Far From The Urban Sprawl ... tall tales and ripping yarns from The Land Of OZ

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A Bushman's Tail
Series: Far From The Urban Sprawl ... tall tales and ripping yarns from The Land Of OZ. Price: Free! Words: 5,070. Language: Australian English. Published: August 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Mashups
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
All countries have some interesting local characters out in their rural back blocks, but these two somewhat defective old-timers are in a league of their own.
Sweat Dreams
Series: Far From The Urban Sprawl ... tall tales and ripping yarns from The Land Of OZ. Price: Free! Words: 3,150. Language: Australian English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mashups
Dreams are just dreams, right? And as Jack Cadney says in my towering literary work "McCullock's Gold", how can dreams have any meaning when everything in them is so crazy? …And yet, on rare occasions, someone dreams some winning lottery numbers or which horse will win the Melbourne Cup. Oh yes. And for your information, a "Sydney Harbour" is the standard Australian unit of mega-gargantuan volume.
The Brass Pandemonium
Series: Far From The Urban Sprawl ... tall tales and ripping yarns from The Land Of OZ. Price: Free! Words: 2,880. Language: Australian English. Published: April 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mashups
As the years mount one’s outlook on life can mellow, and oft with this comes an inclination to rail less vigorously against the elements (you might say), to see one's failures in a softer light and to be less reticent in trumpeting one's triumphs – though softly still and with elemental decorum. So let me open the door on my private life and affairs the merest fraction and I’ll tell you a story…
The Curious Affair of Scuppers Bilgewater and the Lesser Speckled Dunk Island Scrub Hen
Series: Far From The Urban Sprawl ... tall tales and ripping yarns from The Land Of OZ. Price: Free! Words: 3,560. Language: Australian English. Published: August 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Mashups
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
In my earlier days I was quite the foolhardy young rake and had a great many outrageously wild and exciting adventures. This is not one of them.
The Gift
Series: Far From The Urban Sprawl ... tall tales and ripping yarns from The Land Of OZ. Price: Free! Words: 5,040. Language: Australian English. Published: March 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Ingrained ideas and notions often prevent those of widely differing cultural backgrounds from getting along, though from time to time events conspire to rub their noses in it. This story involving my Dad and Step Mum is true, but I was just an eight YO schoolboy and so only overheard fragments of it being told to others. As a result I've had to paint a picture around it and change or invent names…
The Parker-Flinte Expedition
Series: Far From The Urban Sprawl ... tall tales and ripping yarns from The Land Of OZ. Price: Free! Words: 6,380. Language: Australian English. Published: April 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Mashups
During the nineteenth century many an expedition set out to explore the vast Australian interior. Some achieved their goal and some were beaten back by conditions or hostile inhabitants. Others met with disaster – sometimes due to circumstance, occasionally of their own making – and one or two disappeared completely, no trace of their remains ever found. This one never even made the history books.
The Prospector
Series: Far From The Urban Sprawl ... tall tales and ripping yarns from The Land Of OZ. Price: Free! Words: 630. Language: Australian English. Published: June 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A poem, wherein a bushman from the late eighteen hundreds reflects on his life and times as a gold prospector…
Uncle Jasper and the Eighty Acres
Series: Far From The Urban Sprawl ... tall tales and ripping yarns from The Land Of OZ. Price: Free! Words: 6,570. Language: Australian English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(3.00 from 1 review)
A look at the old rascal's life … not so much wasted exactly; more seemingly let drift. Yet things are not always as they might appear…
Mirage Resources International Pty Ltd (No Liability), and the Curious Affair of the Golden Windle Investment Project
Series: Far From The Urban Sprawl ... tall tales and ripping yarns from The Land Of OZ. Price: Free! Words: 4,700. Language: Australian English. Published: February 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mashups
Aussie battlers are built tough. Best them, burn ‘em out, bankrupt the buggers and back they’ll come, bold as brass and tonguing for another go – or ready to give something else a try. It’s their overarching optimism, see. And an ability to be philosophical about failure in any form, be it through crook fortune, flood, drought or disaster. But, as in any society, there are always “birds of prey” …
Mr Ron And His Remarkable Flying Machine
Series: Far From The Urban Sprawl ... tall tales and ripping yarns from The Land Of OZ. Price: Free! Words: 4,910. Language: Australian English. Published: February 2, 2017. Categories: Essay » Technology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
(4.00 from 1 review)
It was 1973. "Look at this!" I said, showing my bride a picture in a magazine. "What IS it?" she asked. "It's an elemental flying machine," I replied. "I'm going to buy one." (And here I quote the BBC's famous Goons: "Are you mad?" / "I have a certificate." / "But it will mean certain death!" / "…it is, um, a Death Certificate.") …and yet! Here I am, many adventures later, still alive and writing.