Humour

The case of a misguided stamp investment.

The case of a misguided stamp investment.

AN EARLY STAMP OF STUPIDITY At the age of seven I decided to become a stamp collector. In a generous act of encouragement I was given a stamp album assembled over many years by an older cousin. I cut out the largest and most exotic of his […]

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NO FRENCH CONNECTION

NO  FRENCH CONNECTION

LAWS OF LINGUISTICS In Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure,   chief protagonist Jude Fawley naively assumes  that learning a foreign language is like cracking a code; that mastering two or three words will miraculously provide the key to understanding the entire vocabulary.  Hardy refers to this as Grimm’s […]

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DEAR MISS ALL – CHILDHOOD ANGST

DEAR MISS ALL - CHILDHOOD ANGST

DAYDREAMS I was raised on a small dairy farm  near Ulverstone, on the north west coast of Tasmania. Many would consider this an idyllic childhood, and in retrospect   it was.  However, owing to a steady diet of American comic books I longed to be anywhere else but […]

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BARISTA EDITOR DES, THE NEW COFFEE KING

BARISTA EDITOR DES, THE NEW COFFEE KING

  You know what? Lately my editing hasn’t been going so well, because I missed a few errors in one of Pauline’s articles. I had to award the red tomato  trophy to myself, which wasn’t exactly  pleasant! The pay isn’t much good either. Hardly enough to keep […]

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BOTTOMS UP! HA HA!

BOTTOMS UP! HA HA!

Hello, well bottoms are very  funny, aren’t they?     Q.  WHAT HAS A BOTTOM AT THE TOP?  A.  MY LEGS!   That’s a joke I made up by myself.   I spend a lot of time with my bottom in the air. It’s so the blood can run  […]

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EDITOR DES…SPORTS STAR

EDITOR DES...SPORTS STAR

When I was very small I went to the Sydney Olympics and since then I have been a sportsman extraordinaire!  Mind you,  I do face  certain  physical ‘challenges’. I find it helps if I limber up with a bit of yoga before breakfast. After that I eat […]

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THE TAILORING OF THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE!

THE TAILORING OF THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE!

 A DECIDEDLY FISHY STORY! My partner Rob and I once owned a little half cabin cruiser called Sixpence.We used to fish for snapper off Sydney Heads, but heavy swells often forced us to retire to  calmer waters within the harbour.   Early one Sunday morning we dropped […]

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HIGH SCHOOL DAYS – AN EX-RADICAL REFLECTS

HIGH SCHOOL  DAYS - AN EX-RADICAL REFLECTS

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE TASMANIAN ADVOCATE.  THE GHOST OF ULVERSTONE HIGH     Some years ago I drove past my old  high school and realized I had subconsciously avoided writing a single word about my years there.  It’s not that I was particularly unhappy […]

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SLAYING THE GIANT SNAKE

SLAYING THE GIANT SNAKE

HOW THE DRAMA BEGAN Well one day I was sitting in a planter pot talking to  Pauline’s  little goose when we heard a funny  noise.  Goose peered down at something, so I did too. Whoops, nearly over-balanced and ended up on my head!   And do you […]

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LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY!

LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY!

Hello, Editor Des here! Well Pauline was going to do some research at the State Library in Sydney so I went along  too. I thought I might start trying to find my ancestors. Just hope I don’t turn out to be  related to Paddington or Pooh…especially Paddington.  […]

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