Autumn 1977

1 Oct 2004 by BusinessTraveller

In our edition, 27yearsago, we told you that when visiting Zaire, you should be warned that at Kinshasa Airport, guards carry submachine guns, "with the safety catches off".

Ferry operators Swedish Tor Line were running a competition with a first prize of a Swedish au pair girl. Winners could choose between having the services of the au pair for a year or £1,000 cash.

Finally, when driving on the Continent, you should: "Be careful on German autobahns: the drivers are extremely aggressive as well as fast. You must check your mirror very carefully before pulling out of the slow lane, lest you find yourself as bonnet decoration for a Mercedes running at 130mph."

Fare check: an economy class return fare from London to Paris was £69, and in first class £104. An economy class return to Hong Kong was £871, and in first class £1,488.

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