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Editor Des ‘meets’ Dr Johnson

  A DAY WITH DR JOHNSON by EDITOR DES Oh dear… where to start?! Well, Pauline and Doctor Bob took me to London the other day to enhance my editorial knowledge and  skills. We walked along the river  from the Tower to Fleet Street, where all the […]

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UNRAVELLING WITH MY AUNT; A TRAVEL TALE

UNRAVELLING WITH MY AUNT; A TRAVEL TALE

OH TO BE IN ENGLAND! It was the perfect  time  for my elderly Aunt Leah to visit England, as  my partner Rob and I were  based in London  It was Leah’s first trip, and we were  happy to take her on a tour of the country. Heading […]

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Confessions of an Accordian Player.

Confessions of an Accordian Player.

MISGUIDED  MUSICAL AMBITION After watching too many episodes of  Australia’s  Got Talent, Editor Des has  decided   he wants to become a famous musician. He desperately wanted to play a keyboard instrument, but let’s face it, he just doesn’t have the fingers!   After a lot of thought and […]

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THE TASMANIAN SHADBOLTS

THE  TASMANIAN SHADBOLTS

LINDEN SHADBOLT – the child who stayed behind The following  is a  continuation of my  convict ancestors’ story  The Exoneration of Solomon Shadbolt. The first piece was prompted by what I saw as an unfair representation of  my three times great-grandfather, in the late   Maurice Shadbolts’s memoir […]

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The Exoneration of Solomon Shadbolt….Convict

The Exoneration of Solomon Shadbolt....Convict

A STORY ABOUT MY G-G-G-GRANDFATHER When  Australian author Kate Grenville was researching  her convict ancestor for the novel  Secret River, she admitted to feeling slightly anxious about the nature of his crime. Theft was one thing, but what if he had  been transported for something really serious; […]

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Brave New Look For Blackheath Loo

  In The Beginning Yes, well Pauline thinks this touristy story is not very nice because it’s  mostly about ….a lavatory. But first  I have to give you a bit of background information. In 1985 the very  famous artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee, who lives in  […]

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Des Visits Wind Eroded Cave & Anvil Rock, Blackheath

Des Visits Wind Eroded Cave  & Anvil Rock, Blackheath

    A Double Bunger Day Out. Hello down there! Here’s my first travel /history article  and yes  I have had a little  help from Dr Bob.  I am stepping into the  breach (that’s a clever cliché ) for Pauline, who is a bit dispirited about her […]

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Woolly Birds and Hembegs – The Australian Dictionary

Woolly Birds and Hembegs - The Australian Dictionary

 A DICTIONARY IS BORN In 1812 the convict James Hardy Vaux  (pictured )  produced  what is credited as  being  the first Australian dictionary: A New and Comprehensive Vocabulary of the Flash Language.  It  was essentially a  compilation of slang used by the ‘flash’ criminal element in the […]

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Dr Tardieu – advocate for abused children

Dr Tardieu - advocate for abused children

This brief article  is a tribute to a very special  Frenchman;  Dr Auguste Ambroise Tardieu,  who was born in Paris in 1818.     Dr Tardieu headed the team of  French doctors who performed a post-mortem on the disinterred body of English schoolgirl Marian Marsden in 1854.  […]

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Whale sighted in the Blue Mountains!

Whale sighted in the Blue Mountains!

Who would have thought  that  whale watching would be a genuine tourist draw in the Blue Mountains,  two hours west of Sydney?    Unlike coastal whales the species, known  as hedgeritum greenius magnum  is  very  slow moving and easy to spot.  A  prime specimen can be viewed   at […]

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