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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

ODDS AND ENDS

Date: 20th January 2012

Once again I apologize that my blogs come out in one lump when I'm away from home and working on an Ipad - I'll correct this when I return, reluctantly, to the UK.

Travel. Our trip up to the Rainforest was a flight there on Virgin Australia and return on Quantas - what a huge difference in comfort etc. OK so we were only travelling economy on Virgin Australia but on a flight just short of 3 hours they woudln't even give my son a glass of water. I do appreciate the 'No frills' flights but what they offer to purchase by way of food and drink is rather poor and very unappetising so we saved our appetities for a dinner in the Thala Beach Hotel.

On the return journey we pitched up at the Virgin Australia counter only to be told we weren't on the flight - our fault as we'd not looked at our tickets and just assumed we were with the same carrier both ways. So we returned on Quantas and it was luxury compared with the outbound flight. We had Inflight entertainment and a relatively good choice of films and also a meal which wasn't bad.

I'm going up to Coff's Harbour on Sunday to see a very old friend from my days of living in Sydney so I've opted for Quantas even though it is only a hop, skip and a jump flight. To be fair, although I thought Virgin Australia was on a par with Ryan Air, I must admit that I've flown Premium Economy to Cape Town on both Virgin and BA and Virgin beats BA hands down with a dedicated cabin for those of us who have paid double the Economy fare and you also get better food and two dedicated toilets. As someone with three kidneys, the toilet faciities are actually quite important to me. I have reached an age and a stage where, on a long flight, I simply cannot do 'Economy' any more - I get off aching in back, neck and virtually everywhere else. Not being Rich I opt to pay for Premium Economy on a long flight and think the extra cost is well worth it - unless, as has happened in the past, you get folk travelling in Business or First who send the Nanny and children back into Economy or Premium and then we have to put up with the little darlings!!!!

Went up to the Blue Mountains on Wednesday to see my very dear friend from Theatre days in the 60's - Michael Laurence. Travelled by train and was astounded at how low was the fare. The seats were comfortable but the trains, both ways, were absolutely covered in graffitti, daubed on the carriage walls and scratches all over the windows and as for the Toilets - I thought British and French trains were bad enough but there was only one word for the Sydney to Lithgow facilities - excrable.

I don't know when I will be able to visit Michael again and we are all getting older so I burned the plastic yet again and took us to Lunch at the Echo Point Hotel. It didn't disappoint being in a superb position right on the edge of the Mountains with a wonderful vista in every direction. Last Christmas I treated us to Christmas lunch at the Lillianfels Hotel which was an absolute experience but, in terms of position Echo Point is better.

A friend from my website - who had contacted me and had much information about René Mouchotte- took me to lunch in Sydney yesterday. We caught a Water Taxi from the Man O War steps (close to the Opera House) over to Double Bay and had a very pleasant lunch. There was so much to talk about and he very kindly gave me a book by Col Jean Calmel called Night Pilot which was all about the Bomber Crews based at Elvington near York during WW2.

And, of course, I've just been appointed a Vice President of the Museum at Elvington so the information was very relevant.

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