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Road Stories From South Australia: The Rainbird Murder Hut

(The Rainbird Hut as seen from the top of the hill)

I'd heard about the Rainbird murder hut when I used to visit Kapunda back in the mid 1980s (I had a vested interesting in visiting, but we won't go into that). This trip around Lyndal decided to visit some of her relatives in yet another haunted cemetery so I went all out to locate the Rainbird hut.

(The Rainbird hut as seen from the road)

First off, what is the Rainbird murder hut? Allow me to explain. In the mid 1800s a man named Robert Rainbird emigrated from the UK to SA and ended up with his family on the outskirts of Kapunda, living in a little two room hut. In 1861 around five or six Aboriginal men attacked Mrs Rainbird, raping and killing her in her room in the hut, the same men also murdered their two young children as they attempted to flee (Robert Rainbird, the father, was working the land at the time). They the attempted to bury Mrs Rainbird in the traditional manner but the bodies were soon discovered. Ultimately al…

Original Art Stories: Dave Simons Triptych

I've decided this year to showcase some of my favourite art purchases as they either come in or are paid off. So why not kick off 2009 with the last art purchase of 2008 -literally. I finished paying for this stunner at 3pm on the 31st of December, 2008. So, without any further ado, here's the Alternate Fantastic Four by Dave Simons.

Dave mentioned to me in an email a short time ago that he had four left over blank cards from the recent Rittenhouse Fantastic Four set. He'd already sold one, so that shot down my original concept, but I asked Dave if he could use the remaining three to draw the Alternate Fantastic Four from FF #347-#349 as a triptych. Dave checked out the issues in question and this is the result!

I've always loved those three issues and considered Walter Simonson's run to be one of the best that's been on Fantastic Four, indeed I rate it on an even par with the Byrne run as equal second, behind, of course, the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby ru…

Vale 2008, Happy New Year

In the end I can't wait for tomorrow, but as we all know all too well, tomorrow never comes. There's only today and yesterday. I thought about doing an end of year wrap up, but frankly who really cares? Not I.

But as I find it hard to shut up, I'll say this - thanks to all those who read this blog during the year, including those people from Tanzania, Nepal, Qatar, Cameroon, Lebanon, Reunion, Bahrain, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Armenia, Burkina Faso, Andorra, Belize, Cambodia, Kuwait, Netherlands Antilles, Georgia, Luxembourg, Senegal, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Oman who visited my blog at least once.

Thanks to the following people for making my year a damn sight better than it could have been - Norm Breyfogle, Alan Weiss, Alan Kupperberg, Dave Simons, Bob Almond, Tim Townsend, Jimmy T, Bob Shaw, Tony Isabella, Paul Ryan, Sal Velluto, Rob Allen, Mike Esposito (sorry Herman Munster, we are talking again), Brian Postman, Bryan Stroud, Fred Hembeck, Alan Grant, Will Murray,…

Potted Movie Review: John Rambo (2008)

It would appear that I'm one of the all too few who not only remembers seeing the first Rambo film, First Blood (not Rambo: First Blood, but First Blood as it was then titled) at the cinema but will also admit it. At the time it was an impressive film, albeit overacted. It began a genre, that being the returned Vietnam veteran who goes slightly nuts after being discriminated against (usually for a crime that he did not commit, no apologies for gender bias here, the bulk of these movies are very male, in fact I can't recall seeing, or even hearing about, a female entry into that genre) and who then undertakes an ultra-violent response against those who have slighted him, namely a small town sheriff who generally calls the main character 'Boy' a lot, states how the war and those bright and shiny medals mean nothing back here and speaks in a drawl that'd not be out of place in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies. The twist would generally be that the sheriff hims…

Sunset At Henley Beach

I'm getting better at this whole taking panoramic photos thing. Sunset at Henley Beach, 28/12/2008, 8:15pm.

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