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    Shorties

    Shorties are various WTF! moments I have experienced over the years, mainly during my travels. The best thing about them is their shortness; you can’t possibly get bored with them, even if, like me, you have attention deficit…. sorry, what was I saying?

    Shorties

    Crying Makes You Hungry

    Northern Cyprus Again: Having gone through passport control and security (see previous blog), we settled down in the departure lounge of the tiny Ercan Airport waiting to board our plane to Istanbul. Soon a middle-aged couple joined us and sat…

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    Sleeping on the Job

    Northern Cyprus: If you are wondering where is the worst security measures at an airport, then you will be hard pressed to find one to challenge Ercan Airport in the Turkish Northern Cyprus. We once travelled to Istanbul via Ercan…

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    For Me, For You

    British Airways flight attendant had a strange way of asking you to do things: * would you like to take a seat for me? * a wet towel for you? * any drinks for yourself? * would you fasten your…

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    A Simple Passenger

    Random Passenger: Excuse me this is my seat Me: My boarding pass says it is mine, I have 2B and this seat is 2B Random Passenger: But I always have 2B Me: What does your boarding pass has on it:…

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    Pope Sylvester II

    Stupid Questions:  In 1998 I was asked a question by a worried Belgian client if I could help with his company’s state of readiness for the Millennium Bug; we all worried the world would come to an end on 1…

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    How Can I Not Help You?

    Algeria is a beautiful country but they don’t do “Customer Service”. Here is a conversation I once had with Reception in one of the most prestigious hotels: Receptionist: Yes? Me: Can you please send someone to stock the bathroom with…

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    Strong Arm of the Law

    So, what are the minimum requirements for an average police person  or security person in a sensitive area such as an Airport Departure Lounge?  Fitness / strength? Alertness? Sharp shooting?  Maybe. At an airport in a major North African city,…

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    Nuisance Second Law of Travel

    Nuisance Second Law of Travel: Your suitcase will emerge on the belt immediately after 7 other over-sized suitcases are claimed by their feeble owners on either side of you thus, preventing you from retrieving it until the conveyor belt has…

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    Nuisance Third Law of Travel

    Nuisance Third Law of Travel: No matter how long or short the Immigration Line you choose to join, you always end up with the passenger immediately in front of you who is in the wrong queue, has a forged passport,…

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