Gate 13

After an additional day in Malta, I was ready to go home. But several twists of fate meant that home wasn’t quite ready for me. The flight to Manchester was scheduled for 1230, but at check in passengers were told that it had been delayed – perhaps by an hour or so. Not a problem….

It WILL Be Fine

“So, can we just laugh and point at you now?” I’ve learned a number of things over these past few days, including the fact that Phil is not always the most tactful of people. He speaks his mind. A bit like me. Which is why I didn’t mind too much when he came out with…

Blimey – it’s only Peter Andre!

Saturday – and just a few hours before the big event. But first, a visit to Mdina, a beautiful hilltop location known as The Silent City. Which would be lovely, were the silence not broken by a herd of German schoolchildren and the light construction taking place next to the gate. Still, we didn’t let…

A home away from home

“That seat you’re in there. That’s where Oliver Reed had his last drink before he died.” It’s exactly the sort of tall story which I love telling American tourists in Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem in Nottingham. Anything mythical will do really. Robin Hood, Princess Diana – it all works. But back to Valletta. And…

A Room With THE View

On the way to Malta, we flew over the alps. Here they are. You know that feeling when you’ve read a few “mixed” reviews about a place before you arrive? Well, I’d not read a thing about the Bay View Apartments in Gzira. And I’ll admit that I was just a bit apprehensive when the…

Manchester : Service With A Frown

Jasper Carrott used to do a great comedy routine about East Midlands Airport, berating its basic facilities. He’d joke that the aircraft were so old they were launched by bungee. These days, East Midlands is owned by the same group as Manchester Airport, our departure point. And at 4am, it’s grim up north. The morning…

It WILL Be Fine

For me, one of the joys of travel is getting off the tourist trail and sampling some local life. Mixing with ordinary folk, learning about their culture and finding out what makes them tick. The great thing about Malta is that it’s a small place, so that shouldn’t be too hard, right? Well, that might…