The Queen's legacy is complex, John Longhurst writes.
A SUITED-UP Mick balancing two schooners, wended his way through the boisterous crowd to the bar table.
Seated, he kept both schooners before him. Bazza raised an eyebrow:
Mick stiffened his back and touched his black armband. They eyed each other for a short moment.
Bazza licked his lips:
Mick relaxed his shoulders, slid the schooner across and they both took long sips:
Mick's face tightened:
Mick leaned in:
Bazza took a sip:
Immediately Bazza replied:
Bazza urged patience:
In the week of the Queen's passing, it seems most of the media have finally left the building and may now be seen revelling in her death as if this one single event somehow encapsulates their raison d'être.
Bazza paused for a sip:
John Longhurst is a former industrial advocate and political adviser. He currently works as an English and History teacher on the South Coast of NSW.
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