When John Barnes walked in to the Eastern & Oriental Hotel lobby he looked at me and this was the conversation:
“Mr. Barnes, welcome to the E&O Hotel, I am Michael Saxon the General Manager”.
“Where are you from Michael?”
“I am from Harrogate in Yorkshire.”
“I guess you support Man U then?”
“Actually I am a Leeds supporter.”
“Oh dear that’s even worse than I thought.”
It was as if I had known him for 30 years, he is a wonderful, friendly, funny and genuine chap and it is a pleasure to have him in our hotel….even though he is a Liverpool FC fella!
P.S. Yes I know, I have to trim down my tummy, I am going to work hard to get rid of it when our new hotel, “The Lone Pine” opens soon. It’s actually the loose fitting shirt that makes it look worse than what it is