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The best of times

Neil Matterson, Byron Bay

To misquote Charles Dickens, ‘It is the best of times, it is the worst of times…’

A few among many of the worst of times: the health and financial well being of a lot of individuals, families and institutions are in upheaval. Businesses are struggling to survive and some will vanish in the longer term. Some children will grow with an education fault line and social dislocation will be ingrained in some sections of the community.

The best of times, very selectively? The iconic ocean landscape of Byron Bay is clearly visible and peaceful without interruption from excessive tourists.

But let’s hope we get to the stage quickly enough to be able to look back and quote Charles Dickens correctly – ’It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’


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2 responses to “The best of times”

  1. Willaim says:

    In many ways it will be the start of “best of times” in the West and Democracy. Socialism and Communism has been seen to be the cause of so many deaths, in the last few weeks and the last 100 years. Either by criminal stupidity, criminal negligence or deliberate criminal actions China, or more correctly the Chinese Communist Party is seen to be the most idiot ideologues, There is not an intelligent country in the world who is even now not preparing to move their business `s to somewhere with morals, scruples and intelligence. India for one or back to their home country.
    God help the Chinese populace because their govt wont.

  2. Alexander the Great says:

    What the Dickens is this about? There are two cities so the other one must be Mullum in this ditty.
    And neither has a Cruise Ship Terminal as we wash our hands of grime and grit, dirt oh so gritty,
    of the problem that Sydney has, but Byron could if it wanted to grow could get a Cruise Ship Terminal.
    Council would then have more rates and funds and it would not make the place so dead and terminal.
    We then could have the ‘best of times’ and read the New York Times because it rhymes.
    And be a decent place with more people, traffic, noise, parties, beer, signals and traffic signs.
    And don’t forget the bypass pushing back the swamp, frogs and toads in these worst of times.

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