In the Herald : November 21, 1984

The Sydney Morning Herald Opinions 3 weeks ago

Great railway meat pie

The Great Railway Meat Pie was to be launched on the main concourse of Sydney railway station. The State Rail Authority had decided to market its own pies again, continuing a tradition begun in the 1920s. At the launch a Scottish piper was to lead in a clutch of uniformed SRA chefs carrying 500 pies, which would be given away. An SRA spokesman said the railway pie contained twice the required standard of meat. "They are really great pies.”

Not-so-Great escape

The great escape from Long Bay was doomed from the start. Those seeking to shorten their sojourn in one of jail's maximum security blocks might have had in mind the great WWII prison camp break-out, but their efforts were more in the manner of Dad's Army. The likely lads – who had scratched out a hole, two metres deep, with a tunnel, one-and-a-half metres long, at its base – were undone by a container of "jail brew", left at the tunnel’s entrance.

Nuclear not flower power

For the first time in nearly two decades, protest songs were dominating the record charts. The number one album in Sydney this week is Midnight Oil's Red Sails in the Sunset, with its cover showing Sydney Harbour as a post-nuclear crater. Number three on the singles chart is Culture Club's The War Song. In 1984 the protest song arrived as a commercial event, with a penetration into the teenybopper market only rarely achieved in the protesting sixties.

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