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TTGina @TTGina With the amount of champagne

consumed I’m surprised I can recall the event with much clarity, but on Monday night I attended a most convivial shindig at the gloriously lavish St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. The high ceilings and delectable selection of canapes made me feel quite at home. I was also secretly thrilled to discover the hotel’s grand staircase featured in the Spice Girls’ debut hit song Wannabe. The 1990s pop band weren’t the only famous personalities to grace the hotel; royalty was present in the form of a ginormous portrait of none other than HRH Elizabeth II. As to what the event I was celebrating, I’m afraid my lips are sealed! But stay tuned for more deets, coming to you this very Friday.


THIS GROUP of nine islands has a summer climate not dissimilar to the UK’s but with much milder winters. The archipelago is popular as a stop-off for sailors crossing from Europe to America. Each of the islands is volcanic in origin, although most are dormant.

Once most famous for their flower festivals, the islands are becoming renowned as a centre for whale and dolphin watching, diving and hiking. They are under the control of a European country, but have their own parliament. The main island has regular flights from the UK.


In a former life, yours truly jet-setted with the best across the US in style. So it was nice to stroll along memory lane, as I entered boutique store Lovely & British on London’s Bermondsey Street and found this pair of 1980s Air Atlanta seats (above) – a bargain at £450. Back then, every seat with Air Atlanta was first-class, and meals were served with white linen, fine china and crystal – so I couldn’t resist the urge to snap up the seats to indulge once more from the comfort of my own home!

Tell me your funny stories! Email Name a Virgin Dreamliner 56 13.03.2014

Whose ad is it anyway?

Every now and again TTGwill be raiding the archives – and as well as laughing at the old hairstyles, we’ll be asking “Whose ad was that?” EMAIL FEEDBACK@TTGDIGITAL.COM AND TELL US. NO PRIZES FOR NOW, IT’S JUST FOR FUN! ANSWERS IN NEXT WEEK’S ISSUE

Virgin Atlantic is calling upon UK travel agents to come up with a name for one of its new Boeing 787 aircraft.


The agent who picks the best name will have their suggestion emblazoned on the aircraft below one of the airline’s Flying Ladies. Virgin Atlantic has put together a

guide to help you think of a suitable suggestion, which includes making it a female name to suit the Flying Lady, making it fit with the

“Virgin Atlantic” identity and

thinking of something classic that will stand the test of time. For details on how to enter visit

Last week’s “Whose ad is it anyway?” was Imperial Hotel Tokyo; “Where in the World?” was Biarritz

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