Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Oasis Disappears Up Its Own Tailpipe

Woo-hoo! Here's a piece of news that will bring joy to the hearts of all true Ramsgatonians. Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, the company responsible for flying knackered old jumbos over the Millionaires' Playground every eight minutes for hours on end, has gone tits up. Hurrah!

Perhaps we can now get on with enjoying our lovely Victorian seaside town in peace. Although I wonder how this will affect RAF London Kent Ramsgate Manston International Airport, which relied on the oozalum training flights to keep going. Ah well, who cares! At least we won't have to put up with this sort of hideous racket any more:

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yep! Not a good time to own, run or in BA's case, use an airline. Just ask Willie Walsh how T5 has gone or Sir Richard B. Fuel costs rising, margins sinking, delays everywhere and you may end up sitting next to Naomi Campbell. Jeesh!

Anonymous said...

Not a good time to own a crappy little airport in the middle of nowhere either I suspect.

Anonymous said...

I think they where causing more harm than good, glad to see them go!

Tony said...

So by your reckoning because the flights did not upset me one iota, I am not a true Ramsgatonian, even though I was born here. Also I,m sure all the employee's now out of work, will be comforted to know how overjoyed you are at their plight.

Eastcliff Richard said...

I take it you're not rejoicing then Tony.

Anonymous said...

Good riddance.

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Anonymous said...

Tony

Nowadays jobs come and jobs go. Toughen up man.

Years ago I was foreman on a project at a steelworks in Wales. One morning a Taff electrician was laughing and he told us that the night before in his WMC a man was crying into his beer.

"Twenty years I worked there and now laid off just like that boo hoo boo hoo boo hoo etc" (Weakling)

The contracting sparkie told him "Cheer up but I was sacked twelve times last year"

Move from job to job, contract to contract if you are making money stick it out if not f-ck off and find another contract.

And stop the self pitying crap.

Jobs are not a right. Did people think it was a well run viable company or were they just hanging on cos it's a job and when the job ends they can whinge "Taint fair"

Eastcliff Richard said...

Rather than delete your comment completely I've reprinted it, anon, minus the offensive remark.

Maybe it was meant to be amusing, but that's not the way it came across. As they say, this is my blog and I'll delete if I want to.

Anonymous said...

ECR you take it right, I'm not. Anon 7:34, with attitude like that you are either an employer or somebody who has no financial worries. I take it "let them eat cake" is a motto you would be proud of.

Observer said...

It seems to me that as one of the objections to Oasis was that as it didnt actually land, ergo it created no jobs the question of job losses doesn't arise.

Anon 7.34, you seem to me to be one of those obnoxious, self seeking, selfish, arrogant children of the Thatcher era, I'm all right Jack, pull up the ladder,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Jethro Nutt said...

The planes did my head in, and I've got an exceedingly big head.

That said, if they were going somewhere I might actually want to go, I'm sure I'd find a way to put up with it.

Tony said...

Observer the jobs I was referring to were the staff of Oasis, not Manston.

Anonymous said...

This is good news for the Thanet environment. The future lies in envirnmentally friendly industries not the dinosaur polluters of the last century like airlines.

I know plenty of people who have moved to Thanet in the past few years to enjoy its beautiful beaches and clean air. Some of them do commute mostly by train and when we get the fast trains more will come. At the weekends they spend money in Thanet and boost the local economy. Others have set up businesses here and contribute that way. Some even work from home via broadband and thus are contributing to the local economy as well as helping to save the planet. That is the future.

Anonymous said...

Well I for one will certainly miss listening to some of the conversations that pilots(?) had with the control tower, on my receiver.
One of my favourites was "He's just not getting this, control. Suggest you pop downstairs until we've passed."
Guess I'll just have to content myself with listening to the police getting confused over street names and taking orders for kebabs, instead.
As for all that nonsense about dinosaurs and clean air, how arrogant are you, anon, that you think we really make that much difference with our planes?
Do work out the total volume of the atmosphere that encompasses our planet and divide that by the total emissions from all of the planes that fly in it throughout the year.
For a little perspective!

Anonymous said...

It's somewhere between 3-12% in terms of CO2 emissions contributed by aviation.

And about 100% in terms of noise pollution in Thanet.

Anonymous said...

"The future lies in envirnmentally friendly industries not the dinosaur polluters of the last century like airlines."

Yeah, ok. I'd like to know what industry is enviromentally friendly today - even tree planting has its drawbacks apparently. Most, if not all, of the ones you suggest would use electricity coming from power stations that would either be coal or nuclear. Coal-based power produces the vast amount of CO2 today, vastly more than aviation, so a power/needs compromise is a reality for us all.

Aviation is an easy target to the misinformed, but their claims that Thanet is bombarded with air and noise pollution from overhead is exaggerated somewhat. Probably more local pollution from the burning arcades and chav-mobiles.

Eastcliff Richard said...

Clearly you don't live in Ramsgate!

Anonymous said...

Actually I do, and right underneath the flightpath, so get a good idea of the relative annoyance or otherwise it makes.

Observer said...

" Anonymous Tony said...

Observer the jobs I was referring to were the staff of Oasis, not Manston.

12:35 AM "

Ok fair comment and quite right to, my apologies for the misunderstanding,,

Eastcliff Richard said...

Fair enough, anon 12.20.

Annoyance can, though, be a subjective thing. I also live under the flight path and the 747 circuits were getting on my quince, so I'm delighted to see the back of them. The smaller planes, like the exec jet, don't bother me quite as much.

I realise that some Ramsgatonians, like Tony, don't mind these training flights at all. It would probably be rude of me to argue that, since he's lived here all his life, he might by now be turning a deaf ear to them!

Eastcliff Richard said...

I might also add that there's a twin prop thing doing circuits today - from a noise and annoyance perspective I've barely noticed it compared to the Jumbos.

Anonymous said...

You're right ECR. I should recognise that I probably tolerate the noise that others rightly may not.

I'm not pro-Manston though (from a large transport POV) unless it has a direct and vital role in supporting our local economy (did Oasis?), and anything that reduces pollution in whatever form and increases Ramsgate's future attraction as a peaceful, pleasant and beautful location to live/visit can only be a good thing in my book.

Keep up the good blog work!

Tony said...

You being rude ECR, never. I'll just pretend I never heard you

Eastcliff Richard said...

You know us flouncy media types Tony. Prone to exaggeration and tantrums!