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Do you remember those long road trips as a kid?  They seemed to go on forever and yes we nagged and nagged to find out how much further.  I am dating myself now but I clearly remember us three kids in the back of the car in the era before seat belts standing up and leaning over the front seats so we could have a good view of the road ahead.


There was no such thing as video games, ipads or head phones.  What on earth did we do to while away the time?

Well we would have a good fight every hundred or so miles.  If someone encroached on your space in the back or touched their elbow to yours then everyone had a hissy fit and dad would stop the car on the side of the road in order to give us all a hiding.  As I said – I am dating myself here.  Today’s parent would never dream of doing anything like that.

sit down

When we got tired of fighting we would sleep – all over each other.  It was probably the only time you were allowed to take up someone else’s part of the seat.

Then someone would always throw up.  I am talking about long journeys here – 8 hours or so on windy roads up through the heart of Britain.  My dad would get so cross he would not stop.  I think we made a bit of a spectacle of ourselves going around the traffic circle in the centre of Bristol.  Me out one window and my sister out the other.

Things are different now.  Most of us fly these long distances and for kids a plane ride is usually exciting.  There must, however, be those kids who do so much flying around the world that it just becomes boring – like those long 8 hour car drives.

So what is the solution?

Emirates has one! They have teamed up with Dr Sandi Mann, a psychologist and boredom specialist at the University of Central Lancashire to find a solution. Dr Mann has worked with the airline to create the Child Boredom Quotient (CBQ), helping parents identify the exact moment their kids will get bored so they can enjoy stress-free travel.  You can read the whole article here ….  http://travelwirenews.com/emirates-airlines-hires-boredom-specialist-to-keep-kids-entertained-485554/

As I read through the article I couldn’t help chuckling.  I could just imagine my Dad’s comments.  Let’s just say he was not that politically correct!



What flying does to us

I found a great blog and really laughed at this entry when the writer lost his kindle just before getting on a flight…..

“Sober and utterly without reading material, I resorted to playing a game that involved applying just enough knee-pressure to the seat in front for the occupant to shift uncomfortably, but not enough for them to realise I was to blame. This passed the time nicely.”  (http://mikesowden.org/)

This is what flying does to us – turns us into small children.  We whine and squirm, wriggle and fidget and fight over the armrests.  Food or drink service is a welcome distraction.  It’s a Pavlovian response – we hear the rattle of the service cart wheels and we perk up, instantly, like little pets with our paws in the air almost dancing on our hind feet.

Wow – a small package of ….. mmmm well something salty, I think.  It’s a diversion.  Ten minutes of trying to open the packet followed by three minutes of crunching.

We dig into the seat pocket in front of us wondering if there is something interesting and find that – yuck – indeed there were many interesting things resting at the bottom of said pocket.  Most of which have probably been there for a couple of months.

Maybe a trip to the toilet ….. Do you trust those toilet doors?  They seem to be locked and the light does come on but how can you be sure that someone isn’t going to throw the door open and catch you…. well with your knickers down.  So to be sure hold onto the door with one hand (the room is small enough let’s face it) and if you are agile you can probably wedge your foot up against the door just to be doubly sure.  One thing you can count on is that the Captain WILL announce that everyone should return to their seats and fasten their seatbelts.  Happens every time.  So let’s put a rush on this….. no pressure mind…..just in case we hit some real turbulance and end up arse over ….. well you know how the expression goes.!