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HongKong
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Looking to Kowloon on the Chinese mainland on a rare, clear day.






AnsettCruiseLge
The Ansett Cruise 2016
Explorer Of The Seas



Syd dept





Reflections of The guy in front
Reflections Of The Guy In Front, Norway
On the train to Oslo.



Grass Roof
Traditional Scandinavian Sod Roof, Norway
A sheep would do a good job.



Ready for the Snow Melt
Mountain Bikes, Norway
Mountain bikes have given ski hire places a new lease on life over summer.



Mid Summer in Norway

Mid-Summer, Norway
The Oslo-Bergen railway crosses the highest mountains in Scandinavia.



Myndal Station

Myrdal Station, Norway
At the top of the Flam Valley, the railway line emerges from the side of a mountain.




Paris2
JeSuisParisien
In the olden days we used to be able to take photos from the flight deck,
and
Paris was the city of love, not war.
Paris






Flam Waterfall 1

Flam-Myrdal Railway, Norway
The train stops for its occupants to get out and take photos





Flam 180 loop

Flam-Myrdal Railway, Norway







Myrndal at Top


Flam-Myrdal Road, Norway



Myrdal Flam Road








Flam Train 2

Flam-Myrdal Railway, Norway

Flam Head To Head





Flam Train 1


Flam-Myrdal Railway, Norway





Flam Valley


Flam Valley, Norway



Flam

Flam, Norway




norway-fjord-village

Aurlandsvangen, Norway




fjord-mtns

Norway, Fjordland





waterfallnorway

Norway, Fjordland



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Norway, Fjordland




waterfallresult

Norway, Fjordland






fjord-boat-2

Norway, Fjordland







stunningfjord-2

Norway, Fjordland






SeagullNorway

Fellow Pilot
Norwegian seagulls are classier than the ones at the G.






Ferry Comes

Gudvangen - Flam Ferry



Captain

The Difference Between Skippers
Aircraft Captains are hands-on whereas most
ships Captains use a helmsman to do the steering.









CarInShed

Used Car
Will probably need a new battery. And headlights.






Valley

Norway In A Nutshell Tour
Returning from Bergen, off the train at Voss for a one hour bus ride to Gudvangen;
down the twistiest road I have ever seen. Brilliant driving.





Reflections 3






Reflections 2





Reflections

Reflections Of A Sinking Boat




white line fever

White Line Fever
You have to concentrate when the white lines start moving.






11pm sunset

Sunset 11:00pm
I watched this boat for two days, waiting for James Bond to blow it up.
Nothing happened.







Bergen Walker

Bergen Walker
It’s a long walk home when home is up.





BergenFromAbove


Bergen Norway

bergenAbove







Floibanen train

Bergen Floibanen

Takes you to the top in about six minutes. I think the boys below were scared of heights. They got on, set up their selfie-stick and never turned-around the entire trip.


Selfies










Maltese Ship

Maltese Skipper
Backs-out his ship from the port flybridge without calling for tugs.

MalteseCAPT







Bergen sklone

Bergen
By sea.

house1








Fjord6

The Tightest Gap In Norway
Only thirty-five metres.

Fjord






Fjord4






rocks

Slippery Rocks






fjord2

Norwegian Fjord










b&W boat

White Boat









orange boat

Orange Boat









blue boat


Blue Boat





yacht

White Yacht









fjord 1

Red Boatshed










hosing

Copped A Hosing
From the fans of our Fjord Cruising WHITE LADY






Viking Star 1

The Viking Star

Only three months old, at her home port in Bergen, she is nifty-enough to fit into any port, has a verandah for each cabin, hybrid engines, seawater (not oil) cooled bearings, free wi-fi and a horizon swimming pool, (that’s it in the middle of the top deck, when viewed from the stern). Have a close-up look at her HERE.


Viking Star 2








Bergen 2230

Sea Mist
Arrived at 22:30 as sunset approached. Actual sunset was 23:15.







Bergen Fish Market Terminal



The Late Afternoon Sun
Goes on and on. At 7pm in a stiff breeze, Bergen shines.



Bergen afternoon







Bergen Ships

Bergen Port
A working port with trawlers, cables layers, ferries and oil rig tenders, as well as the daily cruise ships.






Beregn Fish Market

Bergen Fish Market
A multitude of stalls serve cruise ship patrons and other tourists.





The train 2

182 Tunnels And Nearly & Hours Later

It took 34 years for 15,000 men to hand-carve the 182 tunnels to complete the Oslo-Bergen railway. Work commenced in 1875, the railway celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009.









Green grass

The Green, Green Grass.
The grass at home ain’t this green.












yellow house

The Orange House
This is the best orange house I have ever seen.







river 4





Norway river






snomelt





river 5







Snow

Where Cold Water Comes From
The Oslo-Bergen Railway climbs to 4,059 feet as it crosses the Hardangervidda Plateau.








Norway Grass Roof

Darling, When Are You Going To Mow The Roof?
It may be easier to throw a sheep up there. Traditional Scandinavian sod roofing could equally be called birch-bark roof. It’s waterproof and withstands the cold very well.







Norway rally road

Norway: Powered By Nature

The Oslo to Bergen the train takes 6 hrs 50 mins to cover the 496 kms, over Northern Europe’s highest mountain plateau. The Norway tourist website, VisitNorway.com, explains that the line is just as busy in winter; taking skiers to the various ski resorts.






I_get_It

Oh, I Get It ...
Soon after leaving Oslo on the train to Bergen the first lake appears.





BAgs

We Sell Backpacks
Store window display, Oslo.






Scuba statue

It’s A Bit Chilly
For scuba diving in Oslo Fjord








Concorde side

She’s Still Sexy
Even whilst bolted to the planet she appears to be going like the clappers, despite her age.

Concorde Head






CrewBus Beats


Our Crew Bus
Beats an Airbus as we fly around the airside road at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport.








Blues Point Tower ESSES

Harry’s S Building

‘Come on, this is old news, stupid bloody nonsense, I'm sick to death of it. ... I've always thought Blues Point Tower is one of my best buildings and I stand by that. Anybody who can't see anything in it ought to go back to school.’ —Harry Seidler, responding to questions from journalist Stephen Lacey

High Riser Blog (HERE) says: “Blues Point Tower was completed in 1961. It is said that the only people who like it are those who live in it and therefore don't have to look at it. Famous residents have been Rupert Murdoch, Gwen Meredith, writer of Blue Hills, and BPT was where Whitlam Government Federal Minister Rex O'Connor met Tirath Khemlani to arrange a loan for Australia. The building is also a favourite site for base jumpers. One died in 1993”
Having lived in it for a time, I am biased. The view was fanastic.
Am I the only person who can see the S repeated down the right hand side?









Syd Op House

Boat Parking
Nothing brings out the Opera House sails like low cloud.







Syd Rocks

The Rocks.





Mauritian Fisherman

In Mauritius
They catch their bait fish off the beach before going to sea.

Get In


Off To Sea







AdamShandPic6PRlogo

AirAsia A320 Crash
Adam Shand’s my media friend. Hear his discussion by clicking the link:

2015.01.23_AdamShand

Sadly his guest jumps way out of his field when discussing autopilots and pilots’ ability to “be connected” - he is obviously not a high speed, wide-body, modern jet pilot and sounds as if he does not hold an endorsement of an Airbus product. Understanding and working with the philosophy of Airbus is an involved subject. Their aircraft can be flown (and crashed) like any other.

His ignorance of the
QF32 incident is marked. As well as other examples which raised eyebrows, the Captain decided upon a non-Airbus approved technique of thrust management which resulted in the aircraft getting below the lowest selectable speed ( VLS ), kicking-out the autopilot on three occasions during the approach. As designed.

When discussing a certain middle-eastern carrier (NOT the flag-carrier of the country in question) and prices of aircraft fuel, the guest displayed his ignorance. His correct answer should have been
‘I am not qualified to discuss that issue’. The middle-eastern carrier is not supported by the government (in actual fact they pay dividends to them); they buy fuel at market prices wherever they operate and are treated like any other carrier (of more than 60 carriers) operating at Dubai airport. Which is why you may have had to catch a bus to the terminal as an Emirates passenger but not as a Royal Brunei passenger.

Dubai only derives 6% of their income from oil - they’ve never had much - which is why the father of the current ruler was wise to spend their early-gained oil revenue on tourism infrastructure. Methinks the guest was referring to the oil rich emirate of Abu Dhabi, which was - until December 1971- effectively a separate country.






NYE2015

Welcome 2015

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa once again put on a spectacular display, this time targeting the crowds gathered below. Most of the excitement was generated by the fireworks spinning around the huge tower.



2015NYE2

Thank God That’s Over ...

For a group of pilots on a nearby roof, it wasn’t so much the beginning of 2015 that we celebrated - but the end of a horrible year in aviation. Maybe the last pic - taken after the hype - is more fitting the mood we all feel for the aviation industry of Malaysia and Indonesia - their management, pilots, cabin crew and engineers ... passengers and families. And for the thousands of investigators still trying to make sense of the unbelievable.



Follow the link to see last year’s On Tour Pics HERE and see hundreds of images from around the world.