Saturday, 17 April 2010

It’s Gone Pear Shaped.

Well it had to happen. Our flight back to NZ has been cancelled due to the Volcanic Ash. We were advised to contact our airline which we have done using an 0800 phone number (50 minutes on the mobile chewing up £10) but at least we have been able to rebook exactly 1 week later. Hopefully the ash cloud will have gone by then. If not, then quite a few airlines could finish up going bust. The only down side is the loss of our train tickets to London which luckily were El Cheapo tickets at £12.

It does mean leaving the boat in the marina an extra week but that is no problem. Upon our return we will have to re-think our timetable down to Rugby for our 6 monthly medical check ups.


Bruce in Sanity said...


Try these folk to avoid paying for 0800 numbers from your mobile:



Jenny and Robin said...

It's certainly better to be safe than sorry, that's what the airlines are thinking. You can be tourists in London this week and go exploring. Dot can go along to the V&A and check out that marvelous antique quilt exhibition for me.

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Bruce
Thanks for that info , hopfully we won't need to ring again but will keep it for future reference.

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Jenny and Robin
Change of plans we have decided to stay put and try and give Dot time to recuperate properly, gradually coming right as medication is increased.

Sue said...

I think by Saturday you will be on the move hopefully, the wind is going round to south west again, hopefully the air in the upper atmosphere will be the same.

There are no cucumbers in the shops!

Bruce, that is a handy one I didnt know about, great stuff.

Also there is

And also, look on websites and letters for "if dialing from abroad phone ....." that is also a handy one because it is always a UK landline normal number.

I have a giff gaff sim which I use for 0800 number for free, it works on the O2 network, just put giff gaff into google.

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Sue
Yes we have our fingers and toes crossed that this will be so. Interesting info about phone numbers, thanks.