Action News 1997 ISSN 1324-6011
Lead in Literature
Fishing in the Styx
"The brothers struck West into the drought country, boarding a train illegally to do so.
"We were the greenest pair of rattle jumpers in the business", wrote DArcy. "We travelled down to Port Pirie in a truck of lead-ore concentrate. We were so frozen we couldnt get out of the truck when the guard saw us. But he was a lovely fella. First he kicked our backsides and then he brought along a billy of hot tea. We looked like red-headed Fijians with the rust and the dust."
["Fishing in the Styx" by Ruth Park, published by Penguin Books Australia Ltd. Reprinted with kind permission]. Sent in by Warwick Mosman, Ourimbah.
Unreliable Memoirs "Toys were scarce. A few crude lead soldiers were still produced so that children could go on poisoning themselves, but otherwise there was almost nothing"
["Unreliable Memoirs" by Clive James, published by Pan Books.] Sent in by Noela Whitton, Glebe.
Body-Centered Psychotherapy "Nobel laureate George Wald said during the Vietnam War, we can evaluate our actions simply by asking "Is it good for children?" Is the war good for children? Are atomic weapons good for children?"
[pp 21-2, "Body-Centered Psychotherapy" by Ron Kurtz, published by Life Rhythm. Reprinted with kind permission.] Sent in by Adrian Hill, Petersham.
The Herbal Bed
"(He goes to the dispensary and returns with a polished chest, the
size of a deep pistol case and very heavy. He places it on the bench.)
JOHN: And this?
[Pp 23-4, "The Herbal Bed" by Peter Whelan, published by Warner Chappell Plays Ltd, London in 1966. Reprinted by kind permission. All performance rights are strictly reserved.]. Sent in by Geoff Ward, Osteopath, Annandale.
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