thread And finally... I am on holiday!
Canadian adventure awaits.

Going to have to endure a transatlantic flight in... economy. Ewwww. Bugger paying for your own flights.
permalink At my brother-in-law's company
they pay for their own flights (he does 30+ a year) and get it back on expenses. This means they can rack up the Avios like nobody's business. Couple of years ago, he bought us flights to and from India, in Prem Ec on the way out and Business back, with his spare points.
permalink I get the Avios on my work flights
Avios go with the flyer not the booker, although there’s a parallel scheme whereby the company collects points as well.

We went to Japan and back in BA First on Avios. Paid most of this trip’s flights on Avios, but there wasn’t availability for redemption seats in business, and premium economy isn’t worth the points.

I’ve still got nearly half a million Avios left...
permalink I splurged a fuck load
on flights to Berlin, only got few thousand now. Still Bronze, just about.
permalink Only silver these days
I don’t travel anything like as much as I used to. My years of BA Gold are gone, I think.
permalink My login air to Derry this morning
Felt like business class as always.

There was a jolly Greek lady in the queue for security who was chatting with people and asked me where I was off to.. it was unnerving, I'm not equipped to deal with non-cretinoua human beings at 7am in Stansted.

My train to Belfast this PM I suspect will be distinctly standard class.
permalink out and back to Greece
were "SmartLynx for Thomas Cook " A321 and A320. Fifteen yr old charter planes that very much felt all of those 15 years inside (eg didn't have the nicer modern airbus seats)
permalink Everyone loves Estonian charter companies....
permalink flying out of stansted was Ok
flying back into it took over two hours from runway to train
permalink but the planes were shite both ways
so shite
permalink this week had been nuts at Stansted for obvious reasons
And presumably loads of old DC3s wobbling about the place hasn't helped.
permalink speaking of flying, this is pretty impressive
permalink that's very cool
also, I now have a hankering for tramp lager
permalink its head is weird
permalink our lake district adventure drizzles on
the beer and scones are good though
permalink The Lake District is superb for beer.
Go to Booths supermarket in Ulverston for their *vast* selection.
permalink Northern Ireland is getting a bit better for beer
But it's still heavily dominated by guineas's fake craft brands. And there are precious few truly independent places.

permalink Guinness's fake ones are, apparently,
OK. But they can fuck off if they think I'm buying them.
permalink they are basically slightly hoppier lagers... not amazing
but better than drinking heineken.

or harp.

permalink Or *shudder* Smithwicks.
I basically didn't drink beer when I was growing up, unless I'd made it myself. Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks; what a shit selection.

Cheap cider and own-brand vodka, on the other hand...
permalink If you see any beer by Tirril
drink it.
permalink there was some today
but I was driving

as we're in Coniston, most of what's on offer is from that brewery, plus Hawkshead, both of which aint bad at all

also very pleased by how many 3.*% bitters there are, which is in my opinion the best beer can be, but increasingly hard to find
permalink Tell me about it
Whilst there is lots of amazing craft beer being made here in NZ these days, everyone thinks 5-6% is weak standard beer. When I was in the UK, that was the strong stuff! Give us tasty* session beer at 3-4%!

*there are some weaker XPAs and the like these days, some OK, many just taste anaemic
permalink Landlord was being written up by some
well respected craft brewers as their favourite beer and has apparently had something of a renaissance which suits me perfectly, certainly in non-roasting weather.

See also: Sambrooks, ELB, Truman runner/swift and tribute.
permalink Timothy Taylor Landlord?
One of the best beers EVAR.
permalink indeed
I'm not sure there is or should be such a thing as a perfect beer, but when treated right, Landlord is possibly it
permalink in Yorkshire, mind
tastes wrong in London, even though that's probably psychosomatic
permalink I buy it in Waitrose.
So wrong it's right.
permalink Landlord is (used to be?) the benchmark for
how well a barkeep treated their cellar. Get a good pint of Timmys in the pub and that was a worthy pub to stick with.
permalink I never enjoyed landlord.
there are so many better beers available, almost invariably in the next tap along.
permalink Oh no... No no.... No... No....
No no .... Nope no...



permalink hahahaha
permalink Where?
permalink Blimey, it’s baz!
Toronto then points east, meandering through 1000 islands, Mont Tremblant, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Tadousac
permalink Visit the highlander bar in Ottawa
And see if they have figured out how to wear kilts properly

permalink We're on holiday next week.
My step-dad offered to take us away for a week ages ago. We said yes please, but west coast because the kids don't travel well, and we might have to pop home for a couple of appointments.

So he booked Scarborough. I'll be travelling on Sunday with the three year old, MrsJam and the babber on Tuesday cos she's got two things she needs to be home for. Which is a bugger because we've got a two together railcard.

Edit: we're leaving on Monday after school. Eve's teacher, who she loves dearly, leaves next Friday and if we don't go in at least once next week she'll not have chance to say goodbye :(
permalink Thank Christ it's Friday
And the hotel I'm extending in Belfast got its fire alarm shit together 10minutes before I had to leave the hotel.

And now to George best airport for a civilised hop to london city... Then an uncivilised faff on the dlr
permalink What time do you get home?
Pre- or post- 4.30?
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permalink Fucking hell,
but this makes me stabby:-