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  • I had a special access pass hanging from the lanyard around my neck, it read: "Photographer"

    I have been to many events, usually as a run-of-the-mill punter with a General Admission ticket in my hot little hand, and been happy to bounce up and down or whatever the show demanded of the crowd. But not this time, I held a special ticket - and indeed I felt special.

    The little piece of orange/red striped glory hanging on my chest was far beyond a 'General Admission' pass, but stopped slightly short of an "Access All Areas" pass. The fact I had more freedom than the guy from the local TV station with his big camera for the evening news, that was enough for me.

    Mind you, this was a smallish Airshow in one of the smallest Capital cities of Australia. But, the pass meant i could go places others could not. Foucoult got it wrong, Knowledge is not Power - the colour of your Admission pass is.

    We got to stand out on the airfield, away from the masses and obstruction free. More importantly, our position was almost under the flight path of the aircraft. Slightly increased risk of death, but not by much. We stood more chance of dying by insect inhalation than vintage aircraft impact.

    But, it was nice to feel privileged, if only for a few hours.

    Then we had to rejoin the real world, our special passes meant nothing in the traffic snarl afterwards.
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