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JudyC Feb 13th, 2004 07:50 AM

A note from Ben Haines
Mr Ben Haines has asked me to say that he has asked Fodors Forum mnagers to re-link him to this Forum. There is a glitch, and the software rejects his attempts to log in.

This co-incides with an illness,of two leg ulcers and two inflamed toes,which he says render him less active than he would choose. He says it is a pleasure of the forum that it lets him travel in his mind,although his last actual trip,Slovakia,was in June 2003.

cigalechanta Feb 13th, 2004 07:53 AM

Dear Ben, I hope you are feeling better by the time you read this.

judybarnes Feb 13th, 2004 07:54 AM

Please tell Mr. Haines that I for one miss his generous input! I wish him a speedy and complete recovery and return to vibrant good health.

elberko Feb 13th, 2004 07:55 AM

Oh my, I'm sorry to hear that. I had wondered where he was.

Hope you're feeling better soon, Ben Haines.

Scarlett Feb 13th, 2004 07:58 AM

Oh, Ben, the boards are lonely without you! Sending you many good wishes for better health and better software!
Scarlett ((F))

crepes_a_go_go Feb 13th, 2004 07:58 AM

Hats off to London tourism's most gracious ambassador! Hope you will be joining us again soon. My last London trip was a big success thanks to your postings.

starspinners Feb 13th, 2004 08:06 AM

Ben Haines is a wonderful 'unofficial ' ambassador for London.
Thank you for letting us know why we've not seen his postings lately.
Please convey my wishes that he will soon be bicycling all about town and that a longer trip is in his near future.

flanneruk Feb 13th, 2004 08:09 AM


I was beginning to worry about you.

And why you were still helping the low-lifes on the LP board.

Do get better soon. We need your courtesy badly.

jamikins Feb 13th, 2004 08:25 AM

Feel better soon!!!

janis Feb 13th, 2004 08:53 AM

Ben - get ON those Fodors folks - this forum needs you for all the detailed help you graciously provide.

get well soon!

ira Feb 13th, 2004 08:56 AM

Hi Ben,

I've missed your interesting posts.

Hope you recover quickly.

brookwood Feb 13th, 2004 09:20 AM

I think we all need to get on those Fodors folks if one of their glitches are keeping Ben off. That is almost like taking the eggs out of Easter.

Ben, I am distressed by the news about your health problems. Get well soon so you can resume your travels. And keep giving us the good word on travel.

dovima Feb 13th, 2004 09:27 AM

Dear Mr. Haines, hurry back. I see a time in the very near future where I would once again be a grateful recipient of your sage advice. Best wishes for your recovery.

Kavey Feb 13th, 2004 09:29 AM

Thanks for passing on Mr Haine's message.
I always enjoy reading his posts here and am sorry to hear about his recent health problems.
Hoping he'll be back in our midst again soon.

HeatherH Feb 13th, 2004 09:54 AM

JudyC, please pass yet another "wish you a speedy recovery" on to Mr. Haines, and yes, we all need to get onto the Fodors tech department so they will get him back on! Thanks JudyC!

adrienne Feb 13th, 2004 10:01 AM

Judy - thanks for posting.

Mr. Haines - I'm so very sorry to hear of your health problems. I hope you recover soon. I also hope you'll be back on this board quickly as your posts are always thoughtful (and thought provoking), informative and in-depth.

Best regards,


klondike Feb 13th, 2004 10:12 AM

Say "Ben Haines" and the words gentleman, knowledgeable and bicycle instantly flash into my mind in that order!

Have missed you on the forum. So sorry to hear of your misfortune, but hope things are looking up for you. Continue to get well!

Best Wishes

stormygirl Feb 13th, 2004 10:17 AM

JudyC thanks for letting us know. Please pass along to Ben that we need him back. He is a much missed poster and informer!

Gynna Feb 13th, 2004 10:23 AM

Thank you, Judy, for passing along the message from Mr. Haines! Stan and I are both hoping that you are on the way to healing. You are ceratinly missed by many on this board who check in for your expertise and kindness. We welcome you back when you are able.

Art Feb 13th, 2004 10:33 AM

Thanks for posting the news Judy. I hope that Mr. Haines can get back on soon. I have planed on seeing him on my next trip, which will include London. He is a most gracious gentleman and has such great knowledge of Eastern Europe as well as other areas.

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