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The powers that be at Jomo Kenyatta
International Airport have totally re-
organised their parking regime with effect
from 1st September. It all (well almost all)
makes sense. You’ll re-call my whinge
about the brand new multi-storey car park
at the airport in the last edition, which was
reserved for staff only. Well that’s changed.
I hope in some small way that my whinge
might have made a difference. There I go
blowing my own trumpet, now where did
that turn of phrase come from?
The term in its present form is 19th century.
Anthony Trollope, in his work Australia
and New Zealand, 1873 observed: “In the
colonies... when a gentleman sounds his
own trumpet he ‘blows.’” That is clearly
commenting on what must already have
been a well-known phrase, although there
aren’t known printed citations to support
that from before 1873. The use of ‘blows’
is interesting too, as that matches the
current US use as a slang term to describe
anything bad or worthless.
The multi-story car park is now for the
exclusive use of us mere mortals, all 4
levels and 1,253 parking slots. Hallelujah!
Some other parking lots have already been
closed, to include the long-term and staff
parking between terminals 1B and 1D.
The central square parking lots will close
on 30th September (interestingly 120
parking slots here were reserved for Kenya
Airways staff – no wonder it was full most
of the time). The parking lots near terminal
two are now for staff and taxis only.
Parking in front of the multi-storey car park
usually reserved for the red number plate
brigade and the self-importants is now
closed; except for emergency vehicles.
New drop off and pick-up areas for all
terminals have been introduced and are
limited to a maximum of five minutes –
no parking or waiting permitted. In other
words you have to be actively picking or
dropping and nothing else.
Mingi thanks to the Kenya Airports
Authority Managing Director/CEO Jonny
Andersen and his team. It seems our
international gateway to the world is at last
heading towards its true potential.
While I have his attention one last whinge,
why are the escalators post immigration
clearance at departures been out of order
for the past nine-months?
The pride of Africa - Kenya Airways has
been in the news a lot lately, from creditors
being coerced into converting debt into
equity to finally gaining clearance for
direct flights from Nairobi to the US.
Although I have my doubts whether this
long thin route would be profitable in the
mid term. Perhaps KQ’s Skyteam partner
Delta Airlines will launch the service it had
previously announced from the US. Never
the less these flights will be music to the
ears of Kenya’s tourism industry as it will
to our business community.
Their new Polish CEO is bringing in a
management team from his own village
which is a little disconcerting. There surely
are lots of bright young Kenyans out there,
that if considered would shine.
I’ve been doing a lot of travelling, perhaps
too much of late. A couple of trips to the
UK, some train travel which was nice for a
change – and enduring some pretty awful
weather on both trips.
Next up is a trip to India, which I was in two
minds about until the last minute. Coming
from Kenya you require both yellow fever
a polio inoculations, I didn’t have the
later and was time barred as you have to
have had the inoculation 60-days prior to
Armed with a little grease money I went to
try my luck at a hospital of note in the city,
in an attempt to get the shot back-dated.
I saved myself the embarrassment when
I was cheerfully told that I couldn’t have
the shot (it’s a sugar cube actually), as I
was over 65 years old. Another hallelujah
moment – not being over 65 but not
requiring the shot.
I’ll be visiting Delhi for a couple of days,
I’m fascinated by the British architect
Edward Lutyens who designed a host
of government buildings in New Delhi to
include the India Gate, the Jaipur Column,
the National Archives of India, Baroda
House, Raipath (‘Kings Way’ an east-
west ceremonial boulevard), Rashtrapathi
Bhavan (the former Viceroys home, now
the residence of the President of India)
and Janpath (‘Peoples Way’ the main
north-south road through New Delhi). I’m
looking forward to seeing them.
He is rumoured to have designed a number
of buildings in Nairobi, but I can find no
conclusive evidence that this is fact.
Then it’s onto Chandigarh in the far north of
the Punjab before continuing onto Kasauli
a former hill station in the foothills of the
Himalaya’s to stay in a wonderfully named
house called ‘Windsong’. It belongs to an
American Sikh friend of mine – we are both
trustees of a global benevolent fund and
will be joined by our leader who is from
Norway. There is work to be done and no
doubt there will be time to enjoy the sights
and sounds of this part of India.
Then it’s onto Hyderabad for the Skål
World Congress where Mombasa will be
confirmed as the venue for its 2018 World
Congress. Kenya in the limelight again.
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