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-====50TH Anniversary Celebrations====+====50th Anniversary Celebrations====
 by Dot Butler by Dot Butler
  
 The Club has held other celebrations - a 21st, a 25th and a 40th Birthday but nothing could equal the enthusiasm of the response to the GOLDEN JUBILEE Celebrations,​ which, as befits great events, spread themselves over three days. The Club has held other celebrations - a 21st, a 25th and a 40th Birthday but nothing could equal the enthusiasm of the response to the GOLDEN JUBILEE Celebrations,​ which, as befits great events, spread themselves over three days.
  
-On Friday,21st October, hundreds of walkers, without benefit of map and compass, assembled at Menzies Hotel. To those coming even only 10 minutes after the scheduled arrival time the crowd milling around in the anteroom looked as dense as a peak hour commuters'​ gathering at Wynyard Station. But there was this difference - nearly every face was a familiar ​ones That greetings and chatter and cries of delight and astonishment as old friends were recognised - some we had not seen for many years - camouflaged by beards or altered in appearance though they +On Friday 21st October, hundreds of walkers, without benefit of map and compass, assembled at Menzies Hotel. To those coming even only 10 minutes after the scheduled arrival time the crowd milling around in the anteroom looked as dense as a peak hour commuters'​ gathering at Wynyard Station. But there was this difference - nearly every face was a familiar ​one! What greetings and chatter and cries of delight and astonishment as old friends were recognised - some we had not seen for many years - camouflaged by beards or altered in appearance though they might be, yet to the eyes of their friends they were still the same as of old when their lags were swift and strong. Bushwalkers have drawn fewer blanks than most in the Lottery of Timethe passing of the years has not dimmed their enthusiasm and joy of life. And all the new young ones, many of them children of Bushwalkers,​ looked a fine and healthy crowd.
-might be, yet to the eyes of their friends they were still the same as of old when their lags were swift and strong. Bushwalkers have drawn fewer blanks than most in the Lottery of Time the passing of the years has not dimmed their enthusiasm and joy of life. And all the new young ones, many of them children of Bushwalkers,​ looked a fine and healthy crowd.+
  
 In conformity with custom waiters offered drinks but most of us couldn'​t take time off from talking to bother, and those who did seemed to favour orange juice. Just like in the good old days when natural high spirits were the only spirits needed. In conformity with custom waiters offered drinks but most of us couldn'​t take time off from talking to bother, and those who did seemed to favour orange juice. Just like in the good old days when natural high spirits were the only spirits needed.
  
-Any now everyone is heading for the dining room. 292 walkers are at last settled at tables in small groups with their special friends, and still the talking goes on unabated ​ "Do you remember that time flown Christies Creek .? "That mighty trip down the Kowmung, +Any now everyone is heading for the dining room. 292 walkers are at last settled at tables in small groups with their special friends, and still the talking goes on unabated....  "​Do you remember that time down Christies Creek ....? "That mighty trip down the Kowmung, Easter of '38....? "​Remember the Christmas Kosciusko trip...?
-Easter of '38. .? "​Remember the Christmas Kosciusko trip .?+
  
-At the Official Table, presided over by Helen Grey looking really lovely in jade blue, are gathered Foundation Members Win Chardon, Frank and Anice Duncan, Maurie Berry The Club's Hon. Solicitor, Colin Broad who has given us the value of his legal experience for so many years was there with Mrs. Broad, and our newest Honorary Member, George Davison, looking very strong and distinguished with his snowy hair and 90 years of bushland experience. ​Mx. Davison has acted as Surveyor of our Kangaroo Valley land, and his help and knowledge of Lands Department affairs culminated in our acquiring occupancy of 22 acres of the beautiful escarpment necessary to adequately contain "​Coolana"​. The marking of the boundaries just the previous weekend saw the completion of his 7-year job - just in time for the 50th cgdebrations. How this year will go down in history!+At the Official Table, presided over by Helen Grey looking really lovely in jade blue, are gathered Foundation Members Win Chardon, Frank and Anice Duncan, Maurie BerryThe Club's Hon. Solicitor, Colin Broad who has given us the value of his legal experience for so many years was there with Mrs. Broad, and our newest Honorary Member, George Davison, looking very strong and distinguished with his snowy hair and 90 years of bushland experience. ​Mr. Davison has acted as Surveyor of our Kangaroo Valley land, and his help and knowledge of Lands Department affairs culminated in our acquiring occupancy of 22 acres of the beautiful escarpment necessary to adequately contain "​Coolana"​. The marking of the boundaries just the previous weekend saw the completion of his 7-year job - just in time for the 50th celebrations. How this year will go down in history!
  
-Dinner was served and it was good, but don't ask me -what we ate. Things put into the stomach are gone and forgotten the next day, but things of the heart and mind are stored up forever.+Dinner was served and it was good, but don't ask me what we ate. Things put into the stomach are gone and forgotten the next day, but things of the heart and mind are stored up forever.
  
 Ron Knightley very efficiently manned the microphone and kept things moving. Helen read letters and messages from old members who were unable to be present, and congratulatory telegrams from Clubs in other states. We were sorry advanced years prevented Myles Dunphy from coming, he being to all of us present the Father of Bushwalking and Conservation in N.S.W. However Helen informed us in her speech that 24 past Presidents were in attendance. Ron Knightley very efficiently manned the microphone and kept things moving. Helen read letters and messages from old members who were unable to be present, and congratulatory telegrams from Clubs in other states. We were sorry advanced years prevented Myles Dunphy from coming, he being to all of us present the Father of Bushwalking and Conservation in N.S.W. However Helen informed us in her speech that 24 past Presidents were in attendance.
  
-On the official table was the striking Birthday cake, complete with white icing flannel flower, the work of Grace Noble. Jean Ashdown, a member since 19289 lit the 50 candles and Dot Butler, of 1532 vintage, blew them out (just made it in one breaths)+On the official table was the striking Birthday cake, complete with white icing flannel flower, the work of Grace Noble. Jean Ashdown, a member since 1928, lit the 50 candles and Dot Butler, of 1932 vintage, blew them out (just made it in one breath!)
  
 Committee, going by past experience, had decided we did not need an orchestra, but at short notice two musicians were found and some dancing took place on the small floor. It was just a gesture to those who had run out of talk. Committee, going by past experience, had decided we did not need an orchestra, but at short notice two musicians were found and some dancing took place on the small floor. It was just a gesture to those who had run out of talk.
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 By 11 o'​clock everyone reluctantly tore themselves away and headed for home, to be ready for the great campfire celebration to be held next day. By 11 o'​clock everyone reluctantly tore themselves away and headed for home, to be ready for the great campfire celebration to be held next day.
  
-**October ​22nd. The Boy Scouts' ​Cam Pennant Hills.**+__October ​22nd. The Boy Scouts' ​Camp, Pennant Hills.__
  
-From 4 o'​clock onwards walkers came, till around 350 were there. They gathered in the hall adjoining the kitchen and reminisced and ate and looked at old photographs and scrap books filled with walking and conservation items. Some 120 set up tents in the bush and when darkness came saw Dune's "​Rogues'​ Gallery"​ of old photographs,​ the older members seeing themselves when 40 or 50 years younger, with the accompanying flood of memories+From 4 o'​clock onwards walkers came, till around 350 were there. They gathered in the hall adjoining the kitchen and reminisced and ate and looked at old photographs and scrap books filled with walking and conservation items. Some 120 set up tents in the bush and when darkness came we saw Dunc's "​Rogues'​ Gallery"​ of old photographs,​ the older members seeing themselves when 40 or 50 years younger, with the accompanying flood of memories.
  
-Outside it began to spit rain but that did not stop us from lighting the campfire and urging everyone to foregather. As Paddy led off the usual singing the rain fell harder and harder. People cowered under umbrellas and groundsheets and did their best to cooperate with Bob Younger and Barbara Bruce in singing, but at last we realised it was a losing battle so Helen sent us all up to the Assembly Hall where the whole croWd were eventually seated and the entertainment continued. +Outside it began to spit rain but that did not stop us from lighting the campfire and urging everyone to foregather. As Paddy led off the usual singing the rain fell harder and harder. People cowered under umbrellas and groundsheets and did their best to cooperate with Bob Younger and Barbara Bruce in singing, but at last we realised it was a losing battle so Helen sent us all up to the Assembly Hall where the whole crowd were eventually seated and the entertainment continued. ​ The highlight was a Chronic Opera by the notorious Crown Street Composers ​-  ​Malcolm McGregor, Jim Brown, Geoff Wagg and Don Matthews. They sang of a walk where everything, as commonly happens, went wrong. The audience laughed uproariously. The finale involved the undraping of a huge birthday cake manufactured by construction engineer George Gray. At a given signal the lid of the cake opened and up popped charming little ​ten-year ​old Susan Gray dressed in a bikini and a chaplet of flannel flowers. The audience were still applauding when up popped Dot Butler, similarly clad, bearing a placard "50 YEARS ON", the implication being that Bushwalkers ​now 10 years old can still expect to be walking at 60.
-The highlight was a Chronic Opera by the notorious CrownStreet Composers Malcolm McGregor, Jim Brown, Geoff Uagg and Don Matthews. They sang of a walk 7-here ​everything, as commonly happens, went wrong. The audience laughed uproariously. The finale involved the undraping of a huge birthday cake manufactured by construction engineer George Gray.At a given signal the lid of the cake opened and up popped charming little ​tonyear ​old Susan Gray dressed in a bikini and a chaplet of flannel flowers. The audience were still applauding when up popped Dot Butler, similarly clad, bearing a placard "50 YEARS ON", the implication being that Busnwalkers ​now 10 years old can still expect to be walking at 60.+
  
-Another well received item was the Fashion Parade through the Decades, thought ​la? by Grace Noble, featuring pedestrian excursionists of the 1890's and 1900/s, right through to the glamorous and tough girl walkers of the present day then beyond to the walker of the future with his solarheater, light-weight aluminium pack and special clothing that lets moisture out but prevents it from getting in. A real breakthrough.+Another well received item was the Fashion Parade through the Decades, thought ​up by Grace Noble, featuring pedestrian excursionists of the 1890's and 1900's, right through to the glamorous and tough girl walkers of the present day then beyond to the walker of the future with his solar-heater, light-weight aluminium pack and special clothing that lets moisture out but prevents it from getting in. A real breakthrough.
  
-A line-up of Presidents brought forth seventeen. It was a pity two of our women Presidents had just gone home. This left Helen as the only rose among all that crowd of men. Now out came Ian Debert and presented a photograph of his father, Jack Debert, who died a few years ago. Jack it was who put an advertisement in the newspaper in 1927 calling together people who were interested in forming a bush walking club - the gleam in +A line-up of Presidents brought forth seventeen. It was a pity two of our women Presidents had just gone home. This left Helen as the only rose among all that crowd of men. Now out came Ian Debert and presented a photograph of his father, Jack Debert, who died a few years ago. Jack it was who put an advertisement in the newspaper in 1927 calling together people who were interested in forming a bush walking club - the gleam in the eye, as it were, that was followed by the conception then the birth of the S.B.W.
-the eye, as it were, that was followed by the conception then the birth of the S.B.W.+
  
-The Modern Pop Singing group with their guitars and bagpipes called forth many encores but my midnight good manners prompted the piper to put down his pipes so the local residents could get some sleep. Many of the audience also sought their beds, either in the dormitory, in their tents, or in their homes, many of the latter returning the next day for further re-uning.+The Modern Pop Singing group with their guitars and bagpipes called forth many encores but by midnight good manners prompted the piper to put down his pipes so the local residents could get some sleep. Many of the audience also sought their beds, either in the dormitory, in their tents, or in their homes, many of the latter returning the next day for further re-uning.
  
-A fitting finale to this never-to-be-forgotten weekend was a +A fitting finale to this never-to-be-forgotten weekend was a bushwalk through the adjacent parkland to visit Marie Byles in her little cottage in the bushland heights of Cheltenham. ​ Marie has piloted ​her vessel steadfastly through Life and now has her course set with just such clear-eyed honesty for the other shore. The younger members of the Club walked quietly through her bushland, already donated to the National Trust, and were impressed.
-bushwalk through the adjacent parkland to visit Marie Byles in her little cottage in the bushland heights of Cheltenham. Marie has Di4.oted ​her vessel steadfastly through Life and now has her course set with just such clear-eyed honesty for the other shore. The younger members of the Club walked quietly through her bushland, already donated to the National Trust, and were impressed.+
  
 On which note we end this chronicle of a great occasion, hoping to be one of the number when as many, or more, will come together at the Club's 60th Birthday Party in 1987. On which note we end this chronicle of a great occasion, hoping to be one of the number when as many, or more, will come together at the Club's 60th Birthday Party in 1987.
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 Joe Turner. Joe Turner.
  
-====Buck-Passage====+====Buck-Passing!====
 by Helen Gray by Helen Gray
  
-I'Ve had phone calls and letters from many members since the reunion, +I've had phone calls and letters from many members since the reunion, ​expressing ​appreciation of the weekend, so I must share the glory or blame! - with many others.
-expres:​Ang ​appreciation of the weekend, so I must share the glory or blame with many others. +
-For the Dinners Helen Rowan (who close the menu); Edna Gentle, +
-rime tags, and Jack Gentle for his assistance and for keeping and cleaning the-old brass sign on the official table; Grace Noble for the huge and delicious birthday cake; John Noble for photographs;​ Bill Burke for providing the music; Ron Knightley, M.C. +
-For the_qamps Bill Burke, George Gray and David Cotton, for wood gathering and setting up lights; Ron Knightley, Malcolm McGregor, Bruce McInnes, Jim Brown, Bob Y9unger and Len Fall for the shuttle service from the station. Grace Noble, Tine Matthews, Shirley Dean, Jess Martin, Nancy Alderson and Clary Brown for all the fruit cakes (most made two each); Spiro Hajinakitas,​ Joan Rigby, Pete and Dot Stitt for preparing supper; Malcolm McGregor, Don Matthews, Geoff Wagg and Jim Brown for +
-Page 13. TH7-1 SYDNEY BUSliVALICER November, 1977, +
-the brilliant "​opera";​ Grace Noble and Dot Butler for their "​fashion"​ sketCh;, Bob Younger, Paddy Pallin and Barbara Bruce for leading the singing, the &Bal. Song Group, and Len Newland'​s bagpipes. +
-Thanks to all those who spent a lot of time cleaning up: Joan Rigby, Ann Morgan, Tine Matthews, Jess Martin, Kevin Dean, David Ingram, John Holly and doubtless many more. The camp warden was delighted,​with the way the place was left, and asked that his thanks be expressed. +
-The Maimaiat: The editors have already thanked the duplicators and typists, but left themselves out. Thanks to Owen Marks and Dot Pike especially, who literally read 50 years of magazines to choose articles from the different eras for reprinting, and did all the illustrations. +
-Thanks to Maurie Berry (who "​discovered"​ the Scout Camp) and Joe Turner for so Many helpful suggestions throughout the year, and to Brian Harvey for keeping a record of the 40th CAiebrations,​ which was a great help. +
-There must be dozens of people (like John Redfern and Christine Kirkby, who were always on hand to help through all the planning and. festivities) whose names are not mentioned, but whose work, I hope-, did not go unnoticed. +
-I must make special mention of my devil'​s advocate-cum-ideastman. He would ring me at least once a day to make sure I was worrying enough, +
-would hand out mildly approving words for ideas of mine he liked and +
-scathing criticism for those he didn1t, but whose zest and humour made, the months of planning a real pleasure. He is, of course, Oven Marks. +
-Thanks most of all to hundreds and hundreds of happy people who made the weekend thejoyous occasion it was +
-****-X-************+
  
-====CSES FOR_DEICEEBER==== +__For the Dinner:__ Helen Rowan (who chose the menu); Edna Gentle, name tags, and Jack Gentle for his assistance and for keeping and cleaning the old brass sign on the official table; Grace Noble for the huge and delicious birthday cake; John Noble for photographs;​ Bill Burke for providing the music; Ron Knightley, M.C.
-by Christine Kirkby.+
  
-On Friday, December 9thJim Vatiliotis is having a barbecue at his home - 11 Woodlands Avenue, Lugarno. Ring him if you wish to come and food can then be organized - Phone 534,3865.+__For the Camp:__ Bill Burke, George Gray and David Cotton, for wood gathering and setting up lights; Ron Knightley, Malcolm McGregor, Bruce McInnes, Jim Brown, Bob Younger and Len Fall for the shuttle service from the station. Grace Noble, Tine Matthews, Shirley Dean, Jess Martin, Nancy Alderson and Clary Brown for all the fruit cakes (most made two each); Spiro Hajinakitas,​ Joan Rigby, Pete and Dot Stitt for preparing supper; Malcolm McGregor, Don Matthews, Geoff Wagg and Jim Brown for the brilliant "​opera";​ Grace Noble and Dot Butler for their "​fashion"​ sketch;, Bob Younger, Paddy Pallin and Barbara Bruce for leading the singing, the S.B.W. Song Group, and Len Newland'​s bagpipes. 
 + 
 +Thanks to all those who spent a lot of time cleaning up: Joan Rigby, Ann Morgan, Tine Matthews, Jess Martin, Kevin Dean, David Ingram, John Holly and doubtless many more. The camp warden was delighted with the way the place was left, and asked that his thanks be expressed. 
 + 
 +__The Magazine:__ The editors have already thanked the duplicators and typists, but left themselves out. Thanks to Owen Marks and Dot Pike especially, who literally read 50 years of magazines to choose articles from the different eras for reprinting, and did all the illustrations. 
 + 
 +Thanks to Maurie Berry (who "​discovered"​ the Scout Camp) and Joe Turner for so many helpful suggestions throughout the year, and to Brian Harvey for keeping a record of the 40th Celebrations,​ which was a great help. 
 + 
 +There must be dozens of people (like John Redfern and Christine Kirkby, who were always on hand to help through all the planning and festivities) whose names are not mentioned, but whose work, I hope, did not go unnoticed. 
 + 
 +I must make special mention of my devil'​s advocate-cum-ideas man. He would ring me at least once a day to make sure I was worrying enough, would hand out mildly approving words for ideas of mine he liked and scathing criticism for those he didn'​t,​ but whose zest and humour made, the months of planning a real pleasure. He is, of course, Oven Marks. 
 + 
 +Thanks __most of all__ to hundreds and hundreds of happy people who made the weekend the joyous occasion it was. 
 + 
 + 
 +====Social Notes for December==== 
 +by Christine Kirkby 
 + 
 +On Friday, December 9thJim Vatiliotis is having a barbecue at his home - 11 Woodlands Avenue, Lugarno. Ring him if you wish to come and food can then be organized - Phone 534,3865
 + 
 +The Annual Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday, 21st December, at the Clubrooms. ​ Drinks and music will be provided. Please bring a glass and a plate of savouries, cakes, pavlovas, or some other party food.
  
-The Annual Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday, 21st Deoember, at the ClUbrooms. Drinks and music will be provided. Please bring a glass and a plate of savouries, (lakes, pavlovas, or some other party food. 
 A display board for photos will be set up at the Christmas Party, and photos taken at the 50th Birthday festivities will be put up. If you, too, have taken some, bring them along! A display board for photos will be set up at the Christmas Party, and photos taken at the 50th Birthday festivities will be put up. If you, too, have taken some, bring them along!
-... 
-FLANNEL FLOWERS 
-ROBIN 
-SCANDRETT 
  
-. +====Flannel Flowers==== 
-Questions asked of me recently about our club baage and its bistory ​made me aware of an almost total lack of knowledge on this topic. Delving into a few good books found a few interesting answers. +by Robin Scandrett 
-The Actinotis helianthi (Flannel Flower) moved onto our coat lapels + 
-after a club competition to procure a suitable club emblem in the club's +Questions asked of me recently about our club badge and its history ​made me aware of an almost total lack of knowledge on this topic. Delving into a few good books found a few interesting answers. 
-early days. Many delightful and artistic designs were submitted. The winning entry was designed by Alan P. Rigby (now deceased) who also penned the design for the magazine cover. + 
-The plant first became known to botanists in 1770 when it was collected by Banks and. Soland e/ at Botany Bay. +The Actinotis helianthi (Flannel Flower) moved onto our coat lapels after a club competition to procure a suitable club emblem in the club's early days. Many delightful and artistic designs were submitted. The winning entry was designed by Alan P. Rigby (now deceased) who also penned the design for the magazine cover. 
-The name Actinotis is derived from the Greek word. Actinos - ray, + 
-and refers to the radiate appearance of the flower. Helianthi is derived +The plant first became known to botanists in 1770 when it was collected by Banks and Solander ​at Botany Bay. 
-from Helios - sun and Anthos - flower, which is intended to indicate its similarity to the sun-flower. + 
-The flannel flower occurs in Queensland (mainly in the South-East) +The name Actinotis is derived from the Greek word. Actinos - ray, and refers to the radiate appearance of the flower. ​ Helianthi is derived from Helios - sun and Anthos - flower, which is intended to indicate its similarity to the sun-flower. 
-andNew South Wales (North to South Coast and Central Tablelands, Northern + 
-and Central Slopes and just onto the plains in the vicinity of Narrabri). +The flannel flower occurs in Queensland (mainly in the South-East) and New South Wales (North to South Coast and Central Tablelands, Northern and Central Slopes and just onto the plains in the vicinity of Narrabri). 
-To grow your own flannel flowers it is recommended to use fresh seed for satisfactory germination. Sow the seeds in a seed box in autumn; + 
-and transplant them to containers when small and show to develop here before transplanting into the garden in spring. +To grow your own flannel flowers it is recommended to use fresh seed for satisfactory germination. Sow the seeds in a seed box in autumn; and transplant them to containers when small and allow to develop here before transplanting into the garden in spring. 
-These biennials which should be planted annually for best results, + 
-like well drained sunny positd on-,'. Alternatively,​ if cut back after flowering in spring and summer they will last several years.+These biennials which should be planted annually for best results, like well drained sunny positions. Alternatively,​ if cut back after flowering in spring and summer they will last several years. 
 Happy Gardening. Happy Gardening.
-* * * * * * * * * 
  
 ====F 0 0 L S==== ====F 0 0 L S====
 by Gordon Lee by Gordon Lee
  
-Upon the Throne of Greatness sit +Upon the Throne of Greatness sit\\ 
-They who possess the feeblest wit. But what a kindly Providence Hides from them one mortal sense! Not yet content that outward guise Has made the foolish like the wise, Their braying tongues can not conceal, +They who possess the feeblest wit.\\ 
-But must they hasten to reveal Their foolishness by attitude +But what a kindly Providence\\ 
-That makes each threadbare platitude Appear as wisdom newly found, +Hides from them one mortal sense!\\ 
-Bethought to stagger and confound. +Not yet content that outward guise\\ 
-They are the sagest of the sage And ever utter wise adage. +Has made the foolish like the wise,\\ 
-Even more is this inferred +Their braying tongues can not conceal,\\ 
-As eloquence floweth undeterred,​ +But must they hasten to reveal\\ 
-That wise men are to them compared, +Their foolishnessby attitude\\ 
-Poor pedants overmuch fanfared, +That makes each threadbare platitude\\ 
-Till, to the listening wondering ears Of men of learning, it appears, +Appear as wisdom newly found,\\ 
-They had been born better. So, +Bethought to stagger and confound.\\ 
-Unlike the Fool, who cannot know The limitations of the wise, +They are the sagest of the sage\\ 
-When seeing held aloft the prize +And ever utter wise adage.\\ 
-That Fortune has for them reserved, Must doubt if it will be deserved. +Even more is this inferred\\ 
-While any Fool with no such fears, Undaunted rushes past his peers +As eloquence floweth undeterred,\\ 
-With all the perfect heedless bliss Of Fooldom and the prize is his. +That wise men are to them compared,\\ 
-* * * * * * * *+Poor pedants overmuch fanfared,\\ 
 +Till, to the listening wondering ears\\ 
 +Of men of learning, it appears,\\ 
 +They had been born better. So,\\ 
 +Unlike the Fool, who cannot know\\ 
 +The limitations of the wise,\\ 
 +When seeing held aloft the prize\\ 
 +That Fortune has for them reserved,\\ 
 +Must doubt if it will be deserved.\\ 
 +While any Fool with no such fears,\\ 
 +Undaunted rushes past his peers\\ 
 +With all the perfect heedless bliss\\ 
 +Of Fooldom ​and the prize is his. 
  
 ====A Variation of Calcutta to Kathmandu==== ====A Variation of Calcutta to Kathmandu====
 by Marion Lloyd by Marion Lloyd
  
-"You look like a squashed chock,"​ remarkedmy brother David as he triedto prevent jam dribbling out of his day pack dowii an unfortunate'​s neck. We were sitting on the stairs jammed in by bodies that were stacked up the stairs of an oldvintage Leylandbus which must have been bequeathed to the colony before Independence after it hadoutlivedits usefulness in London and coaxed along for another twenty years.+"You look like a squashed chock,"​ remarked my brother David as he tried to prevent jam dribbling out of his day pack down an unfortunate'​s neck. We were sitting on the stairs jammed in by bodies that were stacked up the stairs of an old vintage Leyland bus which must have been bequeathed to the colony before Independence after it had outlived its usefulness in London and coaxed along for another twenty years. 
 The bus was doing its best to heave itself through the heat and traffic along Chewringhee Road to Sealdah Station, Calcutta. Men were riding on the outside of the bus hanging on to any hand hold that coula be grabbed whether it was the bus or a body. This way it was free, anyway they were the lucky ones as the multitude inside was padked in. like sardines, collection of fares wree a farce and getting out was a dream. The bus was doing its best to heave itself through the heat and traffic along Chewringhee Road to Sealdah Station, Calcutta. Men were riding on the outside of the bus hanging on to any hand hold that coula be grabbed whether it was the bus or a body. This way it was free, anyway they were the lucky ones as the multitude inside was padked in. like sardines, collection of fares wree a farce and getting out was a dream.
 To beat the peak-horer traffic we left our pseudo. "'​hotel"​ at 3 pm to try to reach the other side of the ciy to catch the Darjeeling train at 7.30 pm. At the best of times Calcutta'​s traffic is confusion but at peak hour it is utter obace5. The traffic grinds to a halt fOr a couple of hours trying to sort itself out as the. air and. smoke pollution rises. At Sealdah.Station hundr s>6.3 of homeless and poorer passengers were lying, sleeping, eating, begging, cooking, waiting. To beat the peak-horer traffic we left our pseudo. "'​hotel"​ at 3 pm to try to reach the other side of the ciy to catch the Darjeeling train at 7.30 pm. At the best of times Calcutta'​s traffic is confusion but at peak hour it is utter obace5. The traffic grinds to a halt fOr a couple of hours trying to sort itself out as the. air and. smoke pollution rises. At Sealdah.Station hundr s>6.3 of homeless and poorer passengers were lying, sleeping, eating, begging, cooking, waiting.
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