Crown Street Surry Hills is still there…

To South Sydney Uniting and the Sirdan’s at Rosebery for a Sunday lunch of duck and risotto. City Rail turned on an UNSCHEDULED ADDITIONAL EXPRESS TRAIN! The ride up was therefore quick and comfortable. The ride back at 4.30 was more cattle class – everyone in Wollongong seems to have gone to Sydney yesterday.

Returned books to Surry Hills Library, including David Hicks’s Guantanamo.




In the matter of David Hicks — 4 is to be published online today with the paper issue to follow from tomorrow. All 1,700 words have been published. See The South Sydney Herald.


2 thoughts on “Crown Street Surry Hills is still there…

  1. In Boston but unlikely to access the ‘Boston coupons’ on your web site, Whitfield.

    We ventured into town yesterday to join the mob seeking to break the Guinness record for a gathering of people singing 15 consecutive minutes of Christmas carols. We failed to break the record but everyone present enjoyed the fun of the occasion. Keith Lockhart, he of the graceful hands, conducted the choir throughout.

    We attended an Aussie party last evening in suburban Melrose. The host is an ex-pat. We were greeted on the front door by a sign ‘Mortdale RSL’, stating the residency rules for signing in. Brought back memories. I led the singing of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and a verse and chorus of ‘I want to have a beer with Duncan’, in recognition of the party host.

    When in Lismore for the 50 year reunion of the Class of 1960 I was denied entry to Lismore Workers Club because I was wearing my trademark beret. My attention was drawn to the by-law forbidding head wear. OK, beret off, all was well.

    Some people undergoing chemo, of course, wear head gear to conceal their baldness. I’ll leave that decision to management. Not sure how orthodox Jews will fare at the front desk of the Workies.

    I can report that Harvard Square Bookshop maintains its reputation. It sapped only $58 from our credit card this time (it usually gets $100). The grounds of Harvard U still provide a quiet but stimulating walk. And the corner window table in the Grafton St restaurant still provides a wonderful view of the passing parade, Harvard Square style.

    Took the Red Line from Harvard Square into the city. Remember the Kingston Trio song, ‘The MTA’?

    Let me tell you the story
    Of a man named Charlie
    On a tragic and fateful day
    He put ten cents in his pocket,
    Kissed his wife and family
    Went to ride on the MTA

    Charlie handed in his dime
    At the Kendall Square Station
    And he changed for Jamaica Plain
    When he got there the conductor told him,
    “One more nickel.”
    Charlie could not get off that train.

    Did he ever return,
    No he never returned
    And his fate is still unlearn’d
    He may ride forever
    ‘neath the streets of Boston
    He’s the man who never returned.

    The song was written in support of a man called O’Brien who was running for Mayor, in part on a policy of simplifying public transport fare procedures. People could be asked to pay extra on alighting the trains to make up the full fare. It’s a great song.

    Best wishes as always.


  2. Thanks for the tip, Neil. I was able to pick up the Surry Hills copy of Guantanamo this morning. I thought it would be harder for me to come by (though I note there was also a copy on the shelf at Customs House as at this morning).

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