Just landed

16 Jan 2009 by Mark Caswell

Adding capacity at Heathrow Airport: Decisions following consultation

Adding capacity at Heathrow Airport: Decisions following compiles stories from the lighter side of business travel. This week: The Dorchester, Park Hyatt, Pinkwolf, The Radisson Edwardian Manchester and MotoArt.

Your mate marmite?

The Dorchester on Park Lane has launched a salty twist to its traditional afternoon tea offering, by offering guests the choice of marmite and cucumber sandwiches alongside the normal pastries and scones. The Marmite Afternoon Tea is available until January 25, and we reckon you’ll either love it or hate it.

A cut above

Park Hyatt has launched “Hair Room Service”, a touring partnership in association with Louis Vuitton and renowned French hairstylist John Nollet. The year-long initiative will see Nollet embark on an 11-city world tour providing a private hair diagnosis, and the option of a cut or colour treatment in the stylist's suite, for Park Hyatt and Louis Vuitton’s most loyal customers. So handbags at the ready girls, it could be worth a top-notch haircut.

Just in case

French designer Pinkwolf has released a controversial range of 007 suitcases, complete with pistols, axes and knives embossed on the front. The cases come in various colours and sizes, and can be bought online for around £100 each, although given the strictness of airport security these days, we suggest you buy a couple of spares.

Close but no cigar

Chelsea FC supporters have been clutching at straws this week, by claiming Diego Maradonna was responsible for the teams 3-0 defeat at the hands of Man Utd. Rumours are that the Argentine soccer legend set off the smoke alarms at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel in Manchester by puffing away on cigars in his room, causing the team to vacate the hotel for 40 minutes early on the morning of the match. Personally we think they’re Havana laugh if they think that’s why the team lost.


Design company MotoArt has come up with an ingenious way of reusing parts of decommissioned aircraft, by turning them into furniture. The range includes a reception desk made from the engine cowling of a Boeing 747, and a coffee table fashioned from the tail stabilizer of a DC-9. Seats made from B-52 ejection chairs are also available, hopefully with the ejection mechanism disabled.

By Mark Caswell

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