Author Archives: Ashley Forster

Ned Kelly – Folk Hero or Miscreant?

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I suppose every town or semi-developed region has its heroes and anti-heroes, someone who eventually became famous or even legendary, especially if that fame was simple notoriety, very short-lived, or occurred hundreds of years ago.  Tombstone has Wyatt Earp, Tennessee … Continue reading

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And Now For a Public Service Announcement.

After three months of living in the Australian summer I am paler than I was when I got here. Only part of this is due to my indoor job, the other part is due to the terrified aversion Australians have … Continue reading

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Yule Time in Oz

Letting go of the snowy Christmas so often seen on postcards has been easier than I originally thought it might be.   On days where the barometer soars over 90 during holiday time in our new Australian home, I think about … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

For most of my life I’ve complained about the location of my birthday, which is either on or around Thanksgiving.  Surpassed only by those unlucky enough to have their birthdays right on Christmas (like my poor brother-in-law), Thanksgiving birthdays are … Continue reading

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A Yank Attends a Fair Dinkum Festival

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After years of living in America I’ve seen one small town after another fall victim to the Wal-Mart mini-mall catastrophes that seem to turn bustling little Main Streets where people shop, stroll, and visit to colourless, tired-looking places you now … Continue reading

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Oz; An American Arrives!

So I’m home.  How about that?  So far, it doesn’t feel like it.  I had a brief meltdown on the night we arrived at my mother-in-law’s house to find all my bedroom furniture, including a pink stuffed chair I’d had … Continue reading

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Malaysian Sensation

I think the last time my ears popped on an elevator, I was eleven years old going up the Sears Tower in Chicago.  Then again, I can’t imagine that vintage 80’s elevator was as state of the art and super-speedy … Continue reading

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The Swazi Way

After three glorious days of animal watching in Kruger National Park, we were headed out into the mountains, in search of the thatch-roof cottages, proud local culture, and reasonably-priced arts and crafts of the kingdom of Swaziland.   With the exception … Continue reading

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Ode on a Grecian Island

I doubt there’s any reason to feel that people need to be talked into visiting the Greek Islands.  For many, like me, they’re on the ‘bucket list,’ one of the destinations that must be seen before you die.  After a … Continue reading

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Almost Missed Autumn

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“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ~George Eliot I love autumn, but as it turns out, I am unwittingly flying about … Continue reading

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