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Read Today: Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson


I finished reading this book today.

At the BookShelf

Treasure Island was the first major novel of Robert Louis Stevenson. It was first published in 1883 and has remained a much-loved book. First penned as a story for boys, it was as a young boy that I first came across Treasure Island. It was the first real book that I ever read – certainly of my own choice. If I remember correctly, the copy I had was a small book, not much bigger than my hand and illustrated throughout. The illustrations weren’t coloured as such, but I think I may have started to ‘colour them in’ as I read the story several times. The name of the ship, ‘Hispaniola,’ came back to me in one of my first compositions at school. In that early attempt at writing I wrote a story about piracy and a ship called the Hispaniola. I believe I was written into the story, along…

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Speers Point: Old Service Station


Speers Point GarageToday’s photo is of the old service station on the main road at Speers Point, New South Wales, Australia. I can barely remember a time when this place served as a normal petrol/service station in the conventional sense (in Australia). It was being used as a mechanic’s shop which sold a bit of petrol now and then about the time when this photo was taken.