This is my first non-UK post, live from Sofia in Bulgaria where I am teaching the CIPR Diploma (crisis management, corporate identity/image and preparation for the planning assignment). Another first was that I’d downloaded a podcast to listen to on the plane. I’m only just getting into my iPod, but have to say for long journeys it is really great. I confess that the podcast was Russell Brand’s radio show last weekend – and to my surprise, he discussed Bernays’ PR work in promoting cigarettes; appearing to have seen The Century of the Self programme.
Less surprising today were the queues at Heathrow – everything now takes hours of standing in queues – and the flight was delayed by over an hour as well. Everyone seems to be arriving ever earlier for their flights, meaning that the queues just get longer – although I had 45 minutes until my original departure time (having obtained my boarding card online), I had to go to the late baggage check-in or I’d never have got to the front of a queue. No wonder my parents decided to come over to the UK from France by car/ferry to dog-sit.