March 3rd, 2006

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Friday

When things are running smoothly (as they did last night, in fact), it's just an hour on the train from Liverpool to Manchester Airport. That was easy. This morning, a light breakfast at the hotel, well, not so light, and then a short shuttle ride to the airport. The flight to London City was very interesting: it started with looking over white fields, then as we went further south, the fields got greener. We flew over central London, where I saw The Gherkin for the first time, as far as I remember.
Arrival at London City brought the news that the flight to Brussels is cancelled but I can fly to Antwerp, half an hour away instead, so I'm doing that. The Zurich flight is also cancelled. So, it all adds to excitement, doesn't it? The terminal here is a hustle and a bustle, perhaps to about the same level as Wellington domestic on a weekday.
It's certainly moved on since I last visited here, just on foot, a day or so after it opened. It was a barn in those days, but now it looks and feels like a real airport.
What fun it all is - I think I'll be off in a minute though.
New flight: VG 104 from LCY to ANR.
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Brussels Airport - no more cancellations

Well, that's been a day. From Antwerp, it was a half hour in a taxi to Brussels, then a short 8 euro ride to the interview. They asked sensible and challenging questions, but at the end of it I couldn't pick whether they were thinking "yes, we must hire him!" or "thanks but no thanks". After an hour and a quarter there, it was time to go to the airport. They wanted £75 for me to change my flight from Manc to Liverpool. so that was definitely thanks but no thanks. At the extremely fine Brussels bar, 9.95 euro bought 500ml of Leffe Blonde and a plate of salami olives, cheese and sausage. I didn't like the coarse seed mustard, but have come to the conclusion that green olives are ok, but black ones are still horrible.
I'm sitting in the departure lounge at the moment, powered by batteries and wireless, with an amazing byzantine set of screens to get through before you can connect to the 'net. But I'm here at last.
To all those of you reading this, hello! It's been a good day, and it will carry on that way. If I can get a train from Manc to Liverpool, it will be even better. My flight is scheduled to arrive at 9:25pm, my last train is scheduled to leve Manchester Airport at 9:30pm. What do you reckon?
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