The travel show, at Sydney's number-one tourist trap, Darling Harbour, was heaving with people. Interesting, I thought, given the so-called Global Financial Criss (if Kerry O'Brien can call the war I served in, "so-called", then I can call the GFC s0-called). Perhaps people were wandering around the show picking up brochures in lieu of actually going on holiday - a virtual vacaction, as it were, though with more brochures and less sunburn.
One of the funniest sights I saw was a person dressed in a monkey suit with a sign hanging around his neck saying "I am a snow monkey". He was obviously tired of people mistaking him for a snow leopard.
A few years ago I worked for a PR company that had a client involved in the gaming (ie gambling) industry, so I got to visit the Gaming Expo at Darling Harbour.
I remember showing up one morning to find an attractive young blonde lady wearing hot pants and a tight tank top engaged in a heated debate with a burly security guard of Middle-Eastern appearnce. She had apparently left her show exhibitor's pass at home and the guard wasn't going to let her in unless she bought a ticket to enter.
"But I told you," she said, "I'm, like working here."
"What are you working as?" he asked.
She stamped a stilleto. "I'm a model!"
"Prove it," the guard said.
She rasied her hands and said: "Look at this HAIR!"
At the travel Xpo I met Grommit the Land Rover's mum and dad for the first time and it was refreshing to encounter two people as crazy and Mrs Blog and me. (Grommit is our Land Rover, Tonka's internet friend. He even sent him a get well card when our Land Rover, Tonka, was in hospital getting his heart rebuilt).
Now... grab the beverage of your choice, sit back, and suffer in silence at a little slide show. I've finally moved some more of the pics from our last six-month safari from Mrs Blog's laptop on to mine. If the GFC's got you housebound for the next little while, then join me on a little armchair safari.......
We saw this kitty kat (above) drinking early one morning in Makalali Game Reserve