Saturday, 12 August 2006

"Between Here and Gone" - Mary Chapin Carpenter, 2004

Lord Celery readers will be delighted to know that Janet has arrived safely in Cape Town for her latest business trip, after a rather arduous passage through Heathrow Airport.

Sadly this is not true for her luggage which has left here, but has not arrived. Janet herself is thus 6,000 miles from home with nothing but the clothes she wore on the flight and a clear plastic bag containing her travel documents.

Her clothes, washing kit, contact lenses, cosmetics, camera, phones, computer, business paperwork, contact details.... all in limbo.

In compensation however, British Airways has given her a £35 voucher. Janet has eaten half of it already, and tells me that she will save the other half in case the room service at her hotel does not start at 6pm as advertised.

The self-proclaimed "World's Favourite Airline" has also provided her with a claim form. This assures her that "most travellers are reunited with their missing luggage within 7 days". It even goes on to tell her that BA "work hard to maintain this high standard". (If you were eating when you read that, here is how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on yourself. )

With luck, and if her luggage is really at Heathrow, tonight's flight to Cape Town may carry Janet's bags aboard. At the time of writing, the flight is three-and-a-half hours overdue for takeoff, with no scheduled departure time yet.

Seriously though, Janet arrived safe and well, and tells me she has a terrific view of Table Mountain from her room. I guess given the news these days, a missing bag or two is a pretty small problem.

Like BA, Lord Celery hopes that normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.



At 12 August, 2006 23:48 , Blogger Vikki L. Jeanne Cleveland said...

Thank for letting us know about Janet's safe arrival, John. She will probably be getting her luggage just in time for her to head home again? :) Did she have a lot of teaching materials in her luggage? I'm sure she can improvise ~ teachers must be quite resourceful with their Plans B and even C these days. :)

At 13 August, 2006 00:39 , Blogger Heather said...

Glad she made it. Here's hoping her luggage does soon too.

At 13 August, 2006 01:55 , Blogger Wendy said...

Ugh. I, too, am glad she got there safely. Now some clothes would be nice!

At 13 August, 2006 07:46 , Blogger Milky Bar Kid said...

Glad to here you have arrived OK. Sorry I brought up the subject of "lost" baggage in your last BLOG. I should not have opened my big mouth! I really do hope your belongings get to you today. I also hope you get your camera back safely and let us see what Cape Town is like from “LORD CELERY’s camera. I guess you don’t have a mobile phone either. How horrible for you. At least there are people here thinking of you and wishing you well.

At 18 August, 2006 18:22 , Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

what a nightmare. glad to see you did finally get your luggage. I hope your return is not as hectic.


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