Richard Plant is Australian. Born in Sandringham, Victoria at the outbreak of World War II, his generation experienced some of history's greatest changes and technological advances. Australia itself changed from a British dominated colony to an American influenced economy. What did not change was the remarkable unique Aussie sense of humour and fun; its lazy laid back attitude and language which Plant realised is incoherent babble to some. Perhaps that's what happens in the sun-kissed island continent that's miles away from anywhere!
It's the every-day Australian whose antics Plant recalls. The humour and heartache of the old schoolyard; the confusion of puberty; awkward sexual awakening; assimilating migrants by the boatload, and it's set in the 'burbs' (the 'hood') where wide brimmed hats are few, where kangaroos do not run wild, but where great Australian humour lives and thrives.
Plant tells his tall but true Australian tales from the fabulous 50s, the sexsational 60s, right up to the early 2000s. Read along for a good laugh. Discover what makes an Australian. Maybe some of these light hearted Aussie adventures could have taken place in your neck of the woods. But then again, maybe not!