The Beach Boys

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In an earlier post, I wrote about mud wrestling and the young ladies who fought one another for medals that could be exchanged for cash at the bar. The wrestling took place in a local beer hall and was a great success.  Strictly speaking, the girls were not employees.  They were competitors.  That didn’t stop them from earning a steady income … until the women’s rights people put an end to it.

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The Longbow

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 I am fascinated by history. The past was so much like the present in some respects and very different in others.  Today, soldiers get hit by bullets.  In medieval times, the worst that could happened was to be hit by an arrow … but they were just as lethal.

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Castles in Japan

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I’ve just returned from Japan and would like to share some photographs of Kumamoto Castle with you. It is on the southern island of Kyushu and dates back to the times of Lord Tokugawa … the famous Shogun in the film of that name.

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Students Go To Sea For Sex Orgies

I wrote that headline when I was a science journalist and the story spread around the world like a rampaging virus. It even reached Mongolia.  I know because the staff at the Australian consulate in Ulan Bator took press cuttings and sent me copies.

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Mud Wrestling

In the course of my messy career, I set up a backpacker hostel. It started as a place where scuba divers could stay and got bigger and bigger.  Many of my guests were on around-the-world trips and some needed to earn a bit of cash to keep them going.

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The Man in the Middle

There was probably nothing sinister about the three people sitting opposite me. The man was clearly unwell, which would explain why the women were propping him up. Their facemasks were a bit severe but there’s no law against covering the face. And there’s no law to prevent people dressing alike. For all I knew, the ladies could be sisters caring for a sick relative. All the same, I couldn’t help remembering the story about the man in the middle.

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Man’s Best Friend

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My favourite pub burnt down a year ago.  It was just over the border from the Gold Coast where I live and, like many old Aussie pubs, it was made of wood.  I remember the friendly atmosphere and the decorated signs above the bar.  They expressed simple truths in language everyone can understand. Continue reading

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