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Legends of Myself 57

January 15, 2013

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Continued from Legends of Myself 56 57.  Port Essington, 1958-59:  A Picture on the Schoolhouse Steps Some final images of Spaksuut, perhaps.  Packages of bluing above the washing machine, to make bedsheets cleaner than clean, 1950s fashion.  Penny loafers with pennies in them.  Gelatine capsules of cod liver oil, a little nutritional redundancy on top of […]

Legends of Myself 56

January 10, 2013

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Continued from Legends of Myself 55 56.  Port Essington, 1958-59:  Smoke Signals and Putt-Putts Putt-Putt.  In 1958-59, my Uncle Gus’ fishing boat was powered by a 10 Easthope engine.  It was archaic technology even for 1958, and I believe he had traded up to a different boat with a more modern engine by the following season.  […]

Legends of Myself 54

January 4, 2013

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Continued from Legends of Myself 53 54.  Of Oolichan Grease, Culture and Eating Crabs She really ought not to have made that remark about the Six Nations joining the wrong side by supporting the British in the American Revolutionary War. In 2001, I added a touch of difficulty to a tour guide’s day at the British […]

Legends of Myself 53

January 2, 2013

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Continued from Legends of Myself 52 53.  Port Essington, 1958-59:  Inkwells, Cloakrooms, Old Tom and Broken Pipes The school in Port Essington was perhaps a hundred yards from Gus and Irene’s house, hardly more, back of the boardwalk known as Lansdowne Street.  That meant it must have stood in front of the same hill, also behind […]

Legends of Myself 52

December 28, 2012

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Continued from Legends of Myself 51 52. Port Essington, 1958:  Christmas When Christmastime came, with snow on the boardwalks and holidays in the offing, the school put on a Christmas show.  I have a sense of an enlarged audience in our little schoolroom.  I suppose parents and community members were invited too, a necessity with such […]

Winkle on the Ice by Charles Dickens

December 18, 2012

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I read Oliver Twist in 1962, half a century ago, but my first introduction to Dickens was in my grade three classroom in Port Essington, 1958-59.  The following passage, taken from The Pickwick Papers, was that introduction, which was reprinted in my grade three reader.  Some of the language seems a little advanced for 8-year-olds.  […]

Legends of Myself 49

September 6, 2012

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Continued from Legends of Myself 48 49.  Port Essington, 1958:  Playground Essington, Pt. 1 My cousins Arthur and Reynold (or Artie and Rainie, as they then were) remembered my previous stay in Spaksuut, which ended in 1954 or early 1955, although I had no recollection of their being there at all.  At least one event should […]