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New way to Manchester Airport

New way to Manchester Airport

Used 1stchoice1stclass taxis to get to Manchester for the first time. Very professional service all the way from the booking phone call, and just £65 one way.

Driver had just come from the airport over Woodhead and reckoned it was not worth going that way, so opted for the old “Pott Shrigley” route. Except that it’s changed now: still goes via Castleton and Winnats, but then get on A6, through to Disley, after which a new relief road has been built (A555). This takes you all the way to the airport, had very light traffic (around 07:30), and only a little longer in time than Woodhead on a good day. Kept moving all the way, and no motorway madness! With the bonus of seeing planes coming low across the road during landing.

Words are heavy

Words are heavy

Just been looking at the notes we were given for the school trip to Paris in 1964. It seems that the French then charged different amounts to send a postcard to the UK depending on the number of words: 20 centimes for five words or fewer, 30 centimes for more than five! Mind boggling. I’d have just written one long “word” with no spaces.

Money, Money, Money

Money, Money, Money

Had no idea of the best place to change our excess $US back to £GB, but a quick google (or should I say duckduck now?) offered NM Money as an interesting choice with a generous exchange rate. Simply set up the request online and pick up from Eurochange at Meadowhall the next morning. And they offered a significantly better rate than Eurochange themselves! How does that work?! Anyway, it does, and it did. Seemed too good to be true, but it was just brilliant.

How not to run a helpline

How not to run a helpline

Had to call Logitravel today as we still haven’t received the tickets for the ship. And what an exercise in absurdity. You have to enter a 9-digit booking reference number and then get a mere 15 seconds queueing before a voice says “All of our agents are busy at the moment. Please call us again in a few minutes.” At which point, they terminate the call and force you to call back, rather than allowing you to hold in a queue! I must have tried 20 times before I finally got through to someone.

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