1st MAY.2011, 21.00, At this very minute i should be in Doha flown there on flight no QR 517 that's Qatar airways 517, there I had to wait 2 hours for my connection flight to Bali Denpasar airport is where my daughter was going to meet me off the plane and we were going to spend a few days together its almost 10 years since I last saw my daughter, but thanks to Thomas cook staff here in Luxor Egypt my plans have been scuttled mainly by lies, 5 days ago quatar air had cancelled the flight QR517, but Thomas cook did try and phone did come to look for me , but I gave them the wrong mobile number and they could not find my address. lets start with the mobile no. I can never remember my no, so I have to look it up in my phone directory first I ask for the number I need to ring .. dail the number so by magic my phone no is implanted to the mobile I need to contact and all I need to do then is press memorize and that number is stored and vice versa he then asks for a name and presto we have each others phone numbers, cant be to many tony in luxor now can there
a very angry Tony on arriving at luxor airport finds out about the cancellation of a flight he had booked, and phoned Thomas cook Mustafa answered the phone and blurted out his lies, and I was getting more and more angry so rather than him making a fool of himself and more to the point umwaa. I walked out of the airport . with some very bemused police I had just entertained with my broken Arabic questions , they must have thought the stupid man had come a day or two to early. realizing my mistake I left the airport terminal in a hurry to save any more embarrassment . 30 le to the airport from luxor so I flagged a taxi down and another one came stopping with screeching brakes. he jumped out of his vehicle and started shouting at the driver I had stopped, me i was off down the road, bollocks to more hassle . i intended to walk half a kilometre and get a service bus that will cost 1 le into the city centre, then this other screeching of brakes. jump in he said this car was first in line, 30 le i said luxor centre , OK he said , then as if by magic this taxi driver had lost his English where go he asked. after 8 years I know the game, and its time to play games back.
as the driver turned to take the longer 100le route to the centre of Luxor. all was nice and quiet not been on this route for a long time so enjoyed the scenery
not in any hurry to get back and have a face to face with the liar from Thomas cook, this route is about 10 k longer than the direct route to the centre of Luxor. so i knew there was more agro coming from this driver. on arriving at the Isis hotel that's 2 kilometre from my flat. the driver again asked where i go. well i said is this the centre of luxor. yes it is. the new governor of luxor has moved things about has he is he another samir faraq, i asked. the only thing the driver understood was samir faraq,
he is in jail I was told in Arabic, yes i know, you should also be in jail , I said. OK where you go , HANY WAHIB SHOP, YOU KNOW HANY WAHIB SHOP OH YES" HE SAID.
AS WE HEADED INTO THE CENTRE OF TOWN WHICH WAS A DIRECT ROUTE TO MY FLAT HE MADE ANOTHER TURN TOWARDS THE STATION.
NO POINT IN GETTING CROSS ITS JUST WHAT THESE PEOPLE LIKE, MAKES A MEANING TO THEIR BORING DAY. AFTER A FEW MORE TURNS WE ENDED UP BY THE COPTIC CHURCH. NOT HERE I SAID HANY WAHIB SHOP NEAR THE TEMPLE ENTRANCE. AS WE GOT TO THE ROAD THE NEAREST ROUTE TO THE AIRPORT, THIS BUGGER WAS ABOUT TO TURN RIGHT HEADING BACK TO THE AIRPORT, NO NOT kARNAK TEMPLE. REMEMBER i ASKED FOR LUXOR CENTRE 30LE.
YES HE SAID , well this is luxor centre as I got out of the car a making sure my bag was also out I gave him the thirty, 100le he shouted as i slammed the door shut, goodby
I said, and i heard another screeching of tyres. must have burnt a good 30 le off between all the 3 lots of screeching he did. by the time i got in my flat it was 6.30. drop the bags off and just enough time to get to Thomas cook office for a showdown, no point in leaving it until the morning as agreed on the phone from the airport. by then morning staff would be on and no bugger would have a clue as to what i was there for, on entry in the office a very worried Mustafa was confronted by a very angry Welshman, while in the taxi I went through what exactly was said when i decided to buy my travel tickets to Bali,
what's with all these fukin lies mustafa, what with sheihk tyeb the judges, lawyers and police lying its enough being lied to without a travel company such as Thomas cook lying, you can save all the lies for those first time tourists , But Mr Tony not our fault, never is I said, so whose fault is it , Qatar , oh no i said you knew this flight had been cancelled days ago, do you not think I had a right to know before i got to the airport, and again the bastard lied, saying I gave him the wrong number, oh I said so why did you not send someone to my flat 5 minutes walk from here, You gave us wrong address, to make it worse he said , we send someone to your address but you gave wrong address, well I said opposite my front door there is a furniture painting shop outside there is a very nosy man all he does is sit guard to the shop. I asked him seeing you already said i give you the wrong address, anybody look for Mr Tony . no he said. and i said I gave you my address from a bank letter my visa card came in . how did the bank get my visa to me if its the wrong address, no answer came, he made a few calls. and said come back at 9.30 in the morning and we go see Qatar air office , first i said can you get me to Bali on the 3rd, yes he said another lie, there are no flights until the 4th, look it up before we waste any more time, I will be here at 9.00 just to collect my money plus compensation,
now he tried to get hold of his manager, while doing so I told Mustafa of all the problems i had,, You Mr Tony from the hotel west bank, yes I said. then he said a German lady has been looking for you can I give her your telephone no, then his manager phoned to say I can see him in the morning, well that will be nice I said and started to leave, can I give the German lady your number, Yes I said and left.,
as i said the T C office is just around the corner to my flat, just as I got in my flat put a cuppa on the mobile rang, its me she said, not in any mood to have friendly banter with some stranger. I just said" ooh that's nice, the line went quiet so I said how can I help you. its me she said again , without going into what was said, this is the lady the rep from Thomas cook was on about, I wonder how she got my phone number, and all the way from Germany, Thomas cook had just said I gave them the wrong number.
so here i will stay hoping to get my problem sorted out, http://www.westbankhotel.blogspot.com/ ,