NORMAN LINDSAY AND THE WEIRD LADY

NORMAN LINDSAY AND THE WEIRD LADY

Someone asked me recently why people often speak of artist and author Norman Lindsay (1879 – 1969) as having lived at Springwood in the Blue Mountains, when the property is actually in the neighbouring village of Faulconbridge. One reason is that Norman himself always wrote his address

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MR ALBERT M. PUDDING

MR ALBERT  M. PUDDING

That’s Albert Magic Pudding, for the uninformed; one of Australia’s minor poets; ‘EAT AWAY, CHEW AWAY, MUNCH AND BOLT AND GUZZLE, NEVER LEAVE THE TABLE TILL YOU’RE FULL UP TO THE MUZZLE.’ by A. Pudding What a genius and a national treasure  Norman Lindsay was…and is. He

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WORDS ON BIRDS…… AND CUSTARD!

WORDS ON BIRDS...... AND CUSTARD!

I once made a somewhat provocative statement on social media declaring Australia’s Foster Clarks custard powder to be superior to the UK  Bird’s brand.   It was absolutely true, but see that flag on the British product?  I should have known I was stirring up a cauldron

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BLUE MOUNTAINS VILLAGES – HISTORY AND HUMOUR

BLUE MOUNTAINS VILLAGES - HISTORY AND HUMOUR

HERE WE GO… I am cheating and listing the towns and villages  of the Blue Mountains alphabetically rather than by elevation. This is pure indulgence on my part so that  I can begin with; Blackheath, aka Bleakheath – Ranks first in this list and first in my

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THE MYSTERY OF THE NAKED LADY

THE MYSTERY OF THE  NAKED LADY

The  New Ivanhoe Hotel stands on the Great Western Highway at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.  It has changed very little over the years. There are still signs of its art-deco interior, albeit a bit faded. A NEW ATTRACTION AT THE IVANHOE In

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FROM PLUM PORRIDGE TO THE ULTIMATE AUSSIE CHRISTMAS PUDDING!

FROM PLUM PORRIDGE TO THE ULTIMATE AUSSIE CHRISTMAS PUDDING!

BIRTH OF THE PUDDING The English have long been maligned for the uninspired stodginess of their cooking, particularly by their gourmet neighbours, the French. Nevertheless, it was a Frenchman, Misson de Valbourg who, upon visiting England in 1690, was moved to exclaim: What an excellent thing is

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NORMAN LINDSAY; THE SPIRIT OF SPRINGWOOD

NORMAN LINDSAY; THE SPIRIT OF SPRINGWOOD

When Australian artist and writer Norman Lindsay first saw what was to become his home near Springwood in the lower Blue Mountains of New South Wales, the sandstone cottage was sadly neglected. The floor boards were full of white ants. Nevertheless, Lindsay reported to his wife (and

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CHRISTMAS IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

CHRISTMAS IN THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

‘Oh! All that steam! The pudding had just been taken out of the cauldron. Oh! That smell! The same as the one which prevailed on washing day. It is  that of the cloth which wraps the pudding.  Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ Christmas in Australia is a

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Old Sydney’s Physician: the Southerly Buster

Old Sydney's Physician:  the Southerly Buster

In 1910 Henry Lawson wrote the following lines celebrating Sydney’s restorative Southerly Buster; ‘Tis a glorious mission , Old Sydney’s Physician   Broom, Bucket  and Cloth of the East, ‘Tis a breeze and a sprayer that answers our prayer,  And it’s free to the greatest and least.

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