Monday, January 16, 2006

Lost in Transit

Now at Singapore Airport... in the Krisflyer Business lounge dontcha know. The only way to relax between flights. Well, perhaps not the only way, but a good way nonetheless.

Shed more tears as we flew out of Manchester. Emotions all over the place. Suddenly became real that I was leaving my home town, my country, my old life. No sense of new life, dreams or ambitions, just grieving what I've left behind. Anyway. Moving swiftly on...

Claud has had a bit of a crappy journey so far, as she's developed a stinker of a cold, glands up, feeling awful, couldn't sleep on the plane etc. etc. It's usually me that picks up these things just before we go to Oz, so I feel like I've missed out this time somehow. Let's hope it's an omen of good things to come: a change in my luck as I approach the "Lucky Country" [nothing like a pessimistic, miserable and ungrateful old sod is there?].

She's just finishing a book that she stole from Chad, so I've taken the opportunity to post something here, mid-journey. We've filled up on breakfast food: lovely vegetable curry and dosa for me; thank goodness for my completely messed-up body clock which allowed me to enjoy it at 7.30 in the morning. Mmmmm.

Recommended films watched on the journey so far:

1. The Constant Gardener - mixed reviews in the UK, but a bit of a gripper, I thought. A kind of whodunnit and whywhodunnitdiddit.

2. The Edukators - The Daily Mirror appears to think it's a comedy, but I think it's an intelligent and thought-provoking exploration of idealism, lost dreams and that old chestnut, the unforseen crisis when a crime goes awry - a sudden panicked response results in unexpected consequences [think "Shallow Grave"]. O, and it's in German with subtitles, just so I can live up to my reputation as a Film Pseud.

"Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vobei" was the original German title ["Your Days Of Plenty Are Numbered" or, as Babelfish translates it "Fats The Years Are Past", which I think I prefer]. Stars the guy out of "Good Bye Lenin!", Daniel Brühl. O, and talking of German films, if you've not seen "Downfall" or "Der Untergang", you must. A superb dramatisation of Hitler's last days. Not a chick flick or date movie though.

3. Fell asleep to Corpse Bride [so wanted to like it, but found it tedious], and found Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be by some way an inferior re-tread of the classic 1971 "Willy Wonka". You can never go home again, as Thomas Wolfe once said [or had said to him], which seems particularly apt today of all days. I just don't seem to get on with Tim Burton films, to be honest - they always seem like a good idea, but never quite get a hold of me. Nice Michael Jackson turn by Johnny Depp though. Sweeeeet [pun intended].

OK, going into Singapore now... Claud's finished her book and we just have to get away from the sub-porno flick murdered classics "lounge" music they're piping through to us in the errr... lounge.

Only another 10 hours or so here, then 7 or so hours in the air, then the "Hello Gates" at Tullamarine Airport.

Still not sure what I'm feeling, whether I'm ready, where my head's at etc. But I think I've already said enough about that, eh. Pass the onion.


Blogger claudy said...

Am terribly annoyed that Ian has managed coherency at this stage of the trip. I can barely feel my head let alone use it. Must be all the cold medication I'm on but am feeling miserable and disorientated.

Being in a lounge with no windows and hence no real idea what the time is isn't helping matters as my body is pulling me towards sleep and Ian is pulling me towards a day in Singapore.

I know we should get outside. But those sofas look soooooooo comfortable ... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Monday, 16 January, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'd like to say welcome to your new land! (well, not so new to Claud, but you know what I mean. :> ).

Didn't quite know what email address to send to so it's been 'posted'.

Hope you enjoyed 2nd half of flight and have a fantastic time settling in to Oz...remember Orange on Chapel St... say hello to it for me, ta. Jenny x

Monday, 16 January, 2006  
Anonymous bridge said...

guys - missing you already - hope the medication and curry respectively do their jobs - I suggest champagne to celebrate your amazing good decision to head south together.

Tuesday, 17 January, 2006  
Blogger thfc_boy said...

Loved the Jam touch. One of my all time fave songs. Probably put it on every "special Hi Fidelity type" tape I ever did for any girl on my romance radar. Think I might have even taken someones innocence to it in my dark dank past!

These days of course it's all CDRs so be prepared to receive some in the post when you get settled.

Sorry you're struggling with a cold Claudy, think you might have got it off me. Still at least you've got some warm sunny weather to help get rid of it. Me? I've got at least another 2 months of snot and coughs to endure before my spring cold arrives!!

Much love and glad you're still posting.


Wednesday, 18 January, 2006  
Blogger thfc_boy said...

Loved the English Rose reference. Must have put that on every "High Fidelity" type mix tape I ever did for a girl on my romance radar. Think I may have even taken someones innocence with that playing sweetly on the dansette in my dark forgotten past.

Sorry to hear that Claudy is suffering from a cold, which I fear you may have got from me! Still look on the brightside, at least you've got lots of warm and sun to drive it away. Me? I've stil got another 2 months of snot and coughs before my winter cold subsides, just in time for my Easter Flu. Oh happy days. Glad to see you're still posting. Will write again soon. Love ya both.

PS got my own blog space now so watch out!!

Wednesday, 18 January, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


tried to leave a message before you got to Oz, but the thing didn't work.

So...welcome to your new home. Hope the sun is shining!

Remember to buy a coffee for me at Orange on Chapel.

Lots of love Jenny x

Thursday, 19 January, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

come on.... we're in limbo..are you still musing about fond remembered films at the airport or have you seen tullamarine yet! we know you'll need a wee sleep and might have a couple of other things to sort out... but just let us know you've arrived and you're not circling somewhere mid air...

Thursday, 19 January, 2006  
Anonymous bridge said...

where are you?!

Friday, 20 January, 2006  
Blogger ArcticFox said...

funnily enough my friend left huddersfield today for pastures new.... seems everyone is beggaring off abroad!!

Good luck with your new adventure!!


Friday, 20 January, 2006  

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