Sunday, September 10, 2006

A scanned bag and a Customs Officer at Nadi

Customs Officer: Now what have we here sir? What are those bottles?
Traveller: Five bottles of kura.
Customs Officer: And what about these?
Traveller: Four cakes of soap.
Customs Officer: And these?
Traveller: Three rolls of film.
Customs Officer: And?
Traveller: Two strings of beads.
Customs Officer: And? Now, that one is banned.
Traveller: Only one pair of scissors!
Customs Officer: Take that out. The rest are okay. We’re in Nadi and you're going to Melbourne, but if you were going to America, the kura would have to go.


Blogger The Moody Minstrel said...

Airline security has become paranoid to the point of being preposterous, and I'm sure the terrorist groups are having a good laugh about it.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

On the TV they are talking about five years on since September 11th - that awful, obscene event that shocked us so much. Politicians are saying we are safer now than before, but I think that fear has become the norm and it is much worse. We have to overcome this view of the world and try to walk gently without viewing people who seem different as a threat.

2:42 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

That;s a nice tale and picture to go with it.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

There's another story about a bag -a very strong solid looking briefcase. At the Malau wharf, waiting for a boat to go to Mali, Peceli put a box of groceries, as gifts, down on the side of the road with his precious briefcase,and paid the taxi. Meanwhile a wholesaler's truck backed without the driver looking and crunched the briefcase and groceries. What a sorry mess the groceries and briefcase were, and things crushed including a film once round, now square.(It actually was printed later). Well, Peceli didn't want the guy to get into trouble so he just let it be. Maybe the frozen chicken flew in the air and survived though.
The briefcase came all the way back to Geelong and I only realized how awful it looked when I picked up the square film to take to Camera House.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

OK, is Kura sake or beer?

So sorry that Peceli's briefcase got squished - a very unpleasant surprise!

11:56 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Ha ha! No, kura is a kind of herbal medicine which is made from a strange little fruit. Peceli met a family in Labasa who are making it as a small commercial enterprise and it's sold in health food shops. Supposed to be excellent for health. It's called noni also, which is the Polynesian name.
A squished briefcase -yes. But he left his brand new one in Geelong, a gift from a friend in Melbourne. He wanted the 'hardy' one for his holiday trip!

1:08 AM  

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