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I am a writer, editor, reviewer and dance teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. I trained in piano and singing at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. I also trained in dance (Scully-Borovansky, WAAPA) and drama (NIDA). Since 1987 I have been writing reviews of performances in all genres for a variety of publications, including Music Maker, ArtsWest, Dance Australia, The Australian and others. Now semi-retired, I still write occasionally for the ArtsHub website, and I still teach dance at Trinity School for Seniors, an outreach program of the Uniting Church in Perth. You might enjoy my books - The Dagger of Dresnia, the first book of the Talismans Trilogy, is available at all good online book shops. Book two, The Cloak of Challiver, will be available again shortly. Book three, The Seer of Syland, is in preparation.

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Monday, 14 September 2009

A wobbly landing

Hurrah - I'm back in Perth! After a pleasant few days in Adelaide, catching up with friends and rellies, I flew into Perth on Thursday night - in the middle of the most godawful storm the city's seen in quite a while. We had head winds all the way across the Nullarbor, so we were already late when we began our descent.

Head winds aside, the weather at 30,000-odd feet was delightful, with clear sunny skies all the way. But the descent was something else. The cabin crew made a point of checking the emergency exits were clear and that we had all read the emergency instruction cards. They made a joke of it, but their faces were grim. We soon found out why - the poor plane shuddered and juddered and rocked and bounced its way down through layer after layer of cloud into drenching rain, and more than rain. Those witches from The Scottish Play had a hand in that storm, I reckon. I've flown into Perth many times but never before has a descent been so protracted - or so uncomfortable. When we finally hit terra firma (gently, I should add there!) the cabin attendants led us in a round of applause for the flight crew. The relief on all their faces was plain to see as we exited the plane.

Because I've been on the road this week and haven't quite settled down in Perth yet, I thought I'd post links to some of my favourite history blogs. Yes, cheating, I know, but I promise a "proper" post next time:-) And if you have any interest in history you'll love these.

At http://houseoffame.blogspot.com/ Geoff Chaucer hath penned a few words on the economique downturne and the use of Twittre for broadcastinge the lawes of Engelond. And at http://lostfort.blogspot.com/ you will always find a selection of wonderful photos by blogger, writer and history buff Gabriele Campbell

Climate change? Nothing new, apparently. Check out this post on Alianore's blog to learn about the weather in the early C14. And while you're there, be sure to read this screamingly funny one in which every badly-done-by queen in history tells her tale of woe to her support group. The comments are well worth reading, too!

See you next week, or maybe on Facebook in between. Be well and happy meantime.

8 comments:

glenda larke said...

Wow, scary. One wonders if the alternate airport had been a tad closer, if they would not have gone there...

And the links you gave are great!

Satima Flavell said...

The only time that's happened to me was the one time I flew from Wellington to Nelson. It waws a similarly difficult landing - and in a much smaller, scarier plane. After half a dozen failed approaches the pilot gave up and went to another airport, from which it took three hours by bus to get back to Nelson. By that time we'd missed the connection and had another long wait.

At least there wasn't a Noramly on board or we'd probably all have lost our luggage:-)

glenda larke said...

Lol!

2write said...

Wow, I can't believe I never found this blog before.

Nice to see you on Blogger.com as well.

:-)

Best Wishes,
Ujjwal Dey
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Satima Flavell said...

Hey Ujjwal, will visit you!

Fiona Leonard said...

Glad you finally made it down! It's always a bit nerve racking when the crew are looking terrified!

Satima Flavell said...

Sure is, Fiona. Worth it to be back in Perth though:-)I hope I'm still here when you guys get back, too!

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