KABUL AIRPORT 16 AUGUST 2021
“Completing the pre-flight checklist:”
Flight controls — Checked
Instruments and radios — Checked
Altimeter — Checked
Gyroscope — Checked
Fuel gauges — Checked
Propeller — Checked
Magnetos — Checked
Flaps — Checked
People on the runway
People hiding in the wheel cavities
People clinging to the fuselage
. . .
“Fasten your seatbelts.
We are ready and safe to take off.”
Life long socialist. Now retired, I have been an office junior, a bookseller, a docker and a teacher. I write a lot and read a lot more. Committed member of the Society of Authors, English PEN and the National Education Union. Uncommitted member of the Labour Party. Will they expel me before my direct debit expires?