full size)
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Royal Air Force Flt Lt Jon Egging, 33, tragically died on Saturday August 21st 2011, following the completion of a classic RAF Red Arrow aerobatic display which ended at 1.38pm, during the Bournemouth Air Festival. 

Flt Lt Jon Eggings flew operational sorties in Afghanistan and was a highly experienced aviator joining the  Red Arrow team in late 2010. He had little or no chance of surviving the air crash as he fought to steer his striken jet away from a housing development. The Air Festival  was set to be cancelled after torrential rain hit the area cancelling flying on the first day of the event.

A full military air crash investigation will now take place, but some people are questioning the decision to carry on with the festival in view of the abnormal weather conditions the previous day, and the possibility of wind shear.  It is not yet known what caused the BEA Hawk trainer jet to malfunction, but clearly as the pilot had not ejected or bailed out, he considered that he could still pull the aircraft round and away from a residential development. He did avoid the houses and there was no 'collateral damage', sadly there was some form of contact with the ground or overhead cables and his body was flung from the aircraft and found by local residents in the River Stour.

The wreckage of 'Red 4'  spread over a wide area, as it apparently hit the ground two or more times according to eyewitness reports and amateur video.  The Red Arrows has been flying in various guises as a display team for nearly 50 years, in 1964 it became an all RAF affair. In 1966 the formation was increased to nine in order to complete the classic 'diamond nine' formation.

The team  is regarded as one of the worlds best having completed more than 4,000 displays in some 53 counties. The Hawks fly at a speed of 345 miles per hour, and previous deaths suffered by the team in 1988 and multiple deaths in 1971 were during practice sessions.

The aircraft type will now be grounded until the results of the investigation are known.  Flt Lt John Eggings leaves a widow Emma, who did see the final show at Bournemouth.


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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Holidays 4 U HOLIDAY COMPANY COLLAPSE PRACTICAL SURVIVAL ADVICE FROM JULIAN BRAY



+++ STOP PRESS +++  @chrisITV Chris Choi reports: Our Turkish footage shows Holidays 4 UK/Aegean Flights customers facing demands to "pay up or pack up" hoteliers distrust the ATOL scheme +++ STOP PRESS +++

ALL FLIGHTS CANCELLED as holiday firm goes bust...


13,000 Brits technically stuck in Turkey after Holidays 4 U firm collapses may have to pay extra to local Turkish hoteliers to stay in holiday hotels warns Broadcaster and Travel Expert Julian Bray  +++ NOW CONFIRMED AS FACT BY ITN /ITV NEWS 4TH AUGUST 2011 +++
IN ADMINISTRATION

Around 13,000 Britons are technically stranded overseas after a Sussex, UK - based holiday company Holidays 4 U collapsed into administration  earlier today [Wednesday 3rd August 2011] The company, which also trades as Aegean Flights, specialised in budget or cheap charter flights and package holidays to Turkey. Trade has been hit say the liquidators Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) by the economic downturn and general economic problems affecting the travel sector as a whole. 
ALSO IN ADMINISTRATION

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that all 13,000 holiday-makers "should be able to complete their holidays as planned and return to the UK" under ATOL protection. The CAA said that it will be arranging repatriation for all customers in line with the scheduled end of their holiday.  However the CAA said that all package holiday bookings and flights are now cancelled and customers are advised not to go to the airport, as the flights will not be operated. The failed holiday firm is thought to have 18 employees and an annual turnover of around £35m.

Julian Bray Travel expert commented: "Although the Civil Aviation Authority will in ATOL protected holidays try to ensure all holidaymakers with ATOL protection are returned home, there may however be problems with local hoteliers who traditionally are paid out on hotel contracts at the end of the season;  they may now immediately demand guests pay extra for their accommodation or asked to leave, days earlier before the scheduled ATOL rescue flight."

Julian Bray suggests that where more than £100 is paid by credit card (not a debit card) the holidaymaker ignores ATOL for the full holiday refund which may take upto 2 years to settle... and starts an immediate claim against the credit card company, under the terms of Section 75 of the UK Consumer Credit Act. In many cases, the CAA external claim handling company will advise holidaymakers to do the same, if they discover the payment has indeed been made by a credit card.

The CAA/ ATOL scheme will not pay out until the claim is proved and this can take anything up to 2 years in contesteed claims to complete. The Claims process for hoteliers involves a long paper trail and exchanges of steam age faxes rather than a slick online computer system. Importantly the traveller or family of holidaymakers should preserve all paperwork, invoices,and reciepts especially local receipts where extra costs have been incurred, all these if agreed within the scheme can eventually be claimed back, but it takes time and certainly there will be no payout in time for this years holiday season.  

Flight only arrangements are NOT covered, but the traveller will  still have a claim against the credit card company if the amount claimed is over £100 under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. ( To clairify the total invoice may be much more say £600 but if at least £100 is paid by credit card, then the entire invoice can be claimed against the credit card company!

Julian Bray added: " I am surprised the CAA spokesman who has been touring the TV and radio studios simply glossed over the very real practical difficulties facing some budget families on holiday in Turkey. The CAA subcontracts the whole claims process and has very little direct day to day input. We can only hope they did learn lessons from the shambles of the Goldtrail collapse, no one came out smelling of roses, certainly not the CAA or ABTA."

A similar situation happened when Goldtrail collapsed and refunds through the CAA system took up to 18 months - 2 years to process.  Although the CAA on Twitter claimed today they settled all legitimate claims within the year.. jury still out on that..

In a statement the CAA claimed;"“There is never a good time for a travel firm to fail; unfortunately the height of summer is the worst possible time. However people who booked ATOL-protected holidays with Holidays 4 U who are currently abroad will hopefully be able to complete their holiday or claim a refund from the CAA."

The latest in a string of small to medium holiday companies has just gone bust according to the Holidays 4 U website. The  parent company Holidays 4 UK Limited has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers as administrator.

Ian Oakley-Smith, joint administrator and director at PwC said: "The company has suffered because of the difficulties faced by the travel industry during 2010 and 2011, as a result of the economic downturn. The director has determined that the business is no longer able to trade and placed the company into administration. The company will cease operating with immediate effect.

Mr Oakley-Smith continued: "Regrettably most staff have been made immediately redundant. We will be working closely with employees affected by this decision to ensure they receive the support they need during this difficult time to assist with their claims for redundancy and other compensatory payments."




HOLIDAY FIRM COLLAPSE

What should I do? Helpful advice from Aviation & Media Expert Julian Bray :


Already on holiday? Relax, enjoy your holiday. The ATOL bond through the CAA will get you home at the end of your holiday.


Resort Hotel now wants me to pay them direct for my stay....

Somethimes this happens as the hotelier will have to wait for any payment as a creditor to the failed company and most of the negotiations over many months in some cases are conducted by fax!  CAUTION MANY LOCAL HOTELIERS SIMPLY DO NOT TRUST THE ATOL/CAA SCHEME!!

You have several options.   

1. Pay up using your credit card and reclaim/sue later and also call Julian Bray on +44 1733 345581 or twitter @julianbray

2. Refuse to pay and be turned out of the accommodation, possibly days before the scheduled rescue flight.

3. Show your hotelier (if they are demanding the direct payment) this page as the Travel Industry is maintaining a register of hotels who for various reasons may be blacked and denied bulk booking contracts in future years . The Hotel concerned would certainly be a candidate for inclusion.


Everyone else read on:


NON AIR HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS such as hotels only, are not covered by ATOL scheme


Booked but yet to travel? The tickets you hold are worthless for travel, your holiday and associated air travel has been cancelled. Do not go to the Airport! If you booked directly with the failed holiday firm, you may be able to claim the cost back through the ATOL bond. See www.atol.org.uk for details.


Also see if your travel agent will change your arrangements and accept the ATOL promise ie refund when it eventually comes as part or full payment and if they will defer their charges, although they are not obliged to do so.


Not ATOL protected...accommodation only arrangements are not covered. If the transaction includes a bundled in flight then ATOL is invoked, and you are protected.


ATOL protected and yet to travel? Check your confirmation if you contracted directly with the failed holiday firm,  you are entitled to make a claim. The process will take several months and may take as long as two years (exceptional cases)

I booked with a Travel Agent... Talk to them about a claim and possible alternative arrangements. As a member of ABTA - [Association of British Travel Agents] (however not all travel agents or resellers are!) remind the Agent they operate subject to the ABTA Code of Professional Conduct and therefore morally (if not legally) bound to assist you to either recover your money or find an alternative holiday or resolution.


Credit Cards? If you booked through an Agent using a credit card claim through the CAA.


If you paid FAILED HOLIDAY FIRM directly using a Credit card for at least £100 of the total holiday inclusive tour invoice you may be entitled to make a small courts claim under the UK Consumer Credit Act against the Credit Card company for the full amount. Talk to your credit card firm today!


If you used a Debit Card, Cash or Cheque then claim from the CAA.


I just booked a room, can I claim? Doubtful but talk to your credit card company, bank or travel insurer.


Can I claim through Travel Insurance. No the insurance will not cover Travel Company failures hence the ATOL bond.


Will insurance premiums be refunded? No, but could be transferred to any new replacement holiday contact the broker or insurance company.


Generally: Carefully preserve in a folder all paperwork in date order, as the failed company records will be impounded by the Administrator/Liquidator and may be difficult to find...

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Select Committee, whips up support for the Murdochs??

Hey Piers, Ye canna hack a Nokia if you throw it at someone first..

Media Commentator Julian Bray writes:

Cannot believe that I've sat through the entire Select Committee hearings today and I'll leave it to the Guardian to give you the detail and for my part I'll see if I can draw some kind of conclusions from all of this. Accept that my commercial background is Broadcasting, Journalism, Television Management and Management Consulting.

It is however hard to understand how the Select Committee of ill assorted MP's all with different size axes to grind, can with all honesty materially add to anything that the civil and criminal investigations currently underway will turn up.

The most staggering conclusion from todays round is that few of the MP's should ever be given a speaking part, the questioning ranged from blatent grandstanding to snide to considered and finally to plain stupid.

Perhaps we all expected these committees to be on a par with a court room or public enquiry, but here few if any lawyers are seen in to be in action and the standard of chairmanship ranged from weak to adequate. The hounding (and juvenile custard pie throwing ) of an 80 year old tycoon on worldwide television was hard to justify or take in. Even harder to understand on a World Service radio feed. The UK can and must do better than this.

Tom Watsons performance verged on bullying and made me wince. The earlier demonstration with posters should have at least put the authorities on alert and again calls into the question the whole idea of staging the Olympics whilst we are participating in  two wars, going through dire economic times and possibly now facing a snap General election - before the games.

It was counter productive as I found myself unwittingly pulled into the Murdoch camp despite the robotic responses from Murdoch Junior, but it was the fascination with Murdoch Senior and his flat hand bang of the desk to get points home.

He does this in public and he also does it in the Board Room. Rupert clearly deeply upset that he has worked a lifetime for this to find that a one percent contribution to overall revenues by the News of the World could unleash a firestorm of adverse comment and publicity. Twittering throughout I found that my comment were not only being picked up by the rich and famous but I'm also in agreement with Sir Alan Sugar! Still I suppose it could be worse. Michael Winner? Perhaps a couple of notches up from that... all in all not a good day for democracy and for Westminster?  Major questions remain to be asked, in fact far more than when we started this morning and its now 7pm Mrs Brooks is still politely answering questions... but the committee is still on the road to nowhere...


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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Londons Top Cop accepts twelve thousand pounds of hospitality - resigns

Londons Top Cop accepts twelve thousand pounds of hospitality - resigns..



So if someone offered you twelve thousand pounds worth of lavish hospitality over several weeks at a leading country spa what would be your immediate reaction? Whats in it for them?

That in a nutshell is what the shock resignation of Londons Top Cop is all about.  It has gone much further than Digger bashing, there are now only a few Murdochs left to sack or humiliate. But there are 200 innocent highly skilled journalists out of work and unlikely to find a niche in the PR business or any other business for that matter as they have all been unfairly branded as toxic.

STOP PRESS Rupert Murdoch has now promised to find all 200 innocent sacked journalists jobs somewhere in the News Corp. empire, but only if they are not part of the hacking debacle!

The rest of it is all about politicians getting multiple knives in before the judicial process can properly run its course, supporting the idea that a person is innocent until proven guilty. No one seems to have taken ino account that the LONDON OLYMPICS are just over a year away and we need a secure Top Cop in the job. Sadly the way this is going, we could well see a snap General Election called by September, but no one is really shaping up to be the new leader or strong enough to take this country forward to where it should be.

On top of all that we also have Northern Ireland kicking off again, baton rounds and water cannon being deployed nightly.  Now would be a very good time to offer the six counties to its southern eurozone counterpart.

Coupled with increasing austerity measures, rapidly rising energy prices with tax escalators and what is delightfully called fuel poverty, if the UK freezes like it did last Winter, we can expect the elderly death toll to rise to astronomical or even biblical proportions.

The Unions are bracing for an Autumn of discontent so don't take a late holiday this year as Cameron and his sidekick Clegg could well call a snap general election in September ( Yes, i know I've already covered this point!) as the UK's social fabric starts to rapidly break down.

If you don't believe me, then just think of what happed during the Poll Tax Riots. Our current dire national financial position could be helped  if the costly elderly population was culled, sadly astronomical increases in energy prices will see to that.... Merry Christmas Everybody!

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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Rupert Murdoch reinvents Goundhog Day....

Rupert Murdoch reinvents Goundhog Day....
Julian Bray casts an expert if somewhat critical eye....


"  Don't look Fred, they shredded container loads of  News of the World e-mails
for animal bedding!"  [Picture Montage by SPIZ]

Donning his battered crisis management hat, Julian Bray Media Commentator writes: So I hear that when it comes to blagging (no, not blogging) the Mirror is at the top of the list, then Associated Newspapers and News International way down the pile of shame... Says who? Political Blogger 'Guido Fawkes' and he has some very impressive authorities to back it up. But then where does this many headed hydra next go?

The PR/ crisis management strategy so far has been botched (yes, that is with the benefit of hindsight) on a scale not seen on these shores since the banks took all our money, went belly up then came back to the taxpayer to bail them out so they could carry on as usual....Not so long ago you say? True but isn't that just very British? We are never quite good enough in whatever we do.

We can't even schedule in a viable new aircraft carrier without a fifteen year interval, but still we take on a couple of wars, one totally dependent on air supremacy.   The next major disaster will be the Olympics, it has all the makings.... trust me on this. We should also wave a battered flag for the failed World Cup bid (bungs all round).

But back to all things Wapping, fortress Wapping I seem to remember, with the staff being bussed in through picket lines in riot protected  coaches. Boy, I bet Rupert wishes he still had those coaches for the current goings on! I say the PR strategy is flawed. The worlds TV cameras are parked day and night outside Wapping, but no one has bothered to clear the pile of rotting old pallets from the roof of the security entry check point ( Checkpoint Right Charlie!). "Hey Alf, the supervisor is on an inspection, what do I do with these old pallets? Stick 'em on the roof no one will ever know!"


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Well nearly right, no one expected this downtown docklands area to be red hot in media terms; as being part of the story is not how the media game is played.  The several News choppers pick them up every day, a bright PR man would have had a banner stretched the length of that flat roof with an appropriate advertising message for ....The Times. This is world coverage you would literally die for...in PR terms.

When an aircraft crashes, the first thing airline head office would do is see that the tailfin company logo is painted out or a tarpaulin draped over it, then you worry about the rescue.... But what do the TV news bulletins pick out? The News of the World  fascia plate in bold red and white alongside the other mastheads, (it's the one bottom right, if anyone with the paint and brush at Wapping is listening).

STOP PRESS: My God this blog is effective! No sooner had I published, the man with the screwdriver removed the News of the World  masthead panel!

But the US news networks are not covering themselves with glory either, the raw fear of contagion is so very obvious. With US domestic politics on its own self destructive financial and senate voting rollercoaster, there is talk of the 'feds getting involved turning over a few more stones and seeing what crawls out underneath.  It will only probably turn up Piers Morgan, but that's enough to be going on with. Politicians and policemen caught up in the net, social diaries and clandestine meetings and sleepovers laid bare. The mind boggles.

Dumped Prime Ministers making rare appearances in the House of Commons, Gordon Brown mustering all the venom he could, shamlessly playing to the gallery, as was the Speaker gushing hell, fire and a short measure of brimstone. I've not heard a sermon like  it, well since the padre to the SAS, the Right Reverend Fraser McClusky, Former Moderator to the Church of Scotland gave an Easter address. He passed on a few years ago and is no doubt giving St Peter, both barrels on a daily basis.

But I digress, who on earth ordered the page ads. in rival newspapers enabling those newspapers to claim a free ride to the high moral ground (in the process donating the Murdoch revenue to worthy causes)? I'd be more impressed if they had refused to run such sugar coated twaddle.

I'm with the Mail on Sunday thinking, double the print run and drop the cover price to just a £1!  But it's too easy to be wise after the event so where do they go? Bear in mind News Corporation, only gets around 17 per cent of its revenue from the UK newspaper operation - BSKY B is another proposition entirely and the real cash cow, or prize in all of this.

Immediately I'd send the US PR firm packing, hire an expereinced London City PR shop like Anthony Cardew at Cardew Group who knows the media inside out. Draw a line under all the hand wringing, put major promotional and talent resource into the other titles and just put the Sky bid ( for the remaining shares- News Corp already holds a majority anyway and helpfully the bid although cancelled has been put on the spike for a while).

I'd also round up the key ex NotW journalists and immediately put them all on new freelance contracts, working up a new middle of the road multimedia set of titles, this would enable them to maintain dignity and harmony within their own families and continuity in employment and possibly repair misplaced loyalty but at least the anger against the founder Rupert Murdoch by the 200 innocents displaced by all this, would be contained, if not vapourised. It would enable Rupert to live out the rest of his life in some tranquility, whilst boosting the News International revenues. (I'd also change the company name, the last thing you corporately want to be, is news!)

The Jury would however still be out on the younger Murdoch generation. Those already arrested will have to let the lagal process take its course and a spell in Open Prison possibly awaits, but politicians ever quick to jump on and off bandwagons can only hope some career journalists have only kept their contemperaneous note books for the statutory six years, then ritually incinerated them, otherwise expect in 10 months time, a whole series of very detailed accounts helpfully serialised in rivals newspapers, neatly creating an early general election as the current raft of politicans find they too are the news, toxic and not wanted on this particular voyage.......

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Friday, 15 July 2011

Rebekah Brooks Resignation - A Wrong Corporate Governance Move says Media Commentator



Rebekah Brooks Resignation - A Wrong Corporate Governance Move says Media Commentator Julian Bray (01733 345581 ISDN 01733 555319)




"Media Commentator and early Wapping Veteran, Julian Bray who broke the 'Billy the Dust Bins' story 8 July 2011 (belatedly picked up by David Cameron during this weeks PMQ's :- " we got far more out of toffs dustbins that we ever did by hacking phones") on the day of the phone hacking story says: " I've carried below the statement made by James Murdoch to News International staff following the resignation of Rebekah Brooks over the News of the World phone hacking debacle."






"As an experienced City & Financial Services PR man - back in the 80's, I founded Leadenhall Associates and it was in the PRWEEK Top 150 chart within 18 months of the doors opening - my considered reaction is that I don't agree with her resignation being accepted.. She should have been suspended on full pay and moved to another NI centre with orders to assist the Board with any investigation.






"I say this, as in my experience, it makes any corporate governance remedy much harder to quickly and effectively introduce in all areas of the firm, if the gatekeeper of the 'secrets' file is no longer legally tied to the public company.






"You will also find buried deep in Murdochs Statement is the fact that "several other [well placed] executives have left the company." This neatly clears the way for the rapid launch of 'Sin on Sunday', sorry 'SUN on SUNDAY' to fill the vacuum left by the 'Screws' unless of course the Daily Mail hires the rump of the old NOTW team and beats them to it.

"In the several major entity corporate governance issues I have been involved with over last thrity years, I was always told that the independent non-executive directors should take over the investigation and hire in outside legal and communications talent as required.

"What we have here is the worst of all decisions. The ageing major shareholder and his son are taking over the investigation and the symbolic public flogging initially by way of full page ads in all newspapers and the public hanging by way of parliamentary committee. It all conveniently for the coalition governement lets the real political issues fall by the wayside and is the ideal vehicle to revive several political careers. For the word 'Hacking' simply substitute 'MPs' Expenses' it really is too easy."

STATEMENT BY JAMES MURDOCH

James Murdoch: "I am writing to update you on the actions we have been taking as a company to solve the problems at News International relating to the News of the World, in addition to continuing to co-operate fully and actively with the police and settling civil claims.

Earlier today [Friday 15th 2011], Rebekah Brooks resigned from her position as CEO. I understand her decision and I want to thank her for her 22 years of service to the company. She has been one of the outstanding editors of her generation and she can be proud of many accomplishments as an executive. We support her as she takes this step to clear her name.


We have created an independent management and standards committee and I want to emphasise its importance. The committee has direct governance and oversight from News Corporation board members and is codifying standards that will be clear and enforced.


We made the difficult and necessary decision to close the News of the World.


A number of other executives have now left the company.


News Corporation also withdrew its proposal to acquire the shares in BSkyB it does not own. This is a strong signal that our top priority in the UK is to address the issues facing News International.


Looking to the future, I am also pleased to tell you that Tom Mockridge will become CEO of News International. Tom is in London today and will start right away. Tom is a highly respected and accomplished media executive who has served as CEO of Sky Italia since its launch in 2003.


Tom, who has also been in charge of our European television business, started his career as a newspaper journalist in New Zealand and he has held a range of top roles in the newspaper industry. The creation of TG-24, Italy's only truly independent 24 hours news channel, is a credit to Tom's leadership and integrity.


This weekend, News International will run advertisements in all national newspapers. We will apologise to the nation for what has happened. We will follow this up in the future with communications about the actions we have taken to address the wrongdoing that occurred.


We are also sending letters to our commercial partners with an update on the actions we are taking.



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Sunday, 10 July 2011

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Friday, 8 July 2011




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Screws of the World nailed….

Screws of the World nailed….
Julian Bray Journalist & Media commentator discussing the shock news of the world closure on BBC Radio Stations throughout the UK on Friday 8th July 2011


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.....but gone by Monday, for ever!

168 years old and Murdoch Junior acting on Dads orders puts a final nail in the News of the World coffin and very neatly - according one highly respected media lawyer – this could also kill off a mountain of pending litigation over phone hacking by simply turning the whole mess over to a company liquidator, who could well shred any documents to save money and liquidate the assets.


It works under English law, but would not be allowed in the USA.

The much vaunted consultation period of 90 days for departing employees is also swiftly disposed of; you simply pay the departing scribes 90 days worth of wages and that as the say in the USA is job done. Consultation over, kindly leave the fortress as Wapping was once called.

The News of the World even once had Piers Morgan as an editor. So what is going on? advertisers have been leaving the NOTW in droves, only we hear to pass or park the advertising budget in the The Sun bank account …not my words but that of the marketing press.

Rupert Murdoch purchased the title in 1969 and it was his entry into the European market and he has relentlessly built on this, buying and closing Eddy Shahs Today Newspaper as he needed the extra print capacity. Eddy introduced computers and bore the brunt of the initial round of printer strikes essentially paving the way for the wholesale move to computer technology, remote printing plants and the end of hot metal linotype machines.

At one time in the 1950’s the NOTW sold over 8 million copies. Last Sunday the circulation was 2.6 million, still excellent by current standards. News, passed a series of documents containing the serious bribe allegations to police on June 20th, by July 5th News International had registered as a trademark Sun on Sunday.

Clearing out the troublesome NOTW journalists and turning the soaraway Sun into a cheaper to run seven day a week operation has to be a shareholder vote winner, surplus or duplicated staff are let go and the overhead for two operations is combined into one. Advertising being spread ever thinner in a shrinking market is therefore concentrated, thus halting any slide in revenues.

But it is not just a problem for the NOTW, but one for the whole industry, falling circulations and revenues, so is it any wonder that the executive turn the screws even harder on the hard pressed hacks and demand bigger scandals and more outrageous stories? The news of the world was on a roll exposing dodgy dealings and passing bundles of treasury notes to policemen, corrupt policemen.

The Guardian is also reporting that an ex NOTW editor Andy Coulson is to be arrested by appointment. How civilised is that? The central investigation is that of phone hacking, perjury and in my own words crass stupidity for authorising bundles of notes for shifty policemen and writing e-mails about it... Heavens knows what damage has been done to countless County and High Court trials and clearly when the investigation runs its full course many convictions could be overturned or at the least challenged.

On the back of this is the question of BSKYB. Should the Murdoch faction be allowed to take over BSKYB? Newspapers only account for 17 percent of the global revenues of News Corporation whereas a third, 33 percent is generated by Sky alone. Easy maths.

Rebekah Wade or Brookes as we should now call her was once a NOTW editor and now the chief executive of News International, has amazingly escaped the chop and retains the confidence of James Murdoch, she did however offer her resignation but it was not accepted by the Board.

She was however shown the door by journalists and ordered to leave the newsroom by the acting editor who had to spell out the detail of the three month consultation period but in effect after Sunday the doors will be locked as the departing hacks will simply take home 90 days wages.

They will be confused as the last of the ‘tained journalists moved out over five years ago, and the current award winning crew is whiter than white. Non ‘tained, that is if you exclude Ms Brookes, who admitting illegal payments had been passed to corrupt policemen only she said that within the Palace of Westminster and cannot be held to account unless she repeats it outside…..

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Friday, 24 June 2011

Has anybody heard the ludicrous stories about Blue Peter?

Has anybody heard the ludicrous stories about Blue Peter?


This posting is from a BBC staff (unofficial) website:

Apparently for the last several months, the cost of the TVC studio facilities has been too great for the current budget and so they have been presenting the show entirely from the Blue Peter Garden. Imagine, a flagship, very long running BBC Children's show that can't afford BBC facilities?

It gets worse! They looked into the studio costs in Salford and decided they couldn't afford those either, so were reluctantly looking at ending the show.  As only the BBC can, a solution was found. They built a Blue Peter garden on the roof at Salford. You couldn't make it up could you?

Anyway they set up a programme to link up the old and new gardens and hand over to Salford. This, however has had to be cancelled because Health and Safety (there's a surprise) got involved and said that it could be too windy on the roof and would not be safe to present the programme from there.

Maybe if they hadn't spent so much money on Salford there would have been enough to fund some programmes. Just a thought!



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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

94 percent Turnout as Balpa Pilots return 97 percent Vote for Strike Action

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VIRGIN PILOTS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY FOR STRIKE ACTION

94 percent Turnout as Balpa Pilots return 97 percent Vote for Strike Action

Just to add to holiday woes for the average family, for the first time ever pilots employed by Virgin Atlantic have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over pay. 97% voted for strike action in a ballot that saw a 94% turnout.

BALPA General Secretary, Jim McAuslan said: 'The size of the poll and the huge majority for action should send a clear message to Sir Richard Branson' 'I am happy to meet Sir Richard anywhere and at anytime to resolve this. Pilots do not want to strike and are hugely disappointed by the company's approach. There has been no UK pilot strike for 32 years. But there comes a time when even moderate people say "enough".

Pilots are being driven to strike. With no pay increase since 2008, a below inflation offer for 2011 and proposals for 2012 and 2013 that will be sub-inflation, this is now a 6 year attack on living standards which has not happened in any other UK airline. Pilots at Virgin are saying "enough".  Pilots are prepared to strike. When a group professional people say "enough" someone at the top should sit up and listen. We do not want to inconvenience the public and hope that Sir Richard will use some of his undoubted Virgin Flair to settle this.'

Julian Bray Aviation Expert  commented: 'BALPA confirmed that no stike dates had yet been set in the hope that the two sides can negotiate a solution. Jim McAuslan of BALPA claimed that the two sides had been in talks since last November and seemingly still poles apart. Clearly if the pilots do strike then Virgin Atlantic would have to hire in aircraft from other carriers, but the Virgin holidays business will also be badly hit as will families taking air cruise holidays. Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean could suffer a crippling knock on effect as a significant number of cruise guests fail to reach ships on time and that depending on the style of holiday booked refunds could either be denied or take months to establish the basis of a refund '

'Having been at this since last November, time is running out' said Jim McAuslan. 'If damage is to be avoided and passengers not inconvenienced then Sir Richard needs to act now.


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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

NO MORE 'SHEDS' FOR PETERBOROUGH





No more ‘sheds’ for the City of Peterborough…says media commentator Julian Bray



It is amazing how those who make money out of buying and selling warehouses (or ‘sheds’ as they say in the trade) have decided the City of Peterborough needs a few more, when we already have dozens lying empty acting as vandal magnets.


It gets even better when the author is from the category we all love to hate i.e. estate agents, so step forward one Richard Jonrd, a Director of Baker Storey Matthews. Shed purveyors to the gentry… and no doubt very good at it as well!


Richard claims that the sheds we have are in and around the City of Peterborough are now way too small and in his seemingly well reasoned article in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph  Business Section (Tuesday, 21st June 2011) he puts the case for larger rectangular monsters to surround and eventually choke the very life out of this great City.


Let me explain, the reason for building larger sheds is that as the new generation of shed technology is for ‘just in time’ storage, picking and assembly of orders, most of the sheds are therefore automatic using robotics not humans….


A point Richard Jonrd fails to make and he quickly glosses over the concept of  automatic warehouses or megasheds,  they employ very few people! ‘So of little practical value to the residents of Peterborough, as few worthwhile jobs for bright people will be created.


Like the ‘sheds’ that have gone before and now not deemed big enough, the new generation of ‘sheds’ will in turn have their day as trends change and they also become equally unloved and empty. You can see the tumbleweed already…

Thursday, 16 June 2011

THROW AWAY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS ON THE CHEAP How many do you want?

THROW AWAY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS ON THE CHEAP How many do you want?


I could put half a dozen ‘aircraft carriers’ into Libyan water within weeks says aviation expert Julian Bray.

How about this for a cost saving idea but it is right up with modern views on recycling and quick The Ark Royal is no more than a floating hulk and very unlikely to be revived but if we really do need an aircraft carrier to support say helicopters; there have to be thousands of flat bed container ships around the world and given that we already have the expertise in building pontoons  (Falklands floating harbour was built from barges in the  UK and floated over to the Falklands) it has to be a speedy solution to build sectional flatbed milspec helipads locked on top of one or two layers of modified containers, all converted into aircraft support, fuel, access corridors, living quarters, mechanics, computing, stores, catering, all to service say one or two Apache helicopters per container ship cum aircraft carrier.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Civil Servants ALL OUT 30TH JUNE 2012

61% VOTE ON 32 % TURN OUT

Mark Serwotka  of the PCS union has today 15th June confirmed civil servants are set to stage a nationwide one day strike on 30th June 2011 based on 32 per cent of the membership returning a 61 percent vote in favour of strike action. The union PCS claims that other unions particularly Unite will now fall in line and also take industrial action. The timing of the strike at the end of the month will hurt many benefit claimants and all other civil service departments. Airports, passports, schools and councils will all be affected.

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Monday, 30 May 2011

FIFA Gambled Sports Hacks can't Hack Hard News... Blatter Matters

Julian Bray says: FIFA Gambled Sports Hacks can't Hack Hard News... Blatter Matters




Perhaps I'm just getting wise after the event but the FIFA news conference in Switzerland today, had me screaming at the television and we media types all fell for it (writes media commentator Julian Bray). During my years of running and owning London PR Agencies, the times I've media coached, briefed clients, scripted dozens of dummy runs, rehearsed the set pieces and also  'the swatter moments' ( if it gets difficult sidetrack onto this issue and like a fly swatter just swat the issue away...)  

It was never going to be easy but some of the tricks pulled by the old Svengali  Mr Blatter really came out of the media spinners handbook, he even made Max Clifford look like a crass beginner in the black arts... Blatter would only answer one question per journalist, no follow ups:  "Vitch question vould you laike me to ansa ?  The affable swiss PR man hovering on hand, did the choosing, no chance of getting the UK's finest in with the questions. No chance at all.....and we were all too meek to do any table thumping or even walk out.

The roving mic for the questioners took a very,very long time to reached the pre-selected journalist, deliberately in my book, Blatter who speaks and understands perfect English took just as long and slowly played with the translators earphones precisely taking them off when he'd had heard enough even although the translation was still in full flow.

He even employing the odd visual joke to belittle some of the more serious attempts. Slowly looking at his expensive gold  wristwatch dripping off his 75 year old wrinkled wrist, when a brave German hack dared to even suggest that something had gone wrong on Blatters watch.  Mein Gott!

The old stager, in a 5,000 euro suit,  then slowly turned on his heels to leave and only then did we see the mask drop just for a fleeting moment, telling the media crowd in carefully hushed well moderated tones, that he too was a journalist and it was really all about respect and better understanding and better communications (How many millions did the UK blow on the World Cup Bid?)  but then  during this nano second we nearly got to see the real Blatter, it would have been time to take this 'dog and pony show' to the cleaners.

But perhaps News Editors the world over should have seen what was coming, this is no longer a story full of 'clinches' and 'in off the 'ead'. It long ago became a story of massive deception, eye watering greed, theft, corruption, intimidation, smoke and mirrors on a worldwide scale. For the assembled international media, a really tough international assignment, but for S. Blatter another stroll in the park.

Before we spend another penny (take that anyway you like) Governments behind the 280 delegates should now step in and ban any association or co-operation with Blatter and Co, possibly putting a special super tax on all FIFA tournaments, at least we might get some of the bid money back....who knows?    

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Friday, 27 May 2011

Flight recorder shows that Air France Airbus A330 in 2009 crashed into Ocean nose up, 228 killed.

Pilots strugggled with the controls of an Air France Airbus A330 for more than four minutes before it dived into the Atlantic Ocean in a nose up anti stall position, killing all 228 people on board according to French investigators. 

Reuters in Paris says the French investigation, has recovered one of the cockpit flight recorders, began with a stall warning two and a half hours into the Rio-Paris flight and shortly after the captain briefly left the cockpit at the start of a routine rest period.  The Airbus A330 jet climbed to 38,000 feet and then began a three and a half minute descent, rolling from left to right, with the youngest of three pilots handing control to the second most senior pilot one minute before the crash.

The timeline was given in a note by France's BEA crash investigation authority, which said it was too early to give the causes of the crash ahead of a fuller report in the summer. Investigators obtained the information from one of the two flight recorders. The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), from the Rio-Paris Air France flight which crashed in 2009,  was shown  as recovered and unexamined to the media before a news conference at the BEA headquarters in Le Bourget, northern Paris, earlier this month.

Julian Bray, Aviation Expert comments: "This is just the starting point for a detailed investigation as to what did happen, and how 228 people perished on board..  the Airbus A330 is a virtual fly by wire aircraft and computer technology will enable the aircraft to fly at very slow speed and in the stall position which is nose up. It is very difficult to ditch, unless the computer systems are manually overridden.  This still needs to be established by the investigators, so far the aircraft type has not been grounded, and no new modifications have been ordered as a result of this investigation, which has to be a small but positive move forward.






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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

ASH CLOUD from Iceland, alternative travel arrangements and refund advice from Julian Bray



The latest Volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, heading towards mainland UK  has already caused flight cancellations to and from Scottish hubs and will continue to do so, the problem is that not only are airports being shut down but when the cloud has passed, aircraft will need to be first repositioned in order to run advertised schedules.

Those passengers already holding air tickets or self generated boarding cards will find they need to re-confirm bookings and in many cases the tickets/boarding cards will have to be exchanged or refunded. This time round, the airlines have greater flexibility as to their willingness to fly in ash conditions.

There is no blanket ban as last time, but airlines need to decide based on their own information if they are indeed willing to fly, have the appropriate pilot expertise and the ash cloud specification guidelines from aircraft manufacturers are within scope.

Whatever the level of volcanic ash contamination, some damage will be caused to aircraft systems and the cost of repair or rectification needs to be taken into account.   The civil aviation authority will however retain the final say in the matter and if they issue a prohibition then simply the airlines will not be allowed to operate until the CAA gives full clearance.

The ash cloud will also have an effect on long term financial viability, as many shareholders immediately on news of the pending ash cloud  have already issued sell orders to divest themselves of airline and aviation stocks and shares. Prices generally have drifted down knocking five per cent off the value of the aviation sector.

But for the the majority of airline passengers, the first consideration will be in the event of any cancellation or delay the prospect of an early refund or new tickets. This is our understanding of the latest position:

Helpful advice from Aviation & Media Expert Julian Bray:

Already on holiday? Relax, enjoy your holiday. The ATOL bond through the CAA will get you home at the end of your holiday. Other forms of transport possibly sea ferries, cruise ships and trains may also be offered. The offer should be accepted or any obligation under ATOL would be considered fully discharged.

Everyone else read on:

NON AIR HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS such as hotels only, are not covered by ATOL scheme ensure you have paid your invoice part or full (but over £100 by Credit Card) to claim under Section 75 Consumer Credit Act.

Booked but yet to travel? You may be able to claim the cost back through the ATOL bond. See www.atol.org.uk for details.

Also see if your travel agent will change your arrangements and accept the ATOL promise ie refund when it eventually comes as part or full payment and if they will defer their charges, although they are not obliged to do so.


Not ATOL protected...accommodation only arrangements are not covered and if flights cancelled, you will still have to pay hotel charges. If the transaction includes a bundled in flight then ATOL is invoked, and you are protected.

ATOL protected and yet to travel? Check your confirmation if you contracted directly with your holiday firm, you are entitled to make a claim. The process will take several months and may take as long as two years (exceptional cases)

I booked with a Travel Agent... Talk to them about a claim and possible alternative arrangements. As a member of ABTA -[Association of British Travel Agents] (however not all travel agents or resellers are!) remind the Agent they operate subject to the ABTA Code of Professional Conduct and therefore morally (if not legally) bound to assist you to either recover your money or find an alternative holiday or resolution. Many agents will try to fob off customers, but they are the initial legal focus for any dispute resolution.
Credit Cards? If you booked through an Agent using a credit card claim through the CAA.

If you paid a Holiday Company directly using a Credit card for at least £100 of the total invoice you may be entitled to make a claim under the UK Consumer Credit Act DIRECTLY against the Credit Card company for the full amount.

If you used a Debit Card, Cash or Cheque then claim from the CAA
I just booked a room, can I claim? Doubtful but talk to your credit card company,bank or travel insurer.
Can I claim through Travel Insurance? Some policies may be valid, but not all read small print.

Will insurance premiums be refunded? No but could be transferred to any new replacement holiday contact the broker or insurance company.

Generally: Carefully preserve in a folder all paperwork in date order. note all telephone calls and keep in constant touch with your travel agent.

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