I’ve chosen to hide the BA038 post so that people can calm down just a little. It was all getting a bit silly. Especially from 188.8.131.52 – the queue to use that PC to send grammatically poor emails and make inadvertently amusing comments must have been hectic. That’s true dedication from those 1 people, right there.
Sure, it was great for traffic, but actually I would prefer fewer, but higher quality readers. Having half of South Oxfordshire on my back because they disagreed with my opinion was fun, but I soon tired of trying to translate the comments into English so that I could respond. Contrary to what is apparently popular belief, 6000 miles is not an open forum for petty insults and misspelled threats.
So – can we get back to life as normal, please? (That’s power cuts, sunshine, crazy politics, beer – and an unhealthy dose of TB…)
Some people just shouldn’t open their mouths. One doesn’t have to look any further than the excellent (and blogrolled) spEak You’re bRanes to learn that. That site alone shows the dangers inherent in allowing people a soapbox and an audience.
And now there’s example number two: Mark Tamburro.
Mark is from Oxford. Immediately, that puts him into one of three categories:
Stuck-up, pompous arse.
Cool, good-looking bloke who just works there and will be moving to South Africa soon.
Mark was on the BA038 flight whose engines apparently failed on final approach to Heathrow last week. Immediately, that puts him in one further category:
Bloody lucky to be alive.
Great bit of parking
But now Mark is on the BBC website (and many others) moaning about how crap the staff at the airport were, landing himself (if not his plane) quite neatly into the pompous arse group and reminding us of his disappointing inclusion in the bloody lucky to be alive category.
Mr Tamburro said he and his two travelling companions had to leave their hand luggage in their overhead lockers on the aeroplane and so had no money or personal belongings on them
He said the BA staff who were looking after the passengers rationed water, the only drink which was initially offered to them in the departure area, and did not offer any food.
His story doesn’t quite tally with this post from one of BA’s ground staff at Heathrow though, which makes very interesting reading. And it’s also interesting to note that he seems to be the only one of the 136 passengers that’s whining about their treatment.
A quick google of Mark shows us that he is a little overweight, owns a bit of a racehorse called Cossack Dancer and has a beard. It also tells us that he writes letters to the council moaning about them setting taxi fares so high in South Oxfordshire. Except that, as any fule kno, the council doesn’t actually set the taxi fares in South Oxfordshire. Oops.
Is this painting a picture for you, too? People like Mark annoy me. He’s just been fortunate enough to survive a plane crash in which even the pilot thought “everyone on board was going to die” and all he can do is whinge. I think that Mark might just be setting himself up for a little bit of extra cash from his compensation claim.
Incidentally, since Mark works for Nokia, he may be the perfect person to explain to investigators, BA and Boeing as to why the plane’s computer system didn’t respond, as he’s obviously an expert on crap, bug-ridden software.
Update: Tues 22nd Jan.
Just read a ~2000 word piece on the BA038 incident in today’s Cape Times, which they shamelessly stole borrowed from The Independent in the UK. 16 passengers interviewed (not including dear Mark) and not one complaint. And that despite being thrust with a microphone. The evidence just keeps adding up…
Update: Thurs 24th Jan.
Ooh look! It’s back (by popular demand). Please THINK before you comment. I’m in a particularly “deletey” mood today.