There is a picture of a sparse and tidy bunk stuck to the bulkhead, laminated. To suggest to messy sailors how we might conduct our cabins. 'If you're Amish' muttered Banjo passing. Antipodean terse and not a funny man by day the quip tickled us. I like to remind myself of the incident still. He got Banjo for telling us about Banjo Paterson who penned Waltzing Matilda. We giggled at the moniker and Clancy Of The Overflow. I tried to buy a collection of his bush poetry in a book store in Hobart, Tasmania, but they didn't have a clue what I was talking about. I've been had by that wag Banjo I thought and left blushing.
Photo: Melbourne early morning. February 2004. Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson grew up on a farm near Yass, New South Wales. Close to the main Melbourne to Sydney route.