An Old Geezer whistled and stuttered and clanked to a halt. Young people smartly dressed disembarked and chatted gaily as we approached. The strained conductor barked and wheezed and drew a handkerchief across his brow. A drinks-waiter dispatched from the station-bar brought forth a silver tray stacked with tall cokes and g&t’s overflowing with ice and sliced lemon. A support crew ferried buckets of perspiring brown bottles.
Actually, there was barely a soul in sight. A deserted station much as the entire universe back to Grahamstown had been. Lost in time. A bygone era. Disappeared off a cliff-edge. We recorded the moment of our arrival by digital camera, a feature of a cellular telephone – a popular personal accessory in the year of our lord 2018.
At that we lifted our packs for the last time and walked back down the line in search of the golf club bar and that squad of drinks-bearers.
Thank you DAJ Murray for a momentous two days. Looking forward to the the next extraordinary adventure. And thank you Bloss for collecting us in Alicedale!
Before moving back to Grahamstown in Oct 2017, Graeme was a bank executive based in the big smoke and craziness of Joburg. He has 20 years’ experience in the Payments Industry. He is a Chartered Accountant, has a Masters in Management by Research (MMR) from Wits Business School, and attended an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) offered by INSEAD (The Business School for the World!) in France.
Graeme is the founder of The Grahamstown Project. It’s simple. He says, “Grahamstown is a microcosm of South Africa. If we can’t get this place to function properly then the whole country is stuffed. Many of the troubles we experience as a country today have their roots here in Grahamstown. it is here where black and white people first engaged in conflict on the African continent. It is here where 9 wars of dispossession over 100 years took place and virtually destroyed the amaXhosa nation. But we are where we are. I don’t have a British passport and the boat-trip back to where my ancestors came from is exorbitantly expensive. Furthermore, this is my home. I am a son of Africa. We must work together to redress the injustices of the past and move as one into a brighter future.”
Graeme is an avid historian, writer, vlogger and public speaker. Like and follow the Facebook page. Join him on a tour. Contact him. He would love that.