It is still raining and other than mooching around the area we didn’t move far from the hotel as when we were reading the newspaper at the Crowne Plaza a couple of excited guests informed us that they are moving back to the Crowne as they have heard of the $100 compensation. I duly went back to our room, rang Virgin and they confirmed $100 compensation per person per day, but didn’t seem sure. I asked them to email me with the details as confirmation (they haven’t so far). I also rang Cruise1st to ask whatb it would cost to move back to the Crowne, they said they could book us in for 96 pound a day which was their discounted travel agency rate ( calculate this to be 1800 pounds approx. as opposed to 300+ approx. at the Ibis) just let them know by email and they will do it for us. We are still at the Ibis as all this has to be done up front and I prefer to pay the latter if Virgin decide not to compensate as my travel insurance only covers up to 500 pound on cancellation. Some people have moved back to the Crowne, but some have stayed. We went out for dinner with a couple from Newcastle last night. His wife has Parkinson’s desease (we think) and had a nice time. Afterwards, Sue and I watched a programme on the Tv about the Chinese Earthquake, it was very similar to our Children in Need Appeal programme and quite interesting to watch. Afterwards I started to read one of Sue’s books and surprisingly found it quite absorbing (I am getting worried). I got up early this morning for breakfast and left Sue in bed. Sue has just come down so will have to finish. we are planning to take the Metro into the Old part of Town, I wonder if we will make it?