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Wimmera – Mark Brandi

If you like a bit of literary crime fiction, the novel Wimmera by Mark Brandi is set in my old home town of Stawell with two acts – act one in the late 1980’s and the finale a decade back. … Continue reading

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$10 & zero cents for all that English History

So that was a good find …. the hardback edition of 1066 and all that as it was inducted into the Folio Society collection in 1990. It is well regarded as a minor English comic classic and the writer of … Continue reading

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Sir Richard Tangye & the Cornubia: Steam Age dreamtime

Once upon a time (1833) in a small Cornish village (Illogan, near Redruth) two brothers had sons they called Richard. This in itself was not unusual in that time and place as the same names keep cropping up, over and … Continue reading

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Rats, Lice & History – Hans Zinsser

Hans Zinsser’s Rats, Lice & History was written in 1934 as an explanation of one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments – the understanding and control of deadly infectious diseases, especially typhus. It was only in 1909 that Charles Nicolle identified lice … Continue reading

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Beatles or the Stones? A parliamentary verdict

Searching the Australian Federal Parliament Hansard between 1901 and 1980 #HistoricHansard now comes with its very own search facility. It’s still in beta, but feel free to play: http://search.historichansard.net/  Thanks to @wragge it is now possible to search Hansard from … Continue reading

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Bobby’s in the Basement

  …. and the Band’s down there as well. The tape recorders were on and over 100 songs were recorded on and off over several months in the summer and autumn of 1967. The music gradually filtered out into the … Continue reading

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Elmer Gantry, American Huckster

I was inspired to read Elmer Gantry in this, the year of Drumpf, to see how American hypocrisy and pandering to people’s hopes and fears played out a century ago. Continue reading

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