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PacificEdge | May 25, 2017

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Memoir

Recollections of the strangeness of life

Memorial meeting says farewell to Left leader

October 25, 2015 |

A FINE, mild Saturday afternoon in October 2015 was a suitable day to remember the late John Percy. As 4pm approached, the building at Addison Road Community Centre was almost full and would soon be standing room only…Read More

John Percy — a final farewell

August 26, 2015 |

We said goodbye to John yesterday afternoon. Around 100 gathered in the restored Art Deco ambience of a room in Erskineville Town Hall to hear reflections on John Percy’s life from his family and from those who had worked with him… Read More

Time to say farewell to the last of the troika

August 20, 2015 | 1

With the passing of John Percy we lose the last of the troika who started the New Left in Australia…Read More

Figure in a window

March 29, 2015 |

…WHITLAM’s  in power and the war’s ended… for us, anyway, the yanks are still there, still involved in that peace process that seems to go on and on just like the fighting… and here we are in Annandale…”.

“Different … Read More

From mountain to museum

December 29, 2014 | 1

I made these photos at Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk last week. They show some of the artefacts used by a Tasmanian Bushwalker of the 1960s and 1970s.Read More

Movie of a troubled life

July 20, 2014 |

IT WAS WHEN I was living in Byron Bay, and when in earlier times I would stay at the community atop the rainforest escarpment above Broken Head where my partner lived among the carpet pythons, the brown tree snakes and … Read More

Memories tumble like sweets from a jar

June 8, 2014 |

THINGS ARE NEVER quite the same when you return. They are similar, but not quite as you remember. There’s always something different… something you can’t quite put your finger on. That’s how it was when I returned to the rocking … Read More

What became of Bill?

August 1, 2011 |

IT’S STRANGE HOW the mention of a name can suddenly take you back to something in your past. So it was that an online conversation on the Lost Sydney Facebook took me back to the Sydney of the late 1960s.

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Redemption

July 31, 2011 |

THIS IS A STORY of redemption and change. It concerns a long-time friend and it starts with her on an aircraft returning to Australia after several years living in China. There, she had worked initially as an English language teacher and latterly in journalism on an English language publication. That was quickly being put behind her as the aircrafy droned on southward.

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How to buy stamps

July 31, 2011 |

LABYRYNTHINE… that’s what it’s like… a tangle of streets falling towards the water in one of those North Shore harbourside suburbs. Which One? No idea, they seem to blend one into another with their neat, lookalike houses and old apartment blocks. Wouldn’t like to live in those old blocks of flats… they seem to be pokey little places with tiny windows, I thought.

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