I suppose that a concern shared by all travellers is the inconvenience of missing the airport check-in deadline. I was a victim of this distressing calamity when travelling to Venice on 4th April 2005 when a serious hold-up on the motorway due to an accident caused a delay that meant missing the check-in by five minutes. Five little minutes! And with no margin of error allowed we had to pay an extra £80 to get the next flight and then sit in a bar for nearly four hours waiting. Well, on reflection then, perhaps it wasn’t that bad after all. Actually there were quite a lot of very cross people in the bar that day who had missed their flights because of the hold-up and we all wondered why the police hadn’t been of more assistance in helping the traffic to move in what they must appreciate is a time sensitive area. I resolved to write a letter of sharp rebuke to the Essex Constabulary upon my return but of course after a few days away it seemed so much less important when I got back home and I never quite got around to it.
The Scrap BookI first started this blog in November 2009 and I called it ‘The Age of Innocence’ and I intended it to be a look back over the first twenty years or so of my life by examining some of the events of the years that were making the big news. The blog was a slow starter, in the first month the statistics show six views increasing to nine in December. On the basis of these figures it is fair to assume then that not many people have read my early posts so I have decided that over five years since first publication I will go back and review them and repost: