Time to actually fulfill some of my
One of which was writing about the Gib airport (s).
The title, by the way, also refers to um, a photo shot weekly thing, but more of that later.
A while ago, I noticed the new airport shooting up, and quickly snapped some pix of the old building which I think is particularly nice.
Back on ItchyFeet, I wrote briefly about the airport:
Gibraltar is the nearest airport in the world to its city. Coming across the frontier into Gib currently involves driving, cycling, or walking across the airport runway. When planes are due to land/take off, the route across the airport is closed leading to queues and delays.
Just so everyone gets the idea of the unique situation here.
Now, the previous government (GSD) in Gib decided to build a new airport at a cost of a very lot of pounds. (Actually it cost 75mill euros – but why in Gib is this price always quoted in euros? I thought we used sterling here? I digress. Back to the expensive plot.)
This was because, apparently, building a new airport would lead to lots more tourists who decide where to go on holiday based on the quality of the airport. There are a handful of flights a day in Gib. Was the cost of millions of pounds for the airport warranted?
The GSLP thought not. But now they are in power, they have to decide what to do with it.
A few more tales about the airport. Apparently on the open day for the public, conveniently held just before the Gib election, unfinished areas were hidden by hoarding.
And the contract for the first two weeks of cleaning the new incomplete airport cost a mere £90,000. I exaggerate. It was £88,281.90. According to the Gib Chron the owners of the firm are two Spanish businessmen. Well, they won’t need to do too much for the rest of the year will they? I could live on £45K a fortnight, even after expenses.
Shame there aren’t any cleaning firms in Gib huh? But wait. There are. So why didn’t they get the tender? Well? Because that is £90,000 that is going out of Gibraltar (less costs) into Spain. Why?
Is there hope for the new airport? Well, it’s pretty. But seriously, do I give a shit? And I would rather the money have been better spent on something that would have helped the vast majority of Gibraltarians. Eg, housing, KGV (mental health), employment for local people etc etc.
I admire the new government for trying to work out the best way to deal with such a white elephant.
So onto hope.
Well Peter Caruana (former chief minister the government, now leader of the GSD opposition) obviously hoped Gib airport was going to be renamed The Peter Caruana Airport.
Hope that someone can retrieve something out of this abyss.
Hope that a Gib cleaning firm might get the contract at some point and not at such a ridiculous price.
A few shots of the airports.
Onto ‘hope’. The weekly inspirational photo thing from wordpress for those of us who can’t think of anything to post.
In fact, the photo accompanying the new subject over on The Daily Post showed a tree/plant/shrub growing in concrete. I have to say as someone who regularly weeds a concrete path that this photo griped me rather than inspired me. Nothing hopeful about anything growing in concrete – it’s all too easy I tell you.
My thoughts along the hope lines, apart from the above airport comments, were more conventional.
Walking along the beach on at the end of an old year. Wondering what the new year will bring, new hopes, and, the sunshine hoping to break through the clouds – hoping the rain will hold off.
It rained. But not much.
Our dog. Readers of his blog will know he loves toast, and always hopes there will be some for him.
Don’t be silly. Of course he reached the toast. He always gets the toast.
And finally partner. He is an expert skip scavenger and to be fair, we have acquired a number of bikes, four serviceable garden chairs, a load of plants and various other goodies. Here he is excitedly opening up some sort of work bench thing that he had rescued ….
….. Only to discover that it had been thrown out because it was useless.
I think I could do a photo a day on this theme, but I don’t play those games so I shan’t.