Category Archives: History

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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Bodhisattva #3 – Ashley’s own “Rooster Cogburn”

The maintenance man at any camp is a rare and fascinating creature.  For reasons known only to him a camp career is chosen, rather than a more profitable job in carpentry, utilities, or construction.  Perhaps he simply isn’t a very … Continue reading

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A Man’s Home is his Castle – Literally!

I have heard that over the past two years the average size of houses has decreased.  This is, at least for me, news of some importance. Until 2009 the average house size in the US and also Australia was steadily … Continue reading

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Ya Want Them Over Easy or Scrambled?

In Northeastern America there is a little slice of heaven that I shall sorely miss once we are living in Australia, and that is the diner. Diners came into prominence in the early 20th Century, but really took off after … Continue reading

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Bodhisattva #2 – The Staff Sergeant.

Heathrow airport is one of the busiest in the world.  It actually hosts more international passengers than any other.  Walking through one of its terminals is to expose oneself to more languages, ethnic backgrounds and clothing choices than almost anywhere … Continue reading

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So you Wanna be a Bodhisattva…

“-colleges being nothing but grooming schools for the middle-class non-identity which usually finds its perfect expression on the outskirts of the campus in rows of well-to-do houses with lawns and television sets in each living room with everybody looking at … Continue reading

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