THE AUSTRALIAN MISS HAVISHAM

THE AUSTRALIAN MISS HAVISHAM

 A FAMOUS NOVEL BY MR DICKENS When Pip meets the jilted Miss Havisham in the novel Great Expectations she is dressed in her decaying wedding attire, presenting a terrifying blend of waxwork figure and living skeleton. According to many people, Charles  Dickens based this character on the 

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THE PUZZLE SURROUNDING A WORLD BICYCLE TOUR

THE PUZZLE SURROUNDING A WORLD BICYCLE TOUR

BON VOYAGE In early June 1898 a young man called Victor Richard Ratten resigned from his position at the Union Bank in Forbes, a small town in the Central West of New South Wales. His colleagues presented him with a memento and wished him Bon Voyage. I

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MAGNA CARTA; SIGN HERE IF YOU PLEASE!

MAGNA CARTA; SIGN HERE IF YOU PLEASE!

  On June 15th 1215,  King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta by his rebellious barons. The event has a  romantic association for me. My first true love was a nine year old baron called Leigh Dunstan, who made my heart flutter in grade four

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PLEASE DON’T DISMISS MY SENSE OF SMELL!

PLEASE DON'T DISMISS MY SENSE OF SMELL!

Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.    Oliver Wendell  Holmes How true that quote is.  After my mother died I treasured a cardigan she had worn that retained her special fragrance. It was a

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LOST FOR WORDS, THEN IT ALL GOT CHEESY!

LOST FOR WORDS, THEN IT ALL GOT CHEESY!

HERE IS A GUEST POST FROM MY TALENTED FRIEND JACKIE SAYLE;  ARTIST, WRITER, GARDENER…. AND FABULOUS COOK.   When Pauline first invited me to write a guest post about cookery you could have knocked me down with a feather ‘500 – 800 words should do,’ she said,

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Lilies of the Field

Lilies of the Field

   Behold the lilies of the field, how they grow…. This is a little tribute to  my mother, and to the lilies that grow in my garden, as they once did in hers..   When we moved to our property in the Blue Mountains of New South

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LACHLAN MACQUARIE; FATHER OF THE ANZACS?

LACHLAN MACQUARIE; FATHER OF THE ANZACS?

 VISION FOR A NATION By 1815 Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s extensive building programme and his efforts to raise the moral standards of the colony of New South Wales were bearing fruit. Sydney, which had been little more than a squalid penal camp when he arrived, was becoming a

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THE EASTER EGG HUNT

THE  EASTER EGG HUNT

Well I’d been  looking  forward to the  Easter Bunny visiting for weeks, but  on Saturday everything started to go wrong.  See, we were in Sydney visiting my Granny Jean when  it started  raining  so hard that  Dr Bob decided we shouldn’t drive home because it was a

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THE NOT SO SECRET LITERARY AGENT

THE NOT SO SECRET LITERARY AGENT

LITERARY AGENT ANGST In 2011 I completed  a narrative non-fiction book on a controversial, 19th century criminal case. The events in The Water Doctor’s Daughters take place in France and England, and as an opening gambit I aim high and email a query letter to one of

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Mr Eternity – Arthur Stace

Mr Eternity - Arthur Stace

*THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED, IN A SLIGHTLY SHORTER VERSION, IN THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. FROM THE BATTLEFIELD TO SAVING SOULS. Much has been written about the mysterious ‘Mr Eternity’, Arthur Stace, who chalked his famous one word sermon throughout the streets of Sydney. Less well known

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