Times were tougher in the 70s, as an early issue advising on bodyguard hire confirms…

In the autumn 1977 issue we informed readers of the cost of bodyguard hire in Bogota – a reasonable £25 a day. According to our report, the Colombian capital was “a fascinating city where violence reigns but where the British businessman can pick up new business due to an economy which has been boosted by increased coffee prices.”

Thankfully, as our September 2018 issue highlighted, the city is much changed, though coffee is still one of the most important exports.

Elsewhere, we looked at the findings of the CBI West European living costs survey and advised you what to buy where. A two-piece off-the-peg lounge suit could cost just £68 in Spain, while in Belgium it might be around £150. Back then a packet of cigarettes was 40p in Italy and Spain, but at least double that in Denmark.

More sage advice, in a feature about motoring abroad, included being careful to avoid engine damage when driving in West Germany where they used “fuel containing less lead than petrol sold anywhere else in Europe.” The piece also gave the lowdown on drink-drive limits and the penalties. “Norwegians get a 21-day jail sentence – and usually serve it during the summer holidays so they don’t have to tell their work colleagues.”

HIGHLIGHTS

Seoul survivor

We waxed lyrical about the South Korean capital, which had risen phoenix-like from the ruins of the war 25 years before. Business Traveller was particularly impressed with Korean Airlines, where flights were lubricated with free champagne all the way from Geneva.

That’s entertainment

A feature revealed what you might expect from IFE on flights from Chicago.
On American Airline DC-10s you could watch take-off from over the captain’s shoulder via closed-circuit TV, while Continental Airlines’ DC-10s offered pub-bar areas in economy and inflight video games.

What an au pair!

We reported on a Swedish Tor Lines competition for male passengers in which first prize was the services of a Swedish au pair “girl” for a year. A cash alternative of £1,000 was also offered.

Gabon and on and on

To accompany our “World’s Most Aggravating Airport Award”, we kicked off the “Vexatious Visa Challenge Cup”. Henry Gunn, a pseudonym, offered up the first entrant, the Republic of Gabon. One applicant had made nine visits to the London consulate over a four-month period in the hope of gaining a visa.