Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Fact of the Matter

The October issue of the Newsletter (#53) contains an account of the poetic duel which took place in The Bulletin magazine in 1892, mostly between Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson. For a detailed account of the “Bulletin Debate”, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulletin_Debate . … Continue reading

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Politically Correct?

Back in Newsletter #46 (August 2011), I wrote about the terms that have traditionally been used to refer to the four regions into which Australia is notionally divided: the city, the country, the bush, and the Outback. After hearing a … Continue reading

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Explain This #5

The village of Lyndhurst is at the southern end of the Strzelecki Track in South Australia. At the back of the Lyndhurst Hotel is a shed with three doors. From right to left, these doors are labelled “Inboard”, “Ironing board”, … Continue reading

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Emu Whispering

Further to the post called “Picture Challenge #12” dated June 13, 2012, herewith another example of the fine art of emu whispering. (Picture by Jacinta Shailer.) I’m wondering whether, if encouraged, emu whispering could become a national pastime, and even … Continue reading

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Explain This #4

Here’s your chance to provide an imaginative explanation of this Outback scene. Does it perhaps remind you of someone you know? Or is it the beginning of some innovative government project?

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Vale Adam Plate

Many readers will be familiar with the legendary Pink Roadhouse in Oodnadatta, and the equally legendary proprietors Lynnie and Adam Plate.   Adam was tragically killed while participating in a car rally in Adelaide on August 24th. Adam made a … Continue reading

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The Outback Delivers Again

An Outback trip just completed produced the usual cornucopia of memorable sights. Here are just a few of them: This was sunset on the plains near Hillston in western New South Wales. In Brachina Gorge in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, … Continue reading

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