Writer Contributions from 2003

Forward to the Past

Within the lifetime of many of us work required boring, repetitious, manual labour with little demand on the mind once the routine was established. It was bad that people used their hands rather than their minds! Then, about 50 years ago, automation began a rapid...

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The Vacuum Cleaner

A vacuum cleaner with plastic piping! Only men would invent such a thing. Those plastic pipes just love to bend, Then the suction bit falls off the end. They split and crack and come apart, Just goes to show, men aren't so smart. Is it any wonder my hair's turned...

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Agonising About Acronyms

PC or not PC Acronyms are bad enough When the meaning is quite clear. Faced with a triple choice it's tough To make sense of what we hear. Take the common term PC – 'Allo 'allo I say – To a simple soul like me It means Old Bill is on the way! But the Californian...

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The Bus trip from Hell

Fethiye is a beautiful Turkish seaside town with a majestic mountain backdrop and lots of little cruise boats, so pretty at the busy waterfront. Having done several of these very cheap and excellent trips on the blue, blue Mediterranean, it was time to move on. We,...

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Weather Watch

I wandered lonely as a cloud Moving over the Western Plain With aching back and eyes dust-browed I searched the sky for sign of rain. For three years now we've suffered drought. What meagre grass there was soon went. My neighbours all are pulling out- Their funds of...

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Tales From The Crib Room — The Challenge

In 1963 the Crown Mine was like a mini-United Nations. The mine had been closed and flooded for a number of years and the workforce had long since moved on or retired. When it was re-opened skilled underground miners were recruited from all over Australia - and what a...

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Enter the 21st Century

I thought it was about time; time to join the 21st century, it's no good trying to ignore these things and get left behind. So there was the package, $100 for the Phone and $100 worth of free calls. I looked at it the other way around, because eventually I would have...

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The Last Stand of Black Pete

A hush falls o'er the gamblers as the swinging doors swing in, For Ranger Joe has come to town to rid the place of sin. There's hustling in the corner where Black Pete, the outlaw, stands, And Ranger Joe turns round and sees the outlaw's gun-filled hands. "The game is...

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Julie, eat your heart out!

U3A members who come into class late, People who park wrong, and drivers who tailgate, Demands for payment the post always brings, These are a few of my least favoured things. When the sun shines, when I don't ache, When I'm feeling glad, Then one of the several least...

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Jimmy

Jimmy was born with a disfigured arm, And a lame leg, that he dragged as he walked. He was part-Aboriginal and had long fair hair, That he wore in dreadlocks. He was adopted by a woman who cared for him, And loved him. She made him an outgoing and friendly little boy....

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Spring 1961

The games we played as children Were determined by the sun With washing line and bat and ball We would skip and jump and run. Summer was for team games Rounders was the best Autumn was for skipping The highest number was our quest Winter was for gliding On the...

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Yesteryear

With hair that's snowy white, and eyes grown dim. The lady looks to see if her love of yesteryear Is walking down the lane For scattered showers are forecast, and he is slightly lame. He stoops a little as he walks, And thinks of his love of yesteryear who sits by the...

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Jenny

When they brought her home for the first time that day, she looked just like a little white fluffy ball. She could not have known then this was the luckiest day of her life. The family likewise, could not have known how lucky they were, for this little dog was one in...

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Fires of 1967

I woke at 6am on Tuesday 7th February 1967 - It was very hot and windy. I dressed and went out into the garden and hosed all my special plants and shrubs. I hosed the brickwork of the house - I don’t know why. There was a lot of smoke about but I could still see Mt....

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A Voyage to Australia

In July 1912, the four-masted barque Olive Grove set sail for Sydney, Australia. She carried a cargo of machinery spares and manufactured goods, while on her return was to bring Australian grain. Captain Whittle was a competent and experienced master and his first...

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The Highway Boys

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees, The night was a deadly demon ready and waiting to seize, The road was a dusty trackway over the misty hills, And the larrikins came driving - Driving - driving - The larrikins came driving; a car-load full of...

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Sad Dog

I think they've locked him in today, Worried lest he run away; His mournful wails rise hauntingly On noontide air he cannot see. He's young and strong and loves to run The outside world is so much fun. He often comes around our place; Likes snuggling up or licks your...

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Gold Rush

In 1880 my grandfather, Andrew Paterson and his brother James came out from Scotland and settled in the Otago district on the South Island of New Zealand. They ran a dairy together until James decided that more could be earned mining and took himself off to Arrowtown...

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