I had hurriedly arranged to meet Richard in Tarago, between Canberra and Sydney, to hand over a typewriter for our mutual friend, typewriter technician TERRY COOKSLEY, to fix. It was a Torpedo portable which had arrived by post on Friday in excellent working condition, but which had all too soon suffered one of those unforeseeable little accidents. After an afternoon of extreme frustration in trying to get working again, I realised it needed Terry's expert care and attention.
When Richard arrived in Tarago for our meeting, he surprised me yet again with his generosity - by giving me an early 64th birthday present: his stunningly beautiful green Bijou portable that I have conveted for years.
I realised straightaway it was the ideal machine to use for my demonstration later that night of what we should all be doing to help save the planet - using a manual typewriter, at least during Earth Hour each year. Every little bit helps.