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About Alan

Alone in a sea of spinifex.

Six Fishermen

Taem bifoa is pijin for “Once upon a time”.   All good stories start like that.   Taem bifoa, long long ago, six fishermen went out to catch fish. Kutu the rat, Veke the flying fox, Koba the hermit crab, Meki the … Continue reading

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Palio and Barubaru

A story from Choiseul. Palio the sprat* and Barubaru the mudskipper were sharing a pool. They were cut off from the lagoon after the tide had fallen.  Barubaru began to skip and play around the pool, rolling over, splashing and making … Continue reading

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The Crying Baby

Another tale from Simbo. It was time to harvest the yam. A time when all the women in the village  must join in and work, even the young mothers with newborn babies.   One young mother lay her tiny baby in … Continue reading

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Cúchulainn & Mórrígan

  Nine hazel trees grew around the Well of Segais, where the sacred Salmon lived. The hazelnuts were wisdom, and the salmon ate them all as they fell into the pool. All except one. I took it.  But that is … Continue reading

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Tagimaucia

A story from Fiji Version 1 A young girl was playing when she was supposed to be doing her chores. Her mother kept reminding her of what needed to be done, but the girl ignored her. The mother became so … Continue reading

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Simbo Moon

The people of Simbo, in Solomon Islands, are pekipeki (crazy). I shall tell you of how once upon a time, they tried to capture the moon. One night, as the full moon shone overhead, an elder of the village exclaimed … Continue reading

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Stirling Ranges

 A long, long time ago, two Noongar tribes lived near each other on the Great Southern. They fought over the land for many years, and hundreds from both tribes were killed in battles and skirmishes.  Finally after the biggest battle … Continue reading

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