Tuesday Apr 21, 2009

Tube across europe

Crossing London on the Tube, to get to Kable's "Open Source in the Public Sector" conference reminds me of the weekend in Barcelona, both the prices and experience were better in Spain, although I didn't travel on the Metro during a rush hour.

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Monday Apr 20, 2009

And a surprise on my arrival home

Travelling home today; the hotel had one internet terminal in the lounge so I have been out of contact during the weekend. We visited the sites and some of my pictures, including this one are uploaded into my barcelona set at flickr.

Sagrada Familia

I was in the air as the press releases about Oracle and Sun were circulating. I got a text message when I landed. Twitter had turned itself off while I was abroad and this is probably a good thing, but it was old fashioned SMS that let me know and now like you, I just have to wait and see what happens.

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Monday May 12, 2008

We're all off to sunny Spain!

I am off to Barcelona to represent Sun at Gartner's Spring ITexpo in Barcelona. Given Barcelona's historic role as the centre of the world's ever largest Anarchist party, I wonder if the presentation "The future of Government is No Government" is knowledgeable irony, or ignorant co-incidence.

I remarked the other day that Terminal One at Heathrow is a much better place for BA having left it, however, they still use it for their Iberia ticket shares (as well as some other european ticket share flights.) So...hoorah, two hours late taking off, one hour late landing, hmm... don't tell me the airlines over estimate their journey times to allow them some leeway on the compulsory compensations they need to pay. We were told that the replacement co-pilot had been delayed arriving at the plane; there wern't enough buses. Meanwhile in Barcelona, despite the long walk to pick up my baggage, I was off the airport estate in 25 minutes, and checked into the hotel 15 minutes later.

Friday Feb 17, 2006

Leaving on a jet plane.......

What a terrible journey home! Firstly, my due flight was fairly late anyway, then announced late and then cancelled. I'd had to queue for one/quarter hours in order to be told that the flight was overbooked and I was to be wait listed. (I need to talk to the travel agents about my ticket price). I then thought I had to rush because of the time spent mucking around, but got given a seat. The proactive management of people was zero so people were getting cross and upset. Interestingly, the most helpful people were the security guards and border police Smile

We retired to the executive lounge, where the staff were very helpful and played "Wipeout". Interesting categories chosen include "the films of Richard Gere", "Carry on Films", "countries contigous with Russia". This last one is particualrly good because the geography changes all the time.

Once they announced the cancellations we had to queue again. They put us up overnight in one of the hotels on the estate. And then on Saturday, I had an inedible breakfast, I queued three times, (these are long queues and don't include the security checks), lost my driving licence, found it and finally landed in the Uk at about half past two, then due to a problem on the M25, took two hours to drive home. I got home over sixteen hours after I'd planned.

Next time I visit Barcelona during or around 3GSM, I shall stay over the weekend. I hope that my experiences at Barcelona Airport are untypical; if not, its a place to avoid; I don't remember it being so bad last time.

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