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SOE Weekend

Date: 23rd February 2013

SOE Weekend.

Ian Reed and I met in London on Tuesday to discuss, with a member of Souvenir Français, having a René Mouchotte exhibition this summer in one of the cabinets at the entrance to the Lycée Français.

Whilst there our contact Brigitte mentioned an event this weekend in Chichester with regard to the SOE. Many of the sons and daughters who had worked for the organisation during WW2 were going to be present having come from Belgium and France as well as the UK.

The man organising it used to be a BBC Radio Producer and when I contacted him to ask him if it would be appropriate for me to attend, he reminded me that I had danced the Conga at the Eurovision After-show Party in Harrogate in 1982 – the year I had the honour to host the event. I’d forgotten all about it but yes I did join a Conga line and I also remember being whisked around the floor by the Guitarist from the Spanish Contingent who whispered that ‘Mi Casa est Su Casa’ and then promptly disappeared scotching my dreams of living in a Castle in Spain. I’m only joking as I was happily married to Patrick Lunt and had a small son whom I adored.

But I digress. Martyn was delighted that I wished to attend and I promptly booked an hotel in Chichester. But it wasn’t to be. (In London on Tuesday, I had to travel on crowded tubes and there was a young woman with the sneezes opposite me on the train home so I think that's where I caught whatever I have)  Yesterday I didn’t feel too well and last night I felt as though I were swallowing razors. Not feeling up to the drive and not wishing to spread my germs I had to cancel.

Which leads me on to a word of praise. I do not like booking anything on line but yesterday I had to. There wasn’t much available in Chichester and I booked a Premier Inn Room. Needing to cancel it this morning, I chose not to do it on line but used the old fashioned telephone. I was dealt with by a charming gentleman, speaking perfect and comprehensible English. The booking was cancelled and I don’t even have to pay a cancellation fee. Now that is service and I shall definitely use again Premier Inns and Booking.com.

A friend stayed at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge a few weeks ago. He had booked for two nights but feeling unwell on the morning of the second day he had to cancel and was charged the full amount. Sorry, I don’t see that as a good service. Had he left it till late in the day, I could understand but as the cancellation was early there was plenty of opportunity to let the room again. Even to charge a cancellation fee is understandable but not the full amount.
 

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