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Joybell BS: Dancing policeman of Melbourne (12) BS: Dancing policeman of Melbourne 25 Jul 13


In need of a little distraction and inspired by Jennie's dancing Canadian policemen on Little Hawke's thread I'm creating this one.

During the 1970s maybe before (time's becoming meaningless) there was a traffic cop I remember well. He was always at the big Melbourne intersection where Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street meet at a T. In front of the side entrance to Flinders Street Station. I was born and raised in Melbourne. It has always been a rather proper, sedate, and serious place. From childhood I spent many hours wandering around the city watching the life-drama not minding that there wasn't much eccentricity.
One day I came upon this policeman who seemed to be right out of Broadway. He danced and mimed his way through the day with much waving of arms and funny little dance routines. Sometimes he fell to his kness in mock prayer, or lifted his arms heaven-wards begging help from above. At each change of traffic light he would lead a new group of pedestrians across the road and then wave the cars through with a great flourish. I loved him. Spent hours just watching.
I wonder where he is now? I wonder who he was?
Joy


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