Rest in peace Lars Johansson and Pancho Motta, your wives carry your spirit, humanity and dignity with you every minute of every day.
I’m in the middle of a whirlwind visit to Japan this week, which given the changing dynamics in the business here, could not be more timely. There are fascinating stories everywhere you look from the likely opening of the country’s first arrivals duty free stores to the early struggles of the fledgling downtown duty free
I know there have been plenty of airport Pop-Ups. But I’ve not seen anything like this. A beautiful temporary landmark housed in an elegant permanent one.
“It must have been about 15 years ago that I said that. Having won something, obviously I had to say it!”
Surely that trusty fallback of spell check could help me out? No it couldn’t. It simply offered up a choice of ‘Instagram Mable’ or ‘Instagram Able’.
In a recent study of five major Chinese cities’ air pollution levels, Guangzhou and Shanghai had the most “good” or “light” days. Today is not one of them.
There’s a new chapter in the inspiring story of Canadian duty free veteran Jeff Orson: last week he made his musical debut in Dublin.
“You just think lovely wonderful thoughts and they lift you up in the air.”
“We sell stuff. It’s the best stuff in the world. We’ve got all the best stuff. And all the best prices. All the other shops they tried to match us. Failed terribly. Nordstrom’s? Total losers.”
Did the Mari-Cha Lion actually roar? We will never know. But stand in this beautiful place, look deep into the powerful, probing eyes of this majestic, ancient beast and I swear that you can almost hear the sound.
Can you imagine Heathrow Airport going to tender, picking its two front-runners, then say, the Office of Fair Trading stepping in to do the final judging?
In an age where prejudice is such an easy fall-back, we need all the reminders of culture, humanity, inclusiveness and diversity that we can get.
In a world turned ugly and feral, the beauty of cultures and human communication are more important than ever.