I’m linking up this week with Favourite Things on a Friday over at Mimi & Tilly, a lovely blog which you should go and have a look at if you don’t know it already.
Did anybody else watch Pan Am on Wednesday evening? I’ve only seen the first episode so far, but I absolutely LOVED it – it really did take you back to the glamorous days of air travel, when it wasn’t all budget airlines, plastic cutlery and passengers wearing nylon football shirts *shudder*. And when every girl wanted to be an air stewardess.
I was disappointed to read that Pan Am is not doing well in the ratings in the USA, after high hopes it was going to be the new Mad Men – I do hope they don’t cancel it.
Purely by coincidence, this week I’ve been reading this book (not nearly as racy as the cover would have you believe, as it was written in 1967!)
All about the trials, tribulations, fun and frolics of two girls ‘flying the line’ in the 60s. Great fun.
I had aspirations of being an air hostess (well, I had aspirations to travel, but wasn’t really the backpacking type!) back in the late 80s, and I got as far as an interview with British Airways longhaul. We were interviewed in large groups, and the first things we were asked to do was stand up and talk about ourselves to the group for three minutes.
I was already intimidated by the competition – almost all sophisticated girls in their mid to late 20s groomed to within an inch of their lives (I was only 20, and certainly not what anybody might describe as ‘groomed’), and I absolutely froze. Couldn’t get a word out and wanted the floor to swallow me up. Not my finest moment.
Needless to say, I didn’t get the job. But as they say, everything happens for a reason, and I went on to travel the world by way of P&O Cruises, as an Assistant Purser, for 4 ½ very happy years. (I didn’t have to serve a single drink or meal, either!)
And I even got to wear a uniform with a hat!