Thursday, December 9

HK v Sydney: Branson decides

Earlier in the week Sir Richard Branson made a brief stopover in Hong Kong to promote Virgin Atlantic's new London to Sydney via Hong Kong route. From Hong Kong he jetted off to Sydney to continue the marketing blitz. Which city do you think he enjoyed more?

In Hong Kong, he practised inflight tai chi with a bunch of half asleep, disinterested children. The prevailing mood seems to be "care factor zero" except for one little girl who wants to know if she can have a toilet break. Tough crowd.

When he arrived in Sydney he discovered what Belinda Carlisle really meant when she crooned "Ooh Heaven is a place on Earth". In this picture I can't quite make out Sir Richard. All I can see are the incision scars from where the implants were inserted.

Verdict: Two thumbs up for Sydney and thank goodness the camera pulled away before Sir Richard did his Little Jack Horner impression.

But at the end of the day, it's not about whether Sydney is an infinitely more fun place than Hong Kong. It's about how the old adage rings true. The one that says never work with children, only bikini-clad models.

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At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder where those thumbs have been?


At 12:25 PM, Blogger Amelia said...

Yes... what does he mean with the thumbs? Is it a secret signal?...Hmmmm.

At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been hoping that Branson will succeed in killing one or more of the famewhores on his dreadful US reality TV show, but it's been no luck so far.

At 1:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funnily enough the other day I was in Central MTR and there was a big crowd around one of those rope fences. At the center of the semi circle was a big poster for the new Sydney route and sitting down in a chair was an old man who was clearly the the provider of Richard Branson's DNA - you could not mistake it. One realised someone was about to make an appearance and he did, wearing a captains suit and surrounded by a bevy of locally hired air crew. Shook my hand and said hello as he walked past.

I have huge respect for this guy. As an entrepreneur myself who has built a now successful business (not quite an airline) by bootstrapping from nothing, he is one of the people I most admire.

Phil (

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Spirit Fingers said...

Ah, so it was you Phil. I thought I spotted you in the crowd because you looked exactly like you do in your blog photo. I was going to come up and say hello but I was having a bad hair and generally bad fashion day.

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard Branson and Virgin , the two name together almost conjures up vomit within me, why you may ask. Simply this, his company run a so called train service, which is basically crap. If he ran his airline like he does his train company, then planes would be falling out of the skies and plane aisles knee deep in litter. Plus they'd be running empty as you'd be unable to buy a ticket or even afford a manchester to london ticket (cheaper to fly). Thsi goes part of the way in explaining why much the UK is grid-locked.

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