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  • Henry Lawson and the Christmas pudding

    Jul 24, 2014 | 0 Comments


    It came as a great surprise to me to find that Henry Lawson hated the Christmas pudding.

    In his short story The ghosts of many Christmases he says:

    And speaking of plum pudding, I consider it one of the most barbarous institutions of the British. It is a childish, silly, savage superstition, it must have been a savage inspiration, looking at it all round – but then it isn’t so long since the British were savages.


  • Grumpy

    Jul 22, 2014 | 0 Comments


    Premier Colin Barnett has described the WA electorate as ‘grumpy’  for a range of reasons. This has generated a certain amount of research into the word in that state – people want to be clear what constitutes grumpiness in political terms. Read more...

  • Cockatoo settler

    Jul 02, 2014 | 1 Comment


    Folklore has it that the cockatoo farmer got his name from scratching for a living in the dirt like a cockatoo after seed. Cockatoo farmers had very few possessions – a few cows, a bullock team, a bark hut was typical.

    The true story is even more interesting. Read more ...