The Arrival

The Meeple Letters

Horizon from plane The edge of the atmosphere looks so charming at this time of the year.

Dear…

Western Australia, I will concede, has its wonders.

Its proximity to the rest of the civilized world is not one of them.

Singapore Airlines did its best to lessen the pain of travel but it could not have reckoned on the man in front of us (I think he was Swiss but I don’t know why) who spent the entire journey demanding special treatment for having to endure the shocking conditions. (He had  paid extra to have a seat the front of economy he informed the airline hostesses and anyone else who cared to listen.)

This poor victim had been knocked, bumped or brushed against twenty seven times. (He had counted). His foot had been maliciously run over by the food cart five times. The last time I saw him place his foot directly in…

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