Return to Cardiff

Well, I made it back to Cardiff on schedule last night, although that did involve getting home at 2am. I was pretty much exhausted by then so had a bit of a lie-in this morning. I think I’m getting too old for all this gallivanting about. I crashed out soon after getting home and had to spend an hour or so this morning sorting through the stack of mail that arrived while I was away (including some book tokens courtesy of another crossword prize).

I usually try to get to the airport plenty of time in advance when I’m flying somewhere, so got to Copenhagen airport yesterday a good three hours before my scheduled departure. I had checked in online before setting out so I could have left it later, but I’m obviously a creature of habit. As it happened I was able to leave my luggage at the bag drop immediately and it took no longer than 5 minutes to clear the security checks, which meant that I was left with time to kill but I had my iPod and plenty to read so it was all fine.

I was a little disturbed when I got to the departure gate to hear the announcement that `Tonight’s British Airways flight to London Heathrow is operated by Qatar Airways’, but at least it explained why it wasn’t a BA plane standing outside on the tarmac. As it happened the flight went smoothly and Qatar Airways do free food and drink for economy class passengers (unlike BA who nowadays sell expensive snacks and beverages supplied by Marks and Spencer). The only downside when we arrived at Heathrow was that we parked at a remote stand and had to wait 20 minutes or so for a bus to take us to Terminal 5.  I could hear the ground crew unloading luggage while we waited, however, so that meant less time waiting at the carousels…

On previous occasions I’ve been greeted at Heathrow by a packed passport control area, but this time it was virtually deserted. In fact I’ve never seen it so empty. My bag was waiting for me when I got to the reclaim area so I got to the Heathrow Express terminal and thence to Paddington in time for the 10.45pm train to Cardiff.

When I got back to the Data Innovation Research Institute office around lunchtime I discovered that our big screen TV has been installed.

 

This will of course be used exclusively for skype calls and video conferences and in no way for watching cricket or football or any other inappropriate activity.

Well, I’d better get on. Marking resit exams is the order of the day.

 

 

 

4 Responses to “Return to Cardiff”

  1. Bryn Jones Says:

    On one occasion, when I lived in Cardiff, I returned by train from a conference in the French Alps, arriving home mid-evening. Then I washed my laundry, repacked my luggage and went to bed. I got up at 4a.m. to depart on an observing trip to Australia. I was only home for about 10 hours.

  2. “I usually try to get to the airport plenty of time in advance when I’m flying somewhere”

    As radio astronomer Bernie Burke quipped, if you miss fewer than half of your flights, you are spending too much time in airports. 🙂

    “This will of course be used exclusively for skype calls and video conferences and in no way for watching cricket or football or any other inappropriate activity.”

    When I was at Jodrell Bank, there was a television in the commons room. I was told that it was allowed to be switched on only outside of normal working hours, except when there was a cricket match, the exception apparently due to noted cricket fan Sir Bernard himself.

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