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10 things we've all done at Gatwick


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10 things we've all done at Gatwick

  1. 1. 10 Wednesday, October 21, 2015 RGG-E02-S2 News A BILL which would mean more people in and around Crawley could benefit from end-of-life care at St Catherine’s Hospice has been welcomed by the Southgate charity ahead of a second reading in the House of Lords. The Access to Palliative Care Bill is aimed at making sure everyone has access to care at the end of their life rather than it being provided when someone is referred. It also seeks to improve education training and research into end-of-life care. The UK ranks first out of 80 countries for providing the best end-of-life care but it is also publicly acknowledged that hospice care is still not accessible for all. Capacity Last year St Catherine’s, currently based in Malthouse Road, Southgate, cared for more than 2,000 people including 573 referrals from Crawley. And with the charity looking to build a huge new base in Pease Pottage, the charity will have added capacity to treat more people. Dr Patricia Brayden, medical director at St Catherine’s, said: “We welcome this bill as it will support us in reaching our objective of helping more local people affected by death and dying in our area. “St Catherine’s is committed to making sure everyone in our local community has access to the very best care at the end of their lives.” The second reading in the House of Lords will take place on Friday. It will then go through a committee stage and a report stage before there is a third reading in the Lords. After that the same process will occur in the House of Commons before amendments could be made ahead of royal assent being given, thus making it law. SUPERMARKET giant Sains- bury’s has submitted plans to cre- ate a new click and collect point at one of its Crawley stores so busy customers can arrive and imme- diately pick up all of their shop- ping. Sainsbury’s wants to install a covered collection area in the car park of its West Green store, off Crawley Avenue, as an addition to its home delivery service. If approved shoppers will be able to order items online and select a pick-up time to go to the car park and collect them. This would be the first click and collect point at a Sainsbury’s in Crawley, with it already available for shoppers in Horsham, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath. A report included as part of the application states: “The click-and- collect facility will enable two cus- tomer vehicles to park and one delivery van to park and unload, and allow customers to collect goods in all weathers. “This service enhances custom- er convenience as it is aimed at customers who lead busy life- styles and cannot guarantee they will be at home to take receipt of the normal delivery service provided by the store.” The covered area would take up ten parking spaces. Sainsbury’s submitted the pro- posal on Monday (October 12) and Crawley Borough Council’s plan- ning officers are due to decide whether it can go ahead by December 7. Tesco already offers a click-and- collect service at its stores in Three Bridges and Hookwood, as does Asda at its town centre supermarket. I 1: Had a beer at 6am IT’S always nighttime somewhere in the world and everyone knows there is an unwritten by-law at airports that you have to head straight for the Wetherspoons once you’ve ditched your bag. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, how early you had to get up or whether you are already nursing a hangover – you have to order a pint of beer or glass of wine. Just stay off the sambucas and tequilas until you reach your destination. I 2: Worn seven layers of clothing THAT scene in Cool Runnings when Sanka arrives at Calgary’s airport and puts on every layer of clothing he owns is played out at Gatwick on a daily basis. This is because your arrival at the bag drop desk is shortly followed by the revelation that your efforts in that earlier game of “guess the weight of the suitcase by just picking it up” were poor. It turns out that your bag is 4kg overweight so you set about removing your heaviest items of clothing and putting them on, then tread the line of consciousness as you risk overheating during the flight. I 3: Thought there was a terrorist attack IT doesn’t matter how often you go to the airport – whenever you turn around to see a police officer carrying an assault rifle, you panic. You get that split second thrill of fear and excitement that something serious is going down. That is quickly replaced by that strange guilt you get when a police officer is near you – intensified by the sight of their finger hovering near the trigger – until you remember you haven’t done anything wrong. I 4: Returned with something you didn’t want YOU might go away on holiday with a pocketful of dreams, but you come back with a pocketful of soon-to-be-useless shrapnel. Not wanting to bring it home you spend the hours waiting for your flight home on the most pointless shopping expedition of the year. You hunt the airport for something you don’t want which is priced at exactly the amount of money you have left in Venezuelan bolívar. The result is the purchase of a T-shirt with the face of former president Hugo Chávez on it which someone in your family is now getting for Christmas. I 5. Pretended to be superhuman IF you stand still on the travelators which take you to the departure gates then you have no joy left in your soul. They provide the perfect opportunity to look to your left and right and scoff at the mere mortals walking at what is, by comparison, a snail’s pace as you effortlessly glide past at superhuman speeds. Of course while messing around we have all almost fallen over at the end of one as we struggle to adapt to a non- moving floor beneath our feet again. I 6: Considered making a bomb joke ONLY an idiot makes a remark about having a weapon in their bag while going through security at Gatwick – but we’ve all thought about it. Mr I’ve Been Working Since 3am looks at you with a humourless expression and asks if you have anything sharp in your bag. His face creases in confusion as you eventually reply, displaying blood on the tip of your tongue, caused by you having to bite it to prevent you saying something about the machete which isn’t really in your bag. I 7: Considered making a break for it on the taxiway HUMANS need order and direction to prevent chaos. So when you leave behind the straight walkways and illuminated signs of the airport terminal for the stark landscape of the taxiway, your urge to do something naughty kicks in. That short walk across the concrete to the stairs of the plane is spent wondering what would happen if you just ran for it. How far could you get? Could you get into forbidden areas and hide? Could you steal a plane? And then your arrival at the bottom of the stairs snaps you out of your Grand Theft Auto-influenced reverie. I 8: Panicked when your suitcase is searched ALL is going well as you make your way through security until your bag veers off into the “suspicious” lane and you know they are going to go through your bag in front of everyone. For women this will inevitably mean they fumble around with your laciest pair of underwear which found their way into your carry-on in your quest to pack as many clothes as possible. If you’re a man, you’ll probably be loudly questioned on what the strange looking electrical device is and you will have to explain that it’s your nasal hair trimmer. “It grows really quickly.” I 9: Browsed for sunglasses then seen the price HOLIDAY essentials include travel insurance, a good book and a pair of sunglasses, so you decide to splash out on a decent pair of shades. But after looking at the price tag on the first Ray-Bans you inspect at Sunglass Hut you know you’re in way above your head. Not wanting to appear a pauper in the piazza, you keep up the charade of pretending to consider another five pairs before walking off and deciding you still like the pair you bought off a dodgy bloke on a beach in Mallorca three years ago. I 10: Arrived early just to try a restaurant PROVIDING that you actually listen to what you’re told at security and don’t try to take a two-litre bottle of Coke through security, the whole pre-flight process is pretty quick these days. With that in mind, your family wonder why you insist on getting to Gatwick three hours before your flight is due to leave. You insist it’s because “you never know what’s going to happen”. The fact you then have time to sample the menus at Jamie’s Italian, Giraffe and Wagamama is entirely unrelated. Store’s click and collect collection plan New move to improve access to end of life care wins approval NOTHING quite beats the thrill of arriving at an airport ready to go on holiday. As flights are so cheap these days and Gatwick is on Crawley’s doorstep, the chances are you get to do this fairly regularly. With this in mind, chief reporter Dave Comeau has come up with a list of ten things we’ve all probably done at Gatwick Airport at some point. 10 things we have all done at Gatwick YO, CHECK THIS OUT: Arriving early for your flight allows you to sample restaurants like Yo Sushi SERIOUS HARDWARE: The sight of police with rifles at Gatwick makes you think you're in the grip of a terrorist attack