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The week in review
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It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegonethe Gark household.

Actually, that's a lie. Got back from Luxembourg on Tuesday night, fortunately with my luggage this time (made sure that I was checked in for both legs, and that my luggage was marked as priority). Also, to those folk who suggested that I carry everything as hand luggage, I checked the maximum size for carry-on on the LUX->CDG leg, and it was barely large enough for my not-overly-big laptop bag.

As it turns out, losing my luggage was a blessing in disguise. My case turned up while I was at Monday's meeting, so I had clean clothes for Tuesday. Lux Air gave me a nifty overnight bag with such practised ease that I suspect that lost luggage at CDG is commonplace. The bag had pretty much everything you'd need if you'd lost your luggage: shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shaving cream, deodorant, eau de toilette, razor, hairbrush, cotton buds, cotton wool pads, sanitary towels, spare socks, a t-shirt, laundry powder and an LED keyring. My soon-to-be-departed colleague gave me a bit of a ribbing, and pointed out that he travels light with only carry-on, containing a fresh shirt and clean underwear, the necessary toiletries, and his laptop. Of course, he wasn't laughing quite as heartily when he managed to throw a glass of red wine down his only trousers the night before the formal review. Fortunately, due to my foresight in losing my luggage, I had a convenient sachet of laundry powder...

Realised too late that the terminal at CDG that I like is 2F, not 2E (which is hateful), and that the SOU->CDG flights now go into 2E. I may need to rethink my preferred flights from Southampton, especially since the catering in 2E is abysmal (€3 for a 250ml bottle of water and €6,70 for a sandwich is extortionate, even by airport prices).

Wednesday night was out for drinkies and a rather good Keralan curry with elseware and ex-workmate Jon., who now lives in Bristol. Thursday night saw a flying visit from Neil (who we're seeing quite regularly now that he works in ECS, even if he still lives in Edinburgh), who left us a rather nice-looking bottle of a 14yo single malt from Scapa - I never knew that Scapa had a distillery.

Friday was rather more sombre; Adam Rutherford, one of our first year computer science undergraduates, died suddenly this week, and I attended the funeral with my course leader hat on. Good turn-out from the students which rather overwhelmed his family, who I think were worried that he didn't have any friends at uni (he did - lots of them). Very touching eulogy from his elder sister Claire, also a student at Southampton, and a message from the SOWN folk.

Today was supposed to be productive, but the garklet is down with a stomach bug. Still cheery, except for the bit when he toddled into the kitchen and threw up over my shoes. Hopefully he'll be able to keep some food down today, but it looks likely that we'll have to juggle childcare on Monday rather than send him into the nursery.


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My current employer uses Jet2 for a lot of short haul flights, which is OK as they fly from Leeds/Bradford to Paris and Amsterdam which are two of our main European destinations. This means T3 at CDG. I didn't even know there was a T3 at CDG. It's not so bad arriving there, as it's a nice small terminal and you can pick up your bags and get a cab in a few minutes, but it's an absolute bummer to fly from - it's a good ten minutes' walk from the railway station along various strange paths and under tunnels and there is bog-all to do there while you're waiting.

Haven't been to T3 at CDG, but I assume that getting from there to the other terminals is about as painful as getting from 2* to T1.

T3 may be the newest terminal, but 2E has only just reopened after the roof collapsed in 2004 (killing four and injuring three - there are worse things to happen at CDG than losing your luggage).

The Scapa is good, isn't it?

Haven't opened it yet...

Bummer that the hand luggage limit is so low ... and yes CDG really is _that_ consistently bad at handling luggage!

Glad it worked out ok though.

In retrospect, I probably could have taken the case as hand luggage on the SOU->CDG leg outbound (with the laptop inside), then repacked at check-in for the CDG->LUX leg so that the case could go in the hold while the laptop went in the cabin. Wouldn't work on the return journey, and a one hour transit is so short that I wouldn't want to add repacking to the list of things to do in that short period.

I might try flying SOU->FRA in future.

Or possibly even SOU->AMS, but I'm not too keen on Schiphol either; the gate for the Southampton flight is the furthest you can get from check-in - which is a long way, given how much Schiphol sprawls - and there's bugger all in the way of services after security. Also, the queues for security in the peak evening rush are plain crazy.

How would you like two delightful days feeding fluffy cats and picking up poo off the floor, well maybe not - i return for whioch I bring you back your choice of benisons from the glories that are Wiscon adn Montreal? Eeva goes off to Finland two days before I get back, ie last day May 1st 2 days June I think but will check..

Should be able to do that.

(also, picking up poo from floor sounds delightful compared to Alex's nappies at present - it's 0940, and we're already on the fourth nappy of the morning)

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