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Issue 6 2012

///FREIGHT BREAK Eye of the beholder

Not even the Antonov 124’s own mother would describe the giant Russian freighter as handsome but that didn’t prevent Ognyan Stefanov from Bulgaria from taking the first prize in a photo competition with a picture of one of the type taking off from Sofia Airport. It has to be added that the

competition was run by the Volga-Dnepr Group which mostly operates Eastern Bloc aircraſt, and all the prize categories were organised by aircraſt type, including the An-124, B747 and the IL-76, so these guys really had their work cut out for them; it wasn’t as if anyone could sneak in a picture of a Concorde or a VC10 to try and sway the judges.

I must say that, judging by the

evidence, all the photographers did a grand job of making these workhorses of the sky look, it not beautiful, at least dramatic. For anyone who hasn’t had their fill of IL76TDs and An-124-

100s, the best works submitted to the competition will feature in a special Volga-Dnepr calendar and the Group hopes to continue a working relationship with some of the outstanding photographers that took part.

Off-topic and off-message

Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour seems to interpreting his brief very widely. He recently offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who kills the producer of the controversial US film, Innocence of Muslims, which plunged much of the Middle East into turmoil. The Pakistan

Leaf it to the experts

five metres wide, 4.40 metres high and weighed 20 tonnes. The tree stumps were moved from Oxford to Wales using five specialist trailers early in the day to keep traffic disruption to a minimum. ALS also carried out a route survey

including: removal of street furniture, notification to police and arranging a police escort. ALS’ operations team have taken

Abnormal Load Services certainly weren’t stumped when they moved Angela Palmer’s Ghost Forest Project from the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford to the National Botanic Garden of Wales

in Llanarthne,

Camarthanshire. Thirteen rain forest tree stumps

were originally transported from a tropical rainforest in Ghana in 2009 and have been touring the country to raise public awareness of

the connection between

deforestation and climate change. Denya, the biggest and heaviest stump measured eight metres long,

full responsibility for the planning and execution of several phases of this project from original import into the UK via Tilbury, to London’s Trafalgar Square, on to Copenhagen in 2009 and then back to storage at ALS’ Hull yard before their journey continued to Oxford. Truly, a tree-mendous effort.

government moved quickly to distance itself from Mr Bilour, who, according to Sky News, also invited Taliban and al Qaeda “brothers” to be “partners in this noble deed”. Perhaps, though, Mr Bilour

should stick to his day job. Pakistan Railways was last reported to have a mere 100 operational locos available to cover the entire 5,000-

mile network – of which only ten are dedicated to freight. While the government says

that it has allocated Rs3.5 billion to obtain new locos and repair existing ones, if it doesn’t get its act together soon the minister might find himself on the receiving end of a similar fatwa from enraged commuters and freight shippers.

Capital punishment

A director of Palletforce member Wings Transport has smashed the world record for the Enduroman ‘Arch to Ar’ London to Paris endurance triathlon. Mark Bayliss ran, swam and cycled more than 290 miles from Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in 73 hours and 39 minutes. Not only did he beat the previous

record for the event by almost eight hours, he became only the 11th person in the world to complete the event and the only person to ever complete it without wearing

a wetsuit for the swim across the Channel. It was all in aid of raising funds for Sportsaid, a charity that helps young British sportsmen and women to achieve their goals. Mark, from Caterham, in

Surrey embarked on a training regime covering 3,000 kilometres running, 15,000 kilometres cycling and 2,000 kilometres swimming and strength and conditioning training. He also revealed that he didn’t touch a drop of booze in nine months – which surely must be yet another record for freight

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“Dazzling” “Spellbinding” “Glorious” were some of the words used by theatre critics to describe Theatre Royal Bath’s US tour of The Caretaker starring Hollywood legend Jonathan Pryce – and they

could equally apply to

Anglo Pacific, who moved a 40ſt container of set, costumes, props, wigs and technical items from the UK to the US and back to Bath. The theatre’s general manager

Eugene Hibbert said “If we don’t deliver on time, apart from actors acting with no scenery, a disappointed paying audience of thousands and my P45 landing on my desk, there’s also a large contractual penalty clause for Theatre Royal Bath Productions. Thankfully, we know we’re in safe hands with Anglo Pacific and everything went very well – to schedule and to budget.”

industry management. During his epic journey

between the two capitals he revealed: “There was a really nice moment when I finished the Channel swim and as I came up on to the beach, someone from a restaurant on the seafront bought me a glass of champagne. It was my first alcohol in nine months so I drank it and then cycled 181 miles to the finish.” You can still sponsor Mark at: MarkBayliss.

Welcome to the club

Somalia may have become a byword for lawlessness, terrorism and piracy but it does at least have something to cheer about. The World Customs Organisation has just welcomed it as its 179th member. The WCO’s website describes it blandly as “an English- speaking country located in the Horn of Africa” and that it is “pleased to welcome Somalia into the international Customs family”.

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