When the kids were toddler-young, we lived in Hong Kong. Every Sunday, we’d choose a random train station on the map, load up the pram, and head out the door. We never knew what to expect, which is what made the trips so fun and memorable.

Last weekend, we decided to dust off the old family tradition and go somewhere in Sydney we’d never explored on foot. So, with a couple of hours to spare on a Sunday afternoon, we headed off to…


West Ryde, easily accessible by train on the T1 line.


Sunday afternoon.


$63 (pub lunch). $10 DVD movie rental. Both optional!

What we did, saw and chatted about (highlights):

First, we demolished cheese burgers, roast beef and schnitzels at the (surprisingly) cozy and family-friendly West Ryde Hotel while watching an accident-ridden V8 Supercars race.

Next, we explored the history, art and science of joining and borrowing “videos” from Civic Video; as well as surveying the amazing array of American processed snacks and lollies.

Then we window-shopped the A-1 Restaurant and Club supplies and Taffa’s Mitre Ten hardware store, founded in 1955 and still run by the Taffa family.

Last, we explored the wonderful Doctor Who shop, established in June 2015 by manager-owner, Tim Barkley.

Language concepts:

“Borrowing movies” (a foreign and unsettling concept for son-2!); time travel; perpetual calendar; sonic screwdrivers; companions; Weeping Angels; K-9 slippers; Tardis Ugg boots; Leader-Follower (Davros and Daleks); the Tardis; artificial flavours and preservatives; “New Releases”; “Weeklies”; passwords; yellow flags; safety cars; pop-up-shops; window-shopping; ordinal numbers (the first, second, third, Doctors Who); the 12 Labours of Hercules; Pokemon categories and sub-categories (electric v leaf v normal, etc.); Kung Fu Panda sequels; different genres (sci-fi v comedy v animation); days of the week (deadlines for returning DVDs); opening hours; membership cards and liquidation sales (defunct scuba tour shop).


Line-up, smash, crash, borrow, refund, join, regenerate (Doctor Who again!), weeping (Angels), blink, refill, “load up” (on sugar), re-start (race), open, close, time-jump.

A fun afternoon out!

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Banter Speech & Language is an independent firm of speech pathologists for adults and children. We help clients in our local area, including Concord, Rhodes, Strathfield and all other suburbs of Sydney’s Inner West.

Banter Speech & Language is owned and managed by David Kinnane, a Hanen- and LSVT LOUD-certified speech-language pathologist with post-graduate training in the Spalding Method for literacy, the Lidcombe and Camperdown Programs for stuttering, and Voicecraft for voice disorders. David is also a Certified PESL Instructor for accent modification.

David holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. David is a Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP).

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