Travelling To Scotland And Enjoying The Aspire Lounge
Well worth it for a bit of peace and quiet ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 26/04/2016 @ 8:00AM
Well, I'm in sunny Glasgow on an acting job and yes, I'm not jesting, it is sunny and everyone is very friendly. I think the Scots generally are unless you are unlucky enough to bump into Alex Salmond ...
The Aspire Lounge at London Luton Airport let me have some peace and quiet before my flight.
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Anyway, I flew out of Luton yesterday and as you have to get there so early to take into consideration the traffic, the parking, getting through the check in etc, I decided to take the advice of a friend and book into the Aspire Lounge at a reduced cost of £20.
"This is an exclusive lounge."
You get to sit in comfort until you board your flight. My friend says it's to avoid the 'riff raff' but, being more socially minded, I didn't take that into consideration at all.
I got there and over an hour or so had two latte's, a pasta meal, and a cream tea with a cup of the brown stuff. Well, a mug of it actually, as I don't really do cups. And it was all included in the price.
I reckon that had I been wandering around the airport I would have had two Costa's which would have been £6, a snack costing £5, bought a newspaper, plus a pointless self-help book in WH Smith due to sheer boredom.
"All in all, it cost me about £3 and I didn't need to eat again that day."
I tell you what though, you'd be quids in if you were a drinker as the booze is free in there as well. 30 years ago I'd have been £50 up on the deal, but nowadays I'm just happy to pay £3 to avoid the riff raff.
Sorry, I mean to have a bit of peace and quiet to contemplate life, and work out a new magic trick which I shall tell you about next week.
Until next time ...
More about David Pibworth ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.