What more could you want when the sun is shining?

I arrived in Manchester in north-west England today ahead of my particpation in a one-day workshop for Melcrum I’m co-presenting tomorrow entitled Enhancing your Intranet with New Technology: How to Make the Most of Social Media.

This is my third experience flying to and from Manchester with Jet2, a low-cost airline. I’m far more impressed than I thought I would have been. New Boeing 737s, efficient and friendly service and of course low cost (about half the price a KLM ticket costs on the same Amsterdam-Manchester route).

You tend to hear horror stories about some low-cost airlines and the, let’s say, less than stellar service starting with the mad scrum at check-in. Not with this one. And we departed Amsterdam on time and arrived in Manchester just under an hour later, a little early in fact. And lo and behold, my little suitcase was first out the chute on the baggage carousel!

I took a commuter train from the airport into the city center. New carriages, very clean, even smelled nice. A pleasant twenty-minute journey, rumbling through the suburbs which let me soak up views of neighbourhoods you’d normally not catch sight of if you take a taxi. Plus a nice cost differential – less than three quid versus twenty for a taxi. My client will be pleased at all this cost saving ;)

So then to my hotel, the Midland. A delightful Victorian landmark in the city center, just a stone’s throw from the city hall, museums and art galleries. Great room, smells clean and fresh (the whole hotel does) with great wi-fi. Friendly staff (especially Zoe in reception). I’d recommend this hotel any time.

So this afternoon, I’ve actually been doing a bit of relaxing. Called my wife. A couple of old friends in the UK. A stroll around the immediate vicinity; a foot-long Subway sandwich for a late lunch (I didn’t know Subways were over here) and then to some work including some final prep for tomorrow. Next, recording a contribution for tomorrow’s edition of FIR The Hobson & Holtz Report to send to Shel as I’ll be travelling at the time we usually do the show together.

Yep, it’s been a sunny day today.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

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    […] Travelling to the UK today, ahead of co-presenting the second one-day workshop for Melcrum in London tomorrow on Enhancing your Intranet with New Technology: How to Make the Most of Social Media. The first one in this series was in Manchester last week. […]

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