I had to pop over to Geneva to present the Lotus strategy to a large company in the Aerospace industry today. They were a very good group who ooohed and ahhed in all the right places and more importantly laughed at my jokes. As is the case with most business day trips, I just got to see two airports and a conference room. But even so, I was really surprised that you can get from London to Switzerland in just over an hour. Pretty much the same amount of time that it would have taken me to fly to Manchester. I was lucky enough to get bumped up to Business Class. It's always nice to be in the pointly end of the plane but I wish it could have been for a longer flight, business class is pretty much wasted on such a short flight and even being in the Club Class lounge is a hollow experience when you can't thrash the free booze because you have to drive home from the airport. And why do they think piping birdsong into the lounge will relax you? I find it very irritating.
The one advantage of being in Club Class was that we got a proper meal with proper metal cutlery. The chicken salad we had was very nice except for one howling error. Lurking beneath the kos lettuce and tomatoes was ... Pineapple. What! I'm no food prude and I have even been known to toss the occasional slice of pineapple on a gammon steak when I want a bit of 70's nostalgia but there is no excuse for polluting a perfectly good chicken salad with tropical fruit. It reminds me of when Ben had a royal rant about lettuce in all day breakfast sandwiches . "Why", he not unreasonably opined, "Does anybody in the world have lettuce for breakfast?".