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Adrian Paul

Adrian Paul

Coffs Harbour, Australia

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Memories of Bullaburra

Every child should have a Brigadoon – a wonderful, magical world lost in the mists of time and only accessible by undertaking some sort of quest, some sort of adventure. For most children this world only exists in the recesses of their imaginations. I was lucky. For me, back in the early 1950’s, this world existed in reality and although I last visited this world when I was only five years old, the fact that so much is retained in my memory, bears testament to the permanent impact that world had on me.

That world existed in the Blue Mountains, only about 60 miles West of Sydney but for an awe-inspired toddler, it could have been on another planet.

The adventure would start in the dark pre-dawn hours, when mum and dad would wake us up, dress us and give us a quick breakfast. Then a taxi w…