The in-flight service of aeroplanes is, well, slipping, to say the least. Where once an 8.30 flight might have meant something reasonable for breakfast, I doubt it now. That means that breakfast is to be had before leaving and so it is. At 6.12am, it is breakfast while packing and thinking about the conference forthcoming.
|Pre-departure breakfast, |
About seven of our contingent were on this flight so with some time still available before registration, we head to the hotel and then on to the venue, ANU's University House. We've enough time to head down the road to the cafe at the national film and sound archives building and a good chance for everyone to discuss the matters as hand. Even the views amongst our small group suggest it is going to be an interesting few days.
|Arrival, at 6.12pm|
By evening, we're back to the hotel where the council dinner is being held. It is one of those quaint seventies refurbished hotels out on Northbourne; it has probably passed through the hands of countless multinational hotel chains; it is a bit tired but it is adequate.
Of course, under the influence of reds and whites, the placing of pieces continues in an 'informal' but as we operatives know, 'key' way...it is in these ways the deals get done, not unrelated to what I am to speak to my colleagues about tomorrow. And this being Canberra, inevitably the same sorts of deals are being played out further down the road, across the lake, probably in and around Kingston, my spiritual place in Canberra. The games being played there however, have bigger stakes in a way. It's about the nation's leadership.
Still, education matters, we're told...we need to solve those problems too.