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Cockpit view of Boeing 747 Landing at Kai Tak, Hong Kong

Cockpit view of Boeing 747 Landing at Kai Tak, Hong Kong

747 Landing at Kai Tak

This is a great video of a Boeing 747 landing at the now decommissioned Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong.

I actually flew from Hong Kong International (Chek Lap Kok) to Kai Tak and landed a 737-800 back in April 2011 which was brilliant and in this video I recognise Chequerboard Hill where I started the turn in to land at Kai Tak flying over the buildings. … my flight, however, was in a fully equipped 737-800 flight simulator and not the real thing. I can tell you the flight sim experience in Singapore was realistic enough.

This video of the Boeing 747 landing at Kai Tak shows the full view from approach, turn, and finals.

About Kai Tak International Airport, Hong Kong

Kai Tak International Airport was the international airport in Hong Kong from 1925 until 1998 which it was decommissioned. Once closed the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok opened just over 30 kilometres away.

The Kai Tak airport was most famous because of the numerous skyscrapers and mountains which were to its north. The runway to the south was protruding into Victoria Harbour. Any aircraft landing at Kai Tak airport required pilots to be very skilled and it was ranked as the 6th most dangerous airport in the world at one point.

I landed here in a 737-800 flight simulator and things happen very fast. I landed successfully but had to straighten up once I landed. Unfortunately, I had misaligned a throttle by 5% and it was pushing me to the right all the time which made for a trickier than planned landing at Kai Tak.

Funniest Christmas Song – Dominick the Donkey

Funniest Christmas Song – Dominick the Donkey

Dominick the Donkey – Christmas Song

I heard this on BeatFM a few years ago as a cheesy Christmas Song. This is called Dominick the Donkey and it is actually a very old song. Dominick the Donkey was a Christmas song written in 1960. The song Dominick The Donkey was recorded by Lou Monte in 1960. The festive tune is all about a brave donkey, Dominick, who helps Santa to bring gifts and presents to children in Italy. Apparently, the donkey is required because the reindeer cannot climb Italy’s hills.

The reason why I heard this song a few years ago is that Dominick the Donkey was re-released on September 26th 2011 and was included on a few Christmas compilation albums. Dominic the Donkey was listed at in the top 20 in the charts in 1960.

The song was used on BBC Radio 1 morning programme ‘The Chris Moyles Show’ while they were making a bit of fun of show contributor Dominic Byrne. So much so, with all this media play, the song appeared in the UK Singles Chart and was in at No. 2 in the British iTunes during Christmas week. It would have been amazing if it had reached the Christma Number 1 spot.

Do yourself a favour and have a listen to Dominic the Donkey, I think it’s hilarious but you will either love it or hate it. If you hate it, it will probably end up as an ear-worm for you as it did me…

Is there a video to beat this – if to leave a comment or YouTube Link to a funnier one …

iPhone 4G – Preview Video of the New 4G iPhone ?

iPhone 4G – Preview Video of the New 4G iPhone ?

The iPhone 4G is rumoured to be released in June 2010. The New iPhone will come after the release of the iPhone 3GS which had 2x speed, a video auto-focus camera and voice recognition, as well as on the success of Apple’s launch of the recent iPad. The new iPhone 4 is also rumoured to be called the iPhone HD and may have HD capabilities. It is also rumoured to have a forward facing camera, ideal for Skype video calls, and maybe a bit longer / thinner than the 3GS iPhone. This is an interesting concept of the New iPhone 4G

Other iPhone Rumours include

  • The new iPhone 4G will have an RFID antenna so you can scan products and use the phone as something such as an Oyster card.
  • The iPhone will have an OLED screen for a brighter, higher resolution screen which goes along with an HD iPhone for the 4G
  • The iPhone will have more storage – which makes sense possibly 64Gb or 128Gb
  • The iPhone HD will have a 16:9 screen – ideal for video
  • The iPhone 4G will have an LED camera/video flash and will be >5 megapixels
  • The iPhone release date for the 4G iPhone is in June

Nobody knows if these iPhone 4 rumours are correct but time will tell.

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The iPhone 4 in Retrospect

The Apple iPhone 4 was the fourth generation of the iPhone lineup, succeeding the iPhone 3GS. There were a number of notable tech leaks, and the iPhone 4 was first unveiled on June 7, 2010, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco USA. The iPhone 4 was released on June 24, 2010, in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan and included new hardware design to the iPhone including Apple’s new high-resolution “Retina Display”, Apple’s A4 system-on-chip, and iOS 4. iOs4 introduced multitasking functionality and app folders and also included a front-facing camera, catering to Apple’s new FaceTime video-chat service. The iPhone 4 was a fairly positive reception, with critics praising its revamped design and more powerful hardware, in comparison to previous models.

YouTube Video – The Best Cat Video you will Ever See !

YouTube Video – The Best Cat Video you will Ever See !

If you like cats and you think cats are funny, then you will love this YouTube video. This is , according to the creators, The Best Cat Video Ever. It is basically a collection of funny videos all starring cats – we could probably lose the presenter though! The Video is titled “THE BEST CAT VIDEO YOU’LL EVER SEE”. I think number 5 and number 7 are my favourite.

Crystal Swing, He Drinks Tequila (Video)

This is something I heard about on Newstalk’s Breakfast Programme for the past few mornings. It’s an Irish band called Crystal Swing and a song called “He Drinks Tequila”. The video of He Drinks Tequila is below if you want to watch it, it is also a huge hit on YouTube with a well-organised Crystal Swing YouTube Channel getting huge hits this week. They have become an Internet Sensation overnight, especially after ‘American Idol’ judge Ellen DeGeneres, posted a link on Twitter to the YouTube clip of Crystal Swing, made up of Mary Murray-Burke, her son Derek and daughter Dervla from Co. Cork. I have yet to watch the video the whole way through, as the song itself just reminds me of 11:30 at an Irish Wedding. I’m not overly sure what the fuss is all about but certainly they seem to have some sort of hit on their hands with all the publicity and YouTube hits.

I posted this video of the band and it seems to be getting Marmite style comments, come people love them and some don’t. Leave your comments below and let us know what you think.

Crystal Swing comprises Mary Murray-Burke and her son and daughter, Derek and Dervla Burke. Since the above video of the song, ‘He Drinks Tequila’ was posted on YouTube in January 2010, the Crystal Swing band has become an international hit. Apparently, the website gets millions of hits from all around the world, plus they also starred on the RTÉ‘ show The Late Late Show. Even Ellen DeGeneres blogged about the Crystal Swing band with a subsequent live appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2010.

The band have performed on many TV shows from Celebrity Bainisteoir to  Republic of Telly and they continue to perform in big venues across Ireland & Europe with some international shows.