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Part 2; To Venice For Filming With BA  
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
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After coming back from 14 months of travel in Africa, I was lucky enough to get a job as a floor runner on a British film about art critic John Ruskin. My previous report, Part 1 Part 1; The Rushes Run – BA Vs. Virgin Train 1st (by lukeyboy95 Dec 23 2011 in Trip Reports) , covered a simple UK domestic service and some of my more unusual duties in this temporary job.


The UK was sinking suddenly into winter; work began in the dark, and aptly ended in the dark. The mornings got cold, the thermostat got raised and thick clothing got looked out. A typical start for me was 05.30am, and a strenuous day was getting home at 9pm. The floor runner, by intrinsic definition, is there to turn the lights on, and at the end of the day, turn them back off. Exhausting and criminally paid, this was a definite ‘get your foot in the door’ job . We mostly were filming our English scenes in a rose-garden up the M1 at Luton.



Filming into the night at Luton.


Meanwhile, my Movember had come on wonderfully this year!


Julia Walters liked a banana in the morning, David Suchet liked to go and read between scenes and Dakota Fanning liked to be left alone. That is all the name dropping I will do, anyway, I’m sure the names you ’de rather hear are of Airbus or Boeing fame. One misty morning, the producer approached me, and in his thickest American brogue, told me that I would be lucky enough to be going with the production to Venice.



This was one of my duties, to ‘stand-in’ for the cameras to focus on while the main actors rested. Good fun.



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
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. Fast forward to the 26th of November. Not the day of departure, but the day where the excitement hits home, the day before. I had a few things to clean up – taking the London Overground to Ealing to park my car at Ealing Studios, tidying the flat and for barely 10 minutes, packing my bag. My pick up in the morning was 0600, and I suspected I would have to wake at 05.45 to make this; that’s how I roll. The 27th comes in a restless night of anticipation. The alarm beeps into an increasing crescendo with my mind so preoccupied with the importance of this wake-up that I literally spring out of bed. I have thus far never missed a flight in my life – touch wood. I enjoy the notion of time, of schedules, of temporal solidity and delivery, of punctuality (which doesn’t mean I obey it) and so I have a flicker of blithe pleasure when Creative Cars incoming call shows on my mobile at 05.59am to inform my car has just pulled into my street.



Creative Cars 06.00 arrival.


Wrench bags down stairs, post a set of keys through the letterbox, warmly introduce myself to the Brazilian driver and we are off. We pick up two other filmy types before joining the M4 on the early surge out west to Heathrow: and given it’s a Sunday, there is an impressive amount of traffic on the road.


WELCOME TO MY 8TH TRIP REPORT – To Venice for Filming with BA.



A Sunday calm is about Heathrow Terminal 5. So it should be. However it still seems quite alive this morning. We backlog at the ‘Groups Check-In’ counter, of which there are a few scattered amongst BA’s arching circle of Terminal 5 check-in desks. Everyone on the crew looks strangely sauvé and like they’re in their Sunday best. A good indication that no matter how we transfigure aviation into the same mindset as getting the 328 bus to Waterloo, that it is inherently still something to dress up for.



Quiet T5 this Sunday


My check-in lady is friendly, of Indian descent and replies favourably for my window-seat request. BA handles this check-in of just short of 60 people competently, with a few extra members coming over to speed up procedures. Before I waddle off outside, I attempt to get some pictures of check-in and departure screens, but instantly spot bewildered and disdainful glances from the rest of the crew, thus deciding I will have to go covert with this whole ‘aviation’ thing. Which helps; I am happiest moseying around an airport without the company of others. I perch under the awning of T5 drop-off, watching a new day dawn and planes fall gradually out the sky in a satisfying production line.


Security is a doddle. Infact there is not a single customer infront of me. The lines are fairly well managed at LHR. Perhaps the off-peak hours accrue to this, but it is a good experience. They are friendly and patient. Safely through, I head in the opposite direction to the crew. The venerable Gabriel Chew had put out some instructions to some nice underground corridors in the pitted bowels of T5, and I was eager to seek this out. Last time (part 1), I had been a bit distracted by lounge access. The only words I could remember from the directions were ‘Boots’ and ‘Staircase’ and I had forgotten all other things.

Not having banks of time, I decided to risk it, and with the pacing mentality of someone taking a long-hauler flight, I got onto the transit system to Terminal 5 B/C gates. Except, I knew not whether to alight at B or C. I went for B in the end. When I arrived there, I thought of it as a more compact, but equally beautiful version of the main Terminal 5 area. A couple of glances at some BA 747’s, beautiful and one bound for TLV, satisfied my curiosity, and after that I promptly went to find ‘the’ Boots.



The fruit of my labour in finding T5b


Here, where I expected a sort of hidden bookcase of dusty novels, I found an elevator and a staircase. I wasn’t really sure which to take, but decided to descend the staircase. It all shortly fell into place, and I saw the well-recognised sign for ‘A Gates’ with a strolling silhouetted man icon beside it. That man could be me!



Finding the legit route back to T5 proper


The little mission mostly highlighted how vast, mysterious and splendid the more industrial and engineering qualities of T5 were. This area was bare concrete softened by mellow violet lighting, and in a psychological sense, you had the buzz of pacing underneath the active taxi-ways. I couldn’t quite see the end of the corridor, a small angle concealed the true end, so you were walking towards , well more corridor. Half way down, there are a quaint set of uncomfortable metallic benches. I picture things; an elderly American couple; stressed, and resting here in grave confusion
‘ how on earth did we get here honey!?’




Classy subterranean corridors at T5



Half-way along the corridor are these benches to rest


With relief, I find the exit to T5A, totally satisfied with this diversion, and the people inquisitive enough to find and document it. My flight will close in 5 minutes. Sure enough, screens on my rushed walk to the boarding gate, all indicate a
‘GATE CLOSING’
message.

Even though I should know better - that this is a scaremongering technique, and that they will call my foolish name umpteen times before denying me boarding and offloading my bag, I do perspire a little as I rush along to my gate. For what it is worth, I find T5 a pleasure – graceful, efficient, practical and pleasurable. At the gate, an extremely friendly agent scans my boarding pass (not ripping) and wishes me a pleasant flight.


‘Thank-you sir, we are just waiting on one other, enjoy the flight’.
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Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 11107 times:

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LHR - VCE

Airline:British Airways
Aircraft: Airbus A320-232
Flight: BA 578
Registration:G-EUUM
Seat: 26F (economy / window seat)
Departure time:08.35
Arrival time: 11.40
LF: 98 % Economy
Distance: 772 miles (2hr 5 min)
Price:£ unknown




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There are free newspapers at the end of the jetbridge. Customary cool fuselage tap before entering aircraft. Welcomed very warmly
‘. . . goodness, sorry if I am late!’



‘Don’t you worry sir, as long as there are still people standing in the aisles, you’re in my good books. No rush. Welcome on board’
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His wrist is at 45 degrees, and he is friendly with a very proper middle-England accent. It takes a few minutes of patient shuffling and eyecontact-avoidance to get to my perch at the back of the plane. Fortunately, the upholstery is all in good condition.


The BA flightdeck provides its usual jovial and breezy greetings. We are waiting for one passenger before we can begin our push-pack; that’ll be our props master Ozzie who drove to LGW by mistake. For reference, the mainstay of BA VCE services run from LGW. This is the recently added LHR service, typically served by a A319, but swollen by our numbers to an A320. Goodie. She flurries down the aisle soon enough and we push pack approximately 10 minutes late at a quarter to nine.



Joining the rapidly extending queue to the active.



Soon to turn onto runway


It is not till 17 minutes of queuing later that we finally enter the active, power up and brace for the magic that is fucking with gravity. Our run is short, and into bright London skies.



The other terminals harbour the exotic birds.



The three terminals of brilliant T5


Interestingly, we rise above the cloud, and seem to level out as soon as we have cleared it. The big yins conduct a series of turns and adjustments, performed at a fairly level altitude. We are still skirting swelling clouds, puffy with a moody darkness. I like this as an illustration of our speed, and after a few minutes and the subtle onset of turbulence; we power up and rise fully above the clouds.





Fooling about in the clouds.


Inflight service begins. I imagine a steaming full English breakfast with slim-jim of Hendricks Gin and Tonic – a cucumber poking out at a jaunty angle. But I must readjust to modern aviation offerings. Two teams tackle the appetite of today’s passengers. One from the front, one from the midway point. Quite content to wait for them to get to me as they make good progress and few pax order drinks. It is a gentleman who greets me, without prompting he offers me two of the breakfast roll subs, adding ‘They’re only small things – now, would you care for anything to drink?’.

‘ Erm, is it too early for a wee G&T!?’
‘Never too bloody early m’dear – do you fancy a double to wake you up!?’

A couple of crew members pass me up their breakfast rolls also, so I end up with four in the end.


The exemplary FA serving the back portion of the plane



This mornings in flight offerings



The fillings looks like, well, I’ll let you make your own analogies, but it was extremely tasty.


The swollen packages don’t look so inspiring, and contain a capsule of orange juice and the usual paraphernalia – cutlery, sugar and salt and pepper. But, despite my disappointment at not getting something with a bit of heat, the roll it absolutely DELICIOUS. A soft seeded roll, with fluffy egg mayonnaise, a meaty Cumberland sausage and a smear of tomato sauce. It is a tasty morsel and perfect for this duration.



Replete with Gin and Tonics and moustaches of dictators


Other things; seat comfort is very good, though recline slightly hindered at the back. Equipment in very good condition, and IF Magazine is a good-enough read with some stimulating articles on moustaches of the world. Screens track our progress, whilst an active crew does rounds and cleans up after the service.



Not yet over the alps, but a beautiful clear European morning.


I have two free seats beside me, and enjoy the bliss of flying a legacy. I go back to the galley. I am welcomed by the chatty crew, who upon hearing there are a film crew onboard ( they’re camouflaged amongst the crowd in casual clothing so you would never realise) are intrigued and friendly. I sit back down, and begin to admire the mountainous fringes of continental Europe.





The Alps make for some pretty brilliant scenery as we make our way towards VCE


As the alps undulate below, the cracking FA brings me another sandwich, clears my drinks and offers me another double. Brilliant.


Another round unrequested.


Good legroom, especially given I am rather lanky

It is blissful as our flight tracks down over the snowy peaks and begins it’s descent in the foothills towards VCE. Fragmented sea-lochs appear, flatlands nullify the topography and within 15 minutes or so, we are dedicated to a VCE approach.


Flat marshland fans out as the interface between mountain and sea. From above, the channels are like veins in a brain, like intricate deltas and are quite beautiful. Lower still, industrial shipping channels are marked out of Porto Margahera and gash the wetlands. I only realise later that my camera is on a disgusting exposure, coupled with some very bright mist. Sad because we skirt the mist-faded and glorious edges of Venice island proper.


Fjords and the beginnings of mist. . .



Just visible beneath the mist and overexposure is the train station and perimeter of beautiful Venice city.



Navigation channels just before touchdown.


Touchdown smooth. I am the last to debark. VCE terminal looks gaudy, and the selection of AC is nothing to write home about.



Speedbrakes



Gaudy terminal at VCE



UUM after safely delivering us.

The crew regroups at arrivals, and then trudge towards the well-signed 10 minute walk-away to the Vaperetto jetties for transfers to our respective hotels. The jetties provide a bustling interface, with sleek, varnished Rivas pulsing in, accelerating off and generally milling about. We all go our separate ways.


Crew congregating at arrivals.





Outside is chilly and beautiful, the perfect introduction, as the boats vie for custom

I have to say, despite being fundamentally against the extortion of the transfer, I am totally thrilled by this way of getting into Venice. This taxi-metre starts at 110 EUROS but today it is none of my concern. Four of us onboard, we tare off along the pretty marked channel towards Venice proper. The struts go round the runway, and you get a good view of approaching aircraft. We take our shoes off and stand on the seats and let the freezing Italian air take our breath away. Coming into Venice is as glorious, ducking as we glide under curves stone bridges. Within the hour we are settle in our flat.


110 Euro starting fare, extortion!


Departing the airport in style.




A sleek, graceful and utterly unique to transfer from an airport



Arriving into the maze of canals was brilliant. . .


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Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 11095 times:

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Work.

We film in Venezia for 13 days, following a tight schedule. I begin in my usual role as floor runner. We film in stunning locations such as The Danielli Hotel, Doges Palace, Academia and Florians Café. I suspect a lot of wheeling and dealing has gone into this, as filming isn’t exactly straightforward in Venice, especially given the ousted Presidents penchant for financial lubrication to achieve these sort of things. 5 days in, it becomes clear that I will have to revert to my first function within the production; - rushes runner. This time the rushes have to be conveyed to a Roma facility.


Having the apartment, as opposed to the hotel, meant we could cook delicious, economical meals


Puddings at The Danielli Hotel Terraces buffet


Not too shabby a place to have lunch, Danielli Terraces.




Filming in Doge’s Palace.



La Dolce Vita. . .



The Acadamia is set for one scene



Filming on the canal.



Escorting the artists to location via Taxiboat. Always beautiful and unique!



All equipment was moved via barges and it could be a logistical nightmare



Much later . .. this scene looked like this!



The best part of filming was how we lighted up some of the canals. Wonderful stuff . . .


As an illustration of how brilliant this could be, I will recount just one of my journeys below;

The shot films (film, not digital) is left in a hold-all in room 263 at the Bauer Hotel. At 04.40 I rise as the dead and make my way there. Anti-sociable hours admittedly. Well yes, but ultimately they gave me this most glorious aspect of Venice I could have ever imagined. I am talking walking across Piazza San Marco in the early hours with not a single soul stirring on or around it. Pure, surreal, soundless and breath-taking; and in one of the most famous squares in the world.


4am. Crossing St Marks Square with not a sole in view. Thrilling.



The Hold-All of the days film stashed at a random room in a hotel.



0500 my transfer from Baeur to Ferrovia station is a total delight.



Plush inside, but the best views are outside!


Then there was the thrill of seeing the ‘other’ workings of Venice; the early 5am deliveries of water and candy to newspaper kiosks on barges, ten concrete mixer lorries rotating silently on a barge, a homeless person foetal in the shadow of the Doges, mystical fog reaching across the grandeur.

...Back to room 263; I run water over my face and head to the lobby. In a gleefully covert and Jame-Bondesque process; a water taxi is waiting to convey me to the Train Station (Ferrovia). This is heavenly at this time, the water is still and reflective as we slice through it at our steady 5knots imposed speedlimit. Time restrictions permit us to use only certain little routes. Displaced water slushes against walls and wooden doors on quiet canals. Each time I make a point of standing outside in quiet contemplation and mesmerisation of this beauty. Barges edge past us, throwing newspapers out onto the streets. Venice is truly a city living by the rule of water.


Sublime sights on the transfer to the train station in the early hours of the day.



Apology on blur.



This is truly the time to be skulking about the backwaters of Venice


Dropped at the station, I will find either my very late/ early 23.30/06.27 Sleeper Train/ Frecciarossa Express to Roma Termini. Both services have pro’s and Cons. When I take the night train, it is very comfortable, very economical, full of pleasant people and helpful staff and provides some basic linen and a good fold-down bed in a compartment of 4. The Frecc is tough-looking, insolent of stops and slowness and on the morning service stops only once at Padova before firing on toward Roma. Bliss.



This is night-time scene at Venezia train station.



Onboard sleeper, no photos of inside, but very clean and civil.


Each time on arrival at Roma Termini, an officious looking suited-man stands at the platform with my name on card. He will lead me to his blacked out car, invariably a brand new Mercedes (and used for the EK chauffeur service as revealed when I held out one of the red, uniquely EK-fonted placards). .. which in turn whisks me out to the West of Roma, swerving through traffic, bombing down tram-lanes, coursing in acceleration to the film laboratories in a dire, prostitute-ridden industrial suburb. Private business completed, I will return with 12 marked DVD’s for various crew members in Venice. I head home immediately.



Transfer from train station to development lab. This Merc is also used for the EK Chauffeur service.



Time for a quick bite in Roma ( Pizza is terrible and overpriced in Venice)



People watching at fontain Trevi



Not overly keen on Roma, but it has wonderful buildings



No visit is complete without!



Returning on the beautiful, sleek Frecc’s



Sleek interior too . . . display information screens are informative.



Snacks for the journey back to Venice



Arrival back into Venice



Crossing under the Rialto bridge. Our flat is a few metres from here.

I do this process 6 times over the course of the filming.


The 10th of December is my final day Floor Running, as well as the official wrap of the film. We over-run, and are euphoric at finally hearing the bark ‘That’s a wrap on . . .’ Later, in what can only be coined as ‘a very cool wrap party’, we eat well and drink exquisitely late into the night.



Last day of filming, me beside Grand Canal on final location.

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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 11085 times:

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Departure.

Our next morning isn’t savage. I wake at about 10am, complete my final packing, take a hair of the dog to get me out of my pit of hung-over sorrow and shortly head to the little alley that leads to the pier we will be picked up on. Our aquatic surroundings are entirely different. We have slowly been building up to acqua alta tidal peak, and this morning, the azure water laps attentively at doorways, alleys and low windows, floating wooden walkways, flooding St Marks and confirming that Venice is indeed a sinking treasure.


Our boat transfer is predictably divine. One thing I do feel obliged to point out is how ignorant, arrogant and wankerish our captain was today. What a knob! Totally paranoid about the finishing and varnish on his boat, dictatorial in enforcing small courtesies and utterly rude and unchatty. As a whole, I had found the people of Venice thoroughly fedup with the notion and saturation of tourism. Asking a direction could get you fowl manners and glances, ‘Tourists Go Home’ graffiti lined construction sites. I can’t say the entire environ of Venice welcomed the visitor, but the times I talked to most Venetians, courteously and using some vague Italian, they were kind. I could only have done this off-season when the streets had barely a tourist on it, prices were half the normal, Italians gracefully fluttered here and there rotund in girthy puffer-jackets.



Me with luggage before boat transfer. Decided to go for back-packs over wheelie things given the nature of Venice.



Our boat transfer docked about 3 minutes walk from our apartment



Some contemporaries as we say our final goodbye to Venezia.



Acgua alta licks at the doors of houses. A beautiful sendoff.



Accelerating towards airport. 15 minute transfer.



Skirting threshold of runway





Lufty and TK preparing for departure into sullen Italian skies.


We arrive safely at the airport and follow the walk-way to the 1st floor departures. Seemed quite buzzing. Saturated with QR advertisements. The rise of EK (recently announced second daily) and new QR service is totally justified given the droves of high-end Asian tourists flocking to this part. Middle East represents a much more convenient stop-over. I join a rapidly-moving queue for BA. Check-in is done by a fairly polite outsourced lady, I get a window seat so I am all happy there. My bag is weighty with cheap white wine and I love it. The scales flicker between 22.9 and 23.0 kg.



Arrival at VCE



Walk-way to departures.



Check-in for BA.


Boarding card secured, I go for a good wonder around the terminal and have a couple of beers I had bought in town as I am carefree and enjoying the experience. The heavens open outside, the first rains.


QR advertisements are everywhere.



Departures drop-off



Departures board. Quite busy this morning at VCE. The Middle-East flights normally go in the afternoon.


Eventually head through security. Queue is quite long, and dissipates slowly. My customary bottle of water I stash in my bag is detected, and I give this up easily. Airside, VCE airport is nothing to write home about. Large windows give an air of spaciousness, but it isn’t aesthetic. Ignore overpriced Olive-Oil and other tempting high-end Italian produce. Meet some random people I know not associated with the film, which is nice, and explore until boarding announced.





Departures area just before security.



Rainy



More of departures area


After a couple of free drams at the Duty Free, I pass passport formalities in a heartbeat, and take my place beside another crew Scotsman in the holding area. We both have the same idea of letting the boarding agents go through the rigmarole of gate-closing procedures. Not willing to risk a gleeful boarding denial, we head to the gate at ‘GATE CLOSED’.

I am harried along the airbridge when I try to take a photo. Despite this, we still stall in the aisles. But rather this than the expectant audience of disapproving stares from being the ‘hold-up’ passenger.

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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 11058 times:

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VCE - LHR

Airline:British Airways
Aircraft: Airbus A319-131
Flight: BA 579
Registration:G-EUPY
Seat: 23A (economy / window seat)
Departure time: 12.45
Arrival time: 14.05
LF: 97 % Economy
Distance: 772 miles (2hr 20 min)
Price:£ unknown


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Our cool looking A319 for todays service back to LHR.


Warmly welcomed onboard this wee airbus this afternoon. The weather is grey and rainy outside, but the warm crew welcome makes up for this. It is the usual BA crew profile. Find my seat beside good friend on the set, Vita, our marvellous stills photographer. While her and the costume designer tuck into Vogue, I relish the departure procedures. A bubbly British female pilot comes on and makes the passengers feel truly welcome. I am a big advocate of flight-deck messages and introductions. Soon enough we push pack and shortly after surge up into thick Italian skies, intent on our route home.



Rotating out of the gloom



And soon in clearer skies.


When we level out in the basque of warm blue skies, the inflight service begins. The fluttery FA seems to be conducting the entire thing by himself, progressing up the cabin at glacial speed. As he nears, it appears the snack offering will be overwhelmingly underwhelming; however, as he approaches us, he begins to accelerate and misses the final 6 rows in his dash for the sanctity of the gallery. Eager for just a little something, almost 18 people begin beckoning him back. In desperacy I immediately hit the call-button; I want my bloody Gin and Tonic.

What ensues is probably one of the most brilliant airlines sagas I have had the pleasure to endure. Affronted, the FA remerges and released the most arduous and frantic excuse
‘ There has been a medical emergency upfront, an asthmatic attack if you must know, and I have been left to conduct the service of 3 people all by myself , if you could just give me a few moments, I will be with you shortly’
– all delivered in a short, pre-Madonna tone.

Ultimately it was my quick action on the call button which has pissed him off into this semi-unprofessional outburst. Shortly after he reappeared and took our order for 3 bloody Mary’s (not my first choice, despite Ronnie’s love of them). My friend is a little more abrasive than I, and intended to question him on his little outburst –


Todays in flight offering. A little disappointing.



‘Erm, I am sorry if we have annoyed you, but we simply wished for a couple of drinks. It was my friend that pressed the button (I am accused), but if you look at the icon, it clearly shows the silhouette of an FA serving a drink. Should we not have used it?’

Her tone was genuine, polite and expectant. I was wriggling with glee.



Very stressed FA



Our Bloody Mary’s which we almost got into a bloody fight over.


Podging out of his tight waist-coat, the FA huffed and puffed a bit too much for a professional. He later returned with atrocious bloody Mary’s ; My confident friend requested salt and pepper and Tabasco. Meanwhile, the Korma flavoured Indian Snacks were good, but not exactly hitting any particular spot. Like olives with a drink, they were neither here nor there. They were also unbranded – made by the BA doorman.


Bloody Mary consumed, I wished to chat to the FA and perform a not overly genuine apology. I went to the back, where instead there was now a 50-something balding grey FA. He was very cool, and not able to find any korma snacks (thank-god), but managed to find me one of the breakfast subs from the inbound, and a gin and tonic.
‘Please do not tell anyone about this, my little treat’.
Eternally grateful at this beyond the call service



Saftey-card


When the call-button affronted one returned, I moseyed up to the back to offer what was an embellished apology for the earlier incident. He was quite sweet, explained everything, that he had been left in the lurch to serve a whole plane and that he was not at all angry at us using the call-button. That he had just got a little bit flustered. I told him about the crew onboard and he kindly served my row another round of Bloody Mary’s and me two bottles of Johhny Walker Red Label –
‘ a wee homecoming for you!’.




Just over the South coast of England.


We enjoyed greatly the final parts of this flight, rounding satisfyingly towards the White Cliffs of Dover and over green countryside into LHR. Also, my friend Vita was curious about the whole Trip-Report idea and wanted to think of some sort of creative slant on the whole thing. I consoled that TR reporters were already advanced in their methods. We glide into LHR. This a/c is pictured in one of my favourite photos from LHR in the morning line-up of sinking silhouettes .



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Enjoying the flight!



Making turns in towards LHR



Within the area of London



And there she is. .. . clear afternoon provides good views.



I always prefer to have a tipple as we land, thus provided. As shown below. Note BA branded plastic cups;





Down over the warehouses servicing LHR.

We dock at one of the elongated airbridges at LHR, I think it is one of the longest. With one exit, debarking takes time. Impressed to see the first officer wishing safe journeys at the exit.



One of the longest airbridges at T5


T5 on arrivals is no less stylish than departure, and I breeze through this easily. Immigration is hoatching with people but we finally clock back into Blighty. Baggage arrival is plain sailing and through the Green Channel into arrivals where a Creative Car driver is holding up a sign with my name.



Half-way along the airbridge



HSBC keeps your entertained.





Stylish chairs to rest en route to immigration.



Entry to the United Kingdom.


Surreal to be back in the mecca of London, but good too. It is almost Christmas, I am eager to get back north to Scotland to spend some proper time with my family after the Africa trip.


Final day in London after 3 months living there.



Silver Bullet at end of 10 hour drive up from London, on ferry home.


In summary of this report – BA continue to get things absolutely on the button. They are really excelling in the market between low-cost and high-cost legacies, and I feel they have firmly found their place in that respect. The service and ambiance of each flight was spot-on, and I felt the gleam of BA class throughout it all. All flight attendant were brilliant and enhanced the flights.


Working in Venice was truly unlike any other job I have taken, somehow you get a very different perspective on things, and as such are able to be much more contemplative as opposed to exploitative. I enjoyed my forays to Roma as a change of scenery. I found Italy stylish and good fun.

If you have any comments, you know I will gratefully receive these.

Otherwise, may you have a happy and prosperous 2012.



Luke



I leave you with the snowy hills of Argyll , home at last!


and 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)
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[Edited 2012-01-12 19:35:23]

[Edited 2012-01-12 19:36:43]


Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 10150 times:

Wonderful repoty Lukeyboy! I'm very jealous of your paid for trip to Venice - it's a lovely place, despite the tourists.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
The venerable Gabriel Chew had put out some instructions to some nice underground corridors in the pitted bowels of T5, and I was eager to seek this out. Last time (part 1), I had been a bit distracted by lounge access. The only words I could remember from the directions were ‘Boots’ and ‘Staircase’ and I had forgotten all other things.

I don't think I've ever been called venerable before! Thanks! Glad you managed to find the secret tunnel.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
‘Thank-you sir, we are just waiting on one other, enjoy the flight’. .

What a relief you weren't the last

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):

‘ Erm, is it too early for a wee G&T!?’
‘Never too bloody early m’dear – do you fancy a double to wake you up!?’

ou know you have a good crew when they proacively offer a double!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
Just visible beneath the mist and overexposure is the train station and perimeter of beautiful Venice city.

Shame it was so misty - you missed out on some wonderful views. I took these in Oct 2009 ZRH-VCE:
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Venice/CIMG4038.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Venice/CIMG4040.jpg

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
This taxi-metre starts at 110 EUROS but today it is none of my concern

That's quite steep, but it's nice to know someone else was picking up the tab

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 3):
0500 my transfer from Baeur to Ferrovia station is a total delight.

Very nice boat!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
‘Tourists Go Home’ graffiti lined construction sites.

It's a tough conundrum. I imagine 90% of Venice's welath now comes from tourists, but understandab;y locals don't like them.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Thread starter):
My bag is weighty with cheap white wine and I love it. The scales flicker between 22.9 and 23.0 kg.

Perfect! There's so much nice stuff to buy in Italy it's hard not to go crazy shopping. On my way back from from Milan in July I had to resist hard to not bring my full allowance of 46kg back with me. IN the one bag I brought, I had at least 5 litres of wine, and 5kg of risotto rice.



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User currently offlineCabincrewifly From Ireland, joined Jul 2011, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 10071 times:

Really detailed well done.

The crew really can make the flight when they go they extra mile for a pax



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 10023 times:

Hi Luke,

excellent as have all your reports been so far!

Again, always interesting to see the film industry from the inside, and how they make their arrangements - you personally caused the upgauge from A319  

Like has been said, the crew make the flight, and you had some good crews there. Other events can sure make their job stressful, your apology for your colleague's behaviour showed how nice they can be. On a recent flight the "attendant call button" was taped over - now that's attitude for you! "We don't want to be disturbed!"

Fantastic shots of Venice! The attitude of the locals can only be expected, but a shame it can rear its head, as tourism is such a huge part of the Venetian economy. Like you said, be polite and try to speak the language, attitudes do change. Those on-water shots too look amazing, taking the boat to the airport is something to only dream of! My two visits to Venice, once I flew to Treviso with our favourite Irish airline and took the bus, the other I was supposed to arrive by boat from Croatia but it was cancelled "due to weather" (rubbish, given the "boat replacement bus" they probably didn't sell enough tickets). Lovely place, both times. Must take my wife back there, she too loves it!

Keep up the good reports, looking forward to the next  

signol



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9804 times:

Hi Luke...what an awesome report! Fascinating review of the movie making! Looks like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing! Awesome BA crew on the flight there too! Cheers, William


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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1220 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9650 times:

I went to Venice as a kid in the 1960s and never wanted to go back until I saw your great pictures. Thanks.

User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9359 times:

Well Lukeyboy, I have to honestly say that this has to be right up there in my list of top ten favourite trip reports of all time!

That's all I'm going to say otherwise I'm in danger of rambling on for hours, so I'll quit while I'm ahead.  

So, what's next then?!  

Andy.



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 698 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9225 times:

Hi Luke,

excellent report with some great pictures. Also thanks a lot for your insight in the film industries, something we don't read here very often about, interesting stuff.

Looks like you had two very good flights with BA with very nice crews.

A short trip to Venice is also coming up for me in March, so good to read something about it. Really looking forward to it, although I will be only an ordinary tourist there and not part of an illustrious international film crew  

CaptainRed


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9077 times:

Hello - perused over the TV offerings tonight and decided I have plenty of time to reply.

Hi Gabriel,

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):

Wonderful repoty Lukeyboy! I'm very jealous of your paid for trip to Venice - it's a lovely place, despite the tourists.

No, it was a wonderful place and a great time to visit it at!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
I don't think I've ever been called venerable before!

Always a first - and that's just an impression I get!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
when they proacively offer a double!

Well, BA and AI are the only ones i seem to have heard doing it. I still think BA have had a bad wrap for a long time.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
you missed out on some wonderful views.

Well, if I squinted enough, I could almost see them. But thanks for including some of your photos. Great stuff!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
It's a tough conundrum. I imagine 90% of Venice's welath now comes from tourists, but understandab;y locals don't like them.

I reckon 99.7% - it is totally foolish to take any attitude with them when you think that their are the only thing putting money in your pocket. I can't stand the notion of complacency with tourism. Don't ever underestimate when the market can completely turn on you e.g. Sinai Peninsula, Egypt

Quoting Cabincrewifly (Reply 7):

Really detailed well done.

Thank- you!

Quoting Cabincrewifly (Reply 7):
The crew really can make the flight when they go they extra mile for a pax

Absolutely, and the extra mile is always felt and appreciated by the customer. . .

Quoting signol (Reply 8):

Hi Luke,

excellent as have all your reports been so far!

Hi Signol. Great to hear it was all fine!

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
you personally caused the upgauge from A319  

* swelling pride *

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
your apology for your colleague's behaviour showed how nice they can be. On a recent flight the "attendant call button" was taped over - now that's attitude for you! "We don't want to be disturbed!"

Yes, it seems some airlines should either change the logo, or do away with the whole thing entirely, depending on how their FA's respond to the pressing of. But I though mate's argument justified enough.

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
e you said, be polite and try to speak the language, attitudes do change.

Generally, I am alright at getting on with any old people, but I always find that people respond amazingly well to small efforts and politeness. The crux of my travelling.

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
Fantastic shots of Venice!

It is the city! I didn't invest too much time given how stunning the views were. ..

Hi William,

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 9):
Hi Luke...what an awesome report

Cheers !

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 9):
Awesome BA crew on the flight there too! Cheers, William

If naughty BA crew stop striking, they can hold their own as one of the best in the industry. I find that after the all the industrial action, they work most professionally.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 10):
I went to Venice as a kid in the 1960s and never wanted to go back until I saw your great pictures.

Great to know. Words and pictures can inspire! Go back, but in winter!

Yo Andy,

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 11):

Well Lukeyboy, I have to honestly say that this has to be right up there in my list of top ten favourite trip reports of all time!

Now, it isn't only because it is BA is it (noticing your username!?)

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 11):
That's all I'm going to say otherwise I'm in danger of rambling on for hours, so I'll quit while I'm ahead.  

So, what's next then?!  

Quite happy for ramblings! Any feedback is always appreciated. What's next is probably going travelling in the north-west of China and any other adventures, before a post graduate and a long career in the energy sector. It is anybodies guess.

Hi CaptainRed

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
excellent report with some great pictures. Also thanks a lot for your insight in the film industries, something we don't read here very often about, interesting stuff.

Well, I thought it was something new, an insight, so I would write it. I will probably get sued for it in time.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
A short trip to Venice is also coming up for me in March,

Perfect timing, cool and reasonably quiet, linger round the streets at night and it will be a thrill. Sure you're an old hand.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 12):
illustrious international film crew

Well, some might have been, but there ain't nowt illustrious about me!

Rgds

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8770 times:

Hi Luke

Fantastic report - It's taken me a while to get through both parts but what a great story, and really good pics.

Has been great to read about not on the trip itself but the background and context. Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Venice is so magical - how amazing to be living there for a bit. I was there a few years ago during Carnivale and it was incredible. There is nothing on earth quite like Venice. Your pics brought back a lot of great memories for me too.

Thanks for a superb report - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Cheers P/jet



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8655 times:

Hi Luke!

A nice continuation to your trireport!
Good to see that you had a good experience on BA. I have yet to have a bad experience with them as well, so far very pleased with them.

Venice looks nice, I'll be going there later this year so it was great to read about your time there.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 1):
Finding the legit route back to T5 proper

Nice to see you made your way out to T5B, I'll hopefully do that some day too. Didn't dare to try it at my last visit at T5.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 2):
Our run is short, and into bright London skies.

Wow, looks like a great day for flying.

Martin


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8606 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 13):
Yo Andy,

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 11):

Well Lukeyboy, I have to honestly say that this has to be right up there in my list of top ten favourite trip reports of all time!

Now, it isn't only because it is BA is it (noticing your username!?)

No not at all, the BA is only there because my first ever flight was aboard a BA Viscount from LHR to GCI! I will admit though to being ever so slightly biased towards Venice, which just happens to be one of my favourite places on planet Earth! Regardless of that, your report was both intriguing and exciting, hence my top 10 ranking! I love your use of the English language and your photographic skills...your reports are always worth putting an hour aside for with a cuppa and a packet of Rich Teas, I've bought another packet in anticipation of the next! 



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User currently offlineBlueJuice From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 8417 times:

Thanks for the perfectly timed report. I'll be doing LHR-VCE on BA in the near future. You provided an excellent preview of what to expect.

User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8251 times:

Hi Luke,

Another impeccable episode from the oh so glamorous world of British film industry! You really enjoy this moviestar life, don't you?

Seriously speaking it looks like your helping hand gig was quite an interesting one - you get to go to Venice for two weeks, even get paid for it (and all expenses paid as well, I assume), did that nice train travel between Venice and Rome (no flights this time? Due to intense competition the Italian domestics are nowadays dirt cheap) many times and get to wear faux mustache. What's there not to like?!

PS. I can't believe you had 4 G&Ts on the flight over from London and didn't stumble right into the canal in Venice!


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8124 times:

Hi Luke

Great report, thanks for sharing it with us.
BA seems to have decent service, glad you enjoyed them!
the Venice pics look stunning as well!

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27115 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7965 times:

Great report as usual and very interesting read . You put alot of effort into your reports and it shows. Love the unique way and the story . Keep them coming.

Also love the intro pic really nice.

Thanks for another great report.

Regards

OA260  


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 21, posted (2 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7695 times:

Hi there, just to reply to a few whilst I have a bit of time on my hands.

Hi Palmjet . . .

Quoting palmjet (Reply 14):
Hi Luke

Fantastic report - It's taken me a while to get through both parts but what a great story, and really good pics.

Yes, I do seem to write them lengthily. Trying to keep it shorter!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 14):
Has been great to read about not on the trip itself but the background and context. Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Venice is so magical - how amazing to be living there for a bit. I was there a few years ago during Carnivale and it was incredible. There is nothing on earth quite like Venice. Your pics brought back a lot of great memories for me too.

Thanks for a superb report - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Well, I like the idea of giving a big holistic trip report, so it my pleasure. No Venice is truly unique., I was just glad to visit her in the eerie, stark coldness of winter.

Hi Martin,

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Hi Luke!

A nice continuation to your trireport!

Thanks very much!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
I have yet to have a bad experience with them as well, so far very pleased with them.

Well, I think for short-haul at least, they are a really consistent airline. Yet to experience Longhaul. One day!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 15):
Didn't dare to try it at my last visit at T5.

No, best to leave a safe amount of time. Though can be done in half and hour.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 16):
No not at all, the BA is only there because my first ever flight was aboard a BA Viscount from LHR to GCI! I will admit though to being ever so slightly biased towards Venice, which just happens to be one of my favourite places on planet Earth!

haha, now your name makes much more sense! I am now a firm convert to Venice

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 16):
Regardless of that, your report was both intriguing and exciting, hence my top 10 ranking! I love your use of the English language and your photographic skills...your reports are always worth putting an hour aside for with a cuppa and a packet of Rich Teas, I've bought another packet in anticipation of the next!

awfully kind of you! and to honour me with rich teas, well!

Quoting BlueJuice (Reply 17):
Thanks for the perfectly timed report. I'll be doing LHR-VCE on BA in the near future. You provided an excellent preview of what to expect.

Well enjoy the trip, and I think being on the left side of the aircraft is best for views of Venice. Have a brilliant time.



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinelhr380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7558 times:

This has everything a really good TR should. Great detail, fab pics, and really good stories to tell, thank you  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 1):
Finding the legit route back to T5 proper

I was working the B lounge a few days ago and to "mix" it up a bit I could not be bothered with the train back to A and walked the tunnel. Veyr nice to do now and then, nice and quiet, but something really does need to be done down there. Art work or something.


Thanks again fro a great TR  


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 23, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7267 times:

Hi Luke,

very nice report with good pictures! Really good to see you give us insight into the film industry!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineBlueJuice From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7166 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 21):
Well enjoy the trip, and I think being on the left side of the aircraft is best for views of Venice. Have a brilliant time.

This is the trip report that keeps on giving.   Thanks for the tip. We'll be sure to select our seats accordingly.


25 eastafspot : Luke High quality writing, awesome pictures and hopefully for you a new career towards Hollywood soon... thanks
26 lukeyboy95 : Hi everyone, Hi Pitteri. Well, I wish I could enjoy that lifestyle, but it was just a quick flirt with it really. Back to sleeping on airport floors n
27 lukeyboy95 : Blue juice, I am a total nunce, just re-reading that . . . it should be seated on the right hand side if it makes the standard approach. But who know
28 aussiepomm : Morning Luke! Loved the read, and it made me reminice of my time in Venice and that water-taxi ride to the airport! Although, we only went there to pi
29 lukeyboy95 : Finally getting round to it . . . Hi LHR, glad to hear you had a nice read. It would be good. I suppose it isn't really a commonly used route. Not to
30 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Luke, This is what I call a romantic business trip. I really enjoyed reading your rising filming career. Good to know that BA succeeded to fly and
31 lukeyboy95 : Hi Suryo, Sorry it took me near a week to get back to you. Thank-you for the comment. Well, it is thoroughly deflated now really. It was just a tempor
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