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Astley explains how the tedium of travel affects her, but recalls a delightful experience with an elderly train conductor in Germany. Finding they shared a love of classical music made for a delightful journey.
Brett posits the view that for most Australians the chook 'symbolises the precariousness of our social order ... For the chook symbolises the forces, both inner and outer, which we fear we have not conquered, and it does so by being a uniquely Australian comic figure.'