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Love الحريه ? If so - get out ! Your kind is not welcome here.

posted by anwar on 06.08.21 at 17:22, Economics, news, null, Leave a comment Permalink

[Also posted on BoingBoing]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/5269106.stm

Passengers on a Manchester-bound flight have described how two men were removed from the plane because other travellers thought they were speaking Arabic.

Heath Schofield, a passenger on the flight from Malaga, described it as being a "bit like Chinese whispers".

Monarch Airlines said passengers had demanded the men were removed because they were acting suspiciously.

Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood said it was disgraceful the pair seemed to have been judged on their skin colour.

The men - reported to be of Asian or Middle Eastern appearance - were taken from Wednesday's flight ZB 613 and questioned but were allowed to fly back to the UK later in the week.

Refusal to board

Mr Schofield, who was travelling with his wife Jo and their children, said: "We all started boarding the flight.

"Our daughter noticed a couple of guys that were perhaps acting a bit strange. They went to the front of the queue, went to the back of the queue, and then they went and sat down by themselves.

"Anyway, we got on the plane and we boarded and it became apparent after we were already supposed to be flying that several of the passengers had refused to board the craft.

"A few rumours went round, it was a little bit like Chinese whispers, and then some more people decided they were getting off."

Plane finally took off

He said Spanish police officers came on to the plane and took the two men's passports and 20 minutes later the pair were removed from the plane.

All the passengers were then taken off and the plane and all the luggage was swept for explosives. Three hours later the passengers boarded again and the plane took off without the pair.

His wife said: "We still don't know what was said, or whether it was anything to be alarmed about."

She said: "A lot of mums were trying to calm the children down - they were getting quite panicky because of what they'd seen on the telly.

"It became apparent that the reason that some of the people didn't board the plane was because somebody had overheard the gentlemen in question speaking - I think it was Arabic."

'Tight procedures'

Mr Mahmood said it was "absolutely disgraceful" that passengers had taken it on themselves to label people.

"That is not what we want. The colour of your skin shouldn't identify what you are. It is a sad state of affairs that that has happened."

He called for air passengers to understand that once people were allowed through security "they should be OK".

In a statement, Monarch said: "The captain was concerned about the security surrounding the two gentlemen on the aircraft and the decision was taken to remove them from the flight for further security checks."

David Reynolds, from the British Airline Pilots Association, said there were "very tight procedures" in place to ensure only the "right sort of people" boarded flights.

"Clearly, we can't have a situation where one passenger decides that another passenger isn't going to fly," he said.

Single Pipe Steam Heating

posted by anwar on 06.08.02 at 23:06, Do It Yourself, null, null, 3 comments Permalink

So I am an idiot -- turns out the radiators in my condo are the "single-pipe-steam" variety (linked) not the forced-hot-water variety.

This means that the temperature adjustment has a very important difference (from my old, hot-water radiators).

Attached to the pipe leading to the radiator is a valve. This is a shut-off valve. It shuts off the radiator; that is all it does. This is definitely a nugget of information worth remembering.

The first mistake people make is to assume that they can control how hot the radiator is by turning the knob on the shut-off valve. Unfortunately, this is the worst thing you could do. Since the condensed water runs back down the same pipe that the hot steam comes up, you will force the steam and the water together, making bubbles. When bubbles burst inside a metal pipe or radiator, they make horribly loud banging noises. Keep the shut-off valve fully open or fully closed, and concentrate on the vent.

That's right -- all those *horribly loud banging noises* [water-hammering] last winter -- completely my own damn fault for not paying closer attention to the radiator.

Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck...but nope - its a chicken!

Comment from: collin [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php
So I guess those thermostats won't work. Are your radiators angled?
Permalink 08/03/06 @ 07:42
Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
-designer-radiators.com
Permalink 08/04/06 @ 00:57
Comment from: collin [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php
So... buy an ugly radiator, from England, that doesn't work with steam. Makes sense.
Permalink 08/04/06 @ 05:53