Thursday, July 10, 2008

Carousels of death

Remember the site that obsessively catalogued cruise ship mishaps?

There's one for theme parks too, which is sort of unsurprising when you think about it.

I mean..I love a dodgem, but you'll never get me off the ground in anything without its own engines.

Do you know the way to San José?

From the nation's favourite news-and-boobs organ, The Sun:

A JET passenger was lost for words when he took this snap of a Virgin Atlantic plane – with a world ATLAS in the cockpit.

Andrew Bellamy, 27, was left wondering if the pilot needed a hand navigating, after spying the book at Heathrow’s Terminal 3.

And to make matters worse, it was an OLD edition of Collins World Atlas.

Andrew, who was catching another flight to Canada, said: “I know pilots have electronics but I was a bit worried he might not know where he was going.”

Last night a Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman explained many pilots like to carry an atlas so they can pick out landmarks, such as mountain ranges, for onboard passenger announcements.

Yay! Road trip!

song chart memes
more graph humor and song chart memes

Picture of the Day

..and that's how you appreciate art. Seriously. Couldn't they just buy a fucking postcard?

[via Vagabondish]

Air Traffic controller required for Isles of Scilly - Blind candidates especially welcome

There's affirmative action, there's over-eager political correctness, and then there's just doing something wilfully stupid to get your rain-soaked islands back on the news agenda.

The RNIB are, perhaps predictably, in favour of the provision of a Braille application form for potential Air Traffic Contollers. Realistically though, anyone without 20/20 vision has no chance of getting the job. I hope.

The islands have a tiny airfield (and I use the word advisedly, it's grass rather than concrete) used for small passenger planes ferrying the over-optimistic to the tiny outcropping of damp campsites and overpriced tea-shops at the bottom left-hand corner of your British Isles map.

Keri Jones, the controller of Radio Scilly, tried hard to introduce a positive spin on the non-news story.

“We have had loads of calls about it and people generally find it quite funny. The islands are always at the cutting edge of innovation, so it would certainly be something for Scilly to have the world's first blind air traffic controller.”

The emphasis is mine. As are the words 'Ha ha ha'

If innovation is switching off the hot water in your campsite's showers because there's only been eight inches of rainfall in the last week then yes - The Isles of Scilly are our very own Epcot Centre.