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05 December 2009 @ 04:22 pm
The travels of Brammers, part 1  
(Regular readers of this journal will say, 'But Brammers, you're always travelling, so the subject of this post is not as specific as it could be.' To them I say: 'Oh yes, NOW you're brilliant on details, but where were you when I was making appalling typos in fics half of you read?')

Sydney Airport is one of my least favourite airports. The people who work here are generally pleasant, the travellers who pass through it, on the whole, delightful. But the airport itself has a ring of … underservicing money-grubbing bastardry? Yes, that's the ring. This comes as no surprise when one considers the airport is owned by Macquarie, a group who describe themselves as 'wealth creators' and 'the millionaires' factory'. I describe them as GFC creators and irresponsible over-chargers who wouldn't know an appropriate salary if it fell on them.

Macquarie is one of the poster-companies for socialising risk and privatising profits, so it will come as no surprise that they are currently a bit, well, stuffed in the current financial climate. While this affords me a certain Schadenfreude, it means that Sydney Airport is filled with construction hoardings, since upgrades have slowed to a near-halt. I am sitting facing one now, it is not the most romantic sight in the traveller's world.

However, I have kissed Mr B and the kittens au revoir, I am possessed of all the possessions I require: I have MANY things to hand over to others, which will allow me to purchase a few things for myself so the suitcase is not foolishly empty on the return trip. I am a few steps closer to being sorted for every stage of my trip, and the first call for boarding has just been made.

So, travels ready to begin! If only I weren't coming down with a cold. Fingers crossed a good sleep and 1L of Evian water will see it off.
prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on December 5th, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
Buon viaggio, cara!
Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on December 5th, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)
Ah, Brammer's travelogue. It is such a pleasure to read. ...wouldn't know an appropriate salary if it fell on them. made my morning. And don't I know companies like this!

Safe travels!!!
Jamfranalan on December 5th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
I hope you have a good flight xxx
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on December 5th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
*pathetically contemplates if you could throw out some goodies from an exit hatch while crossing over my place ... flush it in plastic bag perhaps*
pioniepionie on December 5th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
How exciting! Have a great trip. I thought Sydney airport was lacking on tasty affordable food options when I was there (ages ago though, in 2003 so maybe it has improved).