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Yes, safest year ever for aviation. Would you Adam and Eve it, Donald Trump has posted a tweet claiming credit for this safest year…..2 Jan 2018
Air France do this in Business long-haul from CDG. Last time I requested the curry which was reasonable, and not under-seasoned like a typical French Fricassée à l’Indienne.
More worrying was AF from BKK to CDG running out of white wine. How could that happen!in reply to: Meals ordered pre-flight online2 Jan 2018
Clean water in every hotel in the world. I hate using bottled water to clean my teeth.2 Jan 2018
1. Stratocruiser, I don’t count bull’s balls as exotic. I have had them in Greece and elsewhere and very good they are too. I have never had ram’s nuts, but they are sold in mid-Wales as “mountain oysters”. How coy.
2. Canuck, I am sorry, but I have to dissent on the subject of the finest black pudding. As an honorary Mancunian, the best is from Bury. No contest.
3. The most bizarre was in reverse, at a meeting in a French hotel. The first course was some rather good beef carpaccio. Delegates from a certain country said “Its raw!! We can’t eat it!! It will make us ill!!” I forbore from pointing out that some cooked meat from their country had once made me very ill indeed.28 Nov 2017
Earlier this year, after a very busy couple of days in Philadelphia, I was on the United flight for LHR leaving IAD at 23.10.
I was sat in the rather bad UA business class seat, bolt upright for take-off, and was asleep as we went down the runway before we rotated. I woke up as we were on the last round of the holding pattern before landing. The flight attendant said she had never seen someone so deep asleep sat like that, and they had debated whether to try and recline the seat … but decided not.
It was a deep sleep but not the best night ever.in reply to: Best night ever sleeping on a plane?28 Nov 2017
No-one should feel negative about any flight for London landing in Southend. I recently came back from Prague on a FlyBE service flown by a plane on a wet lease from Stobart. The airport was small and efficient and I was on the train to London in minutes after landing.
Leaving Prague at 10.05, I sat down to lunch in central London at 12.30.in reply to: Carlisle to finally regain its London air link ?28 Nov 2017
Martyn, I am flattered!
Departing airport – Copenhagen
Lounge – Turkish at Istanbul
Aircraft – 330 or 340
Airline – Garuda (business) for seat, service, food
Drinks, before the meal, during and after – a certain Club in London, made airborn
OK, sat next to Martyn, with maybe Tim on the other side for advice on the next flight
Arrival airport – Montreal maybe, or Osaka
Martyn, I am not sure about “Arrival Airport: Anywhere in Asia”. Delhi? Yangon? Guangzhou?in reply to: Fantasy airline league24 Oct 2017
A follow-up to my note of a few minutes ago.
I have dumped my two-star review on TripAdvisor, and have looked at a few of the other reviews there – and, sure enough, “no desk” is the main complaint in poor reviews over the last couple of years.
The hotel response to a review two years ago that made this complaint was “We did want to share that we are working on a plan to add additional workspace to our guest rooms”. If they are worling on a plan it must be very complicated …. two years? Why not just put proper desks back in the rooms and sack the smart-arse designer who didn’t like the way they looked?in reply to: Working in lounges and hotels14 Oct 2017
This thread has been asleep for a while, but I am reviving it because the thing I feared has come to pass. I have been forced to stay in a Marriott hotel (because I am at a big international meeting with all the delegates in the one hotel) and there is indeed no desk in the room.
What planet are they from? – removing desks from their hotel rooms. I have to work several hours a day in my room and sitting perched on an armchair (the only chair in a vast room) with the laptop on a spindly tiny table just does not work. I have papers I need to which I need to refer. Where do I spread them out?
Sorry Marriott, a two-star review on TripAdvisor is on its way.in reply to: Working in lounges and hotels14 Oct 2017
Also, not too much lavish praise for KLM please (captonianm) – I am in Helsinki via Amsterdam, and I am told that my bag that failed to arrive is one of thousands delayed in the baggage system at AMS. Only when the agent learned that I was going to be here 5 days did she hint that it might be worth trying to get it delivered in Helsinki: if it had been just a day or two she was going to say “don’t bother”.in reply to: oneworld – be careful who you get into bed with!25 Aug 2017
That’s a bit hard on SkyTeam Capetonianm! I know AF is not everyone’s cup of tea, but they have been good for me and I have the Flying Blue platinum card to show for it – and SkyTeam includes such stars as Korean and Garuda, superb business class for the long haul out east. There are also plenty of other solid workmanlike airlines – Aeroflot, Aeroméxico, China Southern, Delta – who have given me good service in the last year or so.in reply to: oneworld – be careful who you get into bed with!16 Aug 2017
Some nostalgia (particularly because some of the manufacture was just outside Stockport) but not much. The Bombardier CS100 is a much better aircraft, despite its microscopic video screens. You need binoculars to see the safety video.in reply to: Swiss retires Avro RJs after 27 years15 Aug 2017