June 9th, 2005


Capturing A Time

I've been running a bit of an informal poll around people I know, trying to find out if they've ever read a book, seen a film, passed a poem, come into contact with anything that captures the 'spirit' of Sydney to them. I don't mean something that is about Sydney, but something that actually sums up or comes close to how you view the city, a text that you could say to someone, "This is a Sydney book." Most people look sheepish and shrug and say, "No, I don't have one," which is fine, because neither do I. But lately I've been expanding it into texts that capture what Australia is about, if you can, I guess, since it's a rather difficult task to capture a nation's psyche and cultural time in any kind of way...

Still, the answers haven't been much different. So, in the aim of simply seeing what people think, and maybe growing my own knowledge, I've made a poll, and you are all free to take part.

Poll #509226 Things Australian

Name Your Book

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Observation #84

It's a bit on the obvious side, but puking on peak hour trains is inconvenient. Especially Sydney tangara trains, which have no windows to open, and are ventilated by an air con system that recycles the fetid air. There's simply nowhere to escape to smell of vomit on a tangara carriage, which neatly sums up City Rail, when you stop and think about it.*

And if you're curious, no one has filled in the poll on books that capture their Australia yet. A statement in itself, really.

You know, I really have been spending a bit of time on this blog hassling City Rail, haven't I? I'd like to say I'm keeping all the good stories to myself and focusing on the negative, and that Bob Carr and the Labour Government are running Sydney in such a fine and excellent way where the poor are looked after just as the rich are, but that'd be a lie. The best I can do is less stories with less delay and less vomit.