It makes me as mad as a snake –

Officials are so on the take

That, of Commonwealth countries, it only is we

Who are needing a visa Great Britain to see,

Where we used to go unconditionally!

The forms are a pain to fill in,

And all just because of the sin

Of those dishing out passports and similar stuff

To Bin Laden himself, if he’d just paid enough!

As, on such corruption, no one would get tough,

We now this reality face:

We’re viewed as a criminal race!


A good portion of yesterday was occupied in filling in visa applications for an impending invasion on our Elder Daughter and her fam damily, and in answering numerous questions. Very many of these had several possible answers but you were only given a choice of two. I suppose one has to take the option closest to the truth?


Then we took our Toyota submarine to attend the appointment where they take in all the documents, and where they suck your soul out through your fingers and through a glass circle on the wall. They then keep it as security, even after you return. They call this ‘Collection of Biometric Data’.


Young R was given a jigsaw puzzle track and a wind-up car after ballet today. I fiddled for a while and couldn’t make head or tail of it. A few minutes later she called me proudly ‘I’ve finished it; come and see, come and see!’ She had, too. Perfectly. Now I’m wondering if she’s particularly clever, or I’m particularly dim?

With Durban as cold and wet as it is, I shudder to think how it feels inland! Here is a picture of Sister-in-Law’s pool which, like ours, has been treated to a free automatic top-up.

© July 2011 Colonialist (Letterdash/WordPress)

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. adeeyoyo says:

    My sympathies to you, Col. I never completed my endeavours to get a British Passport and now, with all my mishaps, I doubt if I will ever succeed! The red tape was never-ending!


  2. How annoying even confuzzled by a puzzle! I don’t think you’re dim probably just suffering from form filling fatigue 😀


  3. Tilly Bud says:

    As ex-pats, we had to buy re-entry visas to holiday abroad. That’s when we discovered we were South African citizens. We had been naturalized but the gvt had not bothered to inform us 🙂


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