Never before have I been so entranced by the rich colour of my roses, the yellows, whites, pinks and blood reds. Never before have I watched with such wonder the daily routine of the birds taking their daily sustenance from their feeders.
The name Aoraki means ‘Piercing through clouds’, a singularly appropriate phrase for what we sought to achieve, in attempting to scale new business heights and break through the dark clouds of COVID-19.
What movies would you show at your airport during the COVID-19 crisis?Here’s The Moodie Blog’s suggestions.
Work harder than you have ever worked in your life; don’t believe you have a right to survive – whole sectors have been hit, even eradicated by disrupters and Black Swans and the latter don’t come much blacker than COVID-19.
The President of the United States last night gave a televised performance more befitting of the madman Lieutenant Commander Philip Francis Queeg in the 1954 film The Caine Mutiny.
Some great wines were ‘shared’ and some great, and often very moving, stories told. Wine – and Zoom – ensured that while we might be isolated, we are not alone.
It was as if each of them was simply trying to come to terms with the change to the human condition as much as they were trying to navigate the immediate future for their businesses.
I watched, transfixed as a heated argument broke out after one passenger accused another of not using tongs to pick up his chocolate croissant
Magdy is Mr. Fix-it at the tennis. Need to find a seat for a VIP at the last second? Need a security man that no-one dares mess with? Get Magdy. Want someone that the players feel safe with? Yep, Magdy is your man.
Novak was a host’s and sponsor’s dream, making time for what seemed like a million photos, taking part in the party fun, and generally showing what an outstanding ambassador he has become for the sport.
The truth is that no-one knows what lies around the corner with this situation. It is a time to concentrate on the basics and no-one does that better than Dubai Duty Free.
It’s sad and grim on every level. A time to buckle down as businesses, stay safe as individuals. It’s important to keep noting that the travel retail sector historically recovers quickly from crisis. It will again this time.
There are rocky weeks and perhaps months ahead for our industry but ultimately they pale in comparison to the human cost of such a crisis.