Unpredictability - Good for your health

Our modern life is based on organising an environment free from the unexpected. The house needs to be as stable and reliable as possible. The job as safe as possible. Nothing should break down. Nothing but what we predict, should occur.
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Monday, 2 February 2015

Hounslow Best Western Plus Grand Hotel

Thankfully the Friday was very busy at work - otherwise enduring the time to finishing hour would have been a torture indeed.  I was looking forward to a weekend adventure.  Firstly I would drive to London and meet the nice lady I had recently began to date.  We would dine and stay over in a Best Western hotel near Heathrow airport - The Park Grand Plus. 

I have stayed in many Best Western hotels and like to collect the points on my membership card - and every now and then I will get a free upgrade for my loyalty to the chain.  There was no upgrade on this night but neither of us complained.  The room was as good as any four start room I had stayed at in the past - and I should know having virtually lived in hotels for ten years when working as a consultant.

Comfortable and Stylish room

Sixth Floor View

Under the landing path for Heathrow
After sorting out luggage and settling into the room we descended in the lift to the restaurant. A buffet was on offer and at 13 pounds a head this was a bargain.  Eat as much as you like and we made sure to do just that.  The selection was Thai, Chinese, Malaysian and India. The food was very tasty and the hotel had that relaxed Friday feel to it.  Hotels such as these cater for the business client during the week - and being a Friday the suits were no where to be seen, having done their business and flown back home.
In only a few weeks O and I had grown close and it was nice to be with someone sincere and calm, peaceful but with also with an eye to adventure.  We discussed many things including tomorrow's long trip to Wales - before retiring to the comfortable bed and a peaceful slumber.
The morning had us eating a cooked breakfast before settling the bill and heading off on the long journey.  On checking out I was quite embarrassed to have my credit card declined.  The receptionist tried a couple of times, and then tried another of my cards which was also declined.  So it was obviously a technical problem with their computers and I settled in cash.  The desk staff were in for a colourful morning checking out customers whose cards would also be declined.
Happy in Lift
Peace To All



  1. Hi there
    Good to read your blog again - it's been a while and you have been missed. Best of luck with the house hunting and the new lady in your life.

    Jenny and Robin from Romany Rambler

  2. Thank you Jenny for your nice comment. Things are looking up again and I am grateful the urge to blog again has returned.