1  A Swift and Violent Event

The pedagogue is cut down in the scourge of paralysing attacks hitting the contemporary world.
He comes to the edge of the gyre, as good as gone.
Recalled to life, he’s out of time. A dud cheque, a total wreck.
Looking for the uncommon in the commonplace, he reconsiders his life so far.

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2 Lord Gym

Helping to extend his life is the NSW public health system.
The diehard is fortunate to be accepted into a medically screened and fully supervised program
The Strong Centre at Balmain Hospital helps him keep his mind and body together.
While it’s staff doctors patients, he doctors their details.

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3 Boom Boom Baby

Born at a very young age, our free range boy grows up in the Bush.
He occupies a propitious moment of history.Capitalism’s post-bellum golden age.
He learns to walk the social, political and religious divide.

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4 Culture Mulcher

Developing a consuming interest in the arts,he is informed by a wide range of contributions.
The two Peters instruct him in new, offbeat ways people can be funny.
He takes work such as theirs, breaks it down and spreads it out.
Applied to his own efforts,it enriches both his inner and outer life.
He devises a novel literary concept- the story within a story within a story within a story.
He attends the opening act at the Sydney Opera House.

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5 Halcyon Days.

The fresh faced plainsman makes it up the mountain range, coming of age in the cathedral city.
He sets the scene of the collegiate campus, being exposed there to different ideas,perspectives and experiences, .

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6 Talkin’ ’bout their generation

He learns about the power and influence of socially shared events.
The way each cohort develops a unique set of beliefs and attitudes.
How these guide it’s members’ behaviour and shape their cultural works.
He looks at the battered generation surviving the First World War. He looks at the ‘angry young men’ following the Second one.
He learns about the officials selected to control their ideas.

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7 The Dinner Party and the Revolution

He takes on the persona of Chu-I, Mr.Red Coat,the protector of students.
He assists those who present themselves at examinations with a light equipment of English knowledge.
Encountering China through the writings of Sai Zhenzhu, he learns about many customs and practices that have now vanished.

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8 Who we are and where we come from.

Louis Leakey invites him to increase education and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival.
He considers the Multimates carrying out field research of primates in their natural habitats,
He decides on studying chimpanzees in their captive habitat.
He learns how the past of humans in Australia is unearthed.

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9 Making the science less dismal.

While reading conventional economics he becomes an advocate of alternative strategies.
Those which prioritise social justice, sustainability and the pursuit of a fairer society.
He investigates the nature, causes, and consequences of economic inequality, a defining issue of our age.
He concludes that, although governments are often committed to ‘growth at all costs’ and‘trickle down’ economics, there are alternative public policies that could be used to narrow the gap between rich and poor.

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11 Out of this World.

Having grown up during the dawn of the space age he keeps vigil during the orbital flights.
He witnesses humanity leaving its ancestral home and stepping on the surface of another celestial body
A pair of the crew behind these feats thanks him for his support .

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12 Alarums and Excursions

Undergoing basic military training,he learns how the values inculcated diverge from those of the larger society.
He works together with other recruits to overcome a series of arduous and complex tasks and obstacles.
Driven by manly patriotic urgings, our weekend warrior buys into the grand project.Forward Defence and the casus belli.
Looking under the hood of the massive military machine,he studies the how and where it drives things along.

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13 Volta Face

With everything falling into place, he runs headfirst into the moral complexities of the real world.
Coming face to face with the vagaries, hypocrisies and amoralities of contemporary politics,he discovers the grand imperial imposture.
Increasingly disaffected with it’s system of control, the sap rising, he goes from renouncing to denouncing .
Reversing course, finding a code he can live by,he travels to the beat of a different drum.

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14 Word from the Big Stage

Reflecting on the role of theatre,film,and music, he directs his thoughts to some outstanding writers and composers, to those acting out and interpreting their works.
He looks to those creative talents from ‘Hamlet’ to the Global Village.
Those who tell and perform stories for us,transmitting words and sounds to celebrate, challenge and provoke.

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15 On the road and off it.

Our hardedged innocent discovers something very sustaining in travel.
He is driven by two impulses – to get away from home and to pursue different landscapes, people, and exotic places.
Setting off from his hometown,knapsack on his back,he embarks on an epic road trip.
Overland through the scorching Outback, up through the Malay Peninsula and on to an Indochina on the brink of catastrophe.

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16 Red Thunder Down Under

He meets up with ‘Bookshop Bob’ to stock up with reading on the war.
Bob fills him in about the welcoming party for the Vietnamese strongman.
Back in Armidale he discusses the reception with his friend from Saigon.
The Cambodian head of state thanks him for his expression of friendship with his country.

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17 Towards the principle of Universal Human Rights.

Fresh out of graduation,. he appears before the legal eminence.
He consults him about the upcoming Teach-in about the war and the demonstration against it.
He is drawn into discussion with him over the nature of the Australian character.
In a war of words he stares down the foreign minister .

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18 A Letter from the Desert Kingdom.

He is greeted by one of the main players in the Arab world.
With collegiate fellows he discusses the ruler,his family and the stature of his country .
Built on its prestige as the custodian of the birthplace of Islam, it’s status is based on it being one of the world’s largest oil producers.

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19 The Year of the People

Newly minted, the bachelor is sent out on life’s stage.
He teaches young people navigating the turbulent years of adolescence.
This was 1968,a very turbulent year in all kinds of ways.
Determined resistance to the war, large scale opposition and a spirit of rebellion swept through the world.
The presidential challenger,opposed to involvement in the much-hated lost war, thanks him for his support.

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20 Sticks Hicks Chicks Nix

Armed only with a smile, a piece of chalk, a suit, the ambition to succeed and that most precious possession:tomorrow,he is reappointed to another country high school.
He drops in on the Thompsons, a rustic,colloquial family of proles.

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21 Back on the Trail

Footloose and fiancee free,our everyman steps out gamely into the larger world.
In this modern Pilgrim’s Progress, in search of fame,fortune and the better things of life,he sets out across the Eurasian landmass through a world now largely forgotten.
Driven by burning visions of a liberal city, in pursuit of hormonal and cultural urges, he aims to shake off prudes and prejudice.
After being wedged into packed train cars,he journeys along the Hippy Trail.
He comes across an Afghan scholar in Kabul and American military trainers in Tehran.

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22 Up Against the Wall

Sent in by the military to clean up the former eugenist run academy, he carries out mopping up operations.
He flushes out the truth about the moral degeneracy and fascistic form of training it had been freed from.

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23 East Side Story

He finds the allure of the German Democratic Republic to be curiosity, plain and simple: the chance to see and experience a system that had intrigued him.

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24 Desiderata

Blanketing the field, he gets his hopes up in the public school system.
All sharp and shiny,in his proper sphere,He gets back in the swim of things. Gangway!

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25 Back and Forward to the Basics

He creates a unique and innovative teaching tool.
It enables everybody to become fully immersed in knowledge of New South Wales and beyond .
It enables them to read and write about it at their own pace.

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26 Champion of Champions

He joins the party to welcome Madiba to Sydney.
He instigates a scrum with admirers packing closely together to gain possession of his hand.
At the Great Hall he discusses ideas on championship with those gathered.

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27 La Vida Poca Loca

Papa Allan and his family revel in the exploding,exotic appeal of Latin American culture.
Both visible and assertive,it captures them as part of a young,diverse audience.
Aficionados who regularly listen and dance to cumbias,salsas and tangos.
Knocking them dead at the outdoor concerts is ‘The Bombshell from Bogota.’

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28 The Gentle Giant

In a secluded cul-de-sac in Balmain , close to the water and with harbour views ,he comes to this handcrafted home of Brother Tom .
Taking its cue from the character of Tom himself, there’s a solidity and robustness to the form of this timber house.
Yet it still manages to create an element of openness and intimacy.
He chats with Tom about his life as one of the country’s most respected elders.
A digger and campaigner for the environment, peace and social justice.

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29 Safe Haven

He volunteers his services to help refugees with their language skills and knowledge of their new country.
He aims to help break down social barriers. for them to feel more connected and to engage with Australian culture, customs and traditions.
The perils of conflating them with terrorists most of whom are homegrown and poorly educated.
He provides the resettlement consortium with his unique,hard won inventory of educational resources.

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30 A Masterful Plan

A precious and unique green community space is mooted to help refugee integration.
Limits are placed on this sensitive operation’s chances of success.
Our volunteer points to a successful precedent from our own history.
The current influx express their desire to master their knowledge of Australia.
The re-settlement consortium lives up to it’s motto: ‘No good deed goes unpunished.’

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31 The Peppertree Café and the Biker Bullies

He attends a discussion day in the ethnic salad bowl to display his knowledge and reading materials about NSW.
The locale was a café with a cause.
It has a community focus for people looking to train up in the restaurant and food preparation industry.
His Italian student recounts a biker assault at a roadside cafe.

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32 Bringing it all home.Picking up the pieces.

As the numbers of refugees from the Middle East explodes,he links the pressure to accept more to our reckless use of military power.
He argues that’s it’s our moral responsibility and vital to our security that we provide restitution.
To compensate in every way possible for the losses and injuries caused.
That we encourage those who make it to our shores to get back on their feet.

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