Love on the Run A Temlett Conibeer Story By A.C.T. Marke

May 31, 2008 at 2:21 am (A.C.T. Marke, Book review, Commentary) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

  A.C.T. Marke criticizes the reviewer and the review.

The geographical expanse and character portrayal in this amusing tale makes for pleasurable and easy reading.

 From the rural West Country of England to a bleak sheep farm in the Falkland Islands, we are taken on a journey to Australia and Papua New Guinea. 

 Temlett Conibeer, a young Englishman, artlessly steers his life, with something of the innocent abroad about him, in manoeuvres and tactics in search of a wife: from his rather inept and clumsy socializing to advertising in the personals, to visiting coupling agencies- we jaunt with Temlett on a psychological and sexual adventure.

 We are told of a loving but slightly censorious mother who discourages Temlett’s romantic endeavours and a lusty possessive older Hungarian woman, Mayar, whom he keeps at bay sexually. There is a vast variety of women such as Evelyn in the Falklands and the Argentinian, Manuella, with her full figure and pretty looks in Brisbane. 

 A collection of strange, romantic and passionate women come and go in Temlett’s life. The world, as it were, was his oyster but the pearl he wants eludes him.

  The love scenes are always tasteful but they reveal more than mere hints of female cleavage and ample thighs.

  The reader will find the male characters in the book highly entertaining. ‘Farmer’, Temlett’s uncle with his snuff and mean and wily ways – Dr Petrolov, the urbane Russian medical doctor, and David Ware with his get- rich plans, with many others, are jocular and amusing. The accounts of conversations and life in the old Territory of Papua and New Guinea have a realistic tone about them. In fact, the whole novel is, I suspect, something of a roman à clef .

  This book is hilarious and is highly recommended for the suburban commuter or others wanting to enjoyably while away their time. PNG expats will find this novel especially amusing.



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Generosity of Robert Mugabe

May 18, 2008 at 5:30 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )


Someone told me that Robert Mugabe intended to donate millions of Zimbabwe dollars to the Burma Generals in recognition of the fine job they are doing in alleviating the suffering of their people.


What a fine fellow Robert is and what excellent fellows the Gererals are!


Ideologically speaking they would all be comfortable bedfellows. We can put a face on Mugabe but I wonder about the Generals. An interesting little piece caught my eye in Time, Oct. 04, 2007:

” But Burma? No one dictator comes to mind, only a coterie of faceless generals — 12, if one wants to be exact. Last week, in the junta’s latest wave of repression, soldiers fired on thousands of peaceful protesters who had dared challenge its iron-fisted rule, killing dozens, according to initial U.N. estimates. But the question remains: Who exactly are the brutal generals behind one of the world’s most isolated regimes?”


If the reports of Robert’s generosity are true we can expect to see millions of Zimbabwe dollars floating in the devastered delta region of Myanmar.


It appears that the Generals have no problem with Mugabe himself coming and personally distributing his dollars. What a wonderful humanitarian gesture on the part of Mugabe and the Generals this would be.


You can imagine how the suffering Burmese will appreciate the ebony geriatric and kindly features of Robert as he hands over his worthless money.


No doubt at the end of his mission the Generals will turn on a State dinner for him.


God protect poor people from these scoundrels in their jungle green and army uniforms; rogues all and one who flourish while honest folk droop. (My apologies to Browning for this misquotation)

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Tribute to James Wall

May 15, 2008 at 1:06 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )


Tribute to James Wall


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What Do We Know, What Can We Believe? (3)

May 15, 2008 at 4:42 am (Uncategorized) (, , )


What Do We Know, What Can We Believe?
“The love of God, the highest truth of religion, does not depend on acceptance of approved propositions. God is loved in spirit and truth not in propositions.”
                                                                                James Wall

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What Do We Know, What Can We Believe? (2)

May 15, 2008 at 4:42 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )


What Do We Know, What Can We Believe?

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What Do We Know, What Can We Believe? (1)

May 15, 2008 at 4:42 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )


What Do We Know, What Can We Believe?

James Wall starts his book by pointing out that when he was young he was told: “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.”


His friend, Tom Hayes at James’s funeral in 2004 said: ” It is only a short book but it covers a lot of ground. Typically of James, the English is pared to the bone.”


In this book the reader is taken on a philosophical, theological and scientific journey looking at what we know and what we can believe. 


The grist of what James writes broadly speaking goes along these lines: Philosophy seeks to understand the nature of reality,  an intellectual endeavour that is as dynamic as it is reflective. Belief is not knowledge and religions can and do change. “Of course, human beings have always adapted to changes.” “All depend totally on the earth.” ” Neither philosophy nor Christian Theology has kept pace with developments in the arts and sciences.”


Given all the evidence we have it is not possible to prove or disprove the existence of God but there are strong motivations for faith. We will never understand God and James quotes St Augustine: “If we have understood, then what we have understood is not God?”


The “godlike characteristics” of men and women lead us to know something of God. Love is the rational for everything in philosophy, theology and even science. The reason for reform and change in the Catholic Church and elsewhere.


I hope James would forgive me this sweeping generalization of his thoughts but I know that James in challenging traditional beliefs and practices was motivated by devotion and love for humanity.


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Coconuts and Tearooms: A review

May 14, 2008 at 3:40 am (Corruption in PNG) (, , , , )

A review

Boys, Pat

Coconuts and Tearooms: Six years in New Britain, New Guinea in the 1930s – The Colonial days, Pat Boys: Auckland, 1993


What a fascinating and informative tale of pre-war expatriate life in New Guinea this book is!


As a post-war resident of PNG myself, this account of the bipos or befores as pre-war Territorians were known, I found most illuminating. They were highly regarded by all who lived in PNG after the war.


Pat Boys in her mother, Margaret’s words and in insightful writing, conjures up bygone years: The allure yet isolation of plantation life, the liveliness of Rabaul’s social life are all related in language replete in the domesticity of food recipes and daily life. Accounts of ship voyages add to the appeal of the time.


The book is made more interesting with the number of photos and maps included.


The undercurrents of human experiences are mentioned and implied: Coping with Japanese trochus poachers to natural disasters like the volcanic eruption in Rabaul. Margaret’s marriage breakdown and her return to New Zealand with Pat seem analogous to a breakdown of expatriate pre-war life in New Guinea with the coming of the Second World War.


This book tells us so much by implication in words, pictures and maps of a life that is gone. It is easy to read and enjoy.


For those readers wanting a copy, I would suggest writing to: Mrs Pat Boys, 19 Andresen Street, Foxton Beach, New Zealand 4815


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Living With a Control Freak

May 9, 2008 at 12:34 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Living With a Control Freak

Deborah Ruiz Wall at work!

After about 36 years of married life my wife, Deborah, is embarking on a major personal and psychological work entitled: Living With a Control Freak – a study replete with gender issues and personal experience. As the protagonist in this work perhaps I shall enjoy the notoriety while squirming under the psychological/sociological knife.


From what I can gather Deborah’s thoughts and thesis are strongly allied with the following extract:

‘Control freak

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In psychology-related slang, control freak is a derogatory term for a person who attempts to dictate how everything around them is done. It can also refer to someone with a limited number of things that they want done a specific way; professor of clinical psychology Les Parrott wrote that “Control Freaks are people who care more than you do about something and won’t stop at being pushy to get their way.”[1]

In some cases, the control freak (Mallory) sees their constant intervention as beneficial or even necessary; this can be caused by feelings of superiority, believing that others are incapable of handling matters properly, or the fear that things will go wrong if they don’t attend to every detail. In other cases, they may simply enjoy the feeling of power it gives them so much that they automatically try to gain control of everything around them.’

I’m sure all my readers wish Deborah every success with this important academic work. 






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More Priceless Pieces From The Sir Ernest Spender Collection

May 2, 2008 at 1:26 am (Fiction) (, , , , , )

More Priceless Pieces From The Sir Ernest Spender Collection
This piece come from Torembi Village and was acquired by James Ward and Ron Watson in the 1970s.
Ron subsequently sold it to Ernest Spender. It was a piece that James especially valued as it came from the same village as Kami, his faithful servant for many years. James had a very high regard for Kami. Ron said once that James had all the details about this carving but unfortunately nothing was found among his papers after he disappeared.

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The Sir Ernest Spender Collection

May 1, 2008 at 3:17 am (Fiction) (, , , , )


Sir Ernest Spender Collection
This piece was collected by Ernest from a village near the Middle River in the 1970s.



The readers of Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk will remember that Ernest was recovering from quintuple heart bypass surgery and was still at Findhorn. In his search for physical well-being, he was exploring body harmony, energy medicine and meditation.

Yesterday I received a letter from him enclosing photos of part of his Sepik collection of artifacts. He apologized for the poor quality of the snaps but he just wanted to remind me that the Sepik remained for ever an important part of his life.

Well to make a long story short it appears that he had a complete recovery from his surgery and reengaged fully with his New-Age incarnational spirituality and lecturing on non-physicial entities. Also he developed a herbal remedy that proved to be a great curative antidote to many modern aliments. With his herbal treatments he attracted many people from all classes of society. One of his patients, a member of the Royal Family, was completely cured of deep depression and suicidal tendencies and restored to excellent health. In appreciation of this Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II created him Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire (KBE). In honour of his investiture his old school, Charterhouse, had a celebratory dinner for him at the School.

Ernest wanted to be remembered to all his old friends from PNG. He did hint to me of some romantic association with a “dear friend”. 

 If there should be a future Lady Spender I can only wish them every happiness. 


























































































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