Uncle Herb

Am currently having an amazing experience volunteering at the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival being held in Coolum.  This is the very first one and only really thought of in February … so to get an international event of this scale up is BIG!  They are showcasing 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 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 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 lately, or not so recent?



  1. Right now I would have to say you Kate, in answer to your question above. You have come up with so many interesting blogs and your straightforwardness in talking, which I like, for its honesty. The above blog being another great blog to read, just so glad we started talking.

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    • Thank you Anna for your very kind words – I love life and I love people so to share and inspire just one person makes my life meaningful! So thank you one and all who read here … am about to edit this post as I told Uncle Herb about it today … he was happy and excited and told me to add some more.

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  2. I would love to hear more from uncle herb! In America these people are being banned and it is so sad to see people so desperate. Yes we are one race if people would just realize it.

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