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Richmond Line 2000: 16. Three Girls

            The three young women joined the train together, the earliest of the evening peak-hour trains. Two sat in the seat immediately in front of me, and one beside me in my place at the window. The two in front … Continue reading

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Poem: Moon-o

When I was young, I used to wait For the moon to rise, But it rose too late.   I forgot how to look, I forgot how to see, I lost my grip On the world, lack-a-dee.   I gazed … Continue reading

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Richmond Line 2000: 15. Pregnant Wanderer

            Somehow or other I was on Blacktown Station at half past midnight, in the cold. A man was lying on one of the seats, asleep or in a coma. A security guard came and roused him, and organised him … Continue reading

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Richmond Line 2000: 14. Aboriginal Rights

Back in the days when I didn’t know about joining my own kind in the end carriages for a peaceful trip, I was travelling home a bit later than usual in the middle of the train. I had, however, already … Continue reading

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The Unchosen

I watched Carol climb a tree, She looked down and she called to me, “If you could see what I can see You’d forget the world’s a-pine-o.” I watched William hoe a beet, I sat down in his favourite seat. … Continue reading

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Misprision

There was an old lady who couldn’t forget, She had a big house and a badminton net, And children came from miles around To play on her green grass ground.   Her husband dwelt in heaven on high, She knew … Continue reading

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Richmond Line 2000: 13. Rooty Hill

The Richmond Line has something of the character of a branch line, heading off to the north after Blacktown, while most of the trains go on further west to Penrith, Emu Plains, or the Blue Mountains; so it is not … Continue reading

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Richmond Line 2000: 12. Language and fares

When I catch the train to work in the morning, I usually travel in the second carriage, since I discovered, after some months of suffering uncomfortable seats, that the newer carriages are usually at the front of the train, and … Continue reading

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Richmond Line 2000: Billy Bunter Lives On

They were sitting in the seat behind me. He was recounting his exploits in defiance of teachers at school, to which she listened appreciatively, perhaps with a little diffidence. His tales, oddly, were the classic schoolboy japes of the first … Continue reading

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Richmond Line 2000: 10. Riled

Returning from the airport, contrary to habit because of a large suitcase, I was travelling in the mezzanine vestibule of a crowded train to Richmond. There was the sound of an angry exchange of words from the lower deck, and … Continue reading

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