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Bush Characters, Yarns and Poetry

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KEEPING ON CAMPING WHILE YOU CAN…

by Tim Bowden

Turning 78 was a big shock. Now I am in my 79th year with the big 8 0 just around the corner. I mean that is seriously OLD!

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KENNY'S BUSH NEW YEAR

A hot New Year experience for the Williams Family - January 2014

The best time to visit the NSW Corner Country is in winter, but the threat of 40+ degree heat didn't deter these intrepid bush travellers doing it in mid-summer. However, we don't recommend it!

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AUSTRALIA’S TREASURY OF ANCIENT CAVE PAINTINGS

by Tim Bowden & Ros Bowden

Tim Bowden and his wife Ros have been exploring the delights of Aboriginal art sites for many years during their extensive Australian wanderings with their trusty Series 80 Landcruiser Penelope and their off-road camper.

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EXPLORING TASMANIA’S WILD WEST

by Tim Bowden and Ros Bowden

Tim and Ros Bowden reflect on a camping journey on the West Coast of Tasmania that features in their third book in the ‘Penelope’ camping and travelling series: The Devil in Tim – Penelope’s Travels in Tasmania.

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PORTABLE TOILET DRAMA

Allan Whiting recalls a horror night, involving a portable toilet.

Many years ago my better half and I were still experimenting with the best way to cope with travelling-toilet issues. We could make do with the time-honoured ‘wee bucket’ but there were some occasions when a more solid proposition was required, if you take my meaning.

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THE HARDEST LAND OF ALL

Bush Poetry by Allan Whiting - January 2014

Allan Whiting doesn't write much poetry, but here's one from a few years back, when the drought was really biting.

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KA KA MUNDI

Bush Poetry by Verna McKenzie

Affectionately known to her travelling companions as 'The Malvern Matron', Verna McKenzie takes her experiences from trips in the Outback and transforms them into bush poetry.
On every trip, Verna finds inspiration through her fellow travellers, places visited and the funny 'little things' and jots down a poem or two.

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KANGAROOS

Bush Poetry by Verna McKenzie


Kangaroos bound beside our car, seemingly without a care,
One 'roo props, sits on his tail, head back, haughty stare,

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A SPECIAL KIND OF SATNAV

Bush Poetry

Going bush without a satnav is unthinkable, but mine is a special sort - AW

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THE BUSH KETTLE BURIAL

Bush Poetry by Verna McKenzie

Gathered 'round the camp-fire at days end, we feast on Verna's freshly baked scones - listening attentively as she recites her poetry.

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THE DUNNY RUN

Bush Poetry by Verna McKenzie

... Drive 200 metres to the nearest dunny?
Well, some might think that’s kind of funny!

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BUSHY and STUMPY

The Boys Go Fishing!

We met these guys at Hells Gate Roadhouse on the Savannah Way. They were on a fishing trip to the Gulf, but insisted on taking some of the comforts of home - including a portable spa bath!

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DENISE WILLIAMS

Lending a hand in the bush

In the Frontier Services program you go bush to help, but at the same time you receive so much. I got to experience living on a farm.

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JOHN McENTEE

A wordsmith, a lexicologist, in the purest sense

John McEntee is an enigma. When I rang him on the satellite phone to get directions to his property, Erudina, en route to Lake Callabonna, he sounded like the archetypical Outback grazier, speaking in drawn-out words that came disguised by a thick back-country accent.

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JOL FLEMING

A living legend in Alice Springs

Jol was brought up in the 1950s, in the remote Aboriginal community of Yuendumu, some 400 kilometres north west of Alice Springs, where his parents ran a Baptist mission. Jol's playmates were full-blood Aborigines and Jol still carries his tribal skin name, Jabaltjari.

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TIM BOWDEN

Author, Journalist and Broadcaster

Tim Bowden was born in Hobart, Tasmania, on August 2, 1937. He is married, with two children and three grandchildren. An author and broadcaster formerly of Sydney but now living on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Tim was host of the ABC-TV listener and viewer reaction program Backchat, from 1986-93.

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HOW WE HELPED BILL GATES

Aussie bush lore was important in creating computer jargon.

It’s not widely known that when Bill Gates was developing computer terminology he relied heavily on old Aussie bush lore, but here’s solid proof.

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OUTBACK EMERGENCY

When things go wrong you need to be properly prepared

We’re continually lecturing travellers on the importance of being prepared should there be an accident in the bush. On a trip into the heart of the Simpson Desert we found our own preparedness being put to the test.

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