Saturday, August 12, 2006

Landed

Brian has landed. His aircraft landed at 0846 local, that is 0746 GMT or 0246 Local in Minneapolis. He is probably tired, grumpy and excited. Travelling really mixes emotions!

I'm so excited! Alan is going with us to the railway station to go and meet him - as a surprise!

Watch this space for updates!

I just received this email from NWA:

Flight NW 44 departed Minneapolis/St. Paul-Int'l, MN at 6:54 pm on August 11 from Gate F10 and arrived in London-Gatwick, England at 9:01 am at Gate 31. Gate subject to change. Verify at airport.

England, is it? I thought they'd announce the country of destination/arrival, not the region. And there was me thinking we lived in the United Kingdom. I'm so stupid.

Or did I just get out of bed on the wrong side, dear reader?

10 comments:

RIC said...

No, you're not stupid... The only thing is no one ever thinks about the country as UK. Around here it's always «Inglaterra», rather seldom - and only officially - «Reino Unido». But, of course, we also know «Escócia» is something else/different...

Minge said...

I have to laugh when some people think Scotland is a part of or inside England. Even more hilarious is this: I heard two North American women on a bus once, in London. One said to the other, "I know Scotland's in London somewhere. We'll have to get a map."

David said...

I once had a pen pal that lived in England and I kept asking her what it was like to live in the UK and such. She told me that she said that she lived in England and not the UK. Confused the hell out of me. Was I supposed to think of England as the country she was living or the UK? Whatever, we didn't write to each other too much longer.

I don't know if you watch Stargate Atlantis, but if you have, have you noticed that the character Carson Beckett wears the Scottish flag rather than the Union Flag?

Minge said...

David - either your penpal was stupid or an English nationalist - or both. Of course she lived in the UK. She'd only have to look at her passport to see that. Of course, some people say that England and Wales (incorporating N Ireland) and Scotland are the two constituent countries that make up the UK. I don't think there's any legal definition for this, but it's really like saying New Jersey and Delaware are two constituent states that make up the USA. The UK needs some clarity on these matters, never more so since devolved Parliemants in all the regions (apart from England). To be frank, it's quite a mess. Perhaps I'll blog on this at some time. It's rather boring though, unless you're a politics/geography/history nerd (like what I am).

RIC said...

I'd like that very much! (You know mw by now, I'm always curious).
One thing that seems to matter in these difficult definitions are the differences between nation, country, state, region, province and... whatever, can't remember right now. But that's definitely a way to address the problem. :-)

Veronica said...

Didn't those North American women on the bus ever see a map? My 15 year old daughter to tell me where England is apposed to Scotland. Of course we have been to the British Isles before, but never Scotland. Would absolutely love to go there though!

Minge said...

Those women were Tepford wives turned Stepford divorcees or widows, I think.

Moncrief Speaks said...

Lots of Americans think that "England" and "Great Britain" (we tend to have kept using the "Great" more regularly longer than you have, as I think we should, because you are great) and "UK" are interchangable words, I'm sad to say.

I'm not sure what Northwest Airlines' excuse is. They should have said "London, UK," 'tis true.

Moncrief Speaks said...

It's also bizzare that nowhere on Northwest Airline's homepage does it say "Northwest Airlines." I guess they've decided to brand themselves more and more as "NWA". Maybe because TWA no longer is an extant airline? Are they trying to go all "KFC" on us?

In reality, people call them "Northwest," not "NWA," so I have no idea what they're thinking there.

Minge said...

I think NWA stands for Nellies With Attitude.