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This month, Lucy Madden wonders why does the airport experience have to be so unpleasant ? But the trains are no better - and as for the experiences of overseas visitors over-70s wishing to hire a car…
This month, Lucy Madden describes some of the increasingly unreasonable behaviour of demanding guests - observing that ‘the accumulation of wealth and power seems to go hand in hand with rudeness and often, inexplicably, meanness’.
This month, Lucy Madden speaks for us all - on the dread topic of calorie-counted menus - and has some sensible tips on meaningful menus too. (Ken Buggy’s quirky drawing shown here, has been pinned up in the Guide’s office for many years by the way…)
This month Lucy Madden says it will be a sad day when Mother Nature is not enough, and a place must be theme-parked to attract visitors. A perfect day. They so rarely occur, but imagine sitting under a cloudless sky, sharing a picnic with loved ones, perched on a hillside and watching the little fishing boats as they chug around Strangford Lough and the lazy trawl of the ferry as it makes its way, to and fro
This month Lucy Madden questions whether Irish food is really getting better - saying that, in rural Ireland, a good meal at a reasonable price is hard to find. It was a recycled wine bottle filled with a brownish liquid lurking on the table that alerted us to the fact that all was not well. We were a party of 8, meeting for lunch in a restaurant in the Midlands and, having pre-booked, arrived at the venue to see that we were the only customers there.
A timely piece from Lucy Madden about the ideal level of 'friendliness' in restaurants - just when we are concentrating our own efforts on addressing complaints from many of our assessors about staff who fail to engage with customers. Pleasing everyone may not be an option, in Lucy’s view.
This month Lucy Madden enlists Santa’s help to make our green and pleasant land can become a more attractive place to live and to visit
This month Lucy Madden considers what an 80 year old friend calls 'romantic Ireland' - but, while mourning the passing of so much that was unique about this country, she also finds its spirit flourishing anew in unexpected places
Lucy Madden considers those who admit that they do not like holidays - and there are more of them (us?) than you might think
Lucy Madden considers ‘deception’, in various intriguing forms. In a desperate but undisputedly mean-spirited way I booked a lunch-time table for twelve at a restaurant of which I am particularly fond and visit as often as I can.