Warning: Tony Parsons bothering strangers at Heathrow for next week

2 August 2011

_54379896_012583705-1 If you’re a traveller who is using the popular ‘Heathrow’ airport over the next week or so, you should be aware that you might bump into a self-important bloke shuffling about armed with a pen and a notebook.

That’s because novelist and journalist Tony Parsons will be the writer-in-residence at the airport from tomorrow, for a seven-day stay. He’ll be spending the week roaming around the terminals, talking to travellers and staff before writing a collection of short stories inspired by his findings.

Parsons mused: “Airports are places of extreme emotion where people come and go and experiences begin and end. Often when we travel we find ourselves in such a hurry to get to our end destination that we fail to appreciate the individual stories and moments happening before us.”

It’s an interesting idea and it makes us feel exactly the same as when the lads from Little Britain did that Come Fly With Me series – a little bit sick. As you might be if Parsons comes up and tries to talk to you just as you’ve realised that your flight to Magaluf has been delayed for six hours.

Inspired by Parsons, your correspondent will later today become the writer-in-residence at the post office in The Galleries shopping centre in Washington, Tyne and Wear, as he pays for his slightly-overdue road tax renewal. His stint will last about five minutes unless there’s a queue and he might produce a pencil drawing of his experiences at some point in the future.

TOPICS:   Travel

5 comments

  • Marky M.
    "...where people come and go and experiences begin and end. Often when we travel we find ourselves in such a hurry to get to our end destination that we fail to appreciate the individual stories and moments..." Hats off to you Tony for getting such an easy gig, but has there ever been such a load of wank written than that?
  • Dick
    Well if he asks me where I am going, I'll tell him I am off to Vietnam to follow in the footstps of my hero Paul Gadd.
  • SgtMunky
    ''slightly-overdue raod tax renewal'' Tut tut!
  • Andy D.
    @SgTMunky - congratulations on making it to the end of the piece. Typo amended.
  • Zleet
    Is the Galleries still around? Last time I went there was fifteen years ago and it was rough as fuck then.

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