Insider attended the World Travel Market as usual. This year, we
attended a unique ceremony on the 21st anniversary of the London
event, at which 21 industry leaders from around the world were
honored for their contributions to the industry.
We arrived early, selected a choice seat and soon were joined by
a distinguished older gentleman who seemed to have the same
So when Insider had to stand up for a spell to greet friends we
had not seen for a while, we asked our seatmate to please save our
carefully selected position. He was very obliging.
Only after returning to our seat did we make the acquaintance of
the person who had held the chair even as crowds began to
He was British aviation legend Sir Freddie Laker.
Insider's hotel at the World Travel Market was on Fulham Road.
Across the street was a small sandwich shop whose proprietor
decided to use the location as inspiration for naming the
Thus the Full Ham restaurant on Fulham Road.
Across from the Fulham Broadway tube station a few streets away
is the American Cafe, but the owners haven't adopted the American
style of pricing.
The breakfast menu reads "breakfast (juice, eggs, toast, coffee)
for five pounds, fifty pence" and "large breakfast (all of the
above plus choice of ham, bacon or sausage) at the same price."
Only in Europe
Sitting at a restaurant that fronts one of Antwerp, Belgium's
fashionable streets, Insider noticed that the staff was preparing
trays of wine glasses.
"And who would those be for?" Insider queried, always on the
alert for a spontaneous fete.
"Watch," said the restaurant manager, as several young
waitresses strolled out into rush-hour traffic with trays in
The waitresses flagged down every car they could with an offer
of an in-vehicle wine tasting.
Drivers were encouraged to drink the wine in their cars --
hopefully while stopped in traffic -- as a means of making the
citizens of Antwerp aware of the restaurant's wine list.
"How is this legal?" Insider wanted to know.
"What's the big deal?" the manager replied. "A little wine never
Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman and chief executive officer of
the Carlson Companies, likes to go in-line skating. She tells the
following story on herself:
She typically goes out for a spin in a park near her home in the
Minneapolis area. Also, she protects herself with elbow and knee
pads as well as a helmet.
At one point, as reported in the local newspapers, there had
been a few problems in the park with a flasher.
So, one day, as Marilyn was all decked out for a regular turn on
the blades, she encountered her daughter in the hallway.
The Carlson chief had expected her daughter to express dismay
about the planned trip to the now-notorious park.
However, her cheeky daughter took one look and said, "You don't
need Mace, Mom."