The case of a misguided stamp investment.

The case of a misguided stamp investment.

AN EARLY STAMP OF STUPIDITY At the age of seven I decided to become a stamp collector. In a generous act of encouragement I was given a stamp album assembled over many years by an older cousin. I cut out the largest and most exotic of his

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NO FRENCH CONNECTION

NO  FRENCH CONNECTION

LAWS OF LINGUISTICS In Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure,   chief protagonist Jude Fawley naively assumes  that learning a foreign language is like cracking a code; that mastering two or three words will miraculously provide the key to understanding the entire vocabulary.  Hardy refers to this as Grimm’s

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DEAR MISS ALL – CHILDHOOD ANGST

DEAR MISS ALL - CHILDHOOD ANGST

DAYDREAMS I was raised on a small dairy farm  near Ulverstone, on the north west coast of Tasmania. Many would consider this an idyllic childhood, and in retrospect   it was.  However, owing to a steady diet of American comic books I eventually longed to be anywhere else

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BARISTA EDITOR DES, BLACKHEATH’S NEW COFFEE KING?

BARISTA EDITOR DES, BLACKHEATH'S  NEW COFFEE KING?

You know what? Lately my editing hasn’t been going so well, because I missed a few errors in one of my employer Pauline Conolly’s articles. In my defense, she does make a lot of typos. The pay isn’t much good either. Hardly enough to keep a person

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BOTTOMS UP! HA HA!

BOTTOMS UP! HA HA!

Hello, well bottoms are very  funny, aren’t they?     Q.  WHAT HAS A BOTTOM AT THE TOP?  A.  MY LEGS!   That’s a joke I made up by myself.  We have all been talking about our bums lately haven’t we, what with the mysterious shortage of loo paper.

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EDITOR DES…SPORTS STAR

EDITOR DES...SPORTS STAR

When I was very small I went to the Sydney Olympics and since then I have been a sportsman extraordinaire!  Mind you,  I do face  certain  physical ‘challenges’. I find it helps if I limber up with a bit of yoga before breakfast. After that I eat

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THE TAILORING OF THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE!

THE TAILORING OF THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE!

 A DECIDEDLY FISHY STORY! Back in the 1980s my partner Rob and I owned a little half cabin cruiser called Sixpence. I loved catching blue swimmer crabs in Mosman Bay. We also used to fish for snapper off Sydney Heads, although heavy swells often forced us to

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HIGH SCHOOL DAYS – AN EX-RADICAL REFLECTS

HIGH SCHOOL  DAYS - AN EX-RADICAL REFLECTS

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE TASMANIAN ADVOCATE.  THE GHOST OF ULVERSTONE HIGH Some years ago I drove past my old  high school and realized I had subconsciously avoided writing a single word about my years there.  It’s not that I was particularly unhappy at  Ulverstone

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SLAYING THE GIANT SNAKE

SLAYING THE GIANT SNAKE

HOW THE DRAMA BEGAN Well one day I was sitting in a planter pot talking to  Pauline’s  little goose when we heard a funny  noise.  Goose peered down at something, so I did too. Whoops, nearly over-balanced and ended up on my head!   And do you

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LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY!

LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY!

Hello, Editor Des here! Well Pauline was going to do some research at the State Library in Sydney so I went along  too. I thought I might start trying to find my ancestors. Just hope I don’t turn out to be  related to Paddington or Pooh…especially Paddington. 

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