Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Christopher Muther Globe Staff March 16, 2018 At the beginning of the year, United Airlines said it was launching an employee training program that would transform its bloodied and bruised customer service image. The goal: be known as the most caring airline in the skies. Please hold your laughter until I’m finished. On Monday, a flight attendant for the new, more sensitive United Airlines did something so unconscionable that it made the forcible dragging of Dr. David Dao off an overbooked plane last year look like a warm and fuzzy embrace in comparison. Advertisement A United flight attendant insisted that a passenger stow her 10-month-old French bulldog in the overhead bin. Over the owner’s objections, the puppy went into the bin for a 3½-hour flight from Houston to New York. The flight attendant’s actions were a clear violation of … [Read more...] about Why are people still flying United?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Alysia Abbott March 07, 2018 Get the best of the magazine’s award-winning stories and features right in your e-mail inbox every Sunday. Sign up here. Alonso Nichols looks sly as he recounts the time he and his twin brother were playing Indiana Jones, using belts as whips. A buckle whacked one of Alonso’s front teeth, breaking it in half. At dinner that night, he tried to hide it from his mother. “I stuff a piece of meat, and then some mashed potato inside the hole in my teeth. But the jig is up. She knows.” Nichols’s tale of brotherly mischief charms his audience members who, as it happens, are sitting in his living room in Medford.Nichols and his wife, Grace Talusan, are hosting a gathering of the live storytelling club StorySlam! Its monthly meetings rotate through different members’ homes, with the host serving food and guests … [Read more...] about In a digital era, live storytelling is bringing people closer together
Spring is in the air, the sight of the daffodils and the sound of birdsong puts a bounce back in your step after the long, cold winter months. A lovely short break is in most peoples thoughts. Paris is in mine. My first trip to Paris with my beau was in early September. Quite some time back, when I was in my late twenties. He had studied french and planned the trip as a lovely surprise. We stayed very near the Champs Elysees. The hotel reception and our room was on the small side, which is pretty standard in Paris. It was perfectly located within walking distance to the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. In fact I think we walked everywhere we went. I don’t recall travelling on the metro or any other mode of transport other than our feet. It was wonderful to reach the viewing platform at the Eiffel Tower, after years of seeing it in photographs and films. Opened 31st March 1889. Surprisingly it only took two years to build the … [Read more...] about Paris – People, Places and Spaces
I had arrived at Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest in the South West of Uganda. The plane journey and the experience over road of the previous posts was over and it was time to discover this magical part of the world. Before setting foot in the jungle I took a time out to see the people who since basically the beginnings of mankind, lived deep in the forest, The Batwa People, or Batwa Pygmies, as well known otherwise. I personally felt and feel uncomfortable calling them pygmies, no matter how much they use the term themselves…… due to historical connotations. Yes, they are smaller than us that evolved in a world outside the Rainforest, an average height around 4.5 – 5 foot. Evolution and millennia in the Rainforest gave them the stature, but as gentle people, hunter-gatherers of ages, they are now forced to live outside the Rainforest. They are now one of the most endangered group of people in the world. They have been through so much and they joyfully let me in on … [Read more...] about Time with the Batwa People of Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest
Our trip to the Philippines started terribly. We got food poisoning from an Indian restaurant in Phuket where we arrived from Koh Lanta to take our flight to Manila. Actually, we kind of ‘missed’ the flight. The traffic was fine that day, the guesthouse we lived was close (20 minutes of walking) and we arrived to the airport six hours before the departure.What we overlooked, however, was that the departure time was 00.25 on the 1st of April, which meant we should have arrived at the airport the evening of the 31st. But we arrived on the 1st in the afternoon, when the plane was already long gone. April Fools Day was indeed foolish.But it all turned out fine in the end; we caught a flight the following day, arrived safely to Manila at 4 am, spent ten hours at the airport, tasted a lot of Filipino food and took another plane to Caticlan and a local bus to Pandan in Antique, one of the four provinces of the Panay Island.We loved the small town of Pandan and its barangays … [Read more...] about The Beauty of the Philippines and its Wonderful People