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by Ann Morven

Smashwords Edition 2009.
Published by Darling Newspaper Press.
PO box 176, Kalamunda, Western Australia 6926.

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Front cover image: Hyderabad Friends of Snakes Club

ISKANDER the Magnificent, Sultan Supreme, interrupted my singing with a flick of his fat, jewelled wrist. “Australians!” he burbled. “The sport. The gambling. I am same, isn’t it. But your jockey, your Snowy, is one damn fool.”

I had been warbling down a mental mountainside with The Man From Snowy River, the runaway colt recaptured in verse, my banjo plunking a sort of hoofbeat rhythm before this potentate’s golden throne. My mouth, still open, blurted back at him, “Fool, your royal high magnificence?”

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