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16 Jan 2009 by Mark Caswell

Adding capacity at Heathrow Airport: Decisions following consultation

Adding capacity at Heathrow Airport: Decisions following consultation

Businesstraveller.com
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.

Handicraft

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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