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Cry Me a River

Cry Me Book CoverCry Me A River is the account of one man’s journey to the heart ofAustralia’s water crisis. A lifetime engineer in the water industry and successful businessman, Steve Posselt put everything on the line to paddle or drag a kayak from Brisbane to Adelaide down the full length of the Darling and lower Murray so he could see, first hand, what is happening to Australia’s rivers.

Along the way he talked to school children, farmers and local councils about climate change, water management and sustainability, eliciting their visions for the future. He started out a water engineer with an open mind and some concerns. He ended up alarmed, ashamed and determined to change.

Accompany Steve every step of this 3,000 kilometre journey. Weigh up what he saw with what he was told. Experience the adventure with him; the highs, the lows and the occasional confusion. Enjoy the father and son relationship. Make up your own mind about the state of the rivers.


Steve Posselt calls himself a civil engineer who, he says, happens to be able to read the writing on the wall, telling us that our rivers are dying. And after his extraordinary journey paddling and walking thousands of kilometres along the Murray Darling river system which he so entertainingly chronicles here, he speaks with authority. While his journey is exhilarating as he sweeps us along in his personable style, the way he describes the beauty of our landscape and its devastation, becomes a wake up call to everyone in Australia.

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Steve’s journey, his knowledge and experiences, are a beacon, a warning and, hopefully, the start of a solution. Join him on his travels through the pages of this book and learn, as I did, how close we are to midnight when our rivers will perish. Steve does not preach, but he is an acute and interesting observer who concludes. . .

We simply cannot continue as we have been – burning fossil fuels, putting in infrastructure to sell our resources to other countries, having questionable irrigation practices and simply taking and taking without heeding the laws of nature. Steve explains how wetlands serve a purpose, how our rivers are the arteries of our landscape and how we must share water wisely – with each other, the wildlife and the landscape and that long term management of the natural systems is a necessary condition of our survival.

“We all want build a way of life that benefits our children and our grandchildren. If what we build is not sustainable, then we have robbed them of their inheritance. From my observations that is exactly what we have done.
Our river systems are precious. If they die, we die. And they are dying.”


“Thank you, Steve – I hear you cry and I cry too”

Di Morrissey February 14 2009

 

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Francesca (An 11th Love)

Francesca (An 11th Love)

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Francesca is struggling for the undivided attention of the most popular man in town.She uses smart, funny but shy George to balance the tables. Once she has helped him lose his virginity, though, the tables begin to turn.

Francesca has a dumpling fetish and a scientific approach to sex. She is a biologist after all.

Eleven lovers tell their story in this realistic and erotic first time novel from Morgana Trump. Francesca is the first chapter to be released from the forthcoming novel.

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Francesca is struggling for the undivided attention of the most popular man in town.She uses smart, funny but shy George to balance the tables. Once she has helped him lose his virginity, though, the tables begin to turn.

Francesca has a dumpling fetish and a scientific approach to sex. She is a biologist after all.

Eleven lovers tell their story in this realistic and erotic first time novel from Morgana Trump. Francesca is the first chapter to be released from the forthcoming novel.

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Francesca – An 11th Love

 

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Francesca is struggling for the undivided attention of the most popular man in town.She uses smart, funny but shy George to balance the tables. Once she has helped him lose his virginity, though, the tables begin to turn.

Francesca has a dumpling fetish and a scientific approach to sex. She is a biologist after all.

Eleven lovers tell their story in this realistic and erotic first time novel from Morgana Trump. Francesca is the first chapter to be released from the forthcoming novel.

Free until February 9

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Magic Pudding economy

95 years old and still kicking goals
99 years old and still kicking goals

Ninety nine years ago Australian painter and author, Norman Lindsay, accepted a bet that he could not write a children’s book and penned The Magic Pudding. Inspired by a government that kept printing money, despite a serious lack of any plan to underwrite the economy, he built the tale of some homeless animals surviving the depression by using a magic pudding that simply renewed itself whenever they ate it.

As with all political yarns there are two sides, one nasty, creepy and different, but both simply out to get the pudding for their own benefit. As the centenary of this charming tale approaches, the global economy teeters with governments and opposition parties in countries as diverse as the USA and Greece, lacking the political will to tell their constituents that the money has run out, having been given to the investment bankers by one means or another.

At least the Magic Pudding has the advantage of being cute and fun to read. Read the wikipedia entry.

 

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Alone on the Soaks: The Life and Times of Alec Kruger

Get this amazing story, now. This straightforward telling of one man’s life, lays out the reality of the twentieth century for Aboriginal Australians. Watch for forthcoming installments in this brilliant body of work.

Alone on the Soaks: The Life and Times of Alec Kruger

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Snatched from his mother at age three, institutionalized for seven years, sent to work at age 10Alec Kruger</strong>'s harrowing childhood and life's journey are chronicled in this deeply moving autobiography. A child of mixed Aboriginal</strong> descent, he survived the loneliness and bullies of a stolen childhood to become a drover, army recruit, and plaintiff in the High Court. Tracing his search for a sense of belonging, this personal account ultimately reveals how, through the Central Australian Stolen Generations and Families Aboriginal</strong> Corporation, he was able to triumph in the struggle for recognition, reconciliation, and recompense.

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Florence Broadhurst, our muse

Florence is a great example of the Australian attitude that drives McDabb. After leading an international life as a singer, actor and clothes designer she has left a legacy of wallpapers and fabric prints that stand on their own as a body of work. Many people criticise her flamboyant disregard for the truth (she pretended to be English, a rich squatter’s daughter and a chinese born call girl at various times in her life) and her appropriation of other artist’s work. There is no doubt, though, that she created and maintained a brand that has left an indelible legacy.

Find out more about Florence in this absolutely stunning hardcover book with a cloth cover and beautiful colour plates.

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