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The world sizzles, while here on the
equator we freeze – in relative terms
of course. Our highland Kenyan winter,
as its known here, has seen lows of 8C
and highs of only 21C under murky grey
skies. Which is the norm at this time of
the year. Followed recently by days of
sunshine up to a balmy 26C and today
as I write this thunder, lightning and a
downpour of epic proportions.
Has the world’s weather finally
succumbed to the oft broadcast theory
of global warming or as some say it’s all
cyclical. Hold onto your hats and don’t
be too hasty in your judgement.
That said, I enjoyed a holiday in
Scotland – and hot it was, followed by an
adventure to the Greek island of Corfu,
which was even hotter. No complaints
mind, when news from home told of a
cold spell. I hadn’t visited Greece for
over 30-years, since my heady days of
working for a certain Mr. O. Of course
it has changed, it had to – but it’s still
a charming friendly country and most
importantly reasonably priced.
We stayed in the fishing village of
Kassiopi, a quaint little port surrounded
by taverna’s, and thankfully not
overrun, by dare I say it, tourists. That
small villages like this have survived in
Greece, so that we were able to enjoy
the authentic Greek way of life, is the
Greeks love of their cultural history. On
a couple of boating trips we saw some
gargantuan hotels- that one a Russian,
that one a Polish, that one a German.
Ugly in a word.
I don’t know if you’ve ever used airline
app’s to check-in, they are so user
friendly even a dinosaur like myself
got the hang of it first time. Give it a
try – you’ll be thanking me when next
you travel. No more paper boarding
cards, these go electronically into your
phones wallet and are simply scanned
as you proceed through the airport and
onto your plane. You’ll no longer need
to stare up a gigantic departure boards,
your phone will ping and tell you what
gate your flight departs from and when
to board. They even send you your
baggage tag numbers – which I thought
was a bit over the top.
After my last couple of rumbles, I was
planning on leaving British Airways well
alone – but try as I might, a situation
arouse that affected me personally.
Which obviously I couldn’t resist
telling you about. You’ll all know that
BA decided last year that it would not
accept unaccompanied minors, they
were just too much of a hassle, no
matter how much they charged us.
Fortunately our youngest is travel savvy
and can manage on her own. Bookings
are always made well in advance,
to secure the flights we want and as
importantly to hopefully score a good
We booked, we paid – then came the
email. We’ve changed your connecting
flights schedule so that it no longer
connects to your flight to Nairobi. You
will be required to travel to Heathrow
the day before your planned flight to
OK, these things happen. Will you be
sending a hotel voucher I dared to ask?
The passenger can check on arrival
at Heathrow came the reply. Not very
satisfactory you’ll agree. With no BA
office in the country anymore, my travel
agent, for I do have one, called their
help desk, which is located in India.
‘No we can not offer the passenger
hotel accommodation’ they said.
In the BA man’s opinion it was highly
unlikely that the passenger would be
offered hotel accommodation on arrival
Heathrow as previously suggested. So I
took to Facebook, BA’s got a complaints
page would you believe - which turned
have to mine down to even lodge a
complaint. Quick as a flash came a
response no accommodation offered,
full refund offered or arrive Heathrow
the day before.
Some of you might remember the long
used BA slogan ‘To Fly To Serve’ (left)
which in my humble opinion is long past
its sell-by date. Air travel, as you most
probably all know and have experienced
is not what it used to be. For a decent
fare I’m prepared to put up with a lot
everything is now cut to the bare
minimum to get to this point – I don’t
like it for sure but accept it. I suppose
I’m like all those other robotic travellers
who turn up at airports the world over
and go through the motions of getting
to their destinations. As service is a no-
cost item I’d really appreciate some of
that included in the package – a smile
or two might also go a long way.
Some airlines are better than others in
their service offerings, best ask your
travel agent – they know.
Right: My daughter the graduate
with her very very proud father.
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