Is the TV watching me? Should I wake in fright?

It’s happened so often!!
My last few days have been largely spent uploading photos that I took, in 1967 and 1968.
In those years I was in Maude via Hay and in Bourke because, as a condition of the bond that all public school teachers, in New South Wales, were obligated by, in order to attend teachers college, I did my two years service in the far west of the state.
Before uploading those photos, my time was being spent, putting some stories about my experiences, on an ABC website, called The Making of Modern Australia.
Perusing the latter site, just before dinner time (to be followed by the only week day when I like watching the ABC, from 7 p.m., until 9:30, ( News. 7:30 Report, The Inventors, Spics and Specks and the Gruenn Transfer)…………….
I made up my mind that it was time to tell the The Making of Modern Australia website, about those two years, ’67 and ’68, in the far west, so far out of my comfort zone and I had my title ready.
It would (as I have done before) include: Sydney Too Far Away and Waking Up In Fright.
The two Australian films: Sunday Too Far Away and Wake in Fright, came out just after I had been transferred back to Sydney and when they started being promoted on television, they, of course struck for me a chord!!
Of course they were extreme, compared to my experiences, but being back in Eastlakes, in the suburbs of Sydney, I wanted to open the windows and shout:
Look folks. That is what it was like for me.

So I sat down to watch the ABC, tonight, after turning off the computer and they promoted the 7:30 Report and a forgotten Australian movie.
Sure! I thought. That’ll be the Forty Thousand Horsemen, at Kurnell again.
But NO!
Of course it’s Wake in Fright.
It felt a bit like when you think about people whom you haven’t seen for a long time and then the doorbell (or telephone) rings and they’re there!!


Is the TV watching me? Should I wake in fright?


Ramsgate Beach, Australia

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Doing country service was part of the bond that came with attending teachers college and I was determined to be a primary school teacher.
I got to know some great kids, in 1967, and by the end of the year my situation had greatly improved. But the beginning was not good.

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