The Spectral Balladist

The Spectral Balladist   Mount Gambier is a small city squatting on the slopes of a dormant volcano within which are crater lakes. Strangers who find it by travelling the National Highway call it a pretty, old-fashioned place; we who live here and call it home don’t think it old-fashioned.…

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Top Worm

TOP WORM   John Simpel knows his worms. At high school he takes an uncommon amount of interest in worms. He tends the only worm terrarium in biology class and with his constant cares the worms multiply quickly. When the principal insists all worms must go, John left school too.…

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The Resurrection and Death of Lou E. Lugg

The Resurrection and Death of Lou E. Lugg   Look. See that happy Luggite? He doesn’t give a damn. I wish that I was a Luggite. Good grief! Maybe I am.   Part one   The premature end of Lou E. Lugg surprises no one.   He does possess certain…

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The Great Wasp Shoot

The Great Wasp Shoots at Mount Gambier (a true hunting tale)   Whenever shooting men talk about high birds, it is a matter of degree. I have seen very high pheasants taken in front by crack shots. Often flighty stubble quail do tower high over the hills, or the fleet…

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