The Whinging Pome: Tales from a life in travel retail

“The Whinging Pome Random Rules, Rule 22: Always engage with those sitting next to you on a flight, but very quickly make an assessment whether such an engagement is going to be worthwhile. If not, apply The Whinging Pome Random Rules, Rule 52: Cease all contact and employ diversionary tactics. If Rule No 52 fails,

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What will I do with the leftover wine?

Tonight I’m down the back of the plane (in a middle seat goddamn it) but one of the benefits of having squillions of points is that I have access to some decent lounges whichever part of the big steel bird I am flying.

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Slane Castle aims to rock the Irish whiskey world

Ask any Irish person (and many overseas visitors) what names resonate when they hear the words ‘Slane Castle’, and a who’s who of the rock and roll world trips off the tongue. Thin Lizzy, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Queen, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and many others have played the magnificent amphitheatre nestled by

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Room with(out) a view

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.

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