A jet lag blog

April 29, 2008 -

John Heald

Here I sit at LAX once again waiting for the red eye to London. I guess they call it the red eye because you have to have red eyes to get onboard. Well no problems there as my eyes are as red as a Boston baseball players socks and I may be over on my carry on baggage allowance if they count the two huge bags under my eyes.

Let’s get back to last night. I arrived at 3 pm and surprisingly Immigration was quick and surprisingly enough the officer smiled and wished me a nice day……….I fainted………..oh Miami, if only you could be as nice as this………the officer still did his job, asked all the right questions and made sure I was not trying to get into the country for all the wrong reasons.

He did this politely and respectfully and at the end of his inspection I felt like I had been treated as a human being rather than the insect that lives on a pile of Camel poo ………… anyway, thanks Officer Chan ……you were a true gentleman.

Once through the inspection I arrived I got a cab to the hotel. It was strange being in a California cab as there was a bulletproof screen-separating driver from passenger. I felt like I had just been arrested and wanted to start singing the theme from “Cops.” On the way to the hotel I kept seeing signs for the Pacific Coast highway which for some reason sounded like I needed to call George Hamilton and drive this romantic road in a blue Bentley convertible with Jessica Simpson and Joan Rivers in the back seat……..George gets Joan by the way.

So I arrived at the hotel which I had mentioned the name of on the blog. I want to thank the 7 bloggers who called me……Robert and Suzanne, Karl and Linda, The Kleins, The Schumans, Captain Chuck, Don and Carol and one other who for the life of me I cannot remember……I know some of you called and may have found me less than chatty but I went to bed at 6 pm which was 1 am my time…..please forgive me if I seemed distant.

So having gone to bed at 6 pm local time I found myself wide awake at 5 am and couldn’t get back to sleep………it was then that Sylvester Stallone provided me with 2 hours of wonderful comedy in his latest movie…….Rambo 4 which I watched on PPV ……..for $14 plus applicable taxes.

I like Sly and actually thought the last Rocky was good but come on…….Rambo………he’s in is late fifties I would think and it showed in the movie……..and I hear he is making Rambo 5 in which the retirement community he lives in is attacked by a bus load of pensioners from Florida. ……it was such a bad movie it was actually good.

Anyway, I eventually had breakfast of eggs Benedict and then it was off to the ship.

I am going to right a full report tomorrow but I can tell you it was fantastic and Lauren the CD for the day was superb……the program airs on June 21.

Please forgive this raspberry blog but I wanted to say hello before I fly. I will land at 3.30 pm local time in London and should be home by 5:30 pm. I will try and blog that night but I have a feeling it will be Wednesday.

Oh, just before I go let’s congratulate Cunard’s Queen Victoria which has been named ………..you know what…..just read this.

Cunard’s Queen Victoria Makes Condé Nast Traveler’s Annual “Hot List”

April 28, 2008 – Cunard Line’s new Queen Victoria has garnered top spots on Condé Nast Traveler’s just-released “Hot List,” the definitive guide to the most celebrated new hotels, restaurants, spas and nightclubs in the world.  Appearing in the May 2008 issue (on newsstands now), the Hot List reflects the magazine’s rigorous, undercover evaluation of hundreds of new properties around the globe.  Queen Victoria is recognized as one of the “hottest hotels in the world,” and the ship’s well-appointed Cunard Royal Spa is included among the “hottest spas in the world.”
The Condé Nast Traveler Hot List issue, now in its twelfth year, is a must-read compendium of new establishments and features 136 top new hotels categorized by region.  Given her distinction as a luxury liner, Queen Victoria is recognized in her own regional category entitled “The World,” an appropriate reference given she has just completed her Maiden World Cruise. 
“We are truly honoured to be recognized among this elite list of new establishments,” said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.  “To think that after nearly 170 years the Cunard brand continues to offer a luxury travel product that appeals to a contemporary audience is both inspiring and monumental.  We hope to welcome the readers of Condé Nast Traveler onboard Queen Victoria soon,” added Marlow.
In singling out Queen Victoria, the magazine’s editors noted, “she is a grand ship that harks back to the romantic era of cruising, and its sober yet elegant design…is a welcome departure from the brash interiors that blight modern fleets.”  Nostalgic onboard experiences such as white-gloved afternoon tea and entertainment innovations including a two-story library, fencing lessons and private theatre boxes “straight out of London’s West End” earned the ship its inclusion on the coveted list.
The Cunard Royal Spa was named among 76 of the hottest new spas in the world. The magazine noted its “impressive stats,” including 13 treatment rooms on two decks, a hydrotherapy pool, three steam & sauna rooms and a wide-ranging menu of both ancient and contemporary treatments.
For more information and reservations, contact your travel professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to www.cunard.com.

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About Cunard Line

Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, QE2 and Queen Victoria has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company’s first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840.  Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star ServiceTM, fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of historic voyages and transatlantic travel.

Cunard Line is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines.  The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together they offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.

That’s brilliant as the Hot List is harder to get into than a Scotsman’s wallet.

Hope I can sleep on the plane and please let me sit next to someone normal.

Goodnight or Morning or whatever it is
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