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Truly Diamond Jubilee

Queen’s Birthday holiday this year marks the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth 2.  She has been Queen of Britain and her Commonwealth for 60 years and 117 days.  She is eclipsed by Queen Victoria.  When on the trams our commentary near the Victoria Square stop mentioned Victoria being the longest reigning British Monarch.  We said… Read More

Go the Crusaders

 Last week I travelled to Greymouth on KiwiRail’s superb TranzAlpine.  Aboard were the Crusaders rugby team players en-route for a three-day promotional tour of the West Coast and for their pre-season match against the Highlanders on Friday evening (February 3.  The rugby superstars have made a hit assisting with earthquake recovery in Christchurch.)  At Springfield… Read More

Smilers …

When working on the city trams I would introduce a co-worker, Ken Henderson, as one of two people in this world who wear a permanent smile as their default facial expression. Typically, I was asked “Who is the other?” I would mention Charlie Ogston, a Train Manager frequently seen on the TranzAlpine. Tram passengers planning… Read More