We arrived home bang on time after a great flight with SAA. I'm still annoyed it wasn't with Virgin as there was no entertainment on the flight and Virgin promise loads of the stuff. Just to add insult to injury, a Virgin jet landed at Cape Town from London 8 minutes after us. Never mind.
Whilst dropping the bags off in Heathrow, I asked the lady at the check-in desk if we could move from the very back of the plane to the middle and she very kindly gave us a row of four seats to ourselves. This was great as it meant Joel could really stretch out and have a good sleep. In fact Joel was a star the whole way and even the flight staff commented on how good he was and I was amazed when he ate the chicken curry for dinner.
Early on in the flight Joel asked if could listen to my MP3 player so I let him and we entered into a discussion as to what he could listen to. Joel wanted David Gilmour's live version of Comfortably Numb with David Bowie but I didn't have that. I offered him some Roger Waters Live or a bit of Paul Weller and he settled for Waters version of Shine On You Crazy Diamond. The woman behind us had heard our conversation and leant over to enquire whether she'd heard right as she was amazed a child so young could know such quality music. My boys make me very proud!
We had a great time in Blighty. I was able to get done the job I set out to do and in the end had a bit of free time for the last day and a half. Joel got to spend quality time with some of the most important people in his life, especially Grandad & Sal as well as other friends and family members
All in all a great and worthwhile trip!