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BLUE MOUNTAINS – A HAPLESS TRAVELLER

  My partner  Rob and I are making our way home from Sydney to the Blue Mountains by rail; a two hour journey. As the train begins to climb, an American lady sitting behind us asks  someone a question across the aisle; ‘Excuse me, will I know

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A FAILED APPEAL TO CHARLES DICKENS…..

A FAILED APPEAL TO CHARLES DICKENS.....

 SCHOOLGIRLS IN EXILE My  book, The Water Doctor’s Daughters,  is the  biography of a dysfunctional family,  but  it is also Victorian  era true crime.  It centres on the case of French born  governess  Mlle Celestine Doudet.  In 1855 the governess was tried over the deaths of  her

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THE INTRIGUING VOYAGE OF THE STORES SHIP DROMEDARY IN 1821

THE INTRIGUING  VOYAGE OF  THE STORES SHIP DROMEDARY IN 1821

While in England some time ago  I was shown an ancient  piece of scrimshaw in a private collection. My interest was  aroused  because  the  whale’s tooth  was  carved with an image (artist unknown) of a  three-masted sailing ship. On one side was  the tantalizing   inscription; STORES SHIP

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A VERY SPECIAL REVIEW OF MY THAMES BOOK

A VERY SPECIAL REVIEW OF MY THAMES BOOK

Dr James Colthurst is perhaps best known for having been  a  close friend of  the late Princess Diana.  He  was trusted implicitly by Diana , and acted as a go-between during one of  the most difficult periods of her life.  It was Colthurst who   conveyed the secret tapes  she

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CRICKET….LORDS AND THE LADIES!

  A BIG DAY OUT  …..by EDITOR DES Well when we were in England last time,  Dr Bob decided  we would go to the cricket in LONDON. It was supposed to be a bonding session, as me and Pauline have had a few ‘issues’ lately (her fault,

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LINGERING ALONG THE THAMES; AT (D)READING

LINGERING ALONG THE THAMES; AT (D)READING

 TRAVELLING ALONG THE THAMES PATH Apart from Harleyford and Marlow, Thames locations with which I have a close personal association, Reading features unusually heavily in my book, All Along the River; Tales From the Thames.  Here is a little extract. Copy from the book  is in black,

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A Sheepish Tale From the Thames

  One of the difficulties in writing All Along the River; Tales From the Thames was making  really hard decisions about what should go in! So much history…..so much intrigue and scandal. Naturally  I was tempted to include far too  much about my beloved Harleyford Estate, where

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THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH!

THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH!

Hello….Editor Des here. Well it’s all sport, sport, sport in our household at the moment, so I thought I would write a piece about a famous cricketer!  By the way, the local coach once told me that I had a great future as twelfth man for Blackheath

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The Bride of Buscot Park

The Bride of Buscot Park

Florence Campbell was born in Woolloomooloo, Sydney on September 5th 1845, the eldest daughter  of Ann and Robert  Campbell.  Her father made his fortune as a merchant, and in trading in gold after the big strike at Ophir. He also  owned vast tracts of land in Victoria

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Dawlish; an Author’s Pilgrimage.

  One of the  true joys of writing narrative  non-fiction is visiting all the places associated with the story. Of  course the research for  my book,  The Water Doctor’s Daughters,  took me to Paris (such a chore..ha ha)  Hastings and St Leonards,  Malvern and Cheltenham.  Accompanied  by

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