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Battle oof britain Flypast
« on: September 15, 2015, 10:46:55 AM »
According to my information there will be a flypast over Swindon today at between 11:40 GMT  TO 12:10 GMT. Approaching from the west and turning north east over the town centre.


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Re: Battle oof britain Flypast
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2015, 02:17:13 PM »
I was at the service at Radnor st and they have said it is delayed and will be over swindon about 2.50 - 3.10 today.....
no MPs present or the council leader, saw Stan Pajak Tim Robins and Mr TAYLOR THE TOWN BRIEF.. NOBDOY ELSE FROM THE COUNCIL..

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Re: Battle oof britain Flypast
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2015, 03:50:39 PM »
Yes. A 2 hour delay was advised but I do not know if that was eventually the correct timing. Sorry.
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Re: Battle oof britain Flypast
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2015, 11:01:14 AM »
Lets start with the positive.

Wasn't it a glorious sight? A real moment to stop and consider too.

So, a big hats off to all the organisers and participants.

The rest of the day I felt was let down by the poor quality coverage by the BBC which spoiled the otherwise welcome publicity; Loads of irrelevant or simply historically inaccurate archive footage. Those images were supposed to be illustrating and informing - but instead of contemporary footage from 1940 (of which plenty exists) we got bizarre snippets of Mosquitoes being attacked over the continent from around 1944 and whilst Sophie Rayworth was talking about the shortage of Hurricanes and Spitfires, we were given an irrelevant image of a Fairey Battle bomber. Non aviation nerds might think its unimportant, but its as lazy and inaccurate as illustrating a story about Arsenal by showing a bunch of guys in Tottenham strip, showing a Ford Ka whilst talking about Rolls Royce - or running a story about the royal family and showing a picture of the President of Tonga. Grrrrrr! This sort of thing is increasingly common in the BBCs output at the moment.

Channel Four were little better - despite their documentary being well filmed, why on earth did they choose the irritating gurning Dermot O'Leary to present it? What gravitas, passion, knowledge, insight or empathy did he bring? Once upon a time, broadcasters used people with some kind of connection or relevance to the subject - but these days, it seems an identikit professional nobody with a smiley face is de rigeur. What a missed opportunity, when there are probably hundreds of deserving, eloquent and knowledgeable pilots, historians or even enthusiasts who could have asked intelligent and illuminating questions. 

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Re: Battle oof britain Flypast
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2015, 03:00:45 PM »
Tobes is so right! It reminds me of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames in 2012. On BBC, few of the craft were seen and most of the coverage and talk was irrelevant.  [i.e. Cut to Paloma Faith and her hobbies in some London park. ]

Paloma is a great singer but what had any of her hobbies got to do with the Diamond Jubilee? 

I didn't know it at the time but Sky news did a good presentation.

Typical BBC these days. A complete one off, botched by amateurs. :wakeup:
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Re: Battle oof britain Flypast
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2015, 08:27:47 AM »
I enjoyed it via Facebook! 

What fun - then I didn't see the fly past!  Thirty years of tree planting saw to that, the blessed things were in the way. 

Tel, maybe no one else from the Council was invited, apparently they had police on the gate.
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Re: Battle oof britain Flypast
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2015, 01:37:32 PM »
if the mayor, stan Pajak, tim robbins and Mr Taylor, got a ticket how come Mr Renard, Mr Grant and indeed the two MPs didn't get one>> you only had to ask, I and my friend Bert did just that and we got tickets ..