If you thought long flights are monotonous, distasteful and boring, think again. French company Airbus has released the last model of its huge offspring, the Airbus A-380, that will change the way you think about flights forever. To start-off into the plane, economy and business class passengers are separated right from the entrance into the plane with different jet bridges to carry them into their separate cabins on separate floors. Letting you sit on the folded out to a full-length coach seats, you are provided with comfy socks, sleep masks and stickers to let the flight attendants know when you’d like to wake up. Once you hit cruising altitude, you don’t have to think of ways to pass time, as you can hit the remote and get a massage to relax yourself by a slight change in your seating posture. Well, the 17-inch touchscreen monitor right in front of you with two USB ports and remote with sat-phone in it is your personal entertainment system on the busy flight. If you don’t want to sit playing crossword and Sudoku during the entire flight, the best thing would be to hit the bar and have your favorite cocktail. If you still need more room to stretch out, get up and jog around for a bit, but we are not sure if the plane has a gym.
Check out the images after the jump:
Airbus A-380 Picture Gallery
Via: English Russia497594
Monday, 30 November 2009
Saturday, 28 November 2009
For readers of my blog and Facebook, (particularly those not in Thailand), I want you to know that I'm getting my dancing gear on for a night on the town.Could involve a bit of Club Blu, a bit of U Too, a bit of Atlantic,a big bit of Airport, a bit of Candy, a bit of Gentleman's Club, a bit of Diamond, a bit of Marine, a bit of Insomnia and finally, blue skies over Kiss for breakfast. A hostage may or may not be taken along the way depending upon how many beers go down my neck. It doesn't get any better than this. I hope you have a good night where ever you are. Are you listening Dave......
BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin beer sets world record(*) at 32%.The brewery claims that TNP is now the world’s strongest beer ever made by a human. I put the asterisk there because I am sure that higher ABV “beers” have been brewed before but perhaps not on a commercial level.via BeerNews
The first show was last night but don't panic. If you like looking at Thai Playboy girls in bikinis then you get one more chance tonight, at 5.00pm at Central on the Beach Road. Don't miss it.via Pattaya Daily News
Friday, 27 November 2009
I was coming in to town from Chonburi late this afternoon and there was plenty of traffic on the roads heading in the same direction. Not for my Mia Noi I hope but you never know.....It's the Eid holiday in the Muslim world so that may have something to do with it, with many expats chosing to spend the Eid here. It's also a long weekend next weekend for the King's birthday, (Monday Dec 7 off), so expect the boys from Bangkok to be in town in big numbers.Two busy weekends to get us in to December and the high season proper. Fingers crossed the politicians and activists don't do anything stupid until well in to 2010. I think the hoteliers, reaturanteurs and bar-keeps deserve a full on high season to top up the coffers.In fact, I'll drink to that. Chok Dee.
The tournament will be held on December 15, 2009 at Eastern Star Golf Course in Rayong Province. The proceeds from this activity will go to the scholarship fund of the needy students in Banglamung and Pattaya areas and other charitable organizations.
The tournament will be a Rollout start tee off from 7.15a.m. – 12.15p.m. and it is expected that there will be 200 golfers participating in the event. The registration is 3,000 baht per person with free shirt, lucky draw, caddy, course fee and buffet. The winner will receive a trophy and 1 baht weight of gold chain for each hole.Further information please contacts Diana Inn Pattaya on Pattaya Second Road at 038-429870, or the Diana Driving Range on North Pattaya Road at 038-415212.via Pattaya People
The late seeding of teams for the playoffs meant there was no level playing field for un-seeded teams. The fix was in at UEFA/FIFA.Maybe being able to 'fix' things is why UEFA/FIFA don't want video replay technology. Ask yourself how far South Korea would have got in the Korea/Japan Finals if video technology had been in use. Italy definitely got screwed and I'm not sure who else. When you realise that FIFA need the host nations to survive until the later rounds to ensure healthy gate receipts then you have to question some of the 'strange' refereeing decisions. Let's see how far South Africa go next summer.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Transsexuals and transgender men are a common sight in Thailand, appearing on soap operas and working at all levels of Bangkok society, from department store cosmetics counters and popular restaurants to corporate offices and red-light districts. A national transgender beauty pageant draws thousands to the beachside town of Pattaya every year.
But over the past two years, a rash of castrations, especially among young men, has alarmed the medical establishment and prompted the new rules.
Via the Canadian Press
Ed. Rushing in to the operation. You've got to be joking. I'd be rushing anywhere but in!!!. Cutting off my meat and two veg would need careful, very careful consideration. Yowzer. Reminds me of when my brother-in-law had the snip. He asked the doctor if it would hurt and the doctor reassured him that he wouldn't feel a thing. Well, he didn't feel a thing but the next day everything turned black with bruising and he could hardly walk. He had to walk with his feet 6ft apart to prevent rubbing. Laughed till I cried.http://pattayarag.blogspot.com/
RoomAtlas is an interactive hotel map that does a pretty good job of locating hotels across the world. The reason why this site may do a better job than other such mashups is the database, which it sources from reliable sites like Expedia and Hotels.com. Plus there are reviews from TripAdvisor which let you choose the best hotels. You can search by country, city or address, and by currency (US Dollars or British Pounds). Once you hit the search button, you get a map showing hotel symbols on a map where each symbol has a different color according to the hotel’s room rate. Search results can be filtered by amenities, availability, star rating and price. Click on a hotel symbol to get more details, check availability and book it.via MakeUseOfEd. This looks good but I can't tell how competitive the rates are. The budget hotels are colour coded so that's a start. The image shows RoomAtlas' offerings in Pattaya.
A 'friend' joined this site today so I thought I'd check it out. Have to say some of the Thai girls pictured are attractive but short of vid-cams, I'm not sure how you know who you're really chatting with.I have to say the countries listed with girls to talk to made me a little suspicious. Saudi Arabia??? What do you think?
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Now I know this is off track but I feel it is worth a comment even if I lose a few 'friends'.Howard Lindzon blogged the following about Banana Republics yesterday:Quote:
Features of a Banana Republic
A collusion between the overweening state and certain favored monopolistic concerns, whereby the profits can be privatized and the debts socialized.
Devalued paper currency in the international community.
Kleptocracy — those in positions of influence use their time in office to maximize their own gains, always ensuring that any shortfall is made up by those unfortunates whose daily life involves earning money rather than making it.
There must be no principle of accountability within the government so that the political corruption by which the Banana Republic operates is left unchecked. The members of the national legislature will be (a) largely for sale and (b) consulted only for ceremonial and rubber-stamp purposes some time after all the truly important decisions have already been made elsewhere.:UnquoteNow If you bothered to read it I'm pretty sure it made you think of somewhere close to home. No, not Thailand although it could apply here. Lindzon was writing about America and I was thinking of Britain as I read it. Why? Well for as long as I can remember the British Establishment, the elite, have been clawing back the rights and privileges earned by working class Brits through two World Wars. In this effort, Margaret Thatcher was the darling of not the British people but of the Establishment. She destroyed a perfectly good education system in order to produce generations of school leavers with few qualifications and low expectations. Also known as cheap labour, aka cannon fodder, aka chavs. Thatcher's rule was all about taking care of big business and the elite at the expense of the majority of British people. I think Thatcher, Reagan and the two Bush's championed the cause of the elite class on both sides of the Atlantic. The tragedy o f 9/11 provided them with the greatest opportunity of all. An opportunity to attack Habeas Corpus and civil liberties. A timely opportunity for the elite class? Amazingly so.... With civil liberties under attack 'Big Brother' is everywhere, He is being used as much to control the populace as he is to prevent acts of terrorism. It's almost end game. Britain will eventually become a totalitarian state, the very thing our parents fought against in WWII. The Establishment have been very, very patient. They lost a few battles along the way but have now won the war. I'm no radical and not particularly interested in politics but I reckon Britain gave democracy to Empire and Empire has in return shown Britain the value of bananas. This is also worth a read: The Banana Republic o f Westminster Quote:
The party funding system is corrupt and needs cleaning up to stop rich individuals or organisations using their money to buy seats in Parliament. But worst of all is that the centrepiece of British democracy has become a laughing stock, passing laws that are unnecessary, unenforceable and irrelevant.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
This photo and others were posted on Asian Sweetheart's blog today. Hit the link to see more.Am I the only one who would have liked to see the girls in their Uni uniforms....... Does that make me a bad person????
Mainlining in Bangkok, on December 9th at the Zen Event Gallery at Central World will be Armin van Buuren, number 1 rated DJ in the world
Mainlining in Phuket, on December 10th, on Patong Beach will be renowned DJ Alex Gaudino, highly acclaimed by both locals and foreigners
Mainlining in Pattaya on December 11, on Pattaya Beach will be Alex Gaudino. Supporting him will be Darren Mac, Bed Supperclub resident DJ, and Arun who will energize the beach with their combined performance, and Ottawa Kolorone, the most renowned Thai local DJ, who will amaze the crowd with his electronica. For more info:
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The local press are reporting a 'scandal' at the recent Buffalo Races out at Maprachan Lake. Apparently, one rider was using an electrically charged whip to incite his beast to greater effort. This shows true initiative in my book and hardly classifies as a 'scandal'. I mean, Bill and Monica was a scandal, touching a ton of beef on the hoof with a couple of A4's won't even get the attention of the local RSPCA never mind the buffalo.I contacted a pal with experience of these things. He'd been in the former Eden Club with a couple of cuties when one cutie inserted a vibrator in his back door just as he was about to make a deposit. I asked if it made him want to run faster. He said it was more of an "Oooo aghhhhhh" moment than a "let me get the feck out of here" moment. So there you have it. The animal was only being stimulted and not incited. Scandal indeed.p.s. My pal, the local expert in all things animal, is from Hull. Need I say more.....
You can read the full story at Pattaya Daily News.
Monday, 23 November 2009
BitSnoop is a new torrent search engine whose aim is to make bad, duplicate and missing torrents a thing of the past with better indexing and combining of torrents.Torrents are generated by Tracker Match. It collects all of the trackers matching your search results and uses the ones with the most amount of seeds. It also filters out duplicated torrents for faster download speeds.
The homepage resembles that of Google’s in so far as the employment of minimalism. The search results are also very plain yet neatly organized – free of advertisements except for a banner towards the end of the screen.via MakeUseOf
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
2. The Blue Book value of your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas is in it.
3. You’ve been married three times and still have the same in-laws.
4. You think a woman who is “out of your league” bowls on a different night.
5. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.
6. Someone in your family died right after saying, “Hey, guys, watch this.”
7. You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.
8. Your wife’s hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.
9. Your junior prom offered day care.
10. You think the last words of the “Star-Spangled Banner” are “Gentlemen, start your engines.”
11. You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.
12. The Halloween Pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse.
13. You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.
14. One of your kids was born on a pool table.
15. You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.
16. You can’t get married to your sweetheart because there’s a law against it.
17. You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
I've had to take on a secretary to handle all the Tweets that are flying around. She can't read or write but I'm an equal opportunity employer, I don't discriminate on IQ...... just looks. She will be onhand to serve you coffee if you ever pop in to the office.Ed
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Rather fun online application that lets you upload photo and see how you would look like after a massive face lift. Useful for someone who is looking to undergo a plastic surgery on his/her face. You can apply variety of face-lifting enchantments (forehead enhancements, eyebrow lift, mid-brow enhancement, around eyes, beside eyes, inner and outer cheek, cheek lift, nose reduction, lip lifting… etc) and quickly visualize results.via MakeUseOf
Ed. There are a few baby boomers around town who could have a bit of fun with this. I'm going to put my passport photo through it so I look nice and 'tight' in my new passport. Maybe the local hopitals could use it to tout for customers.
Unfortunately, for the wrong reasons. As the Daily Mail Online puts it, "for some of the most bizarre waxworks ever".I have to say, from the photos published by the Mail, the Beckhams and Hitler look the most bizarre with Posh looking more like Mrs. Spock than Mrs. Beckham.
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
British people are among the ugliest in the world according to elitist dating website BeautifulPeople.com. Interested applicants submit their photos and are rated based on looks to determine whether they can join the site. Since Beautiful People went live worldwide last month, it has rejected 1.8 million people from 190 countries. Talk about high standards! But the British have perhaps suffered the most rejection, according to Reuters:
Fewer than one in eight British men and just three in 20 women who have applied to BeautifulPeople.com have been accepted, an emailed statement from the website showed.
On the opposite end of the attractiveness spectrum, you’ll find Swedish men and Norwegian women with 65 and 76 percent acceptance rates, respectively.via HuffPoEd. As one website reported it, "Looks like the ugly stick took a Barry Bonds-size swing at Britain." My feeling is it's the Welsh, Scots and Irish pulling the English down but whatever, we Brits KNOW we are beautiful inside....
A para in a Bangkok Post article on rebranding Pattaya caught my eye today.Quote:
The mayor admits Pattaya is better known as the city of five "S", standing for sea, sand, sun, service and, of course, sex. But that must change. Red-light attractions like beer and a go-go bars, he asserts, will soon be confined to the city's central and southern areas.
:UnquoteEd. Red light attractions will soon be confined to the city's central and southern areas? Southern must be Walking Street but what comes under Central? Soi Buakhao? Third road between South Pattaya and Central Pattaya roads? It certainly doesn't sound like Soi 6 and the bars further north fall under 'central area'. If they did it there would be no change. One to watch for bar-keeps and mongers that's for sure.
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Pirate gamers booted off Xbox Live by Microsoft
Microsoft has cut off thousands of Xbox Live gamers that modify their consoles. Online reports indicate that as many as 600,000 gamers have been affected.The primary reason gamers modify their console is to play pirated games. Thousands worldwide will switch on their consoles to find the following message when logging in: “Your console has been banned from Xbox”. Game piracy is said to cost the industry almost £750 million a year and this will come as welcome news to developers that often see their games pirated before their release date. Link: Xbox Live (via T3) http://pattayarag.blogspot.com/