Releasing us to be free to use our mobile devices on board planes has been a real travel blessing and stress reliever. True, most long haul flights now usually have decent entertainment systems. And I usually have a good read of British Airways’s HighLife print magazine, which generally has entertaining articles – including one each month by the BBC’s John Simpson, writing on his travels over the years.
Still, it’s great to be able to just continue to enjoy our own electronics and e-readers, too. For Friday night’s flight to Heathrow, in an “old-fashioned” moment, I’d packed this paperback I’d grabbed off my Catskills bookshelf. I’ve had it for longer than I care to remember, and it has made trips across the Atlantic before….
….and, it being long out of print, I take care of it:
I need it with me now for refresher background research for the new book, which will be set in the 18th century. However, for this trip it remained in my rucksack in the overhead bin. Aside from watching one film (The Intern), my iPad was in my hand much of the rest of the non-sleeping, non-eating time, and I got through a chunk of Adele Archer’s novel, which I’m enjoying:
“Dee” is a superb mess of a woman; and “Milo” is a “Yank” of a guy…. with surprises. Cultural difference references thus far are also dropped in neatly and realistically. For instance, this one made me inadvertently laugh at 38,000 feet (and I say “inadvertently” because it’s not part of a scene meant to be funny):
“These are Tylenol, aren’t they?” Milo eyed the drugs suspiciously. He sunk down into a carver chair rather gravely.
“We call them Paracetamol over here, actually,” Dee replied with her usual cockiness. “It says so there on the pot.”
Tylenol as a brand does not exist here in Britain. It’s worth knowing that if you’re in a chemist’s – what Americans call a pharmacy. Years ago (uh, too many), I’d had pretty much that same learning experience there as “Milo.” 🙂