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    I am a geek, in many ways…

     Posted in Entertainment & Technology at 18:50 on Monday, January 30th, 2017 by Mr. Rant

    Often times, I sit wondering what to do when I free time, I look for something interesting to do, or somewhere interesting to visit.  Today was one of those days.  I woke up this morning knowing that I have a day off, and knowing that I wanted to go out and find something to do.  I fired up the internet on my phone, and googled Midland Air Museum.  I’d seen adverts for this place before and considered going, the issue was that I’m about an hour away, and it would involve driving a bit, no problem today. 

    I got in the car, and just over 45 minutes later I was greeted by the following on pulling into the car park. 

    Avro Vulcan B.2 XL360 looms over the car park at the Midland Air Museum

    Pretty exciting for a geek, I could sense and smell the aviation.  Now, I should add that this is not the limit to my geekery, I am keen and geeky on many things, this is just one of them, I’m not sure what is it about aircraft that I find exciting, they just are, and arguably none more so that the Vulcan. 

    A bit of background about the Vulcan is in order…

    The Vulcan was developed in the 40 and 50’s as the UK’s Nuclear Deterrent, originally designated a high level bomber, the Vulcan was maneuverable, powerful and a good bet in a fight.  Powered by four very powerful Olympus 201 (Mk II) turbojet engines, non afterburner, it just wasn’t needed.  She could go almost supersonic.  Later in her life she was used for low level bombing, hence why almost all survivors now carry the camouflage paint pattern. 

    You may have heard that in recent times one was still flying, that aircraft XH558 lived very much a charmed life, when she retired from RAF service and consequently being the only display Vulcan with the RAF, she was purchased by David Walton for £25,000, and then restored over fifteen years to flight worthy status. she wowed audiences for a further eight years before being grounded in 2015, due mainly to her airframe being well over what are sane hours for a ninety-one ton aircraft. 

    The Vulcan above (XL360) was retired to Coventry airport, and into the hands of the Midland Air Museum in January 1982, where she has been cared for ever since.  She is complete internally, save for the Nuclear Bomb arming hardware (probably a good thing). 

    Back to topic. 

    This museum is amazing if you like aviation, it features a mix of aircraft of all types and models, the main linker is that they are all of jet provenance, have a local connection to Coventry.  Something which should be applauded was the curators.  We should celebrate our heritage.  Too much is being lost. 

    I definitely recommend you attend even if you have just a passing interest in aircraft, a tip is to ask if you have something you want to see, the guides will give you access to almost every aircraft onsite.  Definite winner. 

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    It’s been a year.

     Posted in Anger Level 1 at 18:52 on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by Mr. Rant

    It’s been a year, well, over a year since I last put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard to write something.  There is no particular reason as to why I’ve been silent, time has just got away from me.  It’s a shame, but then again I haven’t felt like I needed to write, and I think you do have to have a need to write. 

    I could have for instance written any old crap, and posted it.  (Granted, the majority of this website is shite.)

    I would have regretted that when I read the post afterwards. 

    I was aimlessly looking at this website earlier today, and I had the urge, the sudden random intent to write.  This is how this website was initially created, that itch to write kind of takes you, and you have to scratch it, it’s much like an STI, it’s unfathomable and itchy.

    And guess what… It’s December.  2016 has literally flown by, as you get older it does this.  The days flash past, and I often think that if I could give my younger self a note, I would tell him to do more, it’s very very fast.  Before you know you it, it’s December and you’ve accomplished nothing that year. 

    It’s also almost Christmas, my most hated and favoured season.  I love that it’s cold.   I hate that it’s busy everywhere.  I love ice skating, I hate that it’s busy everywhere.  I love seeing houses and trees all dressed up like some cheap prostitute begging to be fondled.  Okay, so that image is weird, and mental.  Alas, you don’t come here for my stunning similes, in fact I doubt many people come here any more, but I refuse to get rid of this site, it’s been a ride that I’m glad I took, and almost ten years ago too. 

    Actually didn’t we already reach it’s ten year anniversary? I have no idea to be honest!

    Whatever, I’m still here, and I am Christmas shopping this weekend, joy.  I can’t wait, I will punch and explain later, if someone barges past me, I don’t have the patience.  I never did.

    Until next time. 

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    Get Ready for an Election

     Posted in Politics at 22:57 on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 by Mr. Rant

    Yes, it’s less than a week to the General Election in the UK.  We will be covering the events during election night here at The Fantastic, well until we get bored and fall asleep or smash our TV when Jeremy Vine gets a bit much, but please be rest assured there will be a post about how shit it went!

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    Mr. Rant’s Christmas Message 2014

     Posted in Our Past & Thoughts on Things... at 9:37 on Thursday, December 25th, 2014 by Mr. Rant

    Good morning,

    As 2014 comes to a close and we celebrate whatever we celebrate it’s a good time to remember those who are not with us this Christmas, those people who made us the way we are, and those who work to keep us that way.  While you eat your turkey dinner, there are people all over the UK working to keep us safe, keep us in power, help us get well when we are sick, these people work over the festive period and they work hard to ensure that we carry on.  Let’s spare a thought for them.

    2014 has been a difficult year, the terrorism continues, the hatred toward each other grows, and the world takes a turn for the worse.  It’s clear watching the news that we aren’t all getting along happily and that we never will, it’s frustrating that people are so bent on killing each other to step back and see that we’re all the same.  None of us are any different, in all honesty we’re just carbon, floating on a rock, in endless infinite space.  Everyone should take a moment to reflect on that fact once in a while.

    I hope that 2014 has brought you all you wished for at the start and I hope that 2015 is even better, raise a glass, stop and think and remember that, those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

    Merry Christmas,

    Mr. Rant.

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    Scotland Decides… NO.

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 0:57 on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Mr. Rant

    So if you’ve been living under a rock for the past week you won’t know that a referendum was held questioning if Scotland should go independent from the rest of the UK.

    Scotland Decides

    Scotland Decides

    The campaign trail had been going for almost three years and on 18th September 2014, Scotland voted, and decided that they should remain in the UK.

    I must admit I am pleased, not that Scotland rejected independence but because there is now less risk to the economy of the UK.  Scotland already has moderately devolved powers from Westminster, but now they ‘should’ get even more or at least that’s the promise that the UK Government has made.  We will see if they are given those powers.  I expect that Wales, Northern Ireland and the England will want better balance of powers, I hope we get them.

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    Guess what… It’s raining…

     Posted in Gripes & Annoyances & Public Information at 23:01 on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 by Mr. Rant

    Global warming.

    More like global wetness or global sogginess.  The past three weeks have seen the wettest on record for the UK, we’ve had strong wind (not just after the sprouts), heavy rain, and trees frequently being blown over, so if you haven’t been blown to oblivion yet, let’s hope it is coming to an end soon.  It doesn’t look like it is.  I think we need to, however just calm down a little about the recent semi-extreme weather.

    Let me explain, indulge me for a moment.

    As a human, living in England, we have a tendency to over estimate the effect of weather on us.  It’s not that we over exaggerate the weather, we just don’t seem to be able to cope with it.  We seem to have this inability to cope when we have a storm or rather unexpected deluges which admittedly have led to me starting to build an ark, but alas, has it really been that bad?

    It has for some, some poor fellows have had all they own washed away.  Now, you’d think that they would be in receipt of some form of benefit or help from the government.  No.  They have had nothing, and yet we send over millions of pounds worth of aid to far away civilisations to help them after a natural disaster. Lets not start to imagine that I am trying to play down the awful things that have happened around the world, but I would like to see some help for people here, after all they are in need of some aid too.

    I often close these posts with a question and yet again I am going to do it.  Should we now, give some aid to those who need it here?

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