30 December 2012

...and what do you get in the bag?

Travelling First Class with Swiss is great fun - and on certain flights you can do it for just "taxes and charges" plus Lufthansa Miles (135,000 in my case).

Swiss First - BHX to MUSCAT

On my return flight from Muscat (30th December) I was the only passenger in First - so I got the choice of any seat/bed and a welcome greeting provided by the steward's 9 year old daughter, who had come along for a special Xmas trip - three languages spoken and still not 10 years old.

As well as lots of legroom and all you get pyjamas, slippers and a little bag - what does it contain?

SWISS First - Travel Comfort Kit Contents (2012)
  • Kleenex
  • Throat Sweets
  • Hairbrush
  • Sleep mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Socks
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Hand cream
  • Eye contour cream (whatever that is)
  • Time release moisturizer (intensive)
  • Lip Balm
  • Welcome note

02 December 2012

Can anyone identify this spider

There is a rather unusual spider living just outside my front door.  I have never seen one like this in the UK.  Can anyone identify this.  The body is about 12mm across.  It does not seem to make webs - although when I slam the door shut it sometimes drops on a thread of silk.  I guess it is an active hunting spider - full complement of forward facing eyes...

Update: It seems this is the common garden spider - if so why have I never seen one before? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_garden_spider)

Can you identify this UK spider?

Lots of little eyes staring back at me