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Marcus, you did not include a discount card for Transgenders. How very unPC of you 😉
Swiss Rail sell a half fare card for CHF 165 a year for a 50% discount on all regular fares by Train, bus and boat as well as 25% discount on rail fares in neighboring countries.23 Nov 2017
I should add, I now feel I am of an age where I do not have to eat food i do not like and usually make it clear to my hosts that I eat Pork/Beef/Lamb/Fish/Chicken and that is it. When signing up to attend a function where i know the menu is fixed, I call the hotel or restaurant in advance to check and if it’s something I do not like inform them so they can provide an alternative.23 Nov 2017
1) A sheep’s pluck; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed in with stock, all encased in the animal’s stomach
2) Pork fat and beef suet, pork blood, a proportion of oatmeal, mixed with barley groats.
And whilst in New York, it’s a definite must that you try this local delicacy…..
3) A meat trimmings consisting pink slime, meat slurry and flavored with salt, garlic, and paprika, cured in sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrite all encased in a synthetic edible tube
2. Black sausage
Am I right?22 Nov 2017
Has anyone tried any bizarre foods… especially when you have a client/customer opposite you & you know there is a big contract waiting to be signed..?
21 Nov 2017
Taken to see a large client of mine in China, and being told it was rude to refuse food, I was very apprehensive, and rightly so, as I’m offered the deep fried head of a chicken, the claws and all sorts of creepy crawlies. I explained that perhaps I’d lose a client, and i be very upset as I had deep respect for him and the business he gives me, but was sorry I just cannot eat these things.
He took it well and everyone laughed and now they tried to find food I liked. Pork yes, some fried veggie things – ok, then beef in a sauce. And it was good. then they called me a very strange foreigner- can’t remember the word they used. Other westerners will eat everything they said, but not that. What is it I asked? Dog they replied!!!
Well, I didn’t eat anymore nor did I throw up, but that’s the strangest food I’ve eaten, but it was done unknowingly.22 Nov 2017
Back in the 80’s on a Jeddah to Brussels flight, Sabena showed the Airplane disaster movie! To make matters worse thet had run out of alcoholic beverages as they did not load enough on the way down.
Other than that I rarely watch movies in flight as I hate getting into it to then be interrupted by some often mundane announcement or other – such as “Duty free sales now starting, look at catalogs”, explanation where to find such catalogue etc and then said in three languages.
That said when I do I never get emotional. Mrs. LP thinks I’m hard and unsentimental she says as the tears stream down her face! 😉in reply to: Crying on planes – films / movies to avoid22 Nov 2017
Air China offering 20% off for bookings made on Black Friday.21 Nov 2017
I recently arrived in ZRH with Swiss in C.
Aircraft parked remotely (pain) but then the Swiss “business only” bus pulled up and the 3-4 Pax in business were whisked off.
with no hand luggage, I think I was in the train station about 6 mins after the plane doors opened!
Felt like a top notch service.
I believe this sometimes happenin in LHR with BA?
This is one of the great advantages flying Swiss Business. In Europe I don’t know of any other carrier (though my experience is limited to a handful of carriers and about 20 airports) that will provide this service.in reply to: BA v Swiss Business Europe20 Nov 2017
Nice review Markiv and I’m glad you enjoyed the lounge.
I think the reason they don’t have Ovomaltine is that it’s no longer Swiss owned – it is produced still in Switzerland but owned by Associated British Foods. In the Business and Senator lounge you have Suchard Express and this is (to the best of my knowledge) still Swiss owned.
I may be wrong on the reason as they still have the small Toblerone bars and this is now owned by Mondelez.
As a by the way, the Swiss Business and Senator lounge at Zurich in A is now closed for some long overdue refurbishments. Opening in April I think.in reply to: Best Swiss departure lounge in Zurich airport?18 Nov 2017
Great idea Marcus. I’m planning one more trip this year and one for mid January so this could be very useful.18 Nov 2017
I was meanwhile positively surprised by Austrian that leaves the second seat empty on Embraers (2+2 configuration).
I didn’t bother to review the ZRH-MXP flight as it was a different aircraft and operated by Helvetic for Swiss. the other flights were also both on the same type of Airbus so a comparison was more balanced.
But I’m pleased to say though the seating was 2 x 2, in Business the seat next to me was kept free like on Austrian.in reply to: BA v Swiss Business Europe17 Nov 2017
I tried to bid FDOS but seem to have a password issue so must resolve that. I will also put in a bid as Mrs.M may be disappointing to see no-one is bidding but I will only make a serious attempt 56 days from now.
If you’re reading this Mrs. M, we had a lot of respect for your husband and are grateful to Mr. M and you for giving us the opportunity to acquire this model, and we will be bidding but it’s too early just now.in reply to: Business Traveller Online Charity Auction 201716 Nov 2017
Sorry to disagree here, but an English fizzy white wine (depending on brand) is far superior (as are many Italian Prosecco’s) to the French horse p**s they serve up nowadays. Most French champagne is made from imported grapes and the most favored are the English ones from the south coast.
So apart from the grapes having been pressed in France, French Champagne is probably English anyway!in reply to: The slow demise of LHR T5 First lounge16 Nov 2017
I love these auctions and have got a few things in the past. However, I can’t help but feel 60 days is too long to wait. Anyone who really wants something will just wait so the real bidding will likely only start a day or so before the end – or like me in previous years you just forget which is a shame.
Can the time not be cut? I’d say 10 days is prefect, but maybe as you’re a magazine 30 days should be ample time.in reply to: Business Traveller Online Charity Auction 201715 Nov 2017
Sounds like buying someone else’s castoff problems, but if it’s cheap and tatty enough it’s probably right for BA’s current strategy under the charmless pennypinching Catalan.
Sorry to be pedantic Capetonian, but he’s actually Basque. 😉15 Nov 2017