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Cherskiy



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:09 pm    Post subject: Would you.... Reply with quote

....go up in one of these if you had the chance? No basket, just a lightweight framework with a gas bottle and burner attached to the back of the pilot's seat!



I took these shots at what was called the "Newcastle Balloon Spectacular" yesterday morning (between 0645 and 0720) - a new event to end the annual Hoppings Fair on Newcastle's Town Moor. I'm not entirely sure that three hot air balloons constitute a 'spectacular' but it was an enjoyable hour or so - especially when the noise of the burners from the first one to lift made the cows stampede - they'd wandered across, curious to see what was going on. Good job I wasn't standing in their way! Very Happy

Some more shots from the morning lift:













And going by the success of the last caption competition, here's another one - my entry being "I shouldn't have eaten all that curry last night!" Laughing


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to see that David Cameron has a fall back job if the PM thing doesnt work out! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure about the 'air chair' balloons (e.g.G-CCJY) But having been up in a normal balloon and basket, I can thoroughly recommend that.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, like the idea of a basket ride (would that make me a 'basket case'?!), but I've also seen some land before - the basket tipping over and being dragged along the ground.... Shocked Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put simply, no Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

caption contest:

near disaster as new inflight commode backfires

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Maniac Range Rover driver knocks balloon onto it's side and collides with another.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

seymourwhitebits wrote:
caption contest:

near disaster as new inflight commode backfires

Twisted Evil


Cameron finds a new use for all the hot air coming out of cnservative central office.
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