EXTRAORDINARY SNAKE TALES

EXTRAORDINARY SNAKE TALES

WARNING – THERE ARE PICTURES OF SNAKES IN THIS ARTICLE.   ALSO,  I MUST POINT OUT THAT SNAKES ARE VERY INOFFENSIVE.  THEY NORMALLY ONLY BITE WHEN CORNERED, OR WHEN SOMEONE IS TRYING TO KILL THEM. THEY ARE NOW PROTECTED IN AUSTRALIA, AS THEY CERTAINLY SHOULD BE. A BLIGHTED CHILDHOOD Being

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Where the Devil is it?

Where the Devil is it?

I grew up on a farm on the north west coast of Tasmania. In the late  1950’s  a man came to see my father on some business or other.  While he was there he produced a sugar bag which he carefully opened to show us the most ferocious creature  imaginable. It

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NAME THAT BOOK! CHOOSING A TITLE

NAME THAT BOOK! CHOOSING A TITLE

WHAT’S IN A NAME? I recently expressed some disquiet over a book title  chosen by a fellow member of a writers’ group. He  was  actually  seeking advice on whether to include a blurb on the back cover of his memoir. Perhaps rightly, he was not impressed when

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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 one 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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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,  by Tony Smith 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

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