Sydney papers are reporting that Jetstar flight attendants warned passengers just before landing that dog were on hand at the Sydney airport to sniff out their portable packages of bliss after attending a Gold Coast area "Splendour in the Grass" music festival.
The flight attendants reportedly told flyers to flush whatever they had down the aircraft's toilets rather than face the music at airport arrivals.
The announcement was confirmed and apologized for by the airline but some passengers who availed themselves of the warning told press they were happy the airline cared enough to keep them from going to the dogs.
Last night we were treated to a 92nd Street Y premiere and after screening chat of the new Outlander Starz cable series.
If you don't know it Outlander is kind of like 50 Shades of Grey or Twilight for the 30-40 something historical fiction set: lots of "d'ye want me to thow you over my kilt clad manly shoulder or d'ye want to walk," time travel, costumes and a plucky heroine.
It's a hugely popular series that has now made it to screen. We asked author Diana Gablaldon if she thought the new series (which looked like a hit last night from the mile-long lines around the venue) would spike tourism to the show's locations in Scotland.
"There's already a lot of Outlander tourism and dedicated tours on the books themselves," she told us. The author, who has been to Scotland "over 20 times" expects that the Starz show will bring more fans to the auld country but that the line between those who love the books and those who come because they love the show will be as thin as the one between the past and present in the Outlander series.
Meanwhile, move over Merida. Scottish tourism has a new screen poster girl and her name is Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe).
If you're loving and missing your Downton Abbey friends this summer, get thee to the Adirondack Museum this summer.
"Mountain Downton" as its fondly known by curatorial staff is a fabulous museum that lets you walk back in time to the age when the Shirley MacLaine American side of the Downton clan would travel to the Adirondacks to get back to nature, gilded age-style.
The trip would include first class accommodations upstate in your private railway car (see images above). The museum has its own original First Class car that you can walk into--imagining you're traveling with your Vuitton luggage in tow.
The museum also has original outfits from the era (check out the fur coats for the winter arrivals), sleighs, steamer trunks, full sized carriages, cars and many other accoutrements of the Golden Age of being rich.
Traveling upstate also gives you the opportunity to take a bite out of local foods just as the Gilded Agers would have done. Driving up to the museum you'll see kiosks marked Taste New York where you can sink your teeth into local apples, peaches and fresh baked breads along with one of Northern New York's biggest liquid asset--pure Maple Syrup.
All in all a weekend getaway that will warm the cockles of your Downton-deprived heart--at least until the show starts up again after summer has long departed.