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Reader's Digest building empty (once again) [Nov. 7th, 2009|08:36 am]
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In my LiveJournal entry on October 16th I wrote

"As noted on Twitter this evening I attended a session called "Politics in the Pub" near my olde olde place of employment Readers Digest. Although the building is covered in Reader's Digest insignia as the commemorative plaque below reveals the building was auctioned in 2004 due to it being too large due to technological change and a dramatic decrease in the number of staff. It is now an educational institute - the Meridian International Hotel School."

On that date I was somewhat taken aback to see the building as an International Hotel School with students (rather than Digesters) going into and out of the building.

As of yesterday it is no longer "The Meridian International Hotel School" and the fact the school slammed it's doors on students was mentioned on the evening news on television.

This news item documents the closure (with three photographs)

Meridian Hotel School in Surry Hills locks out hundreds of students

06 Nov 09 @ 08:46am by Kim Shaw

Hundreds of confused and upset students are gathering outside the Meridian Hotel School in the old Readers Digest building in Surry Hills after the school suddenly closed its doors, leaving students in the lurch.

Many of the school’s students are international students who have scraped together more than ten thousand dollars for hospitality and high school tuition, only to find themselves locked out this morning.

A note on the school’s front doors says the school is closed but no further information has been provided.

Police arrived but there was no sign of public disorder.

I have pointed to other articles on Twitter

I worked in that building from 1976 to 1996. About one third of my life experience has been under the roof of the Reader's Digest building.

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