Had an amazing experience volunteering at the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival.  It was the very first one with little time to organise!  They showcased many writers, slam poets, workshops with a focus on our First Australians, environment and  surfing culture – so loads of choice!

One of several duties I have is host to this most delightful gentleman!

A story-teller and the rest … several comments that are well worth repeating “there is only ONE race in this world, the human race with many tribes and languages“.

He wonders why Australians are complaining about the current boat people, mainly Afghans and Syrians, who are risking their lives literally to get to Australia and safety.  As he calmly points out they are of a much better quality than the original boat people who landed 200 years ago – the English invasion where they sent boat loads of convicts!

Being a drover he drank and smoked heavily and when he started to write with a pencil stub taken from the TAB [betting agency] he decided that he couldn’t keep smoking and that it wasn’t an addiction.  So he stopped there and then.  Admits he did keep a tin of tobacco and roll a few just to put unlit into his mouth and then tossed it away.  He should have a job on our Quit line!

Share an interesting character you have met?