One Night in Katoomba

As they were re-setting the tables after last night’s “dinner session” a the Katoomba RSL, I noticed one of the blokes had a tape measure, and was measuring the distance between the tables. I overheard him tell a colleague about the “plain clothes inspectors” who were visiting local venues to ensure they were “Covid Safe”. As in the famous episode of “Fawlty Towers”, I wonder if he, falsely, thought I was a plain-clothed inspector! Although…

Scenic World and Echo Point

The phrase “Scenic World” summons up images of a theme park, which (as a tourist) doesn’t hold a lot of attraction for me. There are certainly elements of a “theme park” (the tourist shop, the cable cars), but Scenic World (in The Blue Mountains) offers a hell of a lot more. “We’ve been closed for three months”, our guide told us, adding that it was great to re-open. He told us they’ve been doing a…

Classic Radio Drama

Though there’s a temptation to think the days of radio drama are long dead, that’s not the case. As a child growing up in the 70s/80s, comedy programs like Chuck Chunder, How Green Was My Cactus etc, continued to be a daily ritual for me. Later in the morning, mum would listen to The Castlereagh Line. In my first full-time radio job in the late 1980s, at 2WEB Bourke, we were still playing Dad &…

Weekend in Katoomba

I reached the conclusion about half way through last week I needed some “country air”. Though I could have booked a flight home to Lismore, I concluded the answer to my dilemma was closer than I thought. Only two hours away by train, I booked a single room (upgraded to a double) in a hostel (costing $75 for the night), at Katoomba, and headed up yesterday morning, returning this evening. I’ll write later about some…

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