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April Fools’ Day, Aussie Style

April Fools' Day, Aussie Style

 ICE BLOCKS, TEN CENTS A POP! On April Fools’ Day 1978  Australian electronics  entrepreneur  Dick Smith arranged for a giant, fake iceberg to be towed into Sydney Harbour. In a co-ordinated campaign, 300 of his employees then rang  various radio  and television stations, saying ‘What on earth

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A SENIOR GOES SHOPPING

A SENIOR  GOES SHOPPING

A BIG DAY OUT Some may view me as a disgrace to womanhood, but I detest buying clothes. It’s not that I don’t like to look nice, but it’s so time consuming and irritating. The older I get the more I dislike the whole business. Anyway, I

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ERNIE APPLE TREE JNR.

ERNIE APPLE TREE JNR.

AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS BLOG, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN MARCH 2014 ERNIE APPLE TREE SENIOR In 1953 my parents moved to the Tasmanian farm I grew up  on. It was four miles from the coastal town of Ulverstone In the back garden  was an old apple tree.

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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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