I must use this line

I was just chilling with my sister, chatting while we vaguely watched a programme about the immigration desk at an airport in Australia. A man was pulled aside for questioning because he seemed very vague about his travel plans, he had a return ticket booked for two months hence, but said he was only staying for two weeks. Immigration officers thought he might be planning to work illegally. They questioned him about who he knew in the country, who he was travelling with, had he enough money. He knew no-one, he said, he was travelling alone.

“I’m a lonely rider,” he said.

What a wonderful turn of phrase… a lonely rider, conjures up so many images…. I must use it in my writing… unless you do first!

10 Comments

  1. Val Mills

    Aussie has really strong immigration and entry laws. They do a good job of eliminating illegal workers, as well as food and drugs, coming into the country. Unfortunately not many interviewed are really lonely riders at all 🙂

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    1. Lois

      He did – and stayed for the time he said he would and returned home on time! I hope he had a good holiday after having difficulties at the beginning!

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      1. Mjollnir

        I think I’ve seen this programme where the customs dudes in Oz behave like the fourth Reich! Not sure how representative that is or is it just ‘good TV’? Anyway glad our chum was accepted and viva Australia. 😀

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