Just because Steph is back in Australia doesn’t mean she’s given up on sand piracy. Oh, no. Quite the opposite.
Today’s adventures in Southeast Asian writers festivals feature two panels from UWRF, one from SWF, and a broad look at the idea of the construction of space and borders in cities and minds.
Singapore is a tiny island with minimal resources, and so it’s been importing sand for land reclamation for 50 years. At first it purchased from its (poorer) Southeast Asian neighbours; those neighbours have since banned sand exports to Singapore. This has resulted in SAND PIRACY.
If you’ve been following my travel tumblr, you’ll already know a little bit about this, but today’s post here at NA builds on my blogging there and includes SANDING BY for SAND UPDATES so it’ll be a new adventure even for you!
- people who surge towards the train doors as they open and have to be forced to let people off
- bikes on trains at peak hour (travelling with the peak) leaving no room for wheelchairs and mobility scooters
- the smell
- the East West Link
- every single driver, cyclist, tram and pedestrian on Sydney Road who isn’t Liz
- Upfield Line comes only every 20 minutes
- unlit stretches on Upfield Bike Path (obviously the fault of the train line)
- the number of disposable coffee cups abandoned underneath the seats
- people who insist on not getting off the tram till they’ve touched off, in the city centre. DON’T DO THAT
- that time someone yelled at Steph for having her bike on the train (despite it being contraflow and in an empty front section)
- the way people all crowd around the door
- the distance between the platform and the train at brighton beach station
- IT IS NOT RAINPROOF
- ptv’s lack of integration
- giant puddles form a lake between tram and footpath on Sydney Road
- rail infrastructure dates back to 1930s
- the smell
- having to hear ‘dumb ways to die’ four times whilst waiting for your burger from the lord
- that one time someone Steph knows was masturbated against on the tram
- how hard it is to actually report a thing to Metro Trains
- ticket inspectors seem to mostly target young men of colour and the vulnerable or disadvantaged
- twitter last week had a person whose sister was harassed by PSOs at her station
- remember that time they assaulted a teenage girl and then charged her for spitting on them?
- and people who get off then stop stock-still right in front of the doors. I WILL BODYSLAM YOU, PEOPLE, DON’T THINK I WON’T. YOU’RE MORE YIELDING THAN THE TRAM DOORS THAT WANT TO CLOSE BEHIND YOU
- people who insist on staying in the doorway until their myki has registered before they’ll get on the tram. THERE ARE FORTY PEOPLE BEHIND YOU AND WE ALL WANT TO BOARD. SWIPE ONCE EVERYONE’S ON BOARD
- teaching visitors how to myki
- ONLY PLACE IN THE WORLD YOU CAN’T BUY A TICKET BUT YOU CAN GET A FINE FOR A LACK OF TICKET
- THE SMELL
- sitting on a train between north melbourne and southern cross
- sitting on a train between flinders street and richmond
- “the train will be departing shortly” OH WILL IT