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Prospero stopped to wipe the sweat from his brow. It was late September in New York and the wind now had teeth. For most people on the street around him, the cool blast was unwelcome, something to be guarded against and shut out. 751 more words

Short Stories

Animal Magic

Sleeping at the Zoo

HOW many times have I driven through Dubbo without stopping for anything more than fuel?

Late in the 1960s, on my first surf trip to Noosa, we camped near the Macquarie River that runs through this small city in central New South Wales. 1,529 more words

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The Great Vanilla Slice

Cheap treat or a national treasure

Everyone in Australia has probably tried one at some stage or been tempted to.

From school tuckshops to the sitting rooms of country homesteads or harbourside mansions. 2,143 more words

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More Merrill revelations - 5 years on

It is both commendable and crazy that I and a few other genealogy super-sleuths have been searching for Merrill for a whole five years now. Why bother? 226 more words

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Power and Glory

The Waltz of the Habsburg Empire

AN intoxicating world of imperial glamour. A place of such grandeur that it rivals Paris.

Vienna … one of the world’s most liveable cities. 1,228 more words


Over, Under, Sideways, Down

Flying with the Jackson 5: Exploring classic Boeing 707 and 747 aircraft

There is a faded photo in an album taken at Heathrow Airport in the 1970s. 1,271 more words

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A Ghost Story

At the waning of the year I gather my ghosts. This is their time, in that dark pause, when between the bustle of Christmas and the trudge of January the memories return, drifting from familiar walls, pooling under lamps. 2,292 more words

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