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HOTEL ROOM HORRORS

HOTEL ROOM HORRORS

Sometimes  there is an early sign of trouble when you reach your hotel room……the designers have been just that little bit too tricksy and  trendy. The pics below were taken at a new hotel in Sydney’s Chatswood.   And sure enough, the room turned out to be 

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GNOME MATTER WHERE I ROAM!

GNOME MATTER WHERE I ROAM!

One day  Editor Des and I were walking the famous Thames Path near London (as one does) when we stumbled upon the tiniest gnome in the universe. He was standing on a pile of golden sovereigns at Putney.   I’m afraid Editor Des  quickly scoffed the coins,

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Just P. and O. at the Tom Bass Sculpture

Just P. and O. at the Tom Bass Sculpture

                    The sculptor Tom Bass (1916-2010)  was born in Lithgow.  Richard Neville (1941-2016) spent much of his  later life in the Blue Mountains village of  Blackheath. Both men were associated with a work of art regarded as one

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SYDNEY SUBURBS; AN ABRIDGED A-Z

SYDNEY SUBURBS; AN ABRIDGED A-Z

A LIGHT-HEARTED ‘JOURNEY’ AROUND SYDNEY SUBURBS     We should never forget that almost all the  names  given  to Sydney and its environs by Europeans were preceded by those used  by Australia’s  first people. Here is a list of  Aboriginal place names  complied by the Australian Museum.

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EDITOR DES ABOARD THE INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN

EDITOR DES ABOARD THE INDIAN PACIFIC TRAIN

TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWING   OK, all packed for our trip across the Nullarbor on the   Indian Pacific train.  It’s a VERY long train.                 Had to catch the train to Sydney first.  For heavens sake…..why couldn’t it pick us

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The Story Of the Editor Des Rose.

The Story Of the Editor Des Rose.

SCROLL TO BOTTOM FOR LATEST UPDATE!                   My guardian Pauline Conolly grew a special rose called Hot Chocolate. ‘Come and smell it Des’ she said. So I did, just to make her happy. I took a deep breath of

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THE KATOOMBA POET…….EVERY WORD A PEARL!

THE KATOOMBA POET.......EVERY WORD A PEARL!

In 1928 the  Sydney publishers Angus and Robertson received an enquiry letter and sample poem from a Mr F. C. Meyers of Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. To say they were not impressed is something of an under-statement.   Now you might imagine

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URBAN IBIS

URBAN IBIS

OK, so above we have a diagram showing the anatomy of the ibis. That’s all very well, but  it omits a vital evolutionary link. According to urban mythology, Sydney’s sacred ibis are a scary mutation of the seagull. The story goes that over succeeding generations, one strain of

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FOOTBALL FOLKLORE

FOOTBALL FOLKLORE

 AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL RULES I grew up in the small Tasmanian town of Ulverstone, where Australian Rules Football was the sport we were passionate about.  Ulverstone’s colours  have always been  black and red, hence their name, The Robins. In the 1960’s football was untainted by the corporate sector and

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TRIBUTE TO THE MATCHBOX

TRIBUTE TO THE MATCHBOX

I must begin with the most charming letter imaginable; written by the British author Sylvia Townsend Warner to her dear friend Alyse Gregory, in response to the gift of a sweet, wooden match box.     THE  AUSSIE MATCHBOX The familiar Redheads matches were first made in Australia

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