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A 45 Second Rant against Slow people in airports.


Written by the 14 year old and made me laugh. 

One of the things that really annoys me is when people walk very, very slowly in front of you. Sometimes these people realize that there is in fact, somebody behind them and obligingly let you go past but most of the time they remain completely unaware, even if you do politely ask them if you could “just get through.” Apparently, this category of people tends to be both ignorant of your polite pleas and also surprisingly very slow indeed. As well as this, these people often seem to appear right when you are in a hurry, in airports for example. You have just gone through the whole rigmarole of trying to find your boarding cards, had your bag checked by security because there was some dangerous hand cream that was over 100mls and not in the plastic bag provided, and finally you settle down on the hard plastic seats before you realize that the departure screen for your flight is reading LAST CALL and you rush off to your gate which is not where the signposts state it is, and just as you are hurrying through those corridors, you are stopped by the people in front as they are walking as slow as is humanly possible. Possibly even slower than that in fact. Unfortunately for the fast walker type of people, the slower people not only can always be located directly in front of you, but also have the tendency to walk in large clumps of slow walking people. The only way out of this situation is to push through and apologize profusely, and hope that no other person has the misfortune to be stuck behind these people at any time that day.

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FLYBE Experience


Having flown FLYBE for the first time it is reasonable to pen a few thoughts. The flight was Gatwick to Inverness and took maybe an hour as opposed to 8 hours on the train for similar cost. The plane was less than a third full with 32 seats occupied out of 92. The plane was an Embraer 175 which is not unlike a small Airbus 319. Comfortable and clean and a good experience. Why would I not use then again? Not so many routes and airports for me, having to pay for food is irritating ( surely a few pounds on the ticket and give away coffee and biscuits?) and the size of handluggage allowed is smaller than for example British Airways.

Flybe is a British low-cost regional airline group based in Exeter, Devon, England and operates over 180 routes to 65 European airports and is Europe’s largest regional airline, carrying over 7 million passengers during 2013.

The Flybe Group is a public company and employs around 2,600 people.
Launched in 1979 under the name Jersey European Airways, the airline was later renamed British European (BE), and then Flybe. It took over BA Connect in 2007 to create Flybe Group

 

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Custard Cream. Copyright Chris Bushe

Custard Cream. Copyright Chris Bushe

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Inverness Airport


A small regional airport with a few flights direct to Gatwick and Stansted. Most flights arrive and depart at either end of the day but it was surprising to see how empty the airport was at 3pm on a tuesday afternoon a week before xmas. The airport itself is easy to navigate as there is not much there. Few small cafes and shops and car hire operators. Taxis do not bother hanging around unless a flight is due in and calling one is maybe the better option. Clean and functional and infinitely better than than the evil that is Gatwick South.

Inverness Airport

Inverness Airport

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Cruise around Spain


Not so sure what one writes about a whole weeks cruising. Grandeur of the Seas was the boat. A 2 am wake up call for a 6 am flight to Palma and lunch on the boat at 10.30 UK time. Not bad. Appalling lack of food choices at Gatwick and frankly Gatwick and Heathrow must be in competition for the worst airport in the world. Thomson airways, decent charter airline.
the places were quite interesting. Barcelona, Ibiza,Malaga and Gibraltar. No deaths on board this time unlike xmas but there was an emergency helicopter evacuation and a return to port at Malaga because of another medical issue. huge number of dolphins seen in a dolphin safari in gibraltar. What was astonishing though was the food. It was pretty much available 24 hours a day and yet folks had to push and shove in a frenzied way each mealtime. The size of the cohort on board was frankly again worrying and appalling. The average BMI had to have been 30. Photos will follow later this week

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