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Girlahead has already shared her challenges, pre-flight, of her trip from London Heathrow to Boston, but Charles Oak – above – GM of THE LONDONER, had an even worse experience. American Airlines were unaware of latest regulations, did not allow ‘dozens’ to board, he was held back until a flight 10 hours later, when he could only fly Economy. But, typically Oak-style, he already recalls first that, during those waiting hours, he had a late breakfast in the Gordon Ramsay restaurant, airside at Heathrow Terminal 5, and GORDON RAMSAY WAS SERVING, PERSONALLY. Charles Oak, who has known Ramsay for years, ended up sharing an English fry-up with the chef. (Think of the smell of frying eggs and bacon – and think, too, of the current inhouse aroma at The Londoner, which evokes smells of some of the nearby churches, say St Martin’s in Trafalgar Square.)

Charles Oak is now with Girlahead in Boston for the global conference of Preferred Hotels & Resorts – READ ABOUT IT IN DAYS TO COME. It’s at the marvellous ENCORE AT BOSTON HARBOR, really a hot venue at the moment.  The 2021 Global Wellness Summit will be taking place here 30th November to 3rd December. The Summit is themed “A New New Era in Health & Wellness”–and speakers include Chip Conley, and Dr. Varda Shalev, Maccabi Healthcare Services’ Maccabitech research and co-founder of artificial intelligence (AI) startup, Alike Health. Learn about healthcare transformation.

TRANSFORM YOUR OWN LIFE, BACK HOME, is a new message from Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Yesterday, Kristin Ruble, MOHG’s SVP Brand and Experience Marketing, launched Shop M.O. online shopping. Buy hotel bedding and spa products plus bespoke gifts from individual hotels. The range includes tea sets from Bangkok, kimonos from Japan, and autographed cookbooks: there are also partner products (say, Orlebar Brown).  GIRLAHEAD FINDS THE WEBSITE EASY TO NAVIGATE, AND ENTICING. Christmas presents, here we come.

Let us finish today by hearing that momentarily-frustrated traveller, Charles Oak. Here he is: