Concorde Brunch, Wine and Bar Menu and some fond supersonic memories

Concorde. The beast that hung in the sky, glinting metal and defying earthly shackles with its supersonic pace. I never got to fly on Concorde although I was close to it several times at Farnborough Air Show where the aircraft took off and landed metres away. You could weep with its beauty.

As a young lawyer at Clifford Chance, occasionally you’d see Concorde tickets on a partner’s desk. There were rumours of clients staying ahead of the sunset by travelling with Concorde’s unique speed.

At home, when the sky started roaring, the children and I ran outdoors into our Clapham garden, tilting our heads upwards looking for the majestic bird travelling at 1350 mph, more than twice the speed of sound. We played a game of who could see it first. The trick was to look ahead of its noise, about 35 degrees to the right, to spot it. Concorde arced over London in its trail blaze to Heathrow. I bet all over the capital there were families like us awed by its phenomenon.

While working at Airbus in Toulouse, France I had the incredible honour of meeting leading test pilot Brian Trubshaw, CBE, MVO (29 January 1924 – 25 March 2001). Brian was the first British pilot to fly Concorde, in April 1969. A humble and lovely man.

Here are the Brunch, wine and bar menus from Concorde. Which would you choose?

Click on the images to enlarge them. Happy dreaming. 🙂

concorde brunch menu

concorde brunch menu close up

Here are the wine and bar menus:

concorde wines intro

concorde wines champagne and claret

concorde claret

concorde bar service
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Here is Concorde’s last ever landing

Taking off

concorde menus with ticket

A genius funding structure from a Guatemalan village.

500 bales stackedThis exciting funding structure stacks up to blow double dips and structured debt out of the water. It is as close as you’ll get to poetry in motion, legally speaking.

This structure comes from impoverished villagers in Guatemala seeking to lift their lives away from the daily grind of tired survival into a place where life has a future. Trading out of poverty is the only possibility. This seems to be impossible because the villagers do not have a cent to spare to invest in making something to sell. All their money is used for food and that is still not enough. The villagers are so poor they only half function due to lack of nourishment. A lump sum is essential to break this cycle. The sum can be invested in something like a weaving machine, a cooker, seeds, chickens. Then the villagers can weave, bake, grow or sell eggs and lift themselves out of poverty, without dying of hunger first.

Finding a lump sum looks like a gigantum task, doesn’t it?

The villagers devised this funding structure:

The structure

A group of twelve villagers get together.

For a year, every month every villager puts ten dollars* into a pot. Each month this pot stacks up to 10 X 12 = $120*

This stacks up to a significant lump sum, enough to buy an oven, a weaving machine, chickens etc.

Every month one of the group of twelve is given that lump sum. This is repeated until the end of the year when every member of the structure has received a lump sum of $120* and contributed to every other group member getting a lump sum, too.

stubble 600The villagers have transformed their lives. For example, one girl purchased a weaving machine and is now saving up to complete her education and then qualify as a nurse.

No fees, no commissions, no security, and no interest rates. Humbling isn’t it?

This structure is not one I have worked on and never will because the only people this structure needs are mutual donors.

Watch the video here.

Wider application

This structure could be used in western communities too. I think we are ready for it as mass public funding sites like Crowdfunder, PledgeMusic and their surfeit of digital bedfellows tell us. Humanity wants to reach out and help others.


I came across this structure in an American Film ‘Living on One Dollar’ in which two young economic students immerse themselves in rural Guatemala surviving on a dollar a day as the villagers do.

Watch Living on One Dollar on Netflix, featuring Ryan Christoffersen, Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard, and Chris Temple.spending july photo 2.JPG

*theoretical figures to explain the structure