Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Keefieboy Returns

Yayy! 3.30 am and we is back in the sandlands. The idiot Keefieboy left the balcony door wide open and the house is full of sand.

Our journey was somewhat blighted by the ridiculously over-the-top security now in place at airports as a result of the alleged (very British word) terrorist plot. The queues for hand baggage x-ray at Manchester Airport were phenomenal but I have to say that the security folks handled it with good humour and incredible efficiency and we got through it in just under an hour. I desperately needed a fag after doing that, and found the naughty corner - an unventilated room containing the world's longest chain-smoke. As part of the security malarkey, all lighters and matches were confiscated, so you had to bum a light from somebody who had a ciggie on the go.

We changed at Istanbul and had to undergo another x-ray check at the gate. This one involved everyone with a laptop switching it on to prove it was real, and caused our flight to leave about half an hour late.

There was a huge queue at passport control in Dubai, yet more x-raying, and then we hit the street. At 3am the temperature was 32°C and the humidity was unbelievable. It's great to be back!

More holiday blogs tomorrow...betcha can't wait.


Blogger trailingspouse said...

Welcome back!

Mr TS & I are going to the UK next month. We have not yet sprung for Egate cards and I was figuring we'd just wait and get the National ID all-in-one cards (are they available yet?). Perhaps we'd better get Egate cards anyway. What do you think?

9:15 am  
Blogger nzm said...

Welcome back - we've missed you!

Isn't the security painful now? It's really going to make business people think twice about travelling - especially as rumour has it, they are thinking of getting people to check in their computers.

Looking forward to the trip posts - and help MamaDuck clean up that sand so that she can get blogging too!

9:15 am  
Blogger Brn said...

Welcome Back!

10:08 am  
Blogger Jin said...

Welcome back - you've been missed!

10:22 am  
Blogger Kate Walker said...

Good to hear you're back and settled - if a little sandy. It was wonderful to see you both this time - however briefly. Hug MamaDuck for me

10:47 am  
Blogger Seabee said...

Welcome back. looking forward to reading the stories.

ts - YES! Get an e-card. A great invention.

12:02 pm  
Blogger samuraisam said...

Welcome back!

1:33 pm  
Blogger halfmanhalfbeer said...

Hey welcome back Keefie. Bummer about the balcony doors! Sort of thing I would normally do though so shouldn't laugh too much!

Looking forward to more holiday snaps and bloggies.


1:42 pm  
Blogger Dubai Sunshine said...

Welcome back Keefie! Glad to have you back and looking forward to lots of posts about Spain...

12:35 am  

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