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Des Visits Wind Eroded Cave & Anvil Rock, Blackheath

Des Visits Wind Eroded Cave  & Anvil Rock, Blackheath

A Double Bunger Day Out, by Editor Des Hello down there! Here’s my first travel /history article  and yes  I have had a little  help from  my friend Dr Bob.  I am stepping into the  breach (that’s a  cliché,  but a good one) for my guardian  Pauline

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Woolly Birds and Hembegs – Two Strayan Dictionaries

Woolly Birds and Hembegs - Two Strayan Dictionaries

 A DICTIONARY IS BORN IN STRAYA In 1812 the convict James Hardy Vaux  (pictured )  produced  what is credited as  being  the first Australian dictionary: A New and Comprehensive Vocabulary of the Flash Language.  It  was essentially a  compilation of slang used by the ‘flash’ criminal element

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Dr Tardieu – advocate for abused children

Dr Tardieu - advocate for abused children

This brief article  is a tribute to a very special  Frenchman;  Dr Auguste Ambroise Tardieu,  who was born in Paris in 1818.     Dr Tardieu headed the team of  French doctors who performed a post-mortem on the disinterred body of English schoolgirl Marian Marsden in 1854. 

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Whale sighted in the Blue Mountains!

Whale sighted in the Blue Mountains!

Who would have thought  that  whale watching would be a genuine tourist draw in the Blue Mountains,  two hours west of Sydney?    Unlike coastal whales the species, known  as hedgeritum greenius magnum  is  very  slow moving and easy to spot.  At certain times of year a  prime

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The Malvern water-cure springs

The Malvern water-cure springs

My friends, authors and historians  Cora Weaver and Bruce  Osborne ,  recently published a  well researched, richly illustrated  book called Celebrated Springs of the Malvern Hills. Here is small extract; These pure springs  inspired the water-cure clinics at Malvern, lining the pockets of physicians such as  Dr

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Brush With Fame

Brush With Fame

BRUSH WITH  FAME I once worked in an office where the favourite  tea break  amusement was  Brush with Fame. It was difficult for new members of staff to get the hang of, because it was no use simply boasting that you had slept with a Rolling Stone

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A STICKY SITUATION IN AMERICA

My first visit to the United States occurred about thirty years too late.  If only I could have arrived  as a ten year old, when I was obsessed with Yankee comic books. For years I  lusted after  Hershey bars , fudge brownies, double malts and root beer.

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Blackheath: my Blue Mountains home.

Blackheath: my Blue Mountains home.

WHY BLACKHEATH? It was primarily  my passion for birds and gardens that prompted my move from Sydney to the beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales.  As a writer, I also wanted a place of peace and inspiration.                  

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Whirlwinds & Wanderers: Margie and Lance come to stay!

Whirlwinds & Wanderers: Margie and Lance come to stay!

  During an extended stay at our holiday home  near Marlow, my partner Rob and I were joined by Brisbane  friends Margie and Lance, who were making their first visit to the UK. The prospect of this  extremely laid-back couple spending six weeks with a manic history

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Titanic Teddies

Titanic Teddies

HELLO, I CHOSE (AND EDITED ) THIS STORY ABOUT MY DISTANT RELATIVES. IT’S A BIT SAD, BUT VERY INTERESTING……EDITOR DES. There are some touching  links  between the Teddy Bear, that quintessential symbol of childhood  comfort and security,  and the  tragic loss of the  passenger ship Titanic on

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