I have been visiting Korea multiple times each year since 1989 and care deeply about its travel retail industry. I am proud of the respect in which we are held there. Our voice was an important one for a sector under legislative attack. Quite simply we had to be there.
“I’m sleeping a lot better too. Last night I slept like a log – I woke up this morning and I was in the fireplace.”
No matter how much I flailed or panicked they could not hear me nor set me free from the bubble that encased me. And then, suddenly, I was up above the surface, bursting to life, panicking, relieved, telling my startled children what I had just experienced.
Yesterday’s under-stated report from The Moodie Report team correctly summed up the situation: I have had major heart surgery in recent days. And as anyone who has been through such treatment knows, it is pretty tough on the body. So I will need to lie low (probably literally) for a few weeks.
Schumann never wrote anything better than ‘Safe behind the wire’, about Philip Thompson, a former President of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, who took his own life in 1986.
This week his family and other loved ones celebrated Ollie’s life. They did that in the most lovely way – by all wearing a splash of orange, Ollie’s favourite colour. And therefore, so do we.
“Make sure,” I concluded, “you buy the person that you love your own equivalent of that green dress – before it’s too late.” It was my own Gordon Schwinn moment.
From The Moodie Report’s Interim Abu Dhabi Bureau in December I could look out on an airport. There’s nothing unusual about that for me, I often stay at airport hotels for reasons of convenience. What’s unusual about these views (from my room at the Premier Inn to be precise) is the nature of the airport […]
Martin probably went through more reshuffles than a dealer at the World Poker Championships but generally survived, professionalism, integrity and, not least, dry wit, intact.
Sometimes in publishing there are stories you’d rather not have to write. No matter how neutral your stance and fair your treatment, you know that the subject matter is controversial, perhaps painful to one or more parties.
My final Blog of the year does not come from an interim bureau, nor from 35,000 feet. It comes from home in London but it comes also with affection, for your support and your readership throughout a compelling, often tumultuous year.
I nearly started this Blog with the words, ‘Welcome to The Moodie Report Interim Bureau…’ but then realised I was at home for once.
I’ve seen some excellent inflight safety videos in recent times (Air New Zealand’s Hobbit-themed and All Blacks/Men in Black efforts among the best) but the new edition from Qatar Airways is right up with the best of them. After a turbulent period in 2015 it’s time to sit back, fasten your safety belts and ride into the New Year with Qatar Airways. You may just recognise some of your fellow passengers…