The Curious Affair of Scuppers Bilgewater and the Lesser Speckled Dunk Island Scrub Hen

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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.
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About Lindsay Johannsen

There's not a lot to tell really, though on reflection, looking back on it through the lens of one’s recollections and memories, the whole business seems more akin to an extended Huckleberry Finn adventure, but set in the vastness of Central Australia.

Born, raised and schooled in Alice Springs; taken from the leafy glades of learning mid-way through Year-eight to work at my father's remote little copper mine; later employed for some years driving his cattle-hauling road trains – him having pioneered road trains and the cattle hauling business (see "Kurt Johannsen: A Son of the Red Centre").
Married in the fullness of time; built a bush homestead on the northern edge of the Simpson Desert and raised a family there, all while running a small tungsten mining business and provisioning the hundred or so Aboriginal people local to the area who adopted us.
Sold our mine and homestead a few years after the kids had flown the coop, acquired a forty foot (12m) touring coach, converted it into a big steel-wheel mobeel Palaise-de-passion motor home and took to the roads of this great land of Oz - in the main visiting our offspring (most of whom had moved to coastal regions), our grandchildren generally and a couple of great grandies - plus various friends and associates from years gone by.
Then, as time went by, my Bride my Precious Lamb and Flower of the Early Mid Morning contracted dementia and, after a period of steady but inevitable deterioration, she passed away from its effects aged 85 - in June 2018.
I don't write much any more, but I did convert a short fictional love poem written earlier into a summary of it all - our meeting, our life together and my current state of mind ... in 200 words.
"Life Sentence" it's called. It's in the list below. Please feel free to read it, with my compliments.
L.J.

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About the Series: Far From The Urban Sprawl ... tall tales and ripping yarns from The Land Of OZ
…wherein one has garnered together a selection of one's tawdry scribblings, all of which could be reasonably described in the main (by any one of you fair-minded readers at least – generally and in the broader context by and large), as being possessed of sufficient likeness in thrust and theme (along with similar words and punctuation here and there), for you to agree pretty much with the notion of my placing them together this way – that is to say, in a loosely defined category, collection or series even, such as you now see before you. ––Oh yes. And there are three more of these outback stories in the series "Christmas Under The Banyan Tree". Thank you.

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Reviews

James Jenkins reviewed on Feb. 25, 2017

While I was reading the story, I didn't feel comfortable with the the way the words flowed.

It is a few days later, as I sit to write my review and I find that the story left a strong imprint, and that the after taste is better than the first taste. Well done, thank you
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Timbozo reviewed on March 8, 2015

My favorite short story of Lindsay Johannsen thus far, having read about 5 or so (plus both novels). I particularly like the humor in this one, and as always, the well-crafted characters and backdrop. I could imagine a longer version of many adventures by the main character, in it's nautical (or naughtycal) vein.
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