Posts Tagged 'Gabriel Farago barrister'

Good old friends; a Writer’s Journey 3

Riding boots and a hat; two good old friends. This is about the hat, not the boots, and the hat has a name – Dubbo. Curious? This is its story. Dubbo is an Akubra. ‘An Akubra?’ I hear you ask, ‘what’s that?’  Well, let me tell you: An Akubra is an Australian icon. It’s a wide-brimmed bush hat worn by stockmen, graziers, horsemen, farmers, hunters and adventurers like me who love the outdoors. Founded in the 1870s, the original modest hat-making factory ... Read more →

Winston carries the day. Brothers Grimm Challenge; part V

You will remember Archie and I were sitting in my lounge room in Paddington, and Archie had just finished telling me about his adventures on Mount Wellington, the article in the Hobart paper, and the dire consequences of ignoring his wife’s advice.‘I’m sorry it has all gone sour,’ I said, dreading what was about to come next. ‘Me too,” said Archie, ‘I better get going and take Winston home.’I took a deep breath, searching for the best way to tell Archie ... Read more →

The Polar Wind and the Falcon. The Brothers Grimm Challenge; part IV

As every experienced storyteller knows, after introducing the characters and ‘setting the scene,’ it’s time to move towards the punch line. The best way to do this? Build tension through anticipation. However, this is always the tricky bit and this was a multi-layered story. Looking around the room, I realised it was time to do just that.‘Fast forward to Saturday evening,’ I said, cutting to the chase. ‘I was sitting in my lounge room, staring at the phone on the ... Read more →

Showtime! The Brothers Grimm Challenge; part III

The meal was surprisingly good. Somehow, Tom-Tom had managed to have a main course choice of Beef Wellington or Tasmanian Salmon — washed down with a selection of fine Tassie wines — put on the menu. The Tasmanian theme was part of my hidden strategy which would become apparent later. Just when I began to relax a little, Clive stood up, almost shattered his wine glass with his dessert spoon, and asked for silence.‘Ladies and gentlemen. Normally, Marcus, our head ... Read more →

The great day at last; The Brothers Grimm Challenge; part II

I didn’t sleep a wink the night before the challenge. Turning restlessly in my bed, I went over my story time and time again until I was satisfied with every word and every phrase. Tom-Tom and our floor clerk had done a splendid job promoting our floor dinner. Wild rumours were circulating about the challenge, and complete strangers walked up to me at court and wished me luck. What had I done? Additional tables had to be added and a ... Read more →
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