I forgot to add that my plane journey was considerably jollied by the unexpected addition of two happy tenors ! Craig and Egbert were both on an away game for three days. They were going with Tom to the dress of Madam Butterfly on Saturday at ENO where Tom is covering a role, and then to the Albert Hall to see Jose Carreras in concert ! We met up in the departure lounge and they kept me entertained and laughing until we parted company at Gatwick railway station.
It was very nice to have company and set the tone for my own 'away day' holiday !
Free from the cares of their individual Paradise lives !