In a passing reference in a comment, Neil wrote:
At the same time, I couldn't help having the irreverent thought that at least Mussolini had the trains running on time.
Neil was, of course, referring to Sydney's train problems. He is not, of course, a supporter of the former Italian dictator, simply making an ironic comment.
I could not resist! The photo on the left is of a sign on the Beijing metro. I will say no more.
One thing that is nice about blogging is the way my fellow bloggers bring corrections and additions.
Winton and I were once co-editors of Neucleus, the student newspaper at the University of New England. Later Winton, an economist too, was (among other things) a senior official with what is now the Productivity Commission. Now we are fellow bloggers!
The Wikipedia article on Neucleus is very much a stub. At some point I must write something about the Neucleus days, another world. As I remember it, Soo Khoo was editor before us, while Bob Graham (later a Tasmanian Cabinet Minister and also a former duty master with me at The Armidale School) replaced us in something of a student coup.
Soo Khoo was probably the first Chinese bloke to edit an Australian student newspaper (this was 1962). Our cartoonist was Indonesian.
I wonder how much Winton remembers from those days.