... to get excited about winning a rosette! I have found in recent years that all the motivation I need to take part in something (road race, horse show) is the promise of a rosette or medal - or preferably both. I've never thought of myself as competitive in that sense but I guess I am now!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Or should that be, driving by Miss Julie... Motorists beware, for the first time in 2.5 years, I got behind the wheel of our car and took to the roads of Bangalore! I did drive the car when we first bought it - just around the apartment complex - and since then have left the driving in the capable hands of our wonderful driver, Manoj. Yesterday was a bit of an oddity: Tom was working from home, so we gave Manoj a surprise day off, but then had a dinner invitation to a hotel about 15 minutes from our apartment. Normally we would take a taxi: there was a taxi strike; or a rickshaw: the heavens opened just as we were leaving, so an open air rickshaw wasn't an option. Only one thing for it, grab the car keys and give it a whirl!
Friday, May 16, 2008
So, BA just posted a 45% rise in profits. BA b oss Willie Walsh is happy, of course, but decided NOT to take an annual bonus because of the recent Terminal Fiasco, sorry, opening of Terminal Five. I'm sure that that reputed $1.4 million dollars will be put to better use paying just a few of the people who've claimed insurance directly from BA for delayed baggage. I for one benefited to the tune of $500 (and contrary to what I wrote earlier, it WAS for the full amount). The full financial effects of T5 will not be felt until next year given that it opened to close to the end of the fiscal year, so watch this space. In the meantime, I find it unbelievable that BA is suggesting they may have to put up flight prices in response to surging fuel costs. In an environment where most people would currently rather fly Baghdad Airways than British Airways, one would think they would use their marketing savvy to rebuild customer loyalty and entice nay-sayers back into the fold with cheaper fares. I for one will still fly BA for convenience of a direct flight to the UK, but am still in my heart of hearts a Virgin. Virgin Atlantic. Nothing beats the purple and red decadence and sheer fun of Richard Branson's Upper Class experience; the hanging chair in the old Heathrow lounge; the sausage sandwiches and unlimited champagne; and a free fake tan and a manicure before even getting on the plane. BA are fun-suckers on the ground, in-flight, and at baggage (what baggage?) reclaim. And soon we will have to pay more for it. Bloody Appalling!
Thursday, May 08, 2008
It's a dry day in Bangalore... or should I say a dry THREE days, which means that there's no booze being sold anywhere, and moreover, most of our favourite restaurants are actually CLOSED!!! Reason? It's election time in Bangalore and as far as I can make out from our driver, there are concerns about unruly behaviour if voters are drinking; plus, it appears that it's customary for the political parties to dish out booze. Maybe I should sneak into a poll booth and grab myself a shot or two of India's finest whisky??? Normally, a couple of dry days wouldn't be an issue - we have a party to go to on Saturday night, which definitely will not be dry - but it's our anniversary tomorrow and we were hoping for a nice meal out. Instead, we will have it at home with much better (imported) and much less expensive wine (remembering that tax on booze here is over 250% and then there's the mark up in restaurants...) and I will be cooking (beef, I hope) steaks. Cheers!