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Swana and Platform six and a half
Posted Tuesday, 26 June 2007 at 10:08

On platform six and a half on Kings Cross station, there is a kiosk which sells tea and coffee. It doesn’t matter what time of day or night you arrive, Swana is always there on the stand, waiting to make your tea.


He arrived here from Darfur in 1992, and he likes nothing more than to chat about the country he now describes as a ‘horrible place’, and tell you all about when it was ‘paradise’.


When Swana was growing up in Darfur, whether you were rich or poor, it cost just 20p per day to feed a family. It didn’t matter how much money you had, everyone ate the same kind of food cooked in the same way.


Before Swana’s family sat down to eat, his mother would go to the door to check if there was anyone in the street who wanted to join them for food. Neighbours knew and helped each other, and, cared for each others children.


Although Swana lived in the city, he would often travel with his father to visit relatives.


Today, it’s dangerous to travel outside of the city boundary.


Swana talks about global warming; how the desert in the south has receded year on year; how the trees have disappeared; and how the weather has changed to the point of creating havoc with the daily lives of rural farmers.


He talks about corrupt politicians and how they set tribe upon tribe to kill each other, arming them with knives and guns. “He knows this” he says lowering his voice, “I have seen this”.


He will tell you about the battle of the North and South and the thousands of lives that have been lost and how the recent resolution may not last.


When you ask Swana what happened, where did it all start to go wrong, who does he blame, he will answer you very emphatically, “with clever politicians” he will state as he hands you your tea and looks you in the eye.


I haven’t told him what I do yet. I am not sure what I am going to answer when he asks me, which will be very soon now.

Not long to go.

Ian said:
Responded: Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Sounds to me as if he already knows your occupation.Power corrupts which ever country you are in-it's as simple as that. If I believed in God, I would credit him for Climate Change.His way of dealing with the fact that we have reached the point where we are destroying this world and ourselves to the degree that we are on final warning from the Almighty.With only 3% of all available water fit for human consumption, and 90% of that used for irrigation, I can see the next world war being over water.Politicians will be too slow to react, as usual, so we are all doomed!!! I guess we we all have to rely on you Nadine, being one of the decent few!!
John said:
Responded: Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Why are you not sure? Are you ashamed of being an MP? Knowing you, you will tell him the truth that you're one of the good ones. Has Gordon just phoned you?
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 26 June 2007
I preferred the old ending Nadine. It's what we are all thinking. Good for you anyway.
Dave said:
Responded: Tuesday, 26 June 2007
I assume Gordon hasn't contacted you (re: my comment yesterday) I bet you're thinking the same as me that he isn't/hasn't being/been very clever!!! (wink wink nudge nudge)
John said:
Responded: Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Gordon wouldn't contact Nadine for a Cabinet position.The trick is to have subordinates of far lesser ability than you so they pose no threat. Obviously wouldn't work with Nadine, but will work with the normal Labour hopefuls but 'barrel' and 'scraping' are words that come to mind.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Tell him you do a 'clever' job. He'll work it out
Ronnie said:
Responded: Tuesday, 26 June 2007
I usually get a grunt when the tea is dumped on the table (not Kings Cross)but then you have that lovely smile and persona that would entice anyone to spill their lifestory, no matter how good or bad. I was going to say ' a face that could launch a thousand ships' but that, I think,referred to Helen of Troy's beauty, which caused the Trojan Wars, so a bit inappropriate.
James said:
Responded: Tuesday, 26 June 2007
I don't think Swana would believe you for one moment if you told him the truth. No.....tell him you are paid huge sums of money to be Whipped day and night by men, some in costume,some who 'lord' it over you. and you've been known to leave certain places without your underwear. Gorgeous lady that you are, he'd buy that one:-)
Jane K said:
Responded: Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Do you EVER get a comment from a man that does NOT extol your virtues Nadine!!!!!!!!!!
John said:
Responded: Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Don't start that one off James.We can all remember the bott in the pot incident and that performance in front of the five Priests.It shouldn't happen to an MP (now there's a good film title). Jane K .. how could any man be offensive towards our Nadine ? Come to think of it, I cannot ever recall her being nasty to anyone.
Dave said:
Responded: Tuesday, 26 June 2007
I don't think Swana's early life was much different in some ways to yours or mine Nadine. We knew every one in the street. We played,laughed and cried together. We helped each other. Our home was their home.At Christmas we all celebrated together.Then things slowly changed. Greed and avarice crept in as we became a consumer nation.Now we don't know the neighbours let alone the whole street, we don't help each other.We turn the other way.We haven't quite reached the point where we are slaughtering each other en masse,as in Dafur, but give it time......
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