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My wife mentioned the ‘R’ word the other
day, as what do you want to do in your
retirement. I was secretly amused, in
that I am already way past the modern
retirement age. But a nice thought none
the less. My answer was half the year in
Watamu the other in her tribal homeland –
Scotland. Seems we have found common
It also reminded me of a story of my life,
from an ‘R’ perspective. At a recent lunch
party I was talking to a former captain of
industry who told me he retired when he
was 53. I snorted, that I didn’t really start
to work until I was fifty. There is a tad of
truth here. The first fifty I’ll have to add
where about living the life, from a load of
different perspectives and a negative bank
The Nissan slogan ‘Life’s
A Journey, Enjoy The Ride’
encapsulates it to a tee.
I have been doing a fair amount of travelling
in the last month or so. I flew Kenya
Airways and was impressed to a point.
All flights on-time, immaculate aircraft
interior, everything worked, however as
fortunate as I was to be flying in the pointy
bit, I noted massive over-the-top cost
cutting. Surely this is one area where your
passengers who are paying top dollar
NOT to cut corners.
To start with no champers, there is no
airline anywhere in the world that doesn’t
serve bubbly to its premium passengers.
Sparkling wine is no substitute for
The menu was cheap and cheerful, the
food - economy class served on china. My
school report says it all 'Could do better, if
As always the crew were excellent and
the lounges at both Nairobi and Heathrow
This trip included a visit to Monaco for a
conference. If you think it's expensive to
live and play here in Kenya, think again. On
arriving at my hotel an Australian counter-
part suggested we go to the bar for a beer.
I don’t do this and I’m not sure if you do, but
he did. He asked the waiter what beers he
had and we settled on the local Mona – he
then asked ‘How much mate?’ The waiter
was dumb struck, eventually blurting out
that they cost €18 each (US$19 or Kshs.
1,940/-). No thanks mate we’ll go to the
Irish around the corner. Said Irish round
the corner only charged €7 with happy
hour from 5-7 only €3.50.
‘Struth mate we hardly ever left
I’ve never seen so many Ferraris and
Rollers in one place at one time in my life,
so much so that after a very short time
you tended not to take any notice. Well
who would want to? Halloween is big in
Monaco, such a big night to a point where
bars and restaurants were charging an
Mind, not the Irish round the
I lucked out on the accommodation,
harbour view. One morning I woke up
and the room was darker than I was used
to. I pulled back the curtains and there
hovering over me was a bloody great
20-storey cruise ship. Thankfully that was
the day we were in conference. Evidently
the streets of Monaco were awash with
tanks, it evidently was not a pretty sight.
The conferences gala dinner guest was
none other that the original 007 Roger
Moore and his wife. Charming as ever,
even though besieged by the selfie mob.
He seems to have aged well, but then
you never know with movie stars. Is it the
fountain of youth or the snip?
We had a client into the travel agency
recently who needed to sort his Executive
Club account with British Airways. We
suggested he call them, but he said
he’d prefer to go and visit their office in
The next day he was back, steam coming
from both ears, seems that they do not
allow visitors, it’s only a call centre they
say. He was thus refused entry.
On further investigation the only folk who
can gain entry are those buying a ticket or
having one re-issued, for which they are
charged US$80 per transaction. When you
are trying to fill a 747 to London everyday,
a strange business model. No other airline
that I am aware of in this country has
adopted this customer push-back.
So to holiday greetings or as we say in my
family Merry Christmas. We all share each
others religious holidays, granted some
are only a welcome day off, so let’s all
share this one without getting our knickers
in a knot.
To you and yours of all faiths, a very Merry
Christmas and I wish you all a happy and
prosperous New Year.
May 2017 be all that you wish.
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