Your rich friend who travels
Yeah, this one kind of resonates a lot of the time...
Scathing hotel reviews are among our favourite things. Spoof hotel reviews are up there, too. We love this one, written about guest houses in Ireland by Caroline O'Donoghue for headstuff.org.
"The main house features 18 bedrooms, a ballroom, a parlour for painting horses in, a slightly smaller ballroom, a “drawing room” and a narrow closet where servants were permitted to sleep standing up in. The large iron gates you see surrounding the property were added in 1850 after a number of local riots resulted in the death of 18 members of the Irish peasant class. During the time, this was the equivalent of three English people!"
Read the entire thing HERE.
Hey, did you see that guy who (perhaps by plagiarising) wrote about his flight in those $23,000 Singapore Suites? We thought we'd relay our own expensive trip, on the world's most priciest train ride: The Heathrow Express. We eat crisps and lounge around like kings. READ IT HERE!
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HOW TO GET AN UPGRADE
It’s the holy grail of air travel – how to get upgraded to business class, or the “first class” that US airlines often refer to when they really mean “business class”. It’s certainly not an easy manoeuvre to pull off, surrounded as you are by rat-like passengers trying to jockey their undeserving way into those self-same seats. Most of us (you) are doomed to languish in the torments of economy for the duration of our adult flying lives, but luckily Shandy Pockets has some insider tips to maximise your chances of a brighter existence.
‘THIS CHARMING MAN'
Always be at your most charismatic and seductive at the check-in desk. The staff there are famously among the most jaded and lonely people in society, and respond to almost any show of human affection. After several instances of taking the exact same flight at the exact same time for a number of months, you should be able to strike up a rapport, and finally ask them out to dinner. Work this angle deftly and within years you could be married to them and enjoying free flight benefits including that all-elusive upgrade.
‘THE CASH MONEY'
Arrive early. Go the ticket desk and pay for an upgrade. Hand over money and hey presto – the upgrade is yours!
‘THE PROFESSIONAL COURTESY’
Abandon your career and spend a number of years retraining, applying for jobs and carving out a career in a sector of the travel industry. Professional travel journalists, for instance, enjoy complimentary upgrades on a regular basis – almost one flight in fifty sees them lording it over the hoi polloi on busy short-haul flights.
‘THE WORKING STIFF’
It’s a little known fact that if cabin crew experience an on-flight passenger death, they will often move the still-warm corpse up to a less-crowded cabin so as to traumatise as few flyers as possible. Wait until the most inconvenient moment before faking a fatal cardiac arrest, then simply hang tight as your body is hastily removed from that claustrophobic middle seat in the back to an isolated window seat up front. Don’t expect meal service or on-demand movies but you can still surreptitiously luxuriate in that extra leg room (stretch out slowly, now!). Granted, it’s going to be an awkward exit once you land, but just brazen it out.
‘THE GORGEOUS GEORGE’
Legally change your name to George Clooney. Dependant on your physical appearance, demeanour, accent and height, a number of expensive prosthetic procedures and vocal coaching classes are probably also necessary. When you’re confident you could pass for the international film star in the biggest of pinches, check in at a busy time, when staff are stretched to the limit. This way, you only have to be convincing for a couple of minutes as the star-struck but harassed airline employees process your ticket and obviously hike you up to a cabin more appropriate to your Hollywood good looks and A-list status.
‘THE MARLON BRANDO’
Economy seats are only so wide. Gorging yourself for years on end with neither shame nor reluctance will eventually render your girth simply too much for economy to handle. Buy your cheap ticket and watch the airline be literally forced to plonk you up front (aviation ballast pending). We alternatively refer to this one as the “Too Big to Fail”.
RyanAir: An open letter
Loathe them or hate them, RyanAir - the Frankie Boyle of low-cost air travel in Europe - keep on flying people in their millions to some of the most vaguely inconvenient airports on the continent.
Lead by their fearless, and mannerless Chief Executive Michael O'Leary, hardly a month goes by when some provocative statement issues forth from behind their lines. This collection by The Guardian is a good primer, and it prompted us at Shandy Pockets to open our hearts as well:
Dear Michael O’Leary,
Whilst we at SP very much admire RyanAir, we don’t feel that your pricing policies are aggressive enough. There are myriad revenue streams that you are ignoring, and it is our unswerving pleasure to suggest some ideas, which you can have in exchange for a free sandwich next time we are on one of your excellent flights.
1. Have the pilots push back from the gate, only to stop on the verge of the runway. Send the flight attendants back with a hat and the announcement that no-one’s going anywhere until everyone chips in a quid.
2. Leg Tax. Why waste money on leg room? If you can whittle down your customer base to just amputees via an extortionate tax on legs, then you can insert many extra rows of seats into your planes with no loss of comfort to your passengers.
3. Charge for the life forms that live parasitic lives on the human body, such as those sub-microbial creatures that live in people’s eyebrows and such. Here are living things getting a free ride, making you look like, might I add, a total chump.
4. People should really pay royalties whenever they recommend RyanAir to a friend, which I imagine happens all the time. It’s blatant appropriation of your brand name to advance their own popularity.
5. Attendants could operate like those mesmerising ‘living statues’ in Covent Garden, and only move for a few seconds at a time when people throw money at them – especially lucrative during an emergency.
6. I imagine pressurised cabins don’t come cheap. Reap savings by keeping the pressure just above the level where people would lose consciousness.
7. Halve your shift bill by paying pilots to take off and then dismissing them once in the air…the airport you’re heading too is virtually obliged to talk the plane down as a passenger takes the controls.
8. Charge the passenger in (7) for the experience of landing a real plane.
9. Just start keeping all checked-in luggage, blame it on foreign baggage handlers and clean up at car boot sales.
10. Pickpocketing monkeys? Sell mid-flight “protection” (“You don’t want anything bad to happen when we land, DO YOU?”)? Oh, just have all your staff jab people in the back until they lose the will to live and sign over their life savings, it’s got to be easier than all the rest of it, hasn’t it?