Tag Archives: Outback

The Pink Panther and The Croc

The Pink Panther  and The Croc Bob makes model aeroplanes these days. The old bloke’s memory is not quite functioning as well as it may have done in the past. The ravages of too much home brew and a life of adventures and near misses have taken their toll. This little episode happened back in […]


Pete   Pete is a swaggie. A colourful character and a part of our history that once made up and still today moulds the Australian identity. Most of us are proud to read about, brag about and belong to this as part of our distinctive heritage, except when it comes to associating with him in […]

His Dole Money

His Dole Money   He still hasn’t found a job though he has had lots of promises. But today he got his dole money. He brought a single burner cooker and a four-pack of gas cylinders, a frying pan and some food. Hardly able to contain himself he couldn’t get to the free camp quick […]

An Un-funny Story

An Un-funny Story   This is a story that a fellow told me whilst we were sitting next to each other at the bar of one of those old, single story pub’s that you find in the outback of North Queensland, all of which boast of a heritage from the 1860’s. You know the ones, […]

Reciting Prayers

Reciting Prayers   Joe Clarlesburgh was a ratbag. A 6/7th drunk, otherwise you would have to consider him an alcoholic excepting that Joe had a golden rule. He never drank on Sundays; unless it was a special occasion like a BBQ or someone’s birthday then it was different. The Marlborough Hotel, the only hotel in […]

Three Stories

Three Stories   Dear Reader, let me pose you a question. I met a tourist. He had a fully rigged out RV, not too big, but he definitely liked to travel in comfort. He had come to see the sights of Australia which he figured would take him about two years. This included a couple […]

Ariah Park

Ariah Park     “Old is old. There is no getting ‘round it.” She viewed herself in the bathroom mirror. “Maybe these lights are too bright or maybe a touch more make-up, no, old is old.” Wendy-Ann Hogstead had the same job for 30 years. A good, well paid position with Helmsley, Helmsley & Helmsley […]

The Young Sapling

The Young Sapling   The young sapling often under unfavourable influences is persuaded from the old ways and is caught somewhere between the old and the new. He rarely seems to grow stronger but becomes caught in a maze of two cultures. Taking on the worst that each has to offer. Their personalities doing the […]

The Incident at Bushy Parker

The Incident at Bushy Parker Bushy Parker has got a nice wide creek running alongside it with beautiful clear water; no debris and no pollution. At some point someone has tied a strong rope to one of the larger branches of a sturdy River tree. If you are young enough to shimmy along the branch […]

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