I’m a firm believer in constantly changing perspective and frame of reference if only to validate what you hold true. For me this means travel and after 3 weeks in my new role I decided last night that I would fly to NYC for a quick trip this weekend. Nothing beats a Transatlantic flight to reflect and distill, so here I am sitting in the BA First Class Lounge at LHR T5.
It was ironic that The Guardian (never read it but today a copy was on the tube on the way to LHR so I read it and was actually quite impressed with the writing) had a big splash about the dismal performance of British Airways and how passengers would find cabin upgrades more forthcoming. At check-in my relatively cheap World Traveller reservation was upgraded to World Traveller Plus – same food, more leg room, quieter cabin. From newsprint to boarding pass – that’s the sort of change I like to see and it made a change from two full weeks of media stalking of Members of Parliament (enough already, we get it and we’ll sort the buggers out at the ballot box) !
24 hours in Manhattan will play havoc on my waistline as I go for a new record of 3, perhaps 4, ‘brunches’ in one Sunday but it will be a worthwhile sacrifice to spend some time with my best friends at such short notice.
I’m hoping this impulse trip will trigger some rich blog entries – it always feels good to make the Heathrow-Kennedy the catalyst for this blog !