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British Airways Executive Lounge, Gatwick airport

"Not everyone wants alcohol before a long flight. How about bending the mighty intellect and providing tea?" - Peggy Pedley, Newark

"The service is super, but the lack of information on the flight to Marseille is not acceptable" - Anon

"Excellent: sandwiches available. A great improvement" - Dr D J Chadwick, Bromley.

Bargain of the week

If you have not visited the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, now is a good time to go. To mark Museums Week, which starts today, the museum (0171-379 6344) is offering a two-for-the-price of one deal. Adults paying pounds 4.50 admission can take a second person for free to enjoy the numerous delights of transport - like the chance to "drive" a tube train. The offer runs until 30 June.

Trouble spots

Advice from our woman in the Foreign Office:

Iran: Take care not to offend Islamic codes of dress or behaviour. Photography near military and government installations is prohibited.

There have recently been a number of cases of tourists being asked for identification by bogus policemen, who have then made off with the visitor's wallet and currency. Keep passports away from other valuables. Register with the British Embassy in Tehran (675011), and consult at once should problems arise.

Ecuador: Use only border crossings at Huaquillas or Macara as others may be mined. There has been an increase in violent crime throughout Ecuador. Avoid night-time travel.

Sri Lanka: Fighting is continuing in the north and east. Do not visit these areas. Visitors should exercise extreme caution in public places, particularly in Colombo, and minimise time in the city. The south and centre, including all the main tourist areas and the cultural triangle, remain largely unaffected. Further information may be obtained direct from the British High Commission in Colombo (00 94 1 437336).

Foreign Office travel advice is available on 0171-238 4503; on BBC-2 Ceefax page 564 onwards; and on the Internet at