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Pete's Europe Tour Blog

Travel Day
13 June 2011

FM Tour Diary: Pete's Europe Tour Blog - Travel Day - 13 June 2011

Woke about about 8.30am and decided I'd go down and have some breakfast. Two poached eggs (cooked to perfection) on toast and bacon, a couple of cups of coffee - €10. I wonder what JK would think... We're meeting at midday in the lobby, dropping off the hire cars and straight to the airport to check in.  

We check in using those self-service machines and I swear it takes twice as long. We're finally good to go and it's off to get something to eat. I've found some free wi-fi, so a quick post on Twitter so you know we're safe and sound, and check email. It's a lovely sunny day now in Dublin. I'm hoping it stays this good here all the rest of the week (find out why later). Our flight is called so we head to the gate. So far this week we've flown British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair and now BMI. We board, take our seats and wait for take-off... and wait... and wait... and wait some more. We're finally airborne. JK is a nervous flyer so he's had a fun week with four flights in as many days.   

We find a review of Saturday's Dublin O2 Arena show in the Dublin Evening Herald, written by Chris Wasser. "FM are nothing more than a glorified pub band." If you disagree I'm sure he's contactable through the newspaper. He's fairly disparaging about the whole night. My recollection was that over 5,000 people in attendance seemed to quite enjoy themselves. Ah well, you can't win 'em all, I won't be losing any sleep over it.  

The plane is on its descent into Heathrow. It's a bit of a bumpy landing and JK is not impressed but we land safely. We've no luggage to pick up so it's straight through, no messing. Steve, Jim and I take the tube back to Ealing. Steve Church is making good time for the gear drop-off at mine so all is good.  

The boys are talking about their plans for the rest of the week.  Mine?  I'm travelling back to Ireland with Suzanne and Freya.  Staying in Crewe tonight and catching a ferry to take us back to Dublin tomorrow. Are drummers mental?  Well it seems highly likely this one is for sure…

It's all Wasser off a duck's back…