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

Death clauses parents of students are being asked to sign.

Are you a parent of a student? If yes, read this.

If your child is off to university in the next week or so, will they be staying in accommodation supported by a parent’s guarantee?

In theory, a guarantor (the parent) is called upon to make payments to the landlord if the student (the tenant) fails to do so. I have noticed a worrying trend in such documentation for extreme and unfair terms.

Below is an example, taken from a guarantee I was expected to sign in support of one of my children who was entering halls of residence at a university, which will not be named. For now.

This guarantee seeks to put the guarantor (me) on the hook for paying my child’s rent if he does not, as well as an unreasonable and long list of other obligations. The crowning glory in this particular document is that

“The liability of the Guarantor [ i.e. the parent] shall not be affected by:

the Tenant [ i.e. your child] dying or becoming incapable of managing its affairs.”

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Yes, that’s right. If my child dies the landlord still gets paid – for the whole year. This is grossly unfair. It is symptomatic of the greed of certain organisations benefiting from student financing. In this case, the corporate landlord which runs the university’s accommodation.

This is the tip of the documentation iceberg.

Ice cold and heavy handed pursuit of loan debt, unfair processes in the signing of documentation and a general desire to extract as much profit as possible out of my children’s further education are creating a frozen landscape of students’ futures.

In my view the loan arrangements are a political and legal time bomb with many issues including enforceability. It’s a meltdown waiting to happen.

I believe it is important that legal documents which seek to bind our children and us in the provision of their further education be fair. If they are not, they may well not work. Certainly the ones that I have seen would not bind anyone in law.

If you see a death clause like the one above. Do everyone a favour and put a big fat line through it before you sign the document, if you sign it that is.

Here is a film of me doing that:

I’ll be looking at this and more in Legal and Important.