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Lobby Bar – May 15: Shakespeare, Dark Shadows, and Hungarian Horntails

The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Mother of Dragons. American Airlines retired its last Boeing 767-200 as part of the switchover to smaller, narrow-bodied dragons. “Dragons are more fuel-efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and frankly, they’re in right now”, said Daenerys Targaryen, a spokesperson for the airline.
Slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Karin Sun visits Copenhagen and takes a ride in Jesse’s time machine …

Lobby Bar – May 9: Buster Keaton, Putting on the Ritz, Monty Python, and Crackpot Inventors

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Nap time.  Airlines have equipped their long-haul aircraft with lie-flat beds, writes Jonathan Spira.  The next frontier will be a bit trickier, however, as some airlines are moving to offer in-plane parking and at-home drop-off as new features, the latter accomplished with several large parachutes.
The suite life.  As lie-flat beds on planes became common, two Gulf …

Lobby Bar – May 1: Danish Existentialism, Rosebud, Meatloaf, and Spaceley Sprockets

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Paradise by the Dashboard Lights. Paul Riegler checked into the Hotel Skt. Petri in Copenhagen. At last report, he was said to have found the sparse Danish modernism so inspiring that he is still locked in the room, listening to Carl Nielsen symphonies while nursing a bottle of akvavit and studying the collected works of Søren …

Lobby Bar – April 24: Madame Pompadour, Good Vibrations, and We No Speak Americano

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We are sinking! We are sinking!  Jonathan Spira flies Alitalia’s Magnifica Class to Rome but finds himself in the middle of a Fellini-esque Volkswagen commercial.  He was last seen disembarking from the Airbus A330 muttering “13 ore in auto e senza musica.”
A guilder for your thoughts. Paul Riegler flies KLM Europe Business class for the first …

Lobby Bar – April 18: Elysian Fields, Israeli Chocolates, and the Curse of the Gypsy

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The pearly gates. Jonathan Spira tries to visit the AA Flagship Lounge at LAX. He is finally able to gain entry after battling a Minotaur, solving the Sphinx’s riddle, and proving his virtue to Saint Peter by finding the Holy Grail.
Goldthrottle. Editorial team members Paul Riegler, Jeremy del Nero, and Daniel Berg go to the New …

Lobby Bar – April 11: Motorcycle Maintenance, Downton, High Fashion, and Detained Editors

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The butler did it.  Jonathan Spira returns from an extended stay in England, departing Heathrow from Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Wing and flying in Upper Class.  In other news, U.S. immigration officials reported the detainment of a travel magazine editor for trying to smuggle through a butler in his luggage.
Come away with me.  Paul Riegler discovers …

Lobby Bar – March 28: Casino Royale, Rach Music, and Oscar Nominations

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Lost in Time and Space.  Jonathan Spira uses Jesse’s time travel machine after checking into the Hotel Bristol in Warsaw and finds himself playing the piano with Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who immediately proclaims him to be the next Sergei Rachmaninoff … oh never mind, it was just a dream anyway.
Roman Holiday. Jeremy Del Nero spends a …