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EDITOR DES AND THE BOWERBIRD…..MISTAKES AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS

EDITOR DES AND THE BOWERBIRD.....MISTAKES AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS

Editor Des has been bird watching with me for the last few months, and becoming quite the ‘twitcher’. Unfortunately he has a lot to learn, which recently led to a head injury…. and a severe knock to his confidence. It should be remembered that a male satin

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A CRICKETER & A CUP DAY PIE PRANK

A CRICKETER & A CUP DAY PIE PRANK

South Australian Victor Richardson was a talented all-round sportsman. He excelled at tennis, golf baseball and Australian Rules Football. He captained Australia in cricket and played in the infamous ‘Bodyline’ cricket series alongside Don Bradman. With this in mind, perhaps we can forgive him for a bit

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OH NO….SEPTEMBER SNOW!

OH NO....SEPTEMBER SNOW!

SUEPRISE SNOW……It’s weird when you wake up at the crack of dawn and open the front door to find the whole landscape has changed. Trousers might have been a sensible idea, Editor Des. What one earth! While we were sleeping the snow was quietly falling. We don’t

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LIFE’S UPS AND DOWNS FOR A LITTLE KING PARROT

LIFE'S UPS AND DOWNS FOR A LITTLE KING PARROT

Driving into our Blue Mountains property after visiting Sydney recently we almost ran over a juvenile king parrot. I had to hop out of the car and shoo him off the driveway. He was too busy with an acorn he’d found to think about the dangers of

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DEATH BY STRYCHNINE & A ‘WILL’ TO FIND JUSTICE

DEATH BY STRYCHNINE & A 'WILL' TO FIND JUSTICE

Mrs Margaret Roche was a hard working, shrewd business woman. She rose from the position of barmaid to become the owner of considerable property. Included were two hotels in Queensland; the Telegraph Hotel at Charleville and the property she lived in, the Claren Hotel, in the small

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DEATH ON YORK STREET – 1946

DEATH ON YORK STREET - 1946

York Street runs parallel to George Street in the centre of Sydney. Just after World War II it was the scene of a brutal murder. The victim, Jeanette Wicks. In 1935,  Jeanette Wicks divorced her husband  of seven years on the grounds of desertion.  She  subsequently supported

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ARTHUR STREETON & A TRAGEDY AT GLENBROOK

ARTHUR STREETON & A TRAGEDY AT GLENBROOK

Artist Arthur Streeton went to live at Glenbrook, in the lower Blue Mountains of New South Wales, for several months in 1891. For a pound a week he had rented four roomed  Daisy Cottage, located by the station master’s house. His original intention was to paint a

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FRENCH FLAVOUR POPS UP AT THE VICTORY CAFE

FRENCH FLAVOUR  POPS UP  AT THE VICTORY CAFE

Recently my partner Rob and I enjoyed a pop-up, French themed meal at the Victory Theatre Café in Blackheath. We were joined by lots of eager locals. Many of us are sad that chef David doesn’t open regularly for dinner and hope he might change his mind!

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TYRANNY OF THE TRAVEL DIARY

 KEEP YOUR TRAVEL PLANS TO YOURSELF! When my next door neighbour began to plan a once-in-a-lifetime  world trip she asked if I had any advice. ‘Yes,’ I said firmly; ‘Don’t tell a soul you are going. Leave notes for friends and relatives to be posted once your

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EDITOR DES AND THE HOPLESS FROG

EDITOR DES AND THE HOPLESS FROG

In 1984 my darling mother Myra was suffering from the ovarian cancer that took her life.  While I  was visiting her in Tasmania I noticed a  cheeky little frog on her bedside table. ‘He cheers me up’, she said.  I could see why; he was adorable. Froggy

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