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Richmond Line 2000: 9. Grounded in Riverstone

The late-night coffee and doughnuts available at Blacktown Station help to civilize the wait for the last Richmond train, although the absence of a waiting room is a minus, particularly in winter. But the worst problem with going home by … Continue reading

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Richmond Line 2000: 8. Elegant Indians

An Indian family, very well-groomed and elegant, sat on facing seats just in front of me in the carriage. The mother and little boy, aged about four, were facing, and the father and daughter, aged about eight, had their backs … Continue reading

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Richmond Line 2000: 7. Respect at Granville

             At Strathfield, quite a gaggle of primary-school-age boys (grey school uniform with maroon wind-cheaters), with a teacher or two, invaded the carriage and found seats for themselves throughout the length of the upper compartment. An end to peace, I … Continue reading

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Chocolate Factory 3. 1964

Factory Talk They call Mr Morris, chocolatier et confiseur, owner and boss of the chocolate factory, “the boss”, “daddy”, and “the old man”. There is a shop for his “exclusive” chocolates in the West End. His grown son, Mr Paul, is … Continue reading

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Chocolate Factory 2. 1964

Factory Acts and Attitudes West Hampstead, London             I spent my first four months in London working in a small, family-owned chocolate factory. I really did spend my time there, for I could afford to do little else on an … Continue reading

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Chocolate Factory 1964

In a Factory It is a small, “exclusive” chocolate factory, in the top two floors of an old, green, corrugated iron shed in a small side street off Finchley Road in north-west London. The street is cobbled, and train lines … Continue reading

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Richmond Line 2000: 6. Drunk and Disorderly at Blacktown

Using the last late-night service to Richmond involves changing trains at either one of the last two stations before the line diverges to the north. My first attempt was quite horrific. I’d thought it might be safer to change at … Continue reading

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Richmond Line 2000: 5. Delinquent Youth

A thin, weathered woman and her plumper companion were near me, chatting on the platform, as we awaited the city-bound train. “I was coming along George Street under the railway bridge,” said the wiry woman, “and two youths bumped against … Continue reading

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Richmond Line 2000: 4. Folk Wisdom

The early morning train is always comparatively empty between Windsor and Blacktown, and a group of four women had turned the seats face to face and kept up a lively conversation for the half hour or so of their trip. … Continue reading

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Richmond Line 2000: 2. Seven Ills

‘What are the seven ills of Western Sydney?’ I ask myself facetiously as the guard announces, “This train will be next stop Seven `Ills, then Blacktown and all to Richmond.” How does a train become “next stop Seven `Ills”? A … Continue reading

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