James Miller


Friday, November 28, 2008

Touched by Terrorism


As the dreadful events in Mumbai unfold, I can't forget that I was in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, just two weeks ago.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai
The picture shows how the hotel stands in a prime position on the waterfront, by the India Gate. The hotel is actually in two parts, with a new tower to the right of the original building.

India Gate, Mumbai
This picture of the India Gate was taken from the Souk restaurant at the top of the tower of the Taj.

To say it is a good hotel is an understatement and I can't help worrying about some of the staff I met, in what was to me one of the best hotels, I have ever stayed in. Everybody was cheerful, helpful and couldn't do more for you. I'm a coeliac and on the last night, the chef made sure that I had a meal that I would always remember. He even made sure that I had some gluten-free bread.

I do hope that everybody is OK. But I fear that is not the case!

There was carnage around the pool, where I sat, drank fresh lime sodas and glasses of Indian wine. The manager of that area was a young man of about twenty-five, who I felt would go far. I hope he still can and still wants to as he will be scarred.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Piper Arrow - G-JMTT


I used to own and fly a Piper Arrow with the registration G-JMTT. Strangely despite doing about 500 hours in the plane, I never took a photograph. Or at least I can't find one.

The plane had a sorry end, as it was crashed into a mountainside in Scotland. Three people were killed, due to a pilot who shouldn't have been flying the aircraft in that weather at that time and place.

Read what the BBC says.

It was a sad end to an aircraft that gave Celia, myself and many others a lot of pleasure.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Call Me Stupid


We have poured trillions of pounds, dollars and euros into the banking system to prop it up. Yvette Cooper reckons it’s been caused by the US housing market. Surely though the amount of money spent would solve that problem many times over!

Can anybody tell me where the money has gone?

Monday, November 17, 2008

I'm a Celebrity get me out of here.


Celia's tutor at Liverpool University was Robert Kilroy Silk. She hated him and this was partly due to his habit of smoking all the way through tutorials. Or so she told me! But then who's to know what really happened. I hope some of her fellow tutees read this!

Her least favourite person, has now been voted to do the Chamber of Horrors. Perhaps, Celia is manipulating things from the other side.

If she is, then great.

If not, then she'd have loved all of this.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Robert Kilroy-Silk


Kilroy-Silk was the tutor of my late wife, Celia, at Liverpool University in the 1960s. Allegedly, the tutorials were not the most cosy of places, as at that time he had the unsocial habit of chain-smoking Capstan Full Strength, from start to finish. I think he has since given up.

I think, she would have really enjoyed seeing him get humiliated in the jungle.