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My visit to the 25th ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam started with a lesson: when flying, always use a large enough handbag – one that can carry the laptop but still be zipped up. For this trip I’d opted for a smaller than usual bag, which fell over during take-off and shot my passport under my seat. It’s all very well feeling pleased that you’ve been one of the first off the plane and may well make it to the front of the taxi queue before your fellow travellers, but completely useless when you can’t get through passport control…
I’m not sure who will have been most embarrassed: me emptying my bag in full view of the rest of those who’d flown out from Gatwick - clearly having lost that important document, or John Austen having to claim a very girly suitcase from the carousel, as I waited with other potential ‘undesirables’ at the security desk for my passport to be found by the cleaners and brought to me!
Consequently, we were at the back of the queue for taxis and now even behind the Birmingham flight passengers; although chatting to our friends Hannah and Bal from Unger while queuing and during our cab ride, took our minds off the fact that we were running late for the show and would be missing the Innovation Awards ceremony.
Luckily the very able marketing team from Amsterdam RAI have produced a press release about the event, which means we are able to bring you the results of the Awards…
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7th May 2014