Hello everyone,

Let me start by saying a huge thank you to all of you.  Your interest in my blog has seen me voted the best pilot to follow on Instagram by Londonspotter. I was shocked and delighted by the accolade!  I’m also thrilled to be able to tell you I’ve been made a BA ambassador. Better make this week’s blog a good one!  Here goes…

Its certainly been another busy couple of weeks both in the air and on the ground with trips to Corsica, Italy, Denmark, Greece and one of my favourite destination’s Edinburgh.

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Despite the downpour I decided to brave the elements and run. Run I did, all the way up to ‘Arthur’s Seat’  🌧 🏃 ☔️

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Amazing views from Arthurs seat! I was soaked but it was worth it.

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Every time I visit Edinburgh I fall in love with it a little bit more. I feel like this could definitely offer a pretty awesome lifestyle with so much available on the doorstep.

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It took me about 25 mins to run up to the top. I had a couple of high fives from hikers and many more ‘are you mental’ type looks as I powered on. 😆

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Cobbled streets on the way to the top – not ideal for running!

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Here you can see the National Monument of Scotland and Nelson’s Monument on top of Calton Hill.  You can climb Nelson’s Monument if you fancy the 143 steps to the top. It was closed when was there but i’ll definitely be giving it a go!

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Conquered! 😊

We had a very special passenger aboard our flight to Edinburgh who made a flower from the inflight magazine.  How cool is that.  His cheerfulness all the more surprising given he’d had everything, including his dissertation stolen, while he was in the Pyrenees.  We did our very best to make his flight as enjoyable as possible.

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While I jetted off to Legoland in Billund, Denmark I noticed some of my colleagues had also been having fun blogging and vlogging as part of #BASmart.  Perhaps you saw my buddy @mmsba take his followers on a virtual journey to Beirut.  All from the comfort of a cafe at Terminal 5.  If not, do check it out on his Twitter feed.

While MMS was heading to the Middle East I took a train to Brighton to celebrate with Claire who had walked 100km in less than 30 hours in sheet rain to raise money and awareness for Oxfam.  She was absolutely exhausted as you can see, but am so proud of her.  You can support her here.

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It was certainly a stormy few days and while challenging for Claire it also caused a few problems for us in the air.  We were hit by lightning!  Sounds dramatic, but be safe in the knowledge our aircraft and expertise mean we can cope with every eventuality.

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I used the blustery conditions to my advantage when arriving in Athens and with 30 knot winds decided to seek out the top windsurfing spots.  Being brought up on an island I am no stranger to water sports and learnt to windsurf at a young age. Having seen the forecast as part of our preflight briefing you can imagine how excited I was to learn that it was going to be 35kts of wind all day long! It was a northerly wind so headed to a well know local spot about 45 mins in an Uber from where we stay. This was the perfect opportunity to get out on the water and blast around for the day in the waves. I rented some really decent kit from Lucas the local water sports dude with a radical haircut. I was shattered by 6pm which worked in my favour as the wake up call for our flight to London was at 0400.  An early night was just what I needed.

Speaking of the Isle of Wight, I managed a quick overnight trip home this weekend to celebrate the end of Cowes Week with schoolfriends.  So good to catch up and recharge my batteries with people I know and love.

Which is exactly what I did with mum this week too.  She still lives on the island but has taken a few days holiday to Lourdes.  I’m sorry I couldn’t fly her down to Toulouse but I know she’s in safe hands with my colleagues.  Next time…

I know lots of you enjoy my pix airside so let me share this with you?

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Any idea?

Well its a Mototoc. A remote control pushback machine that can manage up to 25 pushbacks with one battery charge! It seemed to work… I couldn’t help but imagine a giant whacker was about to appear from the top. 😆

Pretty cool, don’t you think?

So, thanks again for taking the time to read my blog.  Hope you’ve enjoyed travelling around Europe again with me this week.

I also had the opportunity to visit to Venice. Watch out for my next blog!

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Ciao for now!