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Journeys : Feb March 2012
WIN $30 vouchers from Fullers Bookshop, Myer and The Body Shop. Find our Prize Pot, write the page number and your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Prize Pot, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Closing date 5 March. Last issue the Prize Pot was on page 18. Winners Quick Win John, The Duke of Avram, Sorell Garject Paul Malone, North Hobart Beeper John Gaylor, Blackmans Bay Raymond Williams, Lindisfarne Sandra Johnson, New Norfolk David McCarthy, Shearwater Helen Chell, Glengarry Prize Pot Sue Hoare, Evandale Kathy March, Kingston Leanne Dac , New Town Hobart NYE Melissa Saward, Oakdowns Minotaur Pam Chapman, South Hobart D. Frances, Sorell Riding the Trains in Japan by Patrick Holland Review by Ben Walter In Dubai, waiting for the hotel to let us check in, under-slept from the overnight flight, increasingly wilting in the heat – it wasn’t July, the height of summer, when the sun lifts the desert to 40 and 45 degrees, but it was plenty hot enough for us – we eventually gave in and rode the metro. The ultra-clean, air-conditioned metro, for maybe two hours back and forth, going nowhere at all in cool comfort. In the title essay of his collection of travel narratives, Riding the Trains in Japan, Patrick Holland found himself doing the same thing. Unable to find accommodation during a packed O-Bon festival, he rode the bullet train overnight, shuttling between Kyoto and Tokyo. He discusses the strangeness of travelling so quickly, disconnected from the landscape, and the contrast this provides w ith more meditative, traditional Japanese literature. The essay ser ves as an apt introduction to his series of journeys in eastern Asia. We are welcomed by the Montagnard people of Vietnam, and the Mosuo in Yunnan. We learn about desertification near Beijing, and of ancient, abandoned cities on the old silk road. Accompanied by reflections historical, spiritual, literary and experiential, this is contemplative and enjoyable reading. At one point, obser ving the same movements of life around a Chinese lake that had surely been going on for centuries, the fishermen standing in their boats, Holland ponders the fact that, “they had never left these shores and probably never would. They were happy. I wondered, then, what were the virtues of travel?” This book provides a reminder of travel’s virtues – of how it can interest us in the world, and how it can make us think. From the bookshelf Making their own way – The Dunbabins on Maria Island 1869-1876 by Tom Dunbabin and Viv and Hilda – Meeting the Robeys of Maria Island by Kathy Gatenby T hese two outstanding new Tasmanian publications open insights into the lives of pioneer settlers on Maria Island and the East Coast. Kathy Gatenby’s beautifully-presented and meticulously-researched book tells the story of two people born and raised in contrasting places – London and South Africa. For thirty years, Hilda Saunders and Viv Robey led adventurous, unconnected lives, until their paths crossed just after World War 1. A chance meeting led to a union that spanned more than four decades, w ithstanding the isolation and hardship of farm life on Maria Island. Tom Dunbabin is a fifth-generation far mer on Tasmania’s East Coast. His fascinating book describes how brothers John and Tom Dunbabin (the author’s great-grandfather) took up the challenge of farming on Maria Island. Married to sisters Sarah and Mary Murdoch from Cambridge, they raised their young families and built a future on the island. Tom’s book is richly-illustrated w ith historical images, many never before published, and snippets of family letters dating back 150 years. All our reviewed books are available from Fullers Bookshops in Hobart and Launceston. We have copies of these books to give away. To enter, write the title of the book you’d like to win on the back of an envelope and mail to Bookshelf, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Entries close on 5 March. Not a patch on these quilts T he Quilters’ Easter Showcase 2012 w ill again be held at the Brighton Civic Centre from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday 31 March. Everyone interested in quilting, patchwork and associated crafts are invited to come along to have a great day. Activities on the day will include: • A wide range of trader displays • A chance to meet up w ith old and new friends from all over Tasmania • Demonstrations by well know n experts passing on many of their special tips • A chance to ‘show & tell’ • Lucky draw prizes throughout the day • QES-12 Challenge All this for just a $5 entry fee! For further information, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org In Tasmania today 46 February / March 2012
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