Friday, January 16, 2009

Manston... And On And On And On

Really! What with all this Heathrow kerfuffle, if I have to hear that tongue-tied, two-timing, tousle-haired, toffee-nosed Tory twonk Boris Johnson drone on about Chas 'n' Dave International Airport having 'the longest runway in Britain' again, I think I'll scream! That goes for that Ruddy-Faced Man at KCC and all the other tit heads who think it's some kind of mantra, other than for persuading Mickey Mouse Airways to fly in more sacks of amphetamines stuffed inside rotting bananas.

For the record, here are the top thirteen longest runways in the UK:

3901m - Heathrow 09L/27R
3660m - Heathrow 09R/27L
3101m - Boscombe Down
3050m - Gatwick
3050m - Stansted
3050m - Brize Norton
3049m - Campbeltown
3048m - Fairford
3046m - Heathrow
3040m - Manchester
2891m - Doncaster
2987m - Prestwick
2780m - Aldergrove

C'n'D International scrapes in at 14th with 2752m. And while we're at it, can we also can the cobblers about it being an emergency landing site for the space shuttle? According to this definitive list, only RAF Fairford has that dubious honour.

Still, one thing that should be mentioned in its favour is that there is plenty of water around it to land on if you happen to be flying a US Airways A320!

Update: Oh yes, and another thing you can use a deserted airport in the middle of nowhere for - as a taxpayer subsidised film set. Watch out for the new Kit Kat commercial starting tonight which was shot in the departure lounge of our very own C'n'DIA!

25 comments:

disgruntled of kent said...
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disgruntled of kent said...

I actually thought Manston was supposed to have the widest runway in the country, not the longest.....

Sorry for removing the old comment, made a shocking spelling error which I couldn't possibly allow to continue.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that our newest blogging councillor, Mr 'I have no home address' Nottingham is even more ruthless than 'Our ken' and does not publish any comments that are at varience with his views (except for porno sites)

Anonymous said...

The wind-sock is pretty though.

Peter Checksfield said...

Anon 4:50, Mr Nottingham published my post defending Roger Gale...

Anonymous said...

"I actually thought Manston was supposed to have the widest runway in the country"

Not a great deal of use unless you're a useless pilot who has a habit of missing the runway. Is it wide enough to use it in both directions at the same time?

Anonymous said...

A suggestion ECR: why don't you post another one of your polls, this time asking us the simple question of whether we support Manston airport or not? And if we vote "yes", keep all these boring anti-airport posts for that new site. Just a suggestion...

S.M.E.G said...

Thank you ECR for publishing the runway hit parade. With your permission, may I steal it from you and publish on my sidebar?

Your readers may be interested to know that I contacted BJ's press office today in regards to any comments he made yesterday in regards to Manston. They were pretty confident Manston had not been mentioned specifically, and pointed me here to BJ's official statement.

Click here for what Boris had to say on Heathrow's expansion decision

Anonymous said...

Manston is going to get so busy they will not only be taking off and landing in different directions at the same time but they will use the hard shoulder as well!

If the government is committed to Heathrow to the tune of 9 billion then I dont think they will put in a new rail to Manston as well. It looks like the voters will have the last say though at the next general election. The people of Kent also have KCC elections in May. Look out for bribes by the sitting parties.

Anonymous said...

up the toriesand ukip and good luck to manston whatever direction it takes off in and maybe eastcliff richard could get in amongst therotten bananas and emigrate to togo or somewhere in africa......PLEASE I can hope (and take his cronies with him) they sound like or I imagine them to look like thanet versions of anthony worral-thompson

Anonymous said...

No worries about the length of the runway. Can extend it to the east coast if necessary, taking out all in between. So no-one under the flight path except a few fish in the North sea that the Spanish haven't managed to catch.

Anonymous said...

anonymous 4.50 identify yourself and I will publish your comments, even the offensive/slanderous ones, what have you got to hide?

mark nottingham

Peter Checksfield said...

Mark's comment seem fair enough to me...

I too have decided to no longer publish certain comments if they're written anonymously (I've just written a blog about it!).

Becca said...

Without anon posters almost all of the blogs would be dire, with one except they would just be poorly educated nobodies talking about the fluff in their belly buttons.

I can barely bare to glance at Peter's image on here, as he looks like well....you know, I'm hardly going to visit a blog written by someone who is ugly, is thick and can't write if there aren't at least people there doing the decent thing and knocking them off their little hobby horses.

Anyway, blogs are like soooo 20th century. Have you old guys not heard of networking sites. "Garlic bread, it's the future...I've tasted it. Ect.

Anonymous said...

"With one except"? "Ect"? OK...

Anonymous said...

Good old Boris. Another plug for Manston on the Andrew Marr Show. I can almost hear the jumbos queuing up to land as I write.

Anonymous said...

But darling, didn't you know, Boris is completely mad.

Anonymous said...

And whilst the Manston fanatics kept talking up the possibilities, Manston slowly and quietly died. The truth of the matter is that those who keep bleating on about what a great idea Manston is (and we've had to put up with 10 years of their cr*p) don't work in the aviation industry and don't know what they are talking about. Why should we listen to people who haven't got a clue and haven't done their homework? It's the modern way. We don't need no education. Sorry guys, but if you're going to make money and education is exactly what you need. Manston is in the wrong place to succeed and no amount of upbeat chat can alter that sad fact. How many years of failure do you need to see before you concede this to be true?

Anonymous said...

Notice you didn't offer any sound financial, aeronautical, environmental or other reasoning in your post.

So you must be as thick as the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Dear KIAphile,

There's no point in trying to persuade you about the hopelessness of Manston. You and your chums are so enamoured with the idea of having an airport on your doorstep that you can't handle the truth. I'll stick to bludgeoning you between the eyes: Tell me how long it has to keep on losing money before even you concede that it isn't viable?

Anonymous said...

My God Becca,I can't believe how rude you are,at least Peter does'nt trade personal Insults about people.
Also I find your comment about poorly educated people misinformed(and even If they are at least they have manners and are'nt self centred bigots like you..
Lily

Anonymous said...

9.46 Not bothered about having an airport close by, cos I live near ECR's most annoying aeronautical chum. But the pleasure in seeing you Ramsgate whinging stiffs suffer the low flying 1st generation excuse for a crud airline is almost too satisfying to contemplate.

Becca said...

Lily,

sorry, now that the ecstasy has kicked in I can see that Peter isn't as ugly as I previously thought and I'm sure he's very well educated, for Thanet standards.

Anonymous said...

Becca
Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.
Wonder where you live as you think all people from Thanet are below average,so go on tell us.
As oscar wilde said"we are all in the gutter but some of us see the stars"
I love walking along Thanet beaches the coast line and skies are amazing..
Lily

Anonymous said...

If Manston becomes "London International Airport" (snigger)
they won't be.