Wednesday 18 September 2019

Global Village: How to obey the rules of flying

Cinzano advert
Cinzano advert
Rosamund Pike
Koolio bands
Eating Vietnam - Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table - book cover

Anna Coogan

One in five people has done business with someone they met on a plane according to a survey carried out by Virgin Atlantic. Yet how do we make a good impression on the person sitting beside us on a plane?

Business Insider has come up with rules for flying, and they include not getting hammered, and always being kind to flight attendants. Remember that the middle seat gets the armrests. Don't force anyone to talk to you. And get up from your seat only at convenient times. Don't wear too-strong perfume or aftershave. And remember to be polite getting off the plane.

Advice which the character played by Leonard Rossiter certainly could have used in those old Cinzano ads.


Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike recently hung out in London with her two young sons. The 36-year-old is originally from Hammersmith in London, so it was a trip home for the busy globe-trotting star and fashion icon.

London still tops the polls for many of us who fancy a city break at this time of the year. A short flight, along with lots of cultural events and a great nightlife, make it a regular destination for anyone looking for an injection of metropolitan magic.

Top attractions, according to, include the London Eye, the giant ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It offers spectacular views from its 32 capsules which get to about 443 feet off the ground.

Another favourite is the Tower of London. One of the world's most famous buildings, it has a 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal and a jewel house, and even as a zoo.



Every parent dreads a young child going missing while on holidays. If the child doesn't speak the local language, finding them swiftly can be even more difficult.

Koolio is a Dublin-based company which has designed an identity wristband for children. The wristband comes with an identification code so that anyone finding a missing child - and who can't communicate with them - can make contact with the worried parents regardless.

The finder goes to the website and enters the code on the missing child's wristband. The website is accessible in 40 languages.

They type in a message letting the parents know where they can collect their child. The parent receives a text translated into their own language. KoolioBandz cost €9.95.


Graham Holliday is an English journalist and blogger who was  so taken by a single photo of Hanoi,  that he decided to move to Vietnam and try out life in Southeast Asia for a change.

In his memoir, Eating Viet Nam: Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table - due to be published this month - he takes readers on a gastronomic tour of his adopted country, trying out every bit of food placed in front of him.

This was often served on blue plastic tables, as Holliday, a media trainer at the BBC, went off the beaten track and down the back alleys of Hanoi to local eateries, hence the title of the book.

Eating Viet Nam will be published by Ecco Books, €25 approx.

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