20 May

Today I am going to the place where you put in the forms to get a visa for the UK. I’m not entirely sure that I need the visa, as Australians generally don’t for such short stays (about four weeks). However, I am performing in the Edinburgh Fringe in my very own, very first solo show.

This may or may not mean that I need to apply for the visa before I get there. Some official types have told me no, others have told me yes. So, just to be on the safe side I’m putting the application in.

It’s been keeping me awake the last few nights, worrying that our passports won’t get back before the boys and I get on a plane to Spain to escape this wretched and rising heat. I just double-checked about the visas a few days ago you see, because I was going along with the official person who told me I’d be able to get my UK visa at the border.

Anyhoo, I’m tootling off with my forms and my boys and applying for the visas and getting our biometric scans. I have got a lot of forms and a lot of copies of forms and it’s going to cost me a lot of money. It’s the part about travelling that I do not like.

I’m very much hoping that the mister is finished with his trip to the dentist by 1, so that he can take us (suspected root canal, poor love, he’s had a very sad few days and mostly been asleep by 8.30 while I wander sleeplessly around the apartment without the wisdom to accept the things I cannot change). I have no idea where the Khaladiya Centre is, I’m sure the parking will be impossible, and it’s forty plus degrees again today. It would be much better to have the mister help me find my way.


17 Responses to “Visas”

  1. Pavlov's Cat May 20, 2009 at 9:10 am #

    ‘I am performing in the Edinburgh Fringe in my very own, very first solo show.’


    • ThirdCat May 20, 2009 at 10:24 am #

      PC that comment went to spam for some reason – I do apologise for akismet’s bad manners

  2. Mindy May 20, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    I hope the Mister is better and that the red-tape gods smile upon you. I think you are wise not to trust those who airily say ‘yeah, get a visa at the border, you’ll be fine’.

  3. suze May 20, 2009 at 10:14 am #

    Oh I wish I was going to be in Edinburgh to see you! There was a wonderful doco about Tim Minchin on ABC the other week which featured his stint in Edinburgh a couple of years ago.

  4. meli May 20, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    when are you performing in edinburgh?

  5. Deborah May 20, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    What wonderful news! (Your show in Edinburgh, not the mister’s root canal, that is.) I am so pleased for you, and thrilled, and what a triumph, and well done!

  6. mj May 20, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    well done, tc! send us a link to the review when it’s written 🙂

  7. Pen May 20, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Echoing Pavlov’s Cat’s Squee.

    Also have fun in Spain.

  8. mikhela May 20, 2009 at 3:47 pm #

    Dreary dreary administrivia in a foreign country is arm-gnawingly awful but

    ‘I am performing in the Edinburgh Fringe in my very own, very first solo show.’


  9. fifi May 21, 2009 at 4:47 am #

    God, I will miss you by a mere few days…
    but I have a stopover in Dubai. Two actually.

  10. Zoe May 22, 2009 at 6:36 am #

    Don’t you love the way she just casually dropped that?

    At this rate, Queen Thirdcat will be Supreme Ruler of the World by about Wednesday next week.

  11. faithh May 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    brilliant news about Edinburgh! visa stuff is horrid and no one ever knows what the rules are, regardless of the counties involved. For aussies entering GB as a tourist you can enter without pre-arranged visa (automatic visa on arrival) but as performer ‘technically’ you need different visa, that might be the issue. Good Luck in spades!

  12. Stomper Girl May 23, 2009 at 8:37 am #

    Fab news abut Edinburgh.

  13. Ariel May 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

    WOW. That’s so brilliant! You’re amazing.

  14. Mummy Crit May 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    Edinburgh! Coolness! Zoe is right, as always.

    I read your book, loved it, leant it to my mum. Ditto.

  15. tigtog May 23, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

    Echoing the SQUEEEEEEEEE!!! re Edinburgh and adding a WOOT! for good measure. Onya!


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