ur Welsh tour guide told us a
joke, which he said was the first English joke about Wales.
The tale makes no sense without knowing that before Henry VIII
formally annexed Wales in the 16th century, a Welshman typically
identified himself in this style: Selwyn ap Richard, or Selwyn son
And in certain circumstances, the list of aps would go on with a
family tree as long as a chapter in the opening pages of
Now, the story:
A Welshman falls into a ditch and calls out for help.
Finally, an Englishman hears the cries and asks who is calling
The Welshman says, "I am caught in a ditch. I'm David ap Richard
ap William ap Evan ap Howell."
To which the Englishman says, "I'll go for help, so we can get
you all out."
Full-court peer pressure
Basketball great Michael Jordan and his family recently
vacationed at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa.
This is someone who likes the Bahamas, so why did he go to
Beaches this spring?
It was the kids, we are told. It seems that some of their peers
had been to the property and wanted to know why the Jordan kids had
not been there, too.
Well, there's nothing like a peer's recommendation, and with a
little pressure brought to bear at home, the Michael Jordan troop
headed off for new climes.
We always knew that word-of-mouth played a powerful role in
boosting and maintaining an agency's business. We had not been so
wise about the part played by your youngest customers.
We get lots of visitors here at Travel Weekly, many of them
touting a product, a promotion, a president, a package plan or a
one had ever arrived with a massage table and masseuse in tow --
until recently, that is.
To hype its new amenity for meeting attendees, the Four Seasons
Palm Beach sent Mark Capizzi, one of the resort's four staff
massage therapists, to address the stress on editors' necks,
shoulders, lower backs, arms, wrists and scalps.
Capizzi had plenty of willing subjects for his 25-minute
massage, which is designed for people who've been sitting in
meetings all day and need to work out the kinks in a short amount
He did such a good job, in fact, that some of us fell sound
asleep on the table.
No one, however, missed a deadline.