Those of you who read Time Away would know of my present location at a holiday spot of the NSW Mid-North Coast known as Tea Gardens-Hawks Nest.
At the risk of turning this blog into a travelblog, I have included a few photos to show what a magnificent place this is:
View from our Apartment
This is the view from our second storey apaprtment, which looks directly out over the main surfing area of bennett’s beach.. You will agree it’s a very pleasant sight to wake up to each morning.
This is the southern view from Bennett’s Beach, with Yacabaa Headland in the background. Yacabaa is the northern headland covering the entrance to Port Stephens and Nelson Bay.
Another southern view looking a little more out to sea, this time showing Cabbage Tree and Boondelbah Islands.
A Scoop of Pelicans
A “scoop” of pelicans settling in for the evening on one of the Tea Gardens wharves, after a particularly blustery afternoon.
The Singing Bridge
A closer view of The Singing Bridge which joins Tea gardens to Hawks Nest, so named for the whistling sound that occurs when strong winds blow.
Tea Gardens War Memorial
The Tea Gardens War Memorial Park. The park has a little interactive facility giving an overview of Australia’s commitment to past conflicts. The flag is at half-mast in remembrance of the five Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan recently. Lest We Forget.
Virgin Australia was today widely criticised after a Sydney fireman was asked to swap seats because he was sat beside two unaccompanied boys.
After having to defend its policy, the airline this afternoon announced via Twitter that it was reviewing its stance. “In light of recent feedback, we’re now reviewing this policy. Our intention is certainly not to discriminate in any way”, a Virgin spokesperson said today. The spokesperson also stated that the policy was shared by QANTAS, Jetstar and Air New Zealand.
A Virgin spokeswoman said the policy was shared by Qantas, Jetstar and Air New Zealand.
This polcy shift occurred after Johnny McGirr, 33, took his allocated seat. He found that he was seated next to two boys who he estimated to be aged between 8 and 10. Mr McGirr was assigned the window seat, but sat in the aisle seat to allow the two boys to look out the window.
However, just before takeoff, a flight attendant approached him, asking him to move. When Mr McGirr asked why, he was told, “Well you can’t sit next to two unaccompanied minors.” The flight attendant said it was airline policy. Mr McGirr replied “That’s pretty sexist and discriminatory. You can’t just say because I’m a man I can’t sit there,” the flight attendant apologised and said that was the policy.
Mr McGirr stated the attendant then asked a fellow female passenger, “Can you please sit in this seat because he is not allowed to sit next to minors?”
“After that I got really embarrassed because she didn’t even explain why. I just got up and shook my head a little, trying to get some dignity out of the situation,” Mr McGirr said.
“It strips away all the good that any male does regardless of his standing in society, his profession or his moral attitudes”
Mr McGirr pointed out that he works as a fireman in Newtown in Sydney and was trusted in his job to look out for the welfare of children.
It fails to amaze this author why this “policy” was not applied a little more covertly. Virgin knows through its booking system when unaccompanied minors are flying with them. When seat allocation is done, surely the system can identify those minors, and allocate seating accordingly. Virgin Australia, however noble the intent cannot publically vilify a member of the public that they appear to have done on this occasion. One also has to question whether Twitter is the ideal or appropriate method to release such a policy statement.
You are invited to participate in the poll below:
British Airways reversed its policy after being successfully sued for sex discrimination after a male passenger was reseated away from an unaccompanied child.
I happened accross these two gems on an aviation web site. They must have been around for a while as there would be no WW2 pilots still in commercial service, but they brought a smile to my face!
See what you think:
Speedbird 206: “Good morning Hamburg Ground, Speedbird 206 clear of the active runway.” Ground: “Guten morgen! Willkommen in Hamburg, you vill taxi to your gate, ja!”
The British Airways 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and stopped. Ground: “Speedbird, do you not know vare you are going?” Speedbird 206: “Stand by, ground, I’m looking up the gate location now.” Ground (with impatience): “Speedbird 206, haff you never flown to Hamburg before?” Speedbird 206 (coolly): “Yes sir, I have. It was 1944, at night, we were evading Fokkers, and I didn’t land to taxi!”
and in fairness to our German colleagues:
Lufhansa Pilot to co-pilot, forgetting that the frequency was open: “We used to come up the Thames, and turn over here for the docks….” Another voice on the frequency: “ACHTUNG SPITFEUR!!”
George Brown is a decorated soldier and health professional and 40 year veteran in the field of emergency nursing and paramedical practice, both military and civilian areas. He has senior management positions in the delivery of paramedical services. Opinions expressed in these columns are solely those of the author and should not be construed as being those of any organization to which he may be connected.
He was born in the UK of Scottish ancestry from Aberdeen and a member of the Clan MacDougall. He is a member of the Macedonian community in Newcastle, and speaks fluent Macedonian. While this may seem a contradiction, it is his wife who is Macedonian, and as a result he embraced the Macedonian language and the Orthodox faith.
His interests include aviation and digital photography, and he always enjoys the opportunity to combine the two. Navigate to his Flickr site to see recent additions to his photo library.
Џорџ Браун е украсени војник и професионално здравствено лице и 40 годишен ветеран во областа на за итни случаи старечки и парамедицински пракса, двете воени и цивилни области. Тој има високи менаџерски позиции во испораката на парамедицински услуги. Мислењата изразени во овие колумни се исклучиво на авторот и не треба да се толкува како оние на било која организација тој може да биде поврзан.
Тој е роден во Велика Британија на шкотскиот потекло од Абердин и член на Kланот MacDougall. Тој е член на македонската заедница во Њукасл, и зборува течно македонски. Иако ова можеби изгледа контрадикција, тоа е неговата сопруга кој е македонски, и како резултат научил македонскиот јазик и ја примија православната вера.
Неговите интереси вклучуваат авијација и дигитална фотографија, и тој секогаш ужива во можност да се комбинираат двете. Отиди до неговиот Фликр сајт да видите последните дополнувања на неговата слика библиотека.