The Hub Is Chuffed

19 May

I may have mentioned one or two thousand times that the Hub is a plane geek.  His idea of fun is to sit in a draughty field next door to an airport, with a flask and a camera.

I may also have mentioned that we don’t often have much money to spare.  His favourite Christmas stocking filler from me is always the latest issue of Airliner World [strapline: The Global Airline Scene, which has me in stitches], as he can’t usually afford to buy it.

You may remember we went to France for £9 with Ryanair – incidentally, a much-maligned airline which is actually really good value for money and the most punctual in Europe.  The Hub had great fun taking pictures on the way to the airport, in the airport, outside the plane, inside the plane and of the plane, inside and out. 

He treated himself to the November issue of Airliner World for the flight, which cost more than half the price of the plane ticket, and entered a photographic competition it was running that month.

I’d like to say he won, but he didn’t.  Never mind.  However, he likes the magazine so much that when he came across back issues going for 99p on eBay, he bought two – April and May’s of this year.

They arrived today and he got as far as the second page, when he suddenly looked puzzled – did that head scrolling up and down the page thing that says I’m looking and I don’t understand what’s going on here – then suddenly jumped up in glee.  The Hub hasn’t jumped in glee since I told him the best news he could ever have – he’s allowed to keep his seven thousand airline pin collection and me – so it was my turn to look puzzled.

His competition entry photo had been used on the second page, as the background to the editor’s article!  He didn’t know they were going to use it because they didn’t tell him, but entry to the competition implied consent.  It was cropped, but not to its detriment, and he was credited.

Here’s the picture:

He’s chuffed, and so am I.  I didn’t have a thing to write about today.

37 Responses to “The Hub Is Chuffed”

  1. misswhiplash May 19, 2012 at 19:36 #

    well done Mr Hub…a winner after all


  2. kateshrewsday May 19, 2012 at 20:02 #

    That is a really beautiful photo, Tilly, impressive! No wonder they used it! Congratulations to Hub – and hope you’re having a celebration…


  3. Elaine May 19, 2012 at 20:10 #

    Congratulations to Hub – it’s a wonderful picture. Did you notice his name on the front cover of the magazine? “Ulaanbaatar – Mongolian HUB Airport”


  4. restlessjo May 19, 2012 at 20:13 #

    Let’s hear it for the HUB!


  5. annie21livinginusa May 19, 2012 at 20:21 #

    Awesome photo, he has every right to be chuffed, congratulations!


  6. Gobetween May 19, 2012 at 20:21 #

    I think it is a great photo. Amazing how fate works … if the hub did not buy those issues he would have never known. I think a little email or note informing the hub that they were using his photo would have been the proper thing to do.


    • vivinfrance May 19, 2012 at 20:38 #

      and a cheque! Well done Hub, If you hadn’t come to see us this could never have happened.


  7. Debbie May 19, 2012 at 20:34 #

    Wow, well done the Hub! I agree that he should have had a courtesy email or something though. How lucky that he bought the magazine!


  8. viveka May 19, 2012 at 20:58 #

    A fantastic photo – I’m amazed that he didn’t won …. Because he entered it to the completion they have the right to use it … did the magazine give him the credit and his name was clearly stated ???? Agree withGobetween that they could have sent an email and acknowledge him that way. He has all right to be chuffed and proud, but the magazine behaved poorly. It was faith that he bought the issue.


  9. grannymar May 19, 2012 at 21:00 #

    Wow! Congratulations to Hub on making it to page two, we women usually follow on page three!! 😉


  10. granny1947 May 19, 2012 at 22:03 #

    Well done Hub!!!


  11. creatingreciprocity May 19, 2012 at 22:23 #

    Nice picture!


  12. Al May 19, 2012 at 22:28 #

    Congrats to the Hub! Actually, this is the first time I knew that being chuffed was a good thing.

    That is a one in a million picture. The way he composed it gives another quality to it. With just a little imagination, it looks like a smaller plane with white wings is making a banking maneuver to the side. Any Ryanair marketing exec worth his salt would use that picture to greater advantage. Fantastic job.


    • vivinfrance May 20, 2012 at 09:51 #

      What is your meaning for chuffed? It’s a lovely word for pleased, delighted, thrilled to bits!


      • Al May 20, 2012 at 12:34 #

        Hi Viv. Actually, never looked it up, but just assumed it meant something like upset or riled. Just has that ring to it. Of course, I learn a new Brit word almost every time I read a post here.


  13. Pseu May 19, 2012 at 23:15 #

    Marvellous! Now he should develop the photographic skills, perhaps and submit more?


  14. jmgoyder May 20, 2012 at 01:05 #

    I can imagine his glee and surprise! But shouldn’t they have paid him!


  15. Martha May 20, 2012 at 01:38 #

    It really is a beautiful photo. Congrats to hubby!! 🙂


  16. judithatwood May 20, 2012 at 01:51 #

    Yay! What an accomplishment, and even better because it was unexpected! Very Cool! 😎


  17. laurieanichols May 20, 2012 at 03:00 #

    That is fantastic news, well done Mister Hub, well done! The photo is so majestic , the clean lines of the wing amidst the fluffy cloud. It makes for an excellent background to any article tling about planes.


  18. Gabrielle Bryden May 20, 2012 at 06:00 #

    Woohoo – congrats to hub – what a fantastic shot!


  19. barb19 May 20, 2012 at 06:35 #

    Congrats to the hub, and I’m well chuffed too! Its a great shot, no wonder they used it; glad they gave him the credit too.


  20. Roly May 20, 2012 at 09:14 #

    Yeah! Cool pic


  21. BeckySefton May 20, 2012 at 12:18 #

    I travelled with Ryan Air once. I thought the flight was terrible, but like you say: value for money 😉


  22. robincoyle May 21, 2012 at 00:22 #

    They didn’t tell him they were going to use it? I say sue the bastards.


  23. eof737 May 21, 2012 at 05:18 #

    We’re all chuffed… good job and congrats for the hub then! 🙂


  24. bluebee May 21, 2012 at 10:59 #

    That is a stunning photo – well done to the Hub
    They could at least have given him a sub to the mag as thanks, don’t you think?


  25. Tilly Bud May 21, 2012 at 12:01 #

    Thanks for your lovely comments, everyone!

    The Hub sends his thanks, too 🙂


  26. benzeknees May 22, 2012 at 19:05 #

    How nice for Hub! He should be really pleased! Will he frame it?


  27. Janie Jones May 23, 2012 at 13:21 #

    Well done indeed! And what a wonderful coincidence that it appeared in one of the back issues he just happened to get on ebay. Congrats!


  28. sarsm May 23, 2012 at 17:01 #

    That and he found it. How brilliant!!


  29. Perfecting Motherhood May 24, 2012 at 05:35 #

    What a great picture! I can’t believe the didn’t use it for the front cover, it’s way better than the one on the cover you show, especially the color theme. I think your husband can start submitting more photos!


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