‘Even the rain is drowning,’ he mutters. If Thomas could only recover, or genuinely imagine, what it was to be. Instead his feet move damply and his mind glitches. Over and over, the same thoughts, the same corrections, the same aimless abstractions.
I go to a store to try on coats. Slipping on one after another, I look at my reflection. What does this coat transform me into? Am I flashy, realistic, prosaic, magic or speculative? Is it a perfect fit or slightly too big? Are the sleeves a little too long? Are the seams showing just a bit too much? I am confused, and leave the store.
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At present, detention centre guards can have just a Certificate II in Security Operations. In Queensland, this is not enough to get a job as a nightclub bouncer. But if the minister puts in writing that Certificate II and a two-hour workshop are the qualifications and training required, someone can thus become an ‘authorised officer’ and have greater power to use force, with less oversight, than a state or federal police officer. Serco says that its personnel undergo five weeks’ training.
While suspicions of vote-buying have been running rampant, more alarmingly are the claims that worker conditions on Qatar’s World Cup sites border on slave labour, and reports of significant death counts have seemingly fallen on deaf ears at FIFA. On these building sites, huge workforces are attempting to get the country ready in time for the prestigious tournament. Yet reports coming out of the area claim that many foreign workers are forced to surrender their passports to their employers and are paid as little as $50 a week.