Taking a Gander…   2 comments

Toronto

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Gander Airport

Gander Airport
Courtesy of Google Maps and R. Villarias

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Canada is one of those countries one goes to, that one immediately likes. Its true that in my case it was always coupled with a business trip to the USA and I was certainly jaded from up to three weeks working in the USA by the time I arrived.

There was always something peaceful about Canada, even in Toronto (pictured) but perhaps more so in Montreal. Many of the best aspects of French culture have been taken by the city and made their own.

I remember clearly on my first visit that I had a client meeting where the address was fourteen thousand and odd Trans Canada Highway. I really had visions of driving for about 2 days and the meeting being actually in Vancouver.

It was with trepidation then that I ordered a taxi from my hotel, made sure that it took credit cards, jumped in the back purposely refusing to look at the meter at any point during the journey.

I managed to get there in the end and only a few minutes late. The cab fare however was somewhat over 100 C$.

On a more recent occasion I was flying from New York to London on American Airlines. Sitting across the isle from me was a very pleasant American woman doctor with whom I was discussing the importance of Continuing Medical Education. We were interrupted by a stewardess who asked the medic to go with her as an old lady was suffering some kind of distress.

The old lady was brought forward to sit with the doctor and given an oxygen mask. We weren’t too far from Gander at the time, so we were diverted to there. For those that don’t know, in the days before they could fly very far, planes would take off from Heathrow, fly to Shannon in the West of Ireland, refuel there, then fly to Gander where they would again fill their tanks for the rest of the journey. Since the advent of the 747 Gander is no longer used for this purpose.

On our arrival at Gander, some paramedics boarded the plane. Two of them immediately helped the old lady, the third seemed to be rifling through her things. The doctor, seeing the concern on my face and knowing I was from the UK, leaned over and told me they were just looking for her credit cards to make sure she could pay for their services. Not entirely sure what they would have done if she didn’t have one, but she was an American so unlikely.

By this time the delay mean’t we had missed our landing time at Heathrow, and we weren’t allowed to take off from Gander until a new time spot could be agreed, which was problematic given how busy Heathrow Airport is. The end result was we were on the tarmac for about 4 or 5 hours, they were not able to allow us off the plane or able to bring extra supplies on board.

This was a day time flight so we didn’t arrive at Heathrow in the end until somewhat after midnight and the place was deserted. American Airlines laid on some buses and I was able to get to Victoria Station but had to get a taxi from there to get me home.

I’ve been playing with the formatting on this post, as I don’t really like the default way that WordPress handles placing text around images. It seems to work fine on both my PC Laptop and Apple Airbook, but might not work too well with tablets and phones. Please let me know if you have a problem with it.

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Posted January 28, 2013 by bluonthemove in Food, Publishing, Travel, Walking

2 responses to “Taking a Gander…

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  1. I do think Canada sounds attractive, and the people seem quite unique and totally laid-back. Love the sense of humour of some of the Canadian bloggers I have encountered. Not sure I would want to go in mid-winter.

    On Hal (apple laptop 17 ins) the text is ok but not perfect. Abuts too closely to the images and doesn’t line up precisely enough for me, but it works well enough. I rarely fiddle like this because I find it doesn’t do what I want. Here is one of mine that I did that wasn’t too bad – http://wp.me/p1XwsS-37

    But not perfect, I really want to line up the text and the photos and wp doesn’t seem to want to play at that however much I fiddle. I don’t read blogs on HalPhone, far too expensive. It is nice to see different formatting though.

  2. I have some options to play with it as and when I have time. I’ve just put in a very simple html table frame as I find with wordpress if you run words round pictures they end up too close to the picture, or certainly closer than I want. Now I’ve got the post up there I can fiddle with it some more.

    Its works pretty well on my Android tablet, certainly perfectly readable, which is all one can ask really. My main concern was that text would appear over pictures, but this has not been the case.

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