There May Be a Protest

Well the last day was a long one but not much to report except several hours in the Galleries First and then a pretty smooth flight home.  An early check-out unfortunately, an uneventful cab ride to Paddington, a delayed express to LHR, an easy fast track through security, then several hours in the BA lounge.  At least I was able to stream the Murray Djokovic final, ad-free. lounge-champagne-bar The champagne bar. lounge-2 table-service Table service if you like. lounge-window major-tail That's some major tail. lounge-1 lounge-3 lounge-4 lounge-wine A decent selection of wines, a lot of space to spread out in.   Boarding commenced none to glamorously about two kms from the lounge around thirty minutes before departure. flight-champagne-1 flight-champagne-2 They started us off with Laurent-Perrier Grand Siécle.  Then I switched to the spectacular Taittinger Brut Vintage 2006. flight-starter Even though you leave on BA085 at 17:20 and even though you're eating early evening, they call it lunch.  I chose as my starter Fivemiletown Dairy goat's cheese beignet with a butternut squash, pumpkin seed and pine nut crust. flight-chicken For the main I had a roasted corn-fed chicken, ham hock and potato tartlet with haricot bean purée, runner beans and truffle jus.  Honestly, I could have eaten two portions, it was just that good. flight-cheese The cheese plate -- shropshire blue, gillot camembert, godminster and tomme de savoie -- wasn't bad at all. flight-pudding There was still room for orange and pistachio pudding. flight-pjs My "sleeper" aka pajamas beckoned. flight-bedtime Time for some shut eye. flight-sandwich flight-tea-cakes There was "tea" after a nap: Sandwiches, scones and cakes. there-may-be-a-protest There wasn't too much to protest.