24 Sep '11, 10pm

Commentary: Air travel - a lovely way to make lifelong friends you'll never see again

I could feel his shifty little eyes darting back and forth in my direction before the man in the seat next to me actually turned and spoke. It was not unlike a little ferret peeking out from behind a bush, too shy to say hello but accustomed enough to humans not to run away. "Are you ... visiting Singapore?" he finally asked, rather shakily, clearing his throat between "you" and "visiting" as if "Singapore" were a suggestive word. "No, I live there," I answered, fighting the urge to feed the little fella a handful of pellets from my pocket. "Ah," he nodded vigorously before pausing long enough, I'm guessing, to recite his favourite Shakespearean soliloquy in his bald head. "That's nice." And so began our 12-hour-long scintillating conversation 40,000ft up in the air. ("I like noodles," he offered at one point. "Singapore has good noodles.") I was hoping for a sudden drop i...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Columns/Speakeasy/EDC110925-00...

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