Stranded on Cocos Island. Does someone want to use my Albany to Hobart p

Subject: Stranded on Cocos Island. Does someone want to use my Albany to Hobart pelagic seat?
From: John Weigel <>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:13:11 +1100
Due to the Federal Government's control of Virgin flights between Perth, 
Christmas Is and Cocos Keeling, and apparent preference to refugee 
transportation above tourism, my flight (and the subsequent day's fligh) from 
Cocos to Perth has been cancelled, and it is now physically impossible for me 
to make connection for 2 Dec departure of pelagic from Albany to Hobart.  If 
anyone wants to try to use my berth, and its a big maybe that this will work, 
and preferably you can throw a proportion of cost my way, please contact me 
off-line.  Very very disappointed.  

Good birds on Cocos have included Hodgson's Hawk-cuckoo, Asian Koel, Tiger 
Shrike (different individual than the West Island bird, and mine was on Home 

Still, very disappointing day today! Due to the large increase of boat-people 
from Sri Lanka, I'd suggest anyone considering a trip to Cocos/Christmas to 
consider their plans very cautiously.  The problem is fuel - planes are zipping 
back and forth to Colombo daily, with a measly 30 passengers per flight, as the 
Sri Lankan Gov will only accept 30 per day!  Where and how we got into this 

John Weigel


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