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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

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RABBIT PIE

RABBIT PIE

Introduced to Australia with the First Fleet, rabbits began to breed in plague proportions, especially in Tasmania. As early as 1827 the Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser reported: ‘…the common rabbit is becoming so numerous throughout the colony, that they are running about on some large estates

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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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BATHING IN THE BUFF AT BADEN-BADEN

BATHING IN THE BUFF AT BADEN-BADEN

BARING IT ALL IN THE BLACK FOREST   While visiting the Black Forest my partner Rob and I discover there is more to the region than chocolate cake and cuckoo clocks. Our apartment is owned by the Klumpp family, who are as sturdily hearty as their name

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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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CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF EDITOR DES…BY HIMSELF!

CELEBRATING  THE LIFE OF EDITOR DES...BY HIMSELF!

HELLO DOWN THERE!     OK…to celebrate my  birthday I thought I would tell you  a little bit about myself.   I was actually born in China,  but I think my parents sold me ( I know, how could they part with someone so adorable?)  Boo hoo, they

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How to catch a Murray cod!

How to catch a  Murray cod!

TALL TALES, EMPTY TANKS – AN AUSTRALIAN ODYSSEY On late night radio  an elderly man talked about catching giant Murray cod on chicken eggs; ‘I thread a fish hook through the shell of a raw egg then I hard boil it,’ he assured the dubious host. His

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PAULINE CONOLLY’S GARDEN: THE SHOCKING TRUTH!

PAULINE CONOLLY'S GARDEN: THE SHOCKING TRUTH!

Hello, You know how Pauline  Conolly posts  rather showoffy pictures of her garden?  Well I’m about to take her down a peg or two, hahaha.  Made a little bicycle  tour the other day and by gum there are some pretty dire ‘blots’ ! Here I go down

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