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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TASMANIAN FOOTBALL FOLKLORE

TASMANIAN 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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Tribute to Condensed Milk

Tribute to Condensed Milk

Condensed milk has been around for generations. I do love the following  snippet, published in an Australian newspaper in 1901; When condensed milk was first introduced thirty years ago  the idea was scoffed at. The inventor carried the entire daily  supply for New York in a ten-quart pail, delivering

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A RIGHT ROYAL FISHING MISADVENTURE!

A RIGHT ROYAL FISHING MISADVENTURE!

GONE  FISHING MATE Hello everyone, Editor Des here. You wouldn’t think that fishing could lead to big  trouble would you? But  believe me it can! Well I was riding around the garden  one day when I thought I spotted a fish in a big water bowl.  I

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Social history and Sydney’s Easter Show.

Social history and Sydney's Easter Show.

 TIMES ARE A’ CHANGING AT THE SHOW As I wandered   around Sydney’s Royal Easter Show last year I was struck by how accurately this iconic event reflects changes in our society.  The cookery section is a classic case in point.  If we want it to survive we will

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LETTERS TO SANTA

LETTERS TO SANTA

WRITING  TO SANTA IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS; AN  ILLUSTRATED ESSAY BY EDITOR DES…. ER, THAT’S ME! Well here is a letter  written by a little Australian  boy called Paddy, exactly one hundred years ago.   Who do you think Paddy was? (see answer at the bottom of

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HOW TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS STANDING ON YOUR HEAD!

HOW TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS STANDING ON YOUR HEAD!

  CHRISTMAS DOWN-UNDER John O’Grady once wrote a best selling  book called, They’re a Weird Mob.  It was about Australians and yes….we are a bit strange.  What do you expect when we live in an upside down world? Our fair country  was  described in Alice in Wonderland 

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DRIVEN MAD ON FOREIGN SOIL

DRIVEN MAD ON FOREIGN SOIL

My partner  Rob  and I were looking through some old holiday pics the other day.  Suddenly he held one up and said dreamily, ‘I remember that place; it was fantastic.’  As I glanced at what seemed a fairly nondescript town centre he added, ‘It’s where I found 

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