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7362 acres of Mull of Kintyre for a mere £3 Million?

A country estate made famous by Sir Paul McCartney’s song Mull of Kintyre has been put up for sale. BBC News

Carskiey Estate is an idyllic getaway spot with over 9 miles of dramatic coastline and a climate that is cushioned by the Gulf Stream. 7,362 acres and includes the Mull of Kintyre, one of Scotland’s renowned land masses which attained international recognition as a result of the Paul McCartney song.
Occupying the south western section of the Kintyre Peninsula, it includes the sandy beaches of the crescent-shaped Carskey Bay and the rugged cliffs of the western end, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
I ought to hurry and buy it up quick before somebody else grabs this piece of prime real estate.


Air Safety : When The Pilot Understates The Take-Off Weight

Not by a few tonnes. But by 100 tonnes.

Where : Melbourne

When : 20 March 2009.

What : Emirates Airlines flight 407.

Who : 257 passengers and 18 crew

How : Because the plane had been told it was 100 tonnes lighter than it actually was, it generated insufficient thrust for takeoff. And the take-off reference speed was also much too low.

The tail bumped on the runway 5 times!

After exhausting the 3657m runway it was still on the ground, except it was now grass!

It was airborne 170m after the end of the runway.

And the altitude then?

2 feet off the ground!

Here’s a photo of the damage done.


sources : wiki and aviationsafety and theaustralian and flyertalk

….at the last minute, the pilot took the controls and threw the engines into full thrust…. asiaone

“This would have been the worst civil air disaster in Australia’s history by a very large margin, there would have been no survivors from that plane and it would have gone down in Keilor Park, so there would have been deaths on the ground also.” Aviation expert Ben Sandilands

“THE pilot at the controls of an Emirates jet that almost crashed at Melbourne Airport has revealed how he saved 275 lives.

Breaking a four-month silence, the pilot told how he managed to wrench the fully-loaded plane into the air just seconds before it almost crashed.

“I still don’t know how we got it off the ground,” the pilot said.

“I thought we were going to die, it was that close.

“It was the worst thing in 20 years (of flying). It was the worst thing I’ve felt, but thank God we got it safely around.”

The pilot, a 42-year-old European man, spoke to the Sunday Herald Sun on the condition his identity not be revealed.

Realising the plane had not reached a high enough speed to get airborne, and with the end of the runway rapidly approaching, the pilot and co-pilot were desperately checking controls in the cockpit, trying to find out what had gone wrong.

At the last second, the pilot engaged a rapid acceleration known as TOGA (take-off go-around) and lifted the plane off the ground.

2010 Golf R : Now Official

Well here it is – the new Golf R.

Not R20t and not R20.

Just Golf R.

golf r a1

This is what the Mk6 Golf GTI should have looked like. And a Golf R ought to be even more macho looking than this.

golf r pipes

But this is what you get .

specs :

  • 4motion four wheel drive
  • Turbocharged TSI 2 litre engine (same unit as Scirocco)
  • 270hp at 6000rpm (boost 1.2bar)
  • 350Nm torque at 2500 to 5000 rpm
  • 250kph top speed
  • Standstill to 100kph 5.5s (with DSG)
  • 25.4s to reach 1000m (R32 took 26.7s)
  • 8.5 liters of fuel per 100km (20% better than the R32)

sources :

The Biggest Swimming Pool In The World…

Swimming_pool_Chile… is to be found in Chile, a nation with a very, very long coastline – 4300km.

According to the Guinness World Records, the largest swimming pool in the world is San Alfonso del Mar Seawater pool in Algarrobo, Chile. It is 1,013 m (3,324 ft) long and has an area of 8 ha (20 acres). It was completed in December 2006. Wiki. The water is clear at its deepest 35 meters.

Chilean biochemist Fernando Fischmann designed the pool utilizing a technology that recycles seawater to keep it clean.

Paperhouse Kiosks To Dot The London Streetscape

These are wooden newspaper kiosks reinforced with brass and having an underlying steel frame.


Roof gets a toughened glass to keep things bright and cheery.

Designer Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio has been commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, to produce kiosks that look good and are robust enough to survive the rigors of the urban jungle.


The kiosks open and close by rotating sections.


A $1.4 Quadrillion Bubble

According to DK Matai, the Chairman of Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance (ATCA), the global size of the derivatives bubble is more than $1000 trillion ie $1 quadrillion. Relying on figures from the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, he says listed credit derivatives stands at $542 trillion and Over-The-Counter (OTC) derivatives stands at $863 trillion. Total? $1405 trillion ie $1.405 Quadrillion.

The GDP of the entire world is $45 trillion.
$1405 trillion is 31 times world GDP.

Are you in shock yet?

Hazard A Guess About The Size of The Global Derivatives Market

How big and how bad is the world’s derivatives market?

In a word? Humongous!


$200 trillion?

Guess again!

$300 trillion?

Guess again, but you’re getting warm! You’d be right in 2006.

$500 trillion?

Wrong again and no more guesses for you.

The correct figure is $600 trillion, give or take $10 trillion.

And who says so?

Martin D. Weiss and Weiss Research, that’s who.

Martin likens the world’s economy to a super duper volcano waiting to blow its top!

When will Vesuvius erupt?

You have been forewarned!