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Jumping posts and tree stumps

Being single and new to Melbourne, I knew no-one. I decided to try meeting people by answering those “Personal Ads” that appear in the local paper. Many were probably weirdos but surely there had to be a few relatively normal … Continue reading

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Speed trap

Our oldest sister, Liz , was the smartest one in the family by far. If there was a way of making a dollar, even as kids, she would find it. I recall one of her “enterprises” when she was only … Continue reading

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Father O’Leary’s license

Father O’Leary had been the local priest since just after Abel Tasman discovered Australia, if you believe the locals. He drove an old Morris Oxford – about as rare as hens teeth here in Australia, which was probably just as … Continue reading

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Paddy O’Reily’s court case

We heard there was an accident at the turn off on the highway and never thought much about it until Paddy O’Reilly’s Missus called in asking for Dad’s help. A truck driver had fallen asleep at the wheel and run … Continue reading

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The duplicate key

When I lived in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs, a few years ago, I often went shopping at Frankston because the shopping centre was not too large and they had undercover parking, handy on a hot day. It was a scorching … Continue reading

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Granny’s no April Fool

The whole town was fed up with Sean O’Riely and his pranks. If there was trouble, he was usually at the bottom of it. If not physically present, he was probably urging the culprit on to do the crime. He … Continue reading

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Cop vs Beekeeper

This is actually a true story. I had been collecting swarms for the council for two years now. The battered old Ford was replaced by a four wheel drive Nissan Patrol wagon with custom lighting to the sides and rear … Continue reading

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The Ford’s floating floor

I went to the council offices to pay an instalment off our rates and while I was there I asked if there were any special council regulations about keeping bees. They said no because we were a rural property and … Continue reading

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Fake crocodiles in Victoria

On the farm we had four dams. Three were for farm water during summer and the fourth was all landscaped with picnic tables and an island in the middle, with a pergola covered in beautiful wisteria and planted with a … Continue reading

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Summarising Australian Politics

I was in the pub the other day (an Inn to you heathens), talking to an old timer who was slagging our politicians. Normally politics is a subject you never bring up in a pub in any country but Australia … Continue reading

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