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Part 1; The Rushes Run – BA Vs. Virgin Train 1st  
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 32
Posted (2 years 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 12802 times:

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Aviation is a mind-boggling concept.


Depending on the strength of your mind, that is. For me, the onus has always been on diversity. Not purely an ethnic or nationality diversity… but occupation diversities, emotional diversities and background diversities. I grew up the rural utopia of Scotland, sandwiched between two imposing mountains (or what seemed like mountains at the time) and wedged in beside the fissure of a deep, black loch. As a bairn on a boat, I would glance up into the rare patch of frail blue and see those contrail etchings continuing off beyond the border of my mountains and my mind constantly fell to … who are the people on there, where are they going and why are they going? Are the overjoyed or distraught, or as most are, indifferent?

This little preamble is purely a consuming thought process on aviation. I have only ever had cause to use it for pleasure, so that is what I know. However, in the autumn of this year, I had my first tastings of using aviation for business. And in a self-satisfying sort of way, I will now recount in detail, my slightly obscure and, all too briefly glamorous, use of aviation. It might satisfy any curiosity that like-minded others have about who the other passengers are.

The report will be split onto two parts;


Part 1; The Rushes Run – BA vs. Virgin Train 1st

Part 2; Filming in Venezia – BA (LHR/VCE)



And covers my brief stint as a floor runner on a film set in Scotland, England and Venice.



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 12761 times:




Welcome to only my 7th Trip Report




I must have been in Israel. Most likely quashed by the violence in Syria, Assad’s tyrannical treatment of his citizens, thwarted by the still-reported terrorism and abduction on the road between Jordan and Bagdad in Iraq, conquered by the now-defunct ferry sailings from the Holy land to any port of Europe and finally defeated by the South-Easterly winds dashing any hopes of hitching a ride on a sailing boat. Compounding this feeling of being marooned was my ever prevalent loss of weight and consistent lethargy and exhaustion, punctuated by a sever fever every 72 hours… to the minute. It must have been about that time that I received a friendly e-mail from a mate who works in the film industry – ‘Do you want to come and be my bitch for a week of filming we are doing up in Fort William?’ Two different worlds collide…


The circumstances of the aforementioned paragraph will become crystal-clear when I finally get round to ‘penning’ my 3 part African trip report. But for now it leads us nicely into how I came about to be waking up at 5.30am on a blustery Argyll morning on the 17th October. Still night-time, sea waves licking the grassy verge by my house, the B&B sign swinging perilously with the heavy gusts. I begin my drive to Fort William, setting a rather husky New Zealand tone on the SatNav to guide me up into the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Have you a wry raised eyebrow? Are you questioning where exactly aviation will rear its relevant head in this report? Patience, but forewarning also, this report is much more of an exploration of the intriguing circumstances that led to people taking flights. A First Class Virgin Train and, more importantly, a BA A320 will rear their heads.

Back to the wastelands…



The moody mountains of the Highlands


… driving through the expanses of some of the Highlands, the looming sight of Etive Mhor almost forces me off the road with its awe-inspiring grandeur and starkness. I know the Scottish highlands are mere foothills to most other country’s mountainous offerings, but to me they still offer a shrill delight, and an excuse to wind down the windows and let clear, cool air pour in. I arrive in Spean Bridge exhilarated and ready to start face my immersion in the film industry.



Pausing for air at Etive Mhor – Silver Bullet present…


It’s my second day of work. My title is a floor runner, and I fall under the Assistant Directors department. I’m undoubtedly the spare-part in this well-oiled machine. Slick London slickers glide around with purpose, and then I clumsily hasten behind them, in all my lanky-Scottish country-bumpkiness. My job, well it’s getting tea at the moment, and I am concentrating on this task when the production co-ordinator sidles up to me – “Luke, darling, if you’re up for it, we’re going to put you on the Caledonian Sleeper train tonight with the rushes and a bit of expenses for a couple of whisky’s… you’ll wake up next morning at Euston, hand the rushes over and then be driven to Heathrow for a flight back up to Scotland” .

If, like me, that all sounded a little foreign… let me briefly explain. Each day after filming, the film rolls need to be ‘rushed’ to a laboratory to ensure no blemishes or defects exist… mostly an insurance thing. Pinewood studios in London is the closest facility.

The ‘rushes’ cannot fly, since the x-ray could potentially (and unlikely) damage the film… which is where I enter the process. The assuredness and financial connotations of this brief instruction marvel me… a lad so used to feeling the financial burden of travelling, now offered what sounds like a holiday as work. Never believe a production until it actually happens however. The original brief falls through as we miss the Sleeper by 15 minutes each night.
But next morning I’m summoned , I collect the film at 7am. Drive to Glasgow in good time. Take the 11.40 Virgin economy service to Euston. Exit. Hand over the valuable rushes to a gentleman outside the Body Shop. Eat a Pret a manger.


Lunch event in Virgin Trains economy



And the perfect dinner event too!


16 minutes after arriving in London I board the 16.30 1-stop back to Glasgow (Fastest West Coast Line service). Idle during 70 minute overhead line delay. Drive home. Arrive back 1am. The result? Not much fun and piss poor material to write a trip report. But the next day, I plan to have a bit more fun. This is where I pick the story up. . . .

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A little less than 5 hours after finally closing my eyes, my absurd phone alarm goes off, marking either chemical warfare leak or time to get up for work. Lenses in puffy eyes. The rain is horizontal, my bullet (The Silver Bullet of previous reports ( an ironic play on the fact it’s a silver Peugeot 106 with a hairdryer under the bonnet)) is misted up and swayed by gusts. I get stuck behind the horse-trailer lorries (period film) creeping up the potholed single-track road to the estate on the banks of Loch Lochy where Unit Base is for production. Lord!



Still dark as I set off to London the next day…


They got a lot of footage yesterday; a small tower of film rolls is waiting for me. I don’t dilly-dally too much and set off on the 137mile or so drive to Glasgow.



Film safely collected, we’re now southbound



Quick stop to appreciate the evocative war memorial at Spean Bridge




This drive is a joy… first skirting the twisty banks of the sea-lochs Lennhe and Leven, before ascending through the textbook u-shaped glacial valleys after the settlement of Glen Coe. Since my fuel is subsidised, I no longer stick to my sedate, fuel-economic 55mph…. the roads are straight and safe up here, the biggest hazard is being distracted by the view or a stubborn stag mooching on the road . I feel exhilarated and proud, and an icing-sugar dusting of snow on the mountains only enhances the view.



Beginning the ascent into the misty mountains after Glen Coe.



It is a Colin Prior moment of beauty at Lochan na h-Achlaise



The Bullet seems to thrive in this environment!


Snake down narrow Loch Lomond, cross the Clyde near the flightpath to GLA. It is at GLA short-stay carpark that I park up for the day, gather my day things, head to the taxi rank and go to the train station. You see, today I have made more demands. I pointed out to production that if I booked in advance (as opposed to usual buying ticket at extortionate machines at time of travel) I could travel 1st class for cheaper. Then, in a show of thespianism in itself, I had hummed and haaed about the train back north, and managed to wangle a flight back tonight instead on account of ‘I really like flying’.



Loch Lomond is a fiddly nightmare of a road



Over the Erskine Bridge, nearing Glasgow airport.



Parked up at GLA with pleasant view of apron on this fresh autumnal morning.



Since it will be night when I return, I took this photo to indicate how much fresher GLA terminal is looking… a lot less brutalist, with this nice awning and outdoor flight info board.



Photographic proof of film in taxi from GLA – City Centre in about 20 minutes. The approximate value of each days filming (as a proportion of the overall production cost) is a staggering £150,000 or so


In Glasgow Central station I get a BLT sandwich and profiterole desert from M&S and, forgive me, Airliner World magazine (had cleared it earlier with production). I seemed to be getting more stares (hugging my 12 rolls of heavy film dearly as I made my way across the court) than the young lady who had overcooked it the night before, sheepishly slinking towards the platform with one shoe missing, frizzed hair and nursing a bottle of Irn Bru (Scottish institution/ supposed hang-over cure).



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 12747 times:

Glasgow Central – London Euston
Virgin Train – Pendelino 1st Class
Dept 11.40/ Arr. 16.08 (16.13)
LF = >5%
399 miles
£93.80




All ready for the zip southward


Virgin Pendelino trains are doing their damndest to compete with the aviation bridge between the UK London nervecenter and the central Scottish belt incorporating Glasgow and Edinburgh. The sort of areas they have excelled in are;

Time ( on occasions, just over 4 hours for the run, which is damned good) and 1st class service at good value (one of their strong points has been opening up the possibility of 1st class rail-travel to the prudent planner, and not just the business elite). Virgin’s pendelinos have certainly passed their youthful novelty stage, and are a bit frayed and worn in places (skanky toilets and grubby upholstery), but for me still a joy to travel on. If I didn’t worship aviation so much I might make more of a concerted effort to use the train more. I squirm into the navy blue seats – comfortable, reclining modestly and sleek within the tubular form of the ‘bullet’ train. We glide out in peaceful acceleration and begin the trip south. Urban Scotland disappears with ease, and soon we’re following contours of valleys and flirting with the M6 on our way South.



My nest for the next four hours and my not so chatty seatmate Rolf Ilmy (silly, I know)



Tastefull 1st Class cabin is bright and clinging to modern.


Service begins. ‘If you are hearing this message, then you are seated within the first class area of this Virgin Pendelino service to London Euston. We will shortly be passing through offering a selection of sandwiches, or our freshly cooked hot dish of the day. You will also be offered coffee or tea, and one drink from the bar. Coach D blah blah blah….’ . Emphasis is put on the conjunctions - OR, AND, ONE - reinforcing Virgin’s subtle purse string tightening. The staff are a bit utilitarian and cool. A ‘large gin and tonic’ for example doesn’t get the excessive generosity of BA… a singular Beefeater Gin and Britvic Tonic are slammed down on my frilly placemat. Coffee rouses me. Free Wifi is intermittent, my laptop strains with loading a picture-heavy Trip Report.



Coffee (or tea), Gin and Tonic, and a muffin are swiftly served before…


An onboard chef, with a dainty baker’s hat drooping off his noggin, comes round. I ask for a beef hotpot. Only appropriate. He scuttles off down the almost empty carriage and is back not 10 minutes later with a primly folded napkin knife and fork and a steaming bowl of ‘otpot. ‘Eeee just mind owt – ‘tis bluddy scawldin’ he delivers in well-placed Lancashire accent. ‘This looks delicious’ [/i] I marvel (more at the heat of the bowl than anything)… [i] ‘downt cownt yur chickens yet yuwng maan’ he quips wittily.



Bloody hot-plated ‘Ot Pot


But it is quite good, requiring a little salt albeit, but quite warming as we slice through the Cumbrian hills. A drinks run is served after each stop; Locherbie… Carlisle…. Penrith…. Preston… my reward for surviving each stop, a Gin and Tonic. It is thoroughly relaxing… I feel pampered enough. Also, a hearty sandwich is offered twice… I take a Free Range Gammon, Butternut Squash and Pickle roll (with crisps and a Granny Smith apple)… and then, after Preston, a Free Range (what else?) Egg mayonnaise and microherb baguette.



Yummy roll


In a flurry of kindness, the gruff Scottish attendant gives me a double miniature of gin at the penultimate stop. My actual glass was never refreshed the whole journey.



The Egg one, and my final miniatures!



Laptop etc. powerpoint at all seats.


The rest of the journey, I check into my later BA flight from LHR (all window seats are gone and it looks to be busy), and read reports with an interesting section about a semi-secret passage between the various A’s and B’s of Terminal 5.



Can’t remember who’s report it was… but very well document info on how to transfer within T5



Disappointing seat dregs of BA check-in


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Less than 10 minutes from the heart of London!?


A glance at my phone confirms within 10 minutes we’ll be pulling to a stop in Euston. Except, we’re still amongst the canals and storage depots of the M1. But sure enough, London fades into view and we arrive a little over 5 minutes late. It has been a divine journey.

Outside Boots, my next driver is waiting. Dave. I follow him to his Lexus which is parked close-by. I’ve noticed drivers tend to expect the passenger to busy themselves away in the back with business. But I prefer the front passenger seat, so paper and coffee flasks have to be shifted. Given the circumstances of the trip I had recently finished (deepest, darkest Africa on a dime) it was a novelty to be squidged amongst the swelling London rushhour. My driver was a jovial cockney fella whose wrinkles probably mirrored the London road network; we chatted charismatically during the entire drive down the M40. With traffic slowly moving, it could have been a bit tight whether I would make my plane or not.



GSK’s striking headquarters on motorway to LHR


But with apparent ease, the motorway soon merged with the flightpath… terminals 1, 3 and 4 all slinked off on exits, and finally the motorway brought me to the finely landscaped accomplishment that is terminal 5.




Dave is a ‘transport captain’ … something that would rather suite me as a career. He drops me under the graceful awning of Terminal 5, passing my envelope with e-ticket and itinerary, unknowingly making me giddy with the glamour of this whole ‘business trip’.



Golden awning at Terminal 5


Comic-book clouds are in the setting sky as I head into the gaping Terminal 5.


My favourite airport terminal after KUL


As ever BA bamboozle you as to which chick-in counter to go to. I eenie-meenie-minie-mo it and end up infront of a gruff lady. Well, not conversational. ‘May I get a window seat please’ is met with ‘No sir, I am sorry, the flight is completely full tonight’.

But I am compensated by possibly the most glorious sign-off I have heard at a check-in desk. ‘Here is your boarding pass sir, and you have lounge access – here is your invitation’. I am elated with the news… I presume that the last minute booking by production had meant that the fare was so high that I qualified for lounge access. Hurrah.
I hurray through security… But pause with admiration at the joviality of the security staff. Are they being a bit tongue-in-cheek with this Jamaican lady that most have close to 5 litres of toiletries in her hand-baggage? ‘aww darling, didn’t you read the notices everywhere? What are you like?! … and then when she goes through the metal detector… well.. she has belts, rings, studs, coins, phones…. The staff sigh humorously… This relaxed and light approach to security might have been appreciated on a day when I didn’t have lounge access. But today, I shoved through, did the security-monty and was soon trotting towards the South lounge, redressing as I went.


LHR was bloody busy. I had a little under an hour to revel in the glories of lounge access and headed straight to it. I was dressed like a hobo, but the dragons seemed unperturbed. Infact dragons is unfair, much more like labradors… friendly and attentive, even more so when politeness shown.


The lounge entrance was suave and elegant. You’ve had copious lounge descriptions across the board. So instead I will relay my personal feelings; those of awe, envy and joy at being here in this world. I appreciate very rapidly the great divides between me and them… in this twinkling, stylishly-lit haven of pampering, excess and relaxation… I had entered a different world. I promptly phoned key members of the family to inform of this turn of fortune. Then from the oblong bars, sought a heavy gin and tonic and a generous dash of whisky. I picked out half a dozen posh looking magazines and papers. From the Elimis Spa area I got a razor and shaving cream, and from two chirpy attendants I got a plastic bag (as mine had ripped). Pictures not a priority!



Quick views to never forget… looking towards the wine stations and neon-blue entrance



My selection



The stylish bars…


The view across the apron of T5 was exquisite. But my eye was drawn to the diversity of people taking in the most plushest of experiences with indifference and blaséness. I pushed on with another G&T, and made my way to the well-stocked buffets where I selected a bit of smoked ham and a chicken tikka masala. Other hot options were Italian pastas. The food was excellent too. Keen to never leave this utopia, I waited till my flight flashed through all the various scare-mongering statuses to get you to the gate in good-time. Loathe to leave. Last to amble up to the gate. Friendly welcome and ‘enjoy your flight’ before boarding.



Obviously with the skilled sharpness of this photo, noting the registration was a dawdle.

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[Edited 2011-12-23 18:53:58]


Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 12734 times:

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LHR-GLA

Airline……………..British Airways
Aircraft…………….Airbus A320
Flight……………….BA1498
Registration……... .n/a
Seat……………….25F (Economy / Window)
Departure time......19.05
Arrival time……….20.35
LF: 100%............. Flexible (UK Business)
Distance….. …….345 miles (1hr 30 min)
Price……………. Approx. £270-£320



Unsure of registration. Believe it to be A320. Somebody might know it?



Airbridge; papers and a plane at the end.



Re-joining the masses; my legendry seatmate is pictured here


Very friendly welcome by a slightly elderly cabin crew; I made my way to the very back of the airbus. A seat conundrum was developing. My tactic was to wait at the back till all where seated and was sure a wee spare seat with my name on it would appear. Alas, it did not. However, I was fortunate when one of the passengers offered me to sit in his window seat, when he saw me looking at it longingly. Furthermore, his pretty lady companion actually moved across the aisle to also accommodate me. The Gin and Tonic had loosened my tongue, and my seatmate was quickly onto the fact I was a ‘spotter’. It was an amusing old conversation; on one hand trying to rationalise about the hobby and reassure against the stereotypes, then on the other taking a photo of the safety card and scribbling down our pushback times and the joviality of our typically British BA pilot. A peek at the gentlemanly pheasant on my seatmate’s business card had confirmed my suspicions that he worked for Jack Wills.

He was infact their head store architect, and anyone who had raa-raa’d into the pomp and privilege of a Jack Wills store will know they are brilliant places. My family are firm fans of JW, but alas only in the January Sales, so it was a pleasure to talk to this man. I told him about the trip report, it might go someway to alleviating the notion I was a nutter, and he was interested to see some of my photos from the Africa trip.

Aviation wise, we push back perfectly on time from our gate. Despite the busy time of day, we make our lengthy taxi to the runway and have only to hold for to European departures. Somehow this comes as a little disappointing at LHR – I like the game of chess you play with exotic airlines in the line-up for take-off.


On time pushback, and taxi past T5 which is like a well-lit city, chic and shining



Safety via overhead, and for less than 30 seconds, the FA’s manually demonstrate where exits are.


Our flight is 100% full to the rafters, which is positive to see on BA, and especially on the GLA run. I suppose since BMI withdrew, the planes have been fuller. The engines power-up and we trundle off with impressive acceleration. My ritual is to improve my posture at take-off, and grip the armrests, rest the camera against the window and feel heavenly…


Raising above T5



While London continues its ceaseless teeming below…


Our hop to the northern territories is unexceptional. The elderly cabin crew are polite and efficient. Two gin and tonics make their way to my table, accompanied by plain looking nibbles, during the course. Did I imagine once upon a time getting a poached salmon salad on a BA Glasgow shuttle!? But I am deep in talk with my seatmate. Despite ultimate load factor, the leather seats are comfortable and in good nick. It doesn’t feel claustrophobic.



Bog-standard, uninspiring service. Sufficient.


Soon enough we’re descending into Scottish bleakness and in down over the suburbs of Glasgow – posh Bearsden, and that Sainsburys (where I also longingly glanced up with curiosity at the screeching planes as a squirt shopping with mum).


The weightless hover...


... the jar of contact....


... and finally the rattle of rapid deceleration signal our safe arrival on solid Glasgow ground. We pull in at the central pier of GLA’s main terminal. Steps down onto the chilly tarmac and then into a scabby wee entrance where stairs lead up into the terminal. From plane to outside terminal in about 3 minutes which is just lovely. Too lovely infact. By the time I find my car I judge it wise to read for an hour after my G&T's.


Within an hour of leaving Glasgow, I stop at the Real Food Café in Tyndrum, which does one of the best Fish and Chips about. I don’t get very far with the drive when I stop once more at a high pass of the road. I get out – the night is deathly silent, the air clear and clean enough to sting my lungs, the bright moon illuminates the silhouettes of the gathered mountains and sheens across the jagged kettle lochans… and far out in the valley a few solitary car-lights snake their way up into the desolate Highlands. It is a blessed site.


So ends my exciting day of delivering the rushes. It was just sublime to have got such a sweet taste of the goodlife in my work day. But moreover, the sense of purpose, that I was completing a rather covert and exciting task gave me a tangible thrill. I rather liked travelling for business, and seemed to encompass a great amount of pleasure in it to boot!

As ever… any comments, complaints, criticisms, observations … or damn right slander, are all warmly welcomed. Treat it like BBC’s Points of View! Part 2 will be up in the next week . . . squeezing it in amongst the mounting list of chores my father seems to be laying on me.


Regards and a Merry Christmas,



Luke

p.s. I will leave you with a few photos of the filming in Scotland.



Please find below my previous Trip Reports;
BA And Cityjet - Scotland To London (DND/GLA/LCY) (by lukeyboy95 Mar 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
Pivo In Bratislava ; A Day With FR (by lukeyboy95 May 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
An Indian Summer; The North – BA And IT (Part 1) (by lukeyboy95 Jun 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
An Indian Summer; The South – S2 And IT (Part 2) (by lukeyboy95 Jul 15 2010 in Trip Reports)
BA’s Nod To The Northeast – NCL-LHR 747 (by lukeyboy95 Jul 30 2010 in Trip Reports)
~A Promise Kept; To France For Chicken AF A380~ (by lukeyboy95 Oct 23 2011 in Trip Reports)




The remote bothy on Loch Lochy



That morning it rained so intensely that the river burst its banks. I was the first to suggest the an evacuation which was generally met scathingly… we all waded out of there that day! Very dramatic…



Lochside scene… a continuation of which I would play the main character in the wide-shots…. See below



This waterfall was dramatic, and also a location.


Hilarious task of playing a stand-in (this is me) for the wideshots…



You can imagine quite how wide they were with a sponged on beard!



Wide-shots





The certain irony of rain effects in Scotland



Looking entirely like I am out of Oliver!



Rural ferries such as this, the Corran ferry, are life-lines in this fragmented coastline





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[Edited 2011-12-23 19:02:31]


Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8486 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 12483 times:
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Great report Luke, really enjoyed!

The filming look's great, love the picture with the water hoses, more water as if ever needed in Scotland!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Each day after filming, the film rolls need to be ‘rushed’ to a laboratory to ensure no blemishes or defects exist… mostly an insurance thing.

- Never knew that, every day is a school day!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Quick stop to appreciate the evocative war memorial at Spean Bridge

- Great picture.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
A drinks run is served after each stop; Locherbie… Carlisle…. Penrith…. Preston… my reward for surviving each stop, a Gin and Tonic. It is thoroughly relaxing… I feel pampered enough. Also, a hearty sandwich is offered twice… I take a Free Range Gammon, Butternut Squash and Pickle roll (with crisps and a Granny Smith apple)… and then, after Preston, a Free Range (what else?) Egg mayonnaise and microherb baguette.

- Well you don't ho hungry or thirsty though I think your glass should be changed a bit more often.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Can’t remember who’s report it was… but very well document info on how to transfer within T5

- I think it was GC.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
As ever BA bamboozle you as to which chick-in counter to go to. I eenie-meenie-minie-mo it and end up infront of a gruff lady. Well, not conversational. ‘May I get a window seat please’ is met with ‘No sir, I am sorry, the flight is completely full tonight’.

But I am compensated by possibly the most glorious sign-off I have heard at a check-in desk. ‘Here is your boarding pass sir, and you have lounge access – here is your invitation’. I am elated with the news… I presume that the last minute booking by production had meant that the fare was so high that I qualified for lounge access. Hurrah.

- Nice result, either they have an account which entitles lounge access or it was a UK Business ticket, full fare so expensive!

Looking forward to the next instalment - have a great Christmas.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1776 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 11954 times:

Great report, great pics and how old do you have to be to be elderly these days  


There's flying and then there's flying
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 11347 times:

Hi Luke,

It is like reading a diary. Yours in this case! Nicely and thoroughly written.  

The scenery pictures are lovely, but the best part happens to be the ones with you in the picture.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 2):
Can’t remember who’s report it was… but very well document info on how to transfer within T5

It is Gabriel (Gabrielchew)’s.  


Thank you for sharing and I wish you a Merry Christmas.

All the best,
Suryo



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 11142 times:

Hi Luke,

Wow, another absolutely amazingly witty report from you! Sure, the actual travels were rather boring - going back and forth between Glasgow and London on a daily basis sounds like a serious case of being caught in a rut, but I think I'd love it anyway - hey I love all kinds of travel and just generally being on the road!

Love your shots of the highlands, I knew they were beautiful but didn't realize you had mountains that grand up there. I really should get back there for a proper visit, my quick dash to Inverness and Aberdeen last March doesn't really constitute as one.

In the beginning I was wondering what the hell is "The Rushes Run" - I had some nasty visions of a horrible case of the runs and trying to make it to a loo in time but luckily you did a good job of explaining it (and it turned out to be something completely different!). To me it sounds like an incredible amount of hassle and expenses to have those film rolls delivered down to London, 500+ miles away every day, but then again like you pointed out - if you have 150K quid worth of film material what's a few hundred quid more for the train/flight/limo arrangements for you?

It looks to me that you were really lucky landing at this temp job, nice variety to the job from sort of acting to doing everything, including brewing and delivering the tea - certainly one of the most important tasks there is to British movie production!  

I really like how that Virgin 1st class looks like, you actually managed to get me to go to the Virgin Trains website to check out the fares - I see some 49 GBP one way 1st class fares, so VERY tempted to try them at some point. Those free flowing G&Ts plus food service looks quite generous to me, cutbacks or no cutbacks. For a comparison - here in Finland you pay around the same for a 4 hour ECONOMY/2nd class ticket and even our first class has no free catering whatsoever, and a G&T or similar at the restaurant car runs around 8 EUR.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Can’t remember who’s report it was… but very well document info on how to transfer within T5

Gabrielchew, no less!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Too lovely infact. By the time I find my car I judge it wise to read for an hour after my G&T's.

I was getting worried about your drive home since you did seem to consume quite a number of these malaria remedies during your lengthy day... Maybe crashing in your car at the car park wouldn't have been such a bad idea after all.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Looking entirely like I am out of Oliver!

Hello, lookin' good, that mush the first time you've ever looked like you needed to shave!   Care to spill the details now - which movie is it and when is it coming out? Some period drama for sure, but is that a theatrical production or something just for the telly?

Anyway looking forward to the second installment! And the eventual Africa report if that ever comes out!

Take care, mate!

PS. It is "Pendolino", not "Pendelino".


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10916 times:

Hi Luke!

Great tripreport!
Nice to read about your experiences on air and ground traveling in UK.
I have tried Virgin Trains a couple of times, but only on cheap tickets, so no catering included for me! I did however enjoy the experience in the modern and clean trains.
It was also nice to see a little of the T5 lounges, as I'm flying LHR-ARN next month, and got a cheap upgrade offer, which I could not resist!

Martin


User currently offlineEuroWings From UK - England, joined Sep 2011, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10873 times:

Hi Luke,

Great report here, you made a bog standard journey into an epic tale! I really like your style of writing - it's witty and entertaining..

Plus, what a fantastic comparison between Virgin Trains and BA. Virgin Trains aren't bad at all although my numerous experiences sitting on in a packed standard class carriage with luggage strewn everywhere haven't been the most enjoyable! The trains were called 'pongos' when they were first introduced due to the toilet smell they had!

Good luck with the rest of the filming, sounds like a great temp job!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
really like how that Virgin 1st class looks like, you actually managed to get me to go to the Virgin Trains website to check out the fares - I see some 49 GBP one way 1st class fares, so VERY tempted to try them at some point. Those free flowing G&Ts plus food service looks quite generous to me, cutbacks or no cutbacks. For a comparison - here in Finland you pay around the same for a 4 hour ECONOMY/2nd class ticket and even our first class has no free catering whatsoever, and a G&T or similar at the restaurant car runs around 8 EUR.

Just a warning, the first class service is severely cutback to free tea/coffee, water and biscuits or crisps on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, plus you may have to collect these items from the buffet counter on those days.

Thanks
EuroWings

[Edited 2011-12-25 08:56:36]

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10529 times:

Hi Luke

Nice trip report you have got there! I enjoyed the read.
The Pendolino trains look comfortable and seem to have a decent F product!
Nice to see that you enjoyed BA as well, despite having the middle!

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 742 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day ago) and read 10373 times:

You do not write that often, but when you post a report here these are simply brilliant. When you talked about movie I thought you had played in world war Z  

EAS (Léo)



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User currently offlineHarpandShamrock From Ireland, joined Mar 2011, 133 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day ago) and read 10372 times:

Excellent report, as others have said, I love your writing style! Also, as someone who works for Virgin Trains providing the at seat service, it was nice to see you had a relativley pleasant journey with us (although I do apologise for the stingyness with the alcohol at first; it's usually prudent to be a bit more careful with how much alcohol you give out on a Scotland-London train, we do only have a limited stock and they are the trains that the most alcohol is consumed on). Dissappointed with the catering on the shuttle flight, I thought they always provided decent food on those flights or is it only at breakfast? I may be moving to one end of the shuttle routes in the near future and I was planning on trying it out.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
I really like how that Virgin 1st class looks like, you actually managed to get me to go to the Virgin Trains website to check out the fares - I see some 49 GBP one way 1st class fares, so VERY tempted to try them at some point. Those free flowing G&Ts plus food service looks quite generous to me, cutbacks or no cutbacks. For a comparison - here in Finland you pay around the same for a 4 hour ECONOMY/2nd class ticket and even our first class has no free catering whatsoever, and a G&T or similar at the restaurant car runs around 8 EUR.

PM on it's way.



2011 so far: LX (4), FR (2), EI (2), BE (2) - 4004 miles
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 9720 times:

I will just cover a few replies and get the rest tomorrow.


HI Mark!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
Great report Luke, really enjoyed!

Thank-you. I mean, it may be a bit hap-hazard... given my lack of material on the aviation front!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
The filming look's great, love the picture with the water hoses, more water as if ever needed in Scotland!

Indeed... and that week was a total washout - river banks flooding, never stopped raining... horizontally.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
Never knew that, every day is a school day!

ha... yes... well I think that is what I was hoping for... the idea that we really have no idea what everyone's purpose is around us... what their motive for travelling is. My game was given away slightly by my leaning tower of film!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
I think it was GC.

yep!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
Nice result, either they have an account which entitles lounge access or it was a UK Business ticket, full fare so expensive!

I think the latter... as I flew with them once more during the shoot, and others who had flown, were not entitled lounge entry.

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 5):
Great report, great pics and how old do you have to be to be elderly these days  

Thanks Sketty! If you're young in the heart . . . you can be 90 and still be young! har har

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Hi Luke,

It is like reading a diary. Yours in this case! Nicely and thoroughly written.  

Hi Suryo. Thank-you for the kind comment... Yes, I do write a little bit like a diary. I am all too aware that my reports are a bit text-heavy... but I like writing in general!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
The scenery pictures are lovely, but the best part happens to be the ones with you in the picture.

haha. Thanks. It was brilliant being made up like that....

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
It is Gabriel (Gabrielchew)’s.  
It all makes sense now!

Thank you for sharing and I wish you a Merry Christmas.

All the best,
Suryo

And same to you Mr Suryo! Sure you have some good holiday plans up your sleeve... and some languages to get round!!



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9005 times:

Hi Luke,

great report with many impressive pictures! I really need to visit the Highlands one day. And I enjoyed your writing style, as usual!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Looking entirely like I am out of Oliver!

  


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8716 times:

Just to get up to date on your kind replies.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Hi Luke,
Hello P!
Wow, another absolutely amazingly witty report from you!

Once in a blue moon....

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Sure, the actual travels were rather boring - going back and forth between Glasgow and London on a daily basis

Quite. Although, to a newbie, even that was quite an exciting adventure. I particularly liked driving between Loch Lochy and Glasgow on someone else's fuel!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Love your shots of the highlands, I knew they were beautiful but didn't realize you had mountains that grand up there.

Haha, yes, you wouldn't like to be stuck up some of them in the winter. Alot begin from near sealevel so appear much grander than they really are...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
To me it sounds like an incredible amount of hassle and expenses to have those film rolls delivered down to London,

But it is not so usual to be filming out of that general London area

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
It looks to me that you were really lucky landing at this temp job, nice variety to the job from sort of acting to doing everything, including brewing and delivering the tea - certainly one of the most important tasks there is to British movie production!  

haha . . it was a sharp tea-making learning curve

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
I see some 49 GBP one way 1st class fares, so VERY tempted to try them at some point. Those free flowing G&Ts plus food service looks quite generous to me, cutbacks or no cutbacks. For a comparison - here in Finland you pay around the same for a 4 hour ECONOMY/2nd class ticket and even our first class has no free catering whatsoever, and a G&T or similar at the restaurant car runs around 8 EUR.

As others mentioned, never take the weekend 1st services. Timetables indicate also if you will recieve a hot meal onboard. But it is definitely a good deal if you book nice and early.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
Maybe crashing in your car at the car park wouldn't have been such a bad idea after all.

yes rather crashing in the car, than plain old crashing!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
which movie is it and when is it coming out? Some period drama for sure, but is that a theatrical production or something just for the telly?

Called 'Effie' - in Film format, out probably Septemberish time, though can confirm none of these details. It is about a period love triangle involving art-critic John Ruskin.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 7):
PS. It is "Pendolino", not "Pendelino".

alas!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):

Hi Luke!

Great tripreport!
Nice to read about your experiences on air and ground traveling in UK.

Thanks alot Martin.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
It was also nice to see a little of the T5 lounges, as I'm flying LHR-ARN next month, and got a cheap upgrade offer, which I could not resist!

Well, check in bloody early and make the most of it! Only wish I could have booked in a for a massage!

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 9):
Great report here, you made a bog standard journey into an epic tale! I really like your style of writing - it's witty and entertaining..

Hi Eurowings... yes pretty bog standard, but those can be the most curious ones sometimes!

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 9):
Virgin Trains aren't bad at all

Certainly not to be sniffed at so long as you choose the right service! In a few years I feel sure they will become very dated.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Hi Luke

Nice trip report you have got there! I enjoyed the read.
The Pendolino trains look comfortable and seem to have a decent F product!
Nice to see that you enjoyed BA as well, despite having the middle!

Hi Marc. Thanks for kind words... well eventually, they did give me a window seat. It was dark so I really should not have been so fussy!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 11):
You do not write that often, but when you post a report here these are simply brilliant.

Cheers Leo . . . I wish I could take more trips to warrant TRs!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 11):
When you talked about movie I thought you had played in world war Z

Ah yeah... that was filming in Glasgow I had heard. Looking forward to it...

Quoting HarpandShamrock (Reply 12):
Excellent report, as others have said, I love your writing style!

Why thank-you!

Quoting HarpandShamrock (Reply 12):
as someone who works for Virgin Trains providing the at seat service, it was nice to see you had a relativley pleasant journey with us

An extremely pleasant trip. I love taking the train so much, but sadly also love Heathrow, but Virgin does a great job, and there is something still intangibly romantic about the railways! I hope I represented your employer fairly!

Quoting HarpandShamrock (Reply 12):
Dissappointed with the catering on the shuttle flight, I thought they always provided decent food on those flights or is it only at breakfast?

You used to get breakfasts on domestic runs which were hot and good, but yes it is a sad story nowadays. But prices are kept low...

Quoting HarpandShamrock (Reply 12):
although I do apologise for the stingyness with the alcohol at first

well, given it is a long journey at a potentially excellent fare, I do not think it is that bad.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
Hi Luke,

great report with many impressive pictures! I really need to visit the Highlands one day. And I enjoyed your writing style, as usual!

Cheers PH. You ought too, although when you come from a country with the alps then it might not be so impressive. It is the Dutch that gawp at the highlands... but culturally and socially they are magnificent places!



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8665 times:

Excellent, funny report Luke, thanks!

Lucky you to first get a job in showbusiness, then advance from tea boy, to courier, to actor, in a couple of days! Will have to keep an eye out for the film, then try to spot you in it!

Just be careful with the G&Ts and the driving  

Thanks again,

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 8199 times:

Hi signol,

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
Excellent, funny report Luke, thanks!

cheers!

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
Lucky you to first get a job in showbusiness, then advance from tea boy, to courier, to actor, in a couple of days!

Well, sadly the bubble has burst, but it was a nice little fantasy to enjoy for the little while. I will turn into a spinster if I stick in that industry . . . so back to university!

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
Just be careful with the G&Ts and the driving  

A battle of wills, what with the unexpected lounge access . . . I was lucky I had my sleep and read before driving, as was sods law, I was stopped at a police road-block on the road out to the highlands which they obscurely do every so often.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26845 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8000 times:

Hey Luke ,
Fab report and full of great photos and a nice read. Really was not what I was expecting in terms of the content etc,,, well done for sharing.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7927 times:

Very nice and unorthodix report Luke! Nice to "meet" someone as commited to G&Ts as I am! Looking forward to the Venice part.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Can’t remember who’s report it was… but very well document info on how to transfer within T5

That would be mine  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Here is your boarding pass sir, and you have lounge access – here is your invitation’.

Nice, you must have been booked an a Business UK ticket (or whatever they're called). Nice perk after being assigned a middle.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
I was fortunate when one of the passengers offered me to sit in his window seat, when he saw me looking at it longingly.

All's well that ends well then!



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 32
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5701 times:

Hello.... sorry to resurrect the dead - but I saw I had not fully replied to the last of the comments on this report.... and that is not my style. So - to Gabriel and Philip >



Hi Philip

Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
Hey Luke ,
Fab report and full of great photos and a nice read. Really was not what I was expecting in terms of the content etc,,, well done for sharing.

Regards

Philip

Yes - and now reading this later on it is somewhat of a departure from the usual format of the report. In particular I noticed that there are only about 5 aviation photos. But what can you do? It was a good fun trip and I fully realise the value of trip reports now for being able to look back with fondness at completed trips...



*****************************************************

Gabriel

...No comment shall go left unreplied to...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 19):
Very nice and unorthodix report Luke! Nice to "meet" someone as commited to G&Ts as I am! Looking forward to the Venice part.

Not yet met... but I am holding out for a merry meeting of G&T'd minds in the future...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 19):
That would be mine

Indeed it was... and I believe that not too long after they have now blocked access to this tunnel. Perhaps you can research it next time you are out of T5 on BA (though you seem to be loosing your allegiance)

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 19):
Nice, you must have been booked an a Business UK ticket (or whatever they're called). Nice perk after being assigned a middle.

Very nice perk. Definitely a portal into a different... more refined world! Not to be experienced again for a long time... sob



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