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Real Indians didn’t work, did they? – A history essay

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December 15, 2010

The noble savage is dead. Long live the noble savage. That seems to have been the view of many politicians, land promoters, frontier boosters and historians as the nineteenth century drew to a close and western settler society clinched its hold on former aboriginal lands forever. At least that is the view that was...
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Underground Times

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December 15, 2010
Underground Times

The Age of Aquarius was dawning. A radical, rebellious and sometimes illegal phenomenon was demanding attention - and getting it. Springing up everywhere, like a communal kick in the face to the Establishment, were 'alternative' or 'underground' newspapers proclaiming freedom and declaring war - freedom for a new generation of idealists, heroes and hippies;...
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The Last Uncle and Other Stories

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December 15, 2010
The Last Uncle and Other Stories

"He’s dead. She’s dead. Him...him...her...him...they’re all dead." We we’re hunched over a glass-topped coffee table looking at a school photograph with my Uncle Earl. His Grade 11 class, he said. But I know he didn’t get beyond Grade 3 or 4. He speaks in clipped sentences. After...
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Soft Sleeper to Shanghai

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December 15, 2010

I heard the tinny strains of the marching song from Bridge Over the River Kwai and thought I heard Sir Alec Guinness flicking a speck of dust from his pin-neat uniform as he barked orders. But the voice I heard coming from the radio speaker in our ‘soft sleeper’ train compartment was not his.
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Lennon as a teenager

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December 1, 2010
Lennon as a teenager

Nowhere Boy is playing in cinemas now and the critics are savaging it for not being accurate enough about Beatle leader John Lennon’s teenage years. The New Yorker claims that Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night is a better film about the bands early days. I disagree. Nowhere Boy attempts to fill some gaps...
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Books

Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh