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|  Redundancy |                                   |  Pat Swadling (10453)  |

        - They think it’s all over - it was then

             ventually I moved from the      proved to be a delight to operate, and
             Black Widow machine to a        I could still heat up the lunchtime pies
       EModel 48 Linotype, which             and the winter chestnuts on the hot
                                                                  metal pot.
                                                                   Talking of
                                                                  which, at least
                                                                  once a year
                                                                  I like to visit
                                                                  Amberley
                                                                  Chalk
                                                                  Museum, in
                                                                  particular
                                                                  their printing
                                                                  department.
                                                                  Among the
                                                                  many printing
                                                                  presses and
                                                                  machines,
                                                                  they have
                                                                  a couple of
                                                                  Linotypes
                                                                  and it is a
                                                                  real pleasure
                                                                  to see them
                                                                  working,
                                                                  but I also
                                                                  like to see
                                                                  the visitors’
                                                                  reaction
                                                                  to them,
                                                                  especially
                                                                  the children,
                                                                  who have
                                                                  never seen
                                                                  anything like
                                                                  them before.
                                                                  I fi nd myself
                                                                  thinking:
                                                                  yes. I really
                                                                  did operate
       This was the imposing Southampton Echo Offi ce building, now a   those huge
       shopping centre. I wonder if the people who work there late at night   machines
       ever smell the ink and feel the presses rumbling beneath their feet?  many years
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