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NUTTY ENOUGH FOR THE ANTARCTIC .

NUTTY ENOUGH FOR THE ANTARCTIC .

It takes a particular  personality  to thrive in the Antarctic. It is harsh,  yet breathtakingly beautiful. It is isolated, yet lacking in privacy for those who live and work there. David Barringhaus fits the bill; a tough, knock about Aussie who is also reflective and  creative. It’s

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UNINTENTIONAL MARKETING

UNINTENTIONAL MARKETING

  We writers are often rather introverted people. How  cruel that after  we write our books in our quiet little nests, we  have to expose ourselves to the big wide world.  Oh dear, giving talks and speaking on radio etc will always terrify me, no matter how

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THE MYSTERY OF THE FOUR CAR CRASH

THE MYSTERY OF THE FOUR CAR CRASH

My partner and I were driving to Sydney from the Blue Mountains last Sunday when we were caught up in the most horrendous traffic jam. After inching along for half an hour or so we were diverted off the Great Western Highway….into another  dreadful jam.  Apparently there

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OLD BELL RINGERS NEVER DIE!

As many of my friends  know, I have a great love for the sound of church bells.   They ring  to  call the faithful to worship  and to proclaim joyful events such as declarations of  peace after war.  They celebrate  births and marriages and  toll to commemorate  the

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AND I THOUGHT I WAS ONLY LEFT HANDED

AND I THOUGHT I WAS ONLY LEFT HANDED

BLOWN TO THE LEFT IN A COLD WIND OF CHANGE Until recently the only concept I  had of  being ‘left’ in any sense was being left handed. Since I am not a violinist it has never caused me huge problems, except when signing books at author functions.

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It’s In the Bag; Sydney’s Best New Building?

  I remember watching  as  work  proceeded on the wonderfully  eccentric University of Technology building in Sydney.   The Aussie ‘brickies’   had never coped with anything quite like it. Creating folds and curves  from bricks is extremely difficult.  One  fellow joked that instead of laying a few

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A BUSKER SHARES HIS STORY

The Take Home Busker Since my partner and I have had fewer restrictions imposed on our time by work commitments, I have reinvented myself as a folk musician. We attend festivals, do CD reviews, write songs and perform in ‘sessions’. Undoubtedly, one of my greatest pleasures is

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LIVING IN THE MOMENT; WHEN MEMORY FAILS

LIVING IN THE MOMENT; WHEN MEMORY FAILS

 MOMENTS IN TIME, BUT NO LONGER  IN  MEMORY Pop psychologists are always urging us to ‘Live in the moment’.    I do try to do this, especially when it comes to enjoying my garden and the wonderful  bird life around me.  However, as a writer  on social history and

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DEAR DAMNED DIARY

DEAR DAMNED DIARY

  It is such a privilege to have access to someone’s diaries. I  find myself handling  them with something akin to reverence. Recently I  have been in Sydney’s Mitchell Library  reading those  of  English writer Sylvia Townsend Warner.  Sylvia began them in 1927,  the year after she

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TINY GIFTS, RECEIVED WITH GRACE.

TINY GIFTS, RECEIVED WITH GRACE.

  Sometimes  a small, seemingly insignificant  gift  produces  unalloyed  pleasure.   Last Christmas I bought my partner Rob a $5 ‘stocking filler’ from the village chemist.  It was a sponge, impregnated with mysterious ingredients.  I had assumed it was a toiletry item for travellers .  Rob hates

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