Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Well we had an early start this morning for our flight to Berlin. Comfortable Aer Lingus flight where the fry was much cheaper than the similar one on land in the airport.
A sure sign of the intended market were the Polish announcements.
Schönefeld is a smallish airport and we had to walk in the open air to the terminal building but the Dublin flight got to use an airbridge. Strangely they didn't give is the night immediately but left it out at the same time as the baggage.
Another 400m walk in the open air brought is to the station where to be honest sign posting was poor and easily missed - I was asked for directions by one couple.
Ride into Alex was quick - Ostkreuz looked like very little was done to it in the past 50 years. Also the station announcements were out of sync. Anyway we made it and then changed to U2 after a long walk. A few minutes later and we were at the hotel - Dorint Novotel Mitte - where we were able to check in early for a deserved rest.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Now the UK and Yankee ban on liquids and gels in hand baggage has been extended to the rest of us....
Are these rules designed to increase sales in airport shops or what ? On my last trip to I carried everything as hand-baggage (on the outward journey)in order to make transfers easier in Paris but now it might mean having to shop on arrival for shaving gel, toothpaste, deodorant etc...
The only winners in this are the airside shops - no more bringing on drinks for the kids now you'll have to pay top-dollar for them airside. No more buying a nice bottle of wine and bringing it with you...Cork Airport - Airport Security
Sunday, October 29, 2006
The article below tells all but basically the Sports bar doesn't have Sky Sports. Not surprising really. The airport also sells a "Full Irish Breakfast" but coffee is extra ! Never like that in the old one....
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Why can't Cork City Council do this ?
"Limerick City Council’s Parks Department wishes to advise that the parking of vehicles on green areas is forbidden at all times. (Yellow) Signs to this effect have been erected in the vicinity of Thomond Park and it is the policy of the department to photograph any vehicles so parked with a view to recovering the costs of any remedial work required to repair damage to green areas, and, to issue fixed penalty notices for parking offences."
Announcing the launch of my new company. The name has come from a fusion of the best in current and future practice whilst having a nod towards the past and those Victorian values as elucidated by Mr Sloan.
I give you :
suppliers of tag-based movies via Ajax (By Royal Appointment, Lever Brothers)
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I went to the Bubble Brothers wine event in the Clarion tonight. Ok so I admit that I had scored a free ticket (unusual for me) but who knows I might have gone along anyway.
There were nearly 100 wines available for tasting. You got your own glass on entry (I saw some naughty people taking them home) and the tastings were around a 1/3 of a glass full - not like the thimblefuls you get in Dunnes(or so I am told).
The quality was great - I sampled some wines that I wouldn't usually do - here are some of my notes:
Meyer "Tokay Pinot Gris" was nice and light but I felt their Gewurztraminer had too much hint of lychee for my liking. The wines from Domaine Rimbert were presented ny the man himself and were good value and tasty. I tried a Cascatel Fitou which had a strong nose of port - it was a tad heavy for me. Spain was ably represented by "Bodegas Pingon" and he progressed me through his three wines - the Roble (4 months in casks) was very nice and no tannins, the Crianza had 18 months in casks and was nice whilst the Reserva got a very good from me.
I usually prefer French wines but I took the opportunity to taste the Australians - Mont Langi had a few bottles. I liked their Cliff Edge Shiraz which comes from a few vineyards with youngish vines - quite tasty; their Blue Label Shiraz comes from one vineyard with older grapes and around 800 cases produced this was nice too and quite filling. Little Yerings pinot noir was also a cracker (I quite like Pinot Noir anyway).
I finished with sweeter/dessert wines. The Mas Amiel Maury was sweet and red whilst the Mas Amiel 6 yr old Maury had port overtones and a light colour - both would make nice after dinner wines (or indeed cold evening drinks). Also took the opportunity to have my first taste of Marsala- lovely.
I also met Donal - this was the first time I've met a Cork blogger and it was nice to meet him. He was accompanied by the lovely Celine (I told you I'd be nice) who does a magnificent impression of the voiceover from Arthur's Mailbag (do a google if you've no idea).
Needless to say Julian from the Bubble Brothers was there and I took the opportunity to thank him for the ticket. Have to admit that the BB are not stuffy wine merchants but have a good solid sense of life.
All in all a nice evening and Lord knows if you wanted to you could drink your way into the arms of Bacchus...
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
On the plane home now. Interesting to hear a Dutch announcement with a pure Irish accent.
The method of doing the security check at the gate certainly is different and they were scrutinising passports without a doubt.
After landing from Luxembourg we seemed to be taxiing for ten minutes or so - maybe they should have out the airport closer to the runway.
Flight seems to be quite full which is good news for all those Aer Lingus shareholders ....
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Interesting statistic in Luxemburger Wort - local brewery Bofferding brews 200,000 hectolitres of beer each year whilst Bitburger brews 8,000,000 ! Of course I think that in Luxembourg Battin beer is nicer and this bar is 1euro cheaper per 0,3 glass ... And gives me free nuts.
The Wort is a strange paper - most articles are in German but some are in French and the death notices are in Letzenburgisch !
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Its quiet in Trier. Unless you are one of the Polizei catching people cycling in the pedestrian zone !
Town is nice, has some nice monuments around the main square. Bit grotty around the station but that's normal.
Currently sitting across from the Dom waiting for a beer. I resisted the lure of the golden arches. It wasn't hard.
Got an earlier flight from Paris (by the skin of my teeth) so arrived here few hours earlier than planned. Missed the city bus as I didn't realise that the stop had moved and there weren't a whole lot of signs advertising the fact.
Hope to go to Trier later on and make it 4 countries since 11.00
Just boarded my flight to Paris. Rather appropriately its reg is EI-DES !
The full Irish in Cork airport is now 9.75 and no longer includes coffee :(
Its misty up here but you could see the airport fire service practising putting out a fire across the field.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Heading up to Dublin today and I have just gone through security in the new terminal for the first time.
My initial thoughts were that surely they could have the escalators working - its not a great sign when you have to climb up to the second floor !
The terminal itself is fine - Eircom must be top busy disconnecting Smart to connect their own payphones. The place is glossy and clean but a bit soulless .
Pity that there is no public viewing area like the old terminal - this used make the airport very homely and the new bit of a view through the food court is not the same.
Security only had one body scanner working which seemed silly seeing as they had two x-rays on. Still who knows the deeper workings of the Cork Airport Authority.
Seating seems to be a nutg sparse .
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
For my sins we went to Mahon Point this afternoon. Drove up from the South Ring and went into the correct lane as usual. Needlezss to say this being a busy Sunday a number of people decided that they would not be bothered joining the queue but instead would try and force their way in. This being Ireland there were enough morons around to willingly allow these ignorami in front of them.
So Mr. Liam Power Electrical van driver - thanks for skipping the queue. So Mr. 06 C Silver Skoda Octavia driven by a grey haired geezer thanks for skipping the queue and indeed holding up traffic as well. And a quick hello to the LS regged corolla hatchback.
On the way out we nipped into Tesco to get milk. It being Sunday this dreariest hole of a Tesco didn't have any Tesco milk and indeed sweet all of other brands. The shelves were generally barren and reminiscent of shops in Communist countries. Why can this supposedly successful company not succeed in having fully stocked shelves ? Why are managers never around (in comparison to Dunnes) ?