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Stand to be corrected but I believe ther are reserve days for the semi finals and final but not the qualifying round.
 

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Stand to be corrected but I believe ther are reserve days for the semi finals and final but not the qualifying round.
I think that's the case, otherwise they'd have to do something like tossing a coin or bowling at a single stump to decide the winners of these matches. What they would do if the reserve day was also washed out would be interesting.
 

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The dogs training at the airport reminded me of some thing happened a few years back. I used to be a mobile truck fitter repairing trucks every where. I was at a customer that is a big parcel carrier and the police used to bring the dogs to train.They would plant drugs around the warehouse and let the dogs find them.One day they did this and the dogs found a lot more drugs in parcels that were nothing to do with training as someone was sending drugs through the parcel system.This was unexpected and a good find.Never did hear how this panned out.
 

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Felt sorry for Weston Super Mare air day. The cloud base dropped with rain. The red arrows did a safe display with no height involved.It was basic fly bys with colored smoke. They did not hang around long. Such a shame.
 

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Felt sorry for Weston Super Mare air day. The cloud base dropped with rain. The red arrows did a safe display with no height involved.It was basic fly bys with colored smoke. They did not hang around long. Such a shame.
I note that Saturday and Sunday evenings were/are also scheduled for a 'Balloons on the Beach Ascent'. I'm not sure whether that means they will be tethered. Does anyone know what happened last night?

If they are free-flying they could be taken out over the estuary or even the Channel with certain wind directions. I wonder about this evening anyway. The air seems unstable with thunderstorms around.
 

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Further to my previous post, I've found a link to the local rag's 'rolling report' about the Weston Air Festival. One of the pictures shows what appears to be heavy rain at Weston an hour ago. Where I live on the south-east edge of Bristol it's been muggy and overcast all day but we've only had some spasmodic very light spits of rain.

 

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I did not see any over my house last night. Today the wind would take them over the channel. BRS been on 09 all day. Last year if I remember correct they were tethered and did a night glow thing. Not heard any thing about balloons what so ever. Suppose to be fire works tonight off the pier,dont know if that will happen.
 

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Temple Meads Station


West of England Combined Authority has earmarked nearly £27 million to provide a new eastern entrance to Temple Meads station and to Temple Quarter. In addition, Network Rail will provide £40 million over the next five years to refurbish the station roof.

All this is well short of the £100 million to improve the station that has been talked about for years. In fact, when the sum was first mentioned it was so long ago that it would be worth well over £100 million in today's values. Even that doesn't seem a lot compared with the sort of money spent on other main UK stations in recent years.

Part of TM's problem is that the station is grade 2-listed. I suppose that means most things are more expensive and more restrictive than with a more modern station. When the A1 Airport Flyer bus became a double-decker service its station stop had to be moved from the top of the station incline to half-way down because double-deckers cannot get under the listed canopy at the top of the incline. This means that passengers now have to wait in the open air for the Flyer in all weather conditions.
 

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Another BP article for you, which may be of some interest.... (always good to restart the transatlantic debate...)

Bristol could soon have trade links with Boston, New York and Chicago
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/bristol-could-soon-trade-links-2933920#ICID=ios_bristolpost_AppShare_Click_Other
City Mayor Marvin Rees certainly gets around. He was in China last year trying to drum up investment for his Bristol underground railway aspiration.

He is a supporter of Bristol Airport, unlike his predecessor.
 

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City Mayor Marvin Rees certainly gets around. He was in China last year trying to drum up investment for his Bristol underground railway aspiration.

He is a supporter of Bristol Airport, unlike his predecessor.
It would be interesting to know if they flew from Bristol airport or elsewhere?
 

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It would be interesting to know if they flew from Bristol airport or elsewhere?
My guess is that they did not fly from Bristol. Had they done so I would have expected a press release by the airport with pictures. The visit took place earlier in June.

I doubt that Mayor Rees used BRS either when he went to China last year.

LHR is convenient from the area when it comes to inter-continental travel - the Bristol region owes some of its prosperity to its relative proximity to LHR. We've looked at using BRS in the past for our Australia trips but, with at least two aircraft changes en route and longer overall journey times, it's not really a viable option for us, nor I suspect for many others.

In its current master plan, admittedly published in 2006, BRS recognises the limited market for scheduled long haul travel. Whether the new master plan - we are still awaiting the draft - brings an alteration to this view will become apparent in due course. Part of the airport's already stated rationale to challenge the climate-change lobby is the fact that so many people still use surface transport from the South West to fly from London airports. More opportunities from BRS would (in theory at least) reduce the numbers.

Whether this includes a larger scheduled long haul market than was the airport's opinion in 2006 might also become clearer when the new draft master plan is published. They might well be awaiting the not inconsiderable hurdle of gaining planning permission for the annual passenger figure limit to be raised.

Bristol's elected representatives do seem to blow hot and cold about the airport. The Lib Dem-led city council of 2011 formally objected to North Somerset Council when that authority was considering the airport's major expansion planning applications at that time. The plans were passed and much of the work has now been carried out. In 2015 the city elected its first city mayor and the newly-elected incumbent (nominally an Independent but with a Liberal history) had always been anti-airport expansion. He softened a little when in office but was never a true supporter. Now there is a city mayor who is four-square behind the airport.
 

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