Antiquities & Oddities

//Antiquities & Oddities
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  • New Optical Illusions
    Over 150  original images guaranteed to cross your eyes, baffle your brain and frustrate your friends - there's even one from the time of the Ancient Romans. In colour and black and white.
  • Rose Of Spadgers

    Five years after the success of The Sentimental Bloke, Dennis continued the tale of Rose, the girl Ginger Mick left behind. Inclined to recklessness and 'like to come to 'arm' the Bloke appoints himself chief rescuer - like some 'tin knight of old' and later, bumbling match-maker.  But Doreen is there, of course, to save the day. An Australian classic. With delicate black and white illustrations and a glossary of the slang of the times.

  • Back Of Sunset

    Dr. Stephen McCabe has a partnership in a fashionable practice in Sydney and a very beautiful, very ambitious fianceè and when he comes to the lonely Flying Doctor outpost of Winnemincka, he only intends staying for a short holiday. Yet he is aware that his true vocation is escaping him and that feeling becomes more acute when an old friend of his father comes from the Outback to visit him. The discovery that many lonely people desperately  need him takes him out of his comfortable rut and presents him with a challenge and he must face the greatest personal problem of his life with a completely new set of values.

  • Jockey Who Laughed

    Anyone who's ever had a bet on a horse will relate to this collection of tall - and short - stories of the racing world, a sport renowned for colorful characters.  Not only jockeys and racegoers provide the laughter in this collection - there are plenty of bookies, owners, trainers, racing writers, commentators, stewards, vets and committeemen.  Here's a sample: There was the time that Queensland jockeys waged a 'go slow' campaign for a higher winning fee. The race at Doomben started at 3 p.m. and finished at 4.45 p.m. The favourite would have been in a photo finish but by the time the race ended it was too dark to take pictures.  Pure Aussie humour.

  • From Bauhaus To Our House

    The irrepressible Wolfe has a satiric go at the pretensions of Bauhaus art, attitudes and architecture. 'Starting from zero', 'bourgeois', the Cubists, Fauvists, Secessionists and every 'ism' comes under the gun, including Post-Modernism. Wolfe follows architectural design from Europe to America where Bauhaus was embraced in earnest and explores, with due irony,  the vast contradiction between the bare, spare impersonal and abstract Bauhaus architecture and the exuberant, muscle-flexing populace that it serves.  Illustrated with black and white photos

  • Invisible Horizons

    True mysteries of the sea. Chapters include: Over The Horizon; Vanishing Islands; Bottles, Casks and Caskets; The Watchers and The Avengers; The Jinxed and the Damned; The Haunts and the Horrors; Fiery Phantoms and Noisy Spectres; Floating Morgues; The Wanders and the Homers; The Classic Drifter; The Most Famous Derelict; O-U-T, Out! The Triangle of Death; Flames From the Sky; Is There  An Answer? Invisible Horizons.

  • Best Of Russ Tyson

    Tyson is best known for his radio work, particularly with  ABC Radio Brisbane where he commenced as a cadet announcer in 1939. He subsequently became known for presenting a national breakfast program along with the popular Hospital Half-Hour program. Following disagreements regarding the direction of the breakfast program, Tyson resigned from the ABC in 1966. After leaving the ABC, Tyson worked for commercial station until his retirement in 1976. He was the first person to appear on ABC television in  Queensland, when Brisbane station ABQ commenced transmission on 2 November 1959.  He wrote several books of material from the Hospital Half-Hour program full of fun little moral fables, the humor of every day life, pithy sayings and of course, the wisdom of the famous Ah Too, Chinese wise man. Gems in this volume include: How To Kill Almost Any Organisation, Terse Verses and Up-To-Date Nursery Rhymes.

  • Philosophy Corner

    Tyson is best known for his radio work, particularly with  ABC Radio Brisbane where he commenced as a cadet announcer in 1939. He subsequently became known for presenting a national breakfast program along with the popular Hospital Half-Hour program. Following disagreements regarding the direction of the breakfast program, Tyson resigned from the ABC in 1966. After leaving the ABC, Tyson worked for commercial station until his retirement in 1976. He was the first person to appear on ABC television in  Queensland, when Brisbane station ABQ commenced transmission on 2 November 1959.  He wrote several books of material from the Hospital Half-Hour program full of fun little moral fables, the humor of every day life, pithy sayings and of course, the wisdom of the famous Ah Too, Chinese wise man. Gems include: 'Do unto others - as though you were the others' and 'The more you leave things to chance, the less chance there is.'

  • Second Book General Ignorance

    Yes, everything you thought you knew is STILL wrong! As made famous on QI - Quite Interesting with Stephen Fry. You'll be amazed at which country has the lowest age of consent; and that you should definitely NOT urinate on a jellyfish sting to ease the pain; and you will also discover when a spiral staircase is not a spiral staircase.  Great potential for trivia buffs.