Programs: Reine des Muccis de Pucci; Foreign Elitist (according to others)
OT - Very OT Dyogenes Bear and The 250,000 miles!
Yes this is OT - but it is totally concerning BA.
A lot of "old hands" will be aware of Dyogenes Bear who has posted here and who indeed wrote a rather cracking London DO report some years ago. He his pal (no not "good friend" in spite of disgraceful rumours to the contrary) Smokey have been flying for some years. They started being purchased on a trips and becoming mascots (£5 with purchase at LGW and a Sale before a National Park closure for winter) for another old hand round here Him Indoors and my oldest and best friend Paul Palmer and his late partner Roy. It is he who enticed me here and who has ably assisted me when technology challenges! (basically he types faster than I do!). It was indeed on a flight back from LIS one day that a CSD suggested that they should have their own Skyflyer books and so what their flight records began. On a flight home from ORY in December a Captain spotted the total and came back to speak to Paul suggesting that BA should know about this. Clearly a man of his word, Paul was approached by BA PR and indeed on 12th December he was interviewed at LCY before taking BA001 to JFK via SNN.
This was the local paper to Paul but it was also in the East Anglian Daily Times.
They thoroughly approved of the service and since the pair are tried and tested Travel Snobs both fell asleep after tasting (slurping the various wines and particularly Champagnes whilst aboard). They loved the Ipad in particular but thought that the film Ted was particularly coarse and vulgar and so reverted to the Dark Night and minding other people's business. T
You may have wondered why I posted this - well after threatening to scale back here I have been persuaded to remain. However, I am going to leave most of the threads as TFTGs. I really have nothing more to offer or new to say after such a long time here. Another factor is that how many Bears do you know have 250,000 miles! Not one has been earned on a LCC and there is an ingerent belief that the only curtain that they accept is the one on between them and the flight deck or First Class as their pocket money does not stretch to that!
Finally a word of thanks to one Particular Glamour Goddess (yes there were at least two (where are the beautiful in all sensesCelbrian and the wonderfuly egregious Blair Van Hornwho as always is supportive and a great friend of Paul - SanDiego1k who graciously allowed me to post this rather than her doing so. Indeed her gracious intervention save Dyogenes from posting oblivion. Paul actually had to sign a form saying that Dyogenes was posting here although under 13 years old. This is apparently to apply with Californian Law. The Po faced nature of the correspondence was quite hilarious - Dearest SanDiego1k who may kill me for saying , dealt with it with her usual no nonsense style and that FT could do with some whimsy. So Dyogenes is off to my nail technician for a full monty on his paws to get his keyboard skills up to scratch and actually attempt a Trip Report - he says that Afternoon Tea in Club World at 14.00 hours is worthy of the report of a pop gun was there enough to talk about.
So as my flying is now 50% I will have more time to play tempered by the fact that my Him Indoors (Unreasonable to the last) does actually expect me to spend more time with him.
So Fly on All of you - it is fairly on in the Year - but have a safe and prosperous one all of you, but healthy above all. Fly On Dyogenes - you and your Keeper are truly my Silver Diamonds.
PG from the slightly warmer South of France.
I tried to do bold in the title and I can't. Someone tell me how and how do I post photographs
My Hairbrush and I Fly To Serve!
Sheep, numerous bears,moose and elks have appeared on this forum over the years. I've never quite understood this passion people on FT have for carrying soft toys around with them on their travels.
No harm in it of course but why soft toys and not something like a nicely decorated thermal mug which could be more useful?
Because half the fun of travelling with a companion is people's reactions to them, and you can't have a conversation with an 8 year old about your travelling companion when it is a thermal mug.
My current travelling companion - who is much more shy and retiring than Sheep ever was - thankfully - introduced me to two lovely young ladies on an AF bus who had just been to Disneyland Paris, and who were some of the very few to actually identify what kind of companion she is - although a FTer got very close recently.
And as PG says... when you are far from home, and are feeling alone and lonely, possibly stressed from working in a foreign country, you can't sleep because jet lag is kicking in but you have no-one to talk to, your travelling companion is there to make it feel just that little bit homier.
I love the story about Dyogenes - it couldn't have happened to a nice bear
Programs: MUCCI x 3, BA Silver + Accor, Amex, Waitrose & Harris Teeter.
Originally Posted by Jenbel
Hey, I've met Dyogenes in person - how do you know it was a typo?
Fair call. I would never diss a Bear I had never met, so I guess I'm just supporting the basic philosophy that "Bears are Good". Apart from the Slingsby Team, we have 20+ more … including one that is allowed to share our bed.
The borderline between "second childhood" and "senility" is quite small, of course.
I just fly for leisure, UuA, manage Bears and ...publish their TRs
I learned of the quarter million mile accomplishment on the day. I saw a picture of Paul, the bears, and the BA PR team who came to LCY to interview him. I met Dyogenes on the wonderful boat ride down the Thames that Jenbel managed to pull off for our last mega London Do. We saw fireworks set off from an adjacent barge for Guy Fawkes Day. Dyogenes set in the midst of BA forum regulars who emptied more bottles of champagne than anyone else on the boat. Paul managed not just to get Dyogenes to the party, but his late partner, Roy. For those who knew Roy, one of the kindest, nicest men imaginable, can't you just imagine him curling an eyebrow about this fuss over two bears?