The hotel janitor in Tunisia who didn't have us in stitches
Sunday 17 August 1997
A 1988 stamp for Tunisia reminds Lorraine of the worst holiday she and husband Steve have had. "We went on a cheapo deal. We had food poisoning and it was ghastly. Steve had had an accident before we went, and needed some stitches from his eyebrow removed. We went to one of these big hotels with a medical centre, and this guy in a white coat took Steve's stitches out. When we went back the next day with food poisoning a different doctor was sitting there, all gorgeous in classy blue suit, and the guy in the white coat was sweeping the floor - he was the janitor!"
Holiday visits to doctors are routine. "Every time we go away we end up in casualty. Last year we were in Florida - we took our daughter Rosie to Disneyland. Steve got attacked by terrible beasts called 'no see ums' - horrible wee flea-like things - and had to have cortisone injections." A 1987 stamp for Thailand is a reminder of the time Steve banged his head on a boat. "He came out of hospital after having stitches, and I burst out laughing.They'd bandaged his head and tied the spare bandage into a bow, so he looked as though he had these stupid ears. It was hysterical!"
Lorraine's vaccination record shows that she was vaccinated against cholera, polio, yellow fever and tetanus in 1987, when she was being sent abroad to report for TV-AM. Her passport shows she only went to America, but TV-AM liked their employees to be prepared.
Lorraine Kelly presents 'Nine O'Clock Live' and 'Friday Live' for GMTV, and 'The Lorraine Kelly Show' on National Talk Radio, midday-2pm on weekdays
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal to donate entire $32bn fortune to charity
UK weather: Commuters complain of 'hell' in sweltering train carriages as temperatures set to hit 35C
Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
Inside Travel: Greece 2015 Q&A - should we cancel our Greek holiday? Are our flights safe? And what will we be spending there?
The most powerful passports in the world
Westminster Underground station evacuated after suspected fire
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
£33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A global player and world leade...
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are friendly, sociable, ...
£22300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum group is looking for a Payro...
£39,000: ICE ICT: Specific and detailed knowledge and experience of travel sys...