Golden Whistler

How wonderful it is to see some of our less common native birds in the town and in our gardens. Planting flowering Australian shrubs, and if possible, trees like our indigenous Grey Box or Yellow Gum or a flowering Ironbark, provides the food and the incentive for their visits. The exotic Eastern Spinebills who visit..

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Richard Lee

Being a bookseller and shop manager at Australia's largest bookstore in the late '60's and early '70's was a wonderful experience. The Paris riots of 1968, the Counter Culture and anti Vietnam war movements and the fight against literary censorship were all defining moments which fed the new revolutionary and exciting bohemian lifestyle of both..

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Inner City Saturday Night

Inner City Saturday Night from AUSTRALIAN SHORT STORIES by Richard Lee. The row outside got worse. It was midnight on a Saturday night in inner-city Melbourne. The gentle rain on the roof of the small upstairs bedroom would usually be a comforting sound and we would have settled into the warm bed and a deep..

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Janice At Large

Janice At Large in EROS CRESCENT by Richard Lee. When Janice and Maria and Serina left Mary’s birthday party they held hands as they walked the few yards to the front gate of twenty-one Eros Crescent. The summer night was balmy, ideal for being outdoors.  The two women gently guided Janice along a winding path..

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Loving it: In her Stockings

This excerpt is a part of the fourth chapter Loving It in THE FIFI CODE by Richard Lee. “Alice! You’re home very early!” Bertie exclaimed. “Yes, Mr Bennett. I felt like coming home and spending a little time hanging out with you. I hope that’s okay?” “Hanging out? Now let me see if I can..

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The FIFI CODE

The FIFI CODE The FIFI CODE is a novel about love. It provides a window on women loving women both within and outside of an existing heterosexual relationship and when a man’s love might just not be enough.Meet the residents of Eros Crescent and in particular, the delightful Rosa Bennett and her network of women..

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Alice & Morning Glory

From Morning Glory in THE FIFI CODE by Richard Lee. With Rosa gone, I had an instinctive feeling that she should take responsibility for Bertie. Though he was intelligent, strong and a very self-sufficient seventy-year-old, he had in recent years developed what seemed like a mild case of short-term memory loss, which most people would..

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Whole Earth Catalogue

The Counter Culture of the late sixties gave birth to numerous publications. One of the most significant was The Whole Earth Catalogue.Standing with one foot firmly in the rugged individualism and back-to-the-land movements of the Sixties counterculture and the other in the nascent global community made possible by the Internet, the WHOLE EARTH CATALOG offered..

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With Time to Kill

For those who might think I died a long time ago, well, here is proof. I hadn't seen this small art movie in which I was one of a dozen crims killed by two rogue detectives. Shot in 1985, I've only just been given a copy. Pretty gruesome movie. This is only a clip about..

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Compendium Catalogue

The Compendium Catalogue is a significant historical document. It was published in 1974 and was the first attempt at cataloguing the self-sufficiency books that were being read at that time. It was part of the new mood which started in the 1960's and was later to be labeled 'Hippy’ Gregory Ah Ket was the originator..

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