Tag: humour

The Tenant’s Lunch

tennant's lunch

Healthy Tenant’s Lunch

One of our offices has been surplus to requirements for some time.  So Anne-Marie did what all enterprising Dutchies fiscally responsible managers do… rent it out!  The issue with that approach is that one often ends up with someone who does things a bit differently working alongside the core team.

I have to say it works really well for us – or at least it did until the tenant decided to revert to his British roots as far as his lunch time diet was concerned.   Baked beans are an aquired taste at the best of time but when they become the main event on the plate they take on a whole new dimension!

Needless to say that our Italian gourmet Massimo and Jack from Mainland China had a few comments on the smells wafting from the kitchen.  And yours truly, naturally, had a few thoughts on the matter as well.

For starters, I remembered back to the days when I was frequenting London transport cafes for breakfast… Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Tomato and Baked Beans, with a couple of slices of buttered toast on the side and a steaming hot cup of tea.  Yum.  It  appealed surprisingly well to my Germanic tastebuds.

My second thought was – where do baked beans actually fit in terms of their relation to the produce category?  Fresh they ain’t, but then neither are frozen peas.  The tenant is trying to convince me that baked beans are healthy….

We will look into that and revert in due course.

Another Day, Another Continent


Whilst at Hong Kong airport, waiting to board my first ever flight into mainland China, I took the time to look around.
Things looked reassuringly normal…
This could be any plane, at any airport.


But then I noticed this industrious person.
I suppose this is one way to ensure a clear view for the pilot!




Then I noticed this guy…
Not sure I would  want to sit there for my break, given how luggage trains and the like can whiz around the tarmac.



While boarding, I noticed this.
Not that unusual to have economy separated from business class by a curtain, but I’d never seen it signposted so clearly before!
Definite class distinction going on here.
There was also nothing subtle about how the Chinese leave  a plane: the minute the plane stops after landing, the people seated at the back are out of their seats and pushing towards the exit.  No patient waiting in the aisle here.  For obvious reasons though, no photo of the exit strategy!