Saturday, September 06, 2008
Heart and By-pass
Chen Niroshi lived on the other side of the tracks to most people in Laverstone. He’d come to Britain in 1953 with very little money and had taken what work he could. A caretaker/porter at the railway station paid very little, but Western Railways allowed him the use of a disused carriage on one of the sidings free of charge.
It didn’t matter to Niroshi that the wheels had rusted to the rails or that his water had to be piped from a tank he’d set up to catch the rainwater from the roof, over the years he’d re-designed the carriage with scavenged materials to resemble a gypsy caravan.
He was understandable upset when the Highways agency bought the land to build a bypass.
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