Friday, November 30, 2007

Pantene Smiles

pantene smiles, originally uploaded by Idle Type.

I love Flickr especially on a Friday when I'm bored.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Virgin Atlantic Sucks - OR - Form and not bloody function

Excert from FlyerTalk posting regarding a recent flight with Virgin Atlantic Airways.

I arrived at T3 to find just two desks open for UC check-in and a large queue snaking around the concourse. Various staff members were wandering around but none of them appeared to be ready to open up additional desks. After 40 minutes I managed to check in and make my way to security. Thank heavens for Fast Track otherwise I would have been queuing for over an hour. Isn't T3 appalling!!? VA marketing department keep bombarding me with emails about the future of T3 which all sounds very nice but what about managing things a little better during the refurb. Awful experience. Once in the Lounge (Virgin - your lounge rocks!!) I was able to relax.

Service on the flight was average but not exceptional. I sometimes think Virgin crew are more interesting in their wellbeing rather than their passengers. They spent most of the flight discussing their plans for that evening rather than checking on the passengers. Are any other airlines better?

My partner was due to join me in Chicago the following Friday. Just prior to boarding a technical fault was discovered and the flight delayed for an hour. This turned into two hours before they started to bus the passengers to the plane. Once boarded the same fault on the opposite side of the plane was discovered. Surely this is a maintenance issue. The passengers were offloaded and the flight eventually departed 5 1/2 hours later. During that time a few sandwiches and bottles of water were offered but they were insufficient for the number of passengers in the departure lounge.

When returning my partner was travelling PE. I enquired about upgrading using miles or money but was told the flight was full. I checked again at the gate and was told the same thing. After takeoff I wandered around the UC cabin and counted 6 empty seats. I had heard the check in staff @ Chicago were a little on the frosty side (earlier posts on this site) and I would tend to agree. Not the most helpful of people.

We have since complained the Customer Relations and got the 'I'm sorry we didn't live up to your expectations and thanks for telling us. We'll do better in future' letter. Sorry but that’s just not good enough. I've since responded and I'm waiting for a reply before I pick up the phone.

In summary I was very disappointed with the level of service offered by Virgin Atlantic. Check in at T3 and my partners flight are more than enough to send me back to BA but then throw in its extensive route network, One World Partnerships and the new Club World and they more than have the edge. I appreciate that a BA flight hasn't left on time for several years but at least you know you'll get their within an hour or two of the arrival time. Virgin…is it a case of form over function?

Friday, November 09, 2007


Abi receiving an award from the London Health and Safety Group - I'm so proud, then again she won't know that as she doesn't read this :-)

Manly January 2nd 2007

DSC00621, originally uploaded by tidy mind.

A fantastic photo shot by Ms Piper :-)

Thursday, November 08, 2007


What irritates me at roundabouts is people who use all the lanes. Especially those going straight on and cutting the corner or indicating right. Most annoying are those that don't indicate. For all those idiots please refer to the following.

When taking the first exit to the left, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise
* signal left and approach in the left-hand lane
* keep to the left on the roundabout and continue signalling left to leave

When taking an exit to the right or going full circle, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise
* signal right and approach in the right-hand lane
* keep to the right on the roundabout until you need to change lanes to exit the roundabout
* signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want

When taking any intermediate exit, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise
* select the appropriate lane on approach to the roundabout
* you should not normally need to signal on approach
* stay in this lane until you need to alter course to exit the roundabout
* signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want

When there are more than three lanes at the entrance to a roundabout, use the most appropriate lane on approach and through it.

OK - simple to understand. It doesn't mean negotiate the roundabout on your mobile phone while arguing with your girlfriend. Or, indicate right whilst going straight on so everyone has to stop until they know what you are doing.....Remember....MIRROR, SIGNAL then MANOEUVRE...muppets.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Christmas Shopping

If anyone is worried about Christmas shopping for me then hop on a plane to NYC and head down the apple store. :-)

Isn't it a fantastic building. Alternatively, go to the Apple store online. Anything from Apple is always going to be goooooooood!!!

Question of the day: Why do blonde women in Blue BMW 520 Tourers fail to look when they pull out of junctions when I'm doing 50 (in a 60mph zone) with my lights on. While I'm having a crack at blondes - check out the next 4WD you see - especially X5's, X3's, Range Rovers and Discovery's. 70% chance there will be a lone occupant. Guess what, she'll be a blonde usually in the middle of the road because she can't drive. Most of them won't have ordered indicators and they'll be in the phone at the same time. Call me sexist and you would be spot on.

Oh & Abi - It's down to £25.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Summit Diner

Summit Diner, originally uploaded by three15bowery.

I'm now able to Blog directly from Flickr. This is one of my favourite photo's on Flickr. It's a diner in Summit, New Jersey. You don't see many of them in the US anymore. Hopefully it's had some form of preservation order attached to it.

What do Time magazine readers think of the iPhone?

Friday, November 02, 2007

My 5* Songs on iTunes

Just testing a new application on iTunes that lets me blog about my music.

You Oughta Know (Acoustic Album Version) Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
The Thrill Is Gone B.B. King B.B. King: Anthology
Curtain Falls Blue Best of Blue
Curtain Falls Blue
Easy Commodores Old Skool Reunion
Never Let Me Down (Split Mix) Depeche Mode Remixes 81...04
(Reach Up for the) Sunrise Duran Duran (Reach Up for the) Sunrise - Single
Good Grief Foo Fighters Foo Fighters
Learn To Fly Foo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to Lose
Mystify INXS Definitive INXS
Call The Police James Morrison Undiscovered
Back 2 Good (Live) Matchbox Twenty Bent - EP
3AM Matchbox Twenty iTunes Originals - Rob Thomas
Bright Lights Matchbox Twenty More Than You Think You Are
Unwell Matchbox Twenty More Than You Think You Are
Back 2 Good Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You
Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) Ray Charles Ray (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) - EP
Down Roachford Feel [UK]
Open Road Roachford Word of Mouth
Tomorrow Roachford Word of Mouth
River of Love Roachford Word of Mouth
Bouncin Back Robert Cray Midnight Stroll
Superstition Stevie Wonder Song Review (The Very Best Of Stevie Wonder) [UK]

posted with beaTunes

Still no response

Now it's £45. Anyone want to take me up on the bet or are you scared.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

New Domain

We now have a new home...

I purchased the domain name through Blogger & Google checkout (google own blogger) for £4.80. The name is currently being distributed to DNS Servers (name registration servers) around the net. According to google it may take up to 3 days to work for everyone. This was my first use of google checkout. Similar to paypal and a breeze to use.

Abi, I'll give you £50 if you read this blog today without being prompted by our two readers!!!! This amount will reduce by £5 every day from today (1st November). I will bet ANYONE another £50 that Abi won't read this blog within the next 10 days.

Watch this space for updates.