Helen Russell of Leichhardt reports from day one of distancing stickers on buses. “The bus I boarded had a green sticker with a white tick and the words ‘Sit here’ in the middle of the bus, stuck to the floor. I was confused.”
“Sadly, no songs were written about the places of my childhood (C8), possibly because they’re difficult to rhyme with,” laments George Manojlovic of Mangerton. “I’ve tried with A frog named Freddo hopped to Fairy Meadow, and Brian Charles Lara never batted for Wombarra, but somehow that’s just not quite the stuff of a hit song. Not even Lucky Starr (I’ve Been Everywhere) made it to Fairy Meadow and Wombarra.”
We’re not forgetting the obvious one. Bernie Carberry of Connells Point, and formerly of West Street, Gundagai, when the highway ran through town, notes “anyone who had a home on the Hume Highway can identify with Along the Road to Gundagai (C8)”.
Peter Hindmarsh of Narwee nominates Redgum’s song One More Boring Night in Adelaide as most evocative of his old hometown (C8). Peter hastens to add: “Not relevant now, by the way.”
Many years ago at the Richmond RAAF base, James Jeans of Cremorne Point “watched a Hercules being backed up very close to another Hercules which had an engine problem (C8). The Hercules in front used the engine blast from its four engines to windmill the engines of the Hercules behind it, and lo and behold it worked. The faulty engine started.”