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Hearty agreement. Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven were a bit too domestic. Never seemed to wander far from the garden shed. But the Famous Five? Lighthouses. Secret notebooks. Hidden treasure. Catacombs. That was proper adventure. Up there with Blue Peter’s John Noakes as a role model growing up in the Seventies and Eighties. Later Alistair MacLean novels. From a time when going abroad meant plotting sabotage or conducting espionage.

I was staying with Simon, old public school friend of my neighbour Jon, and his wife Janette in Bargara. Small coastal resort in central Queensland. Few days off the road. Feeling a bit self-conscious. Simon a professional photographer. Curious as to what he made of my amateur efforts. Janette a former Times journalist. Sharp mind.




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