HAPPY EASTER! Blackie Rabbit meets a pair of bilbies

THE ADVENTURER'S: I WONDER WHAT WILL HAPPEN TODAY? Below: WE ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE, SAID ONE OF THE BILBY. 

What is the sound? Was it a squeak?

FRANK MORRIS

Blackie the rabbit was all nestled up. Soon, he was fast asleep.

He did not want to meet anyone. He wanted to slumber.

He wanted to catch up on the sleep he missed out on the day before.

He’d done what all the animals do. Go to parties. Be entertained.

You know, they trip the light fantastic. They do it all the time.

That was one of the fantastic things about La La Land. It’s such a huge place that you could vanish all together. It was just magical.

There were giant trees touching the sky, hills that flow into valleys, rivers that ran for ever and day. And there was daylight all the time.

“How ex-tra-ordinaaaary!” he muttered to himself, half asleep.

Then he heard in a noise in the background. What was it?
Was it a sound? Was it a squeak?

Then, there was a cussing sound. Like it has ran slap into a giant tree.

Blackie uncurled himself and was wide awake.

“How ex-tra-ordinaaaary!” he said, coughing and spluttering.

“A squeak.”

AT YOUR SERVICE

He was dumfounded.

“Where is the blighter,” a perplexed Blackie yelled.

“If you are talking about this blighter then here I am,” the little cove said. It’s taken me almost an hour to walk around that tree. It’s the biggest one I’ve seen. Actually, where am I? Are you some kind of rabbit.”

“I’m Blackie,” said the frustrated rabbit. “And this is La La Land.”

“I’ve never heard of it – it sounds quirky to me. Let me introduce ourselves. My name is Edison Bilby and this is … hey, come out of that bush will you … this is Sandy Bilby. We are both at you service.”

“A pair of bilbies!” shouted Blackie. ”At my service! If I had a gun I ... what the heck. G’day you pair of bilbies and welcome to this quirky land of ours.”

“What is La La Land? asked Edison Bilby. “Why are we here? We come from Australia.”

“I’ve never heard of it. You’re here because both of you fell asleep. It’s hard to explain. You’re having a dream. When you to go to sleep again you’ll be back where you started,” said a relaxed Blackie.

“Who the boss of this place, La La Land,” asked Sandy Bilby.

“It has no boss. We all look after ourselves,” replied a less relaxed Blackie. “Anyway, so you fell asleep and boom, boom and you here.”

The three sat down on the soft grass.

CONTINUES AFTER THE NEXT STORY.


FROM THE PAPERS: The Northern Daily Leader, 1930 -- Dirty flies!

READ ABOUT IT!  NEWSPAPER SWOOP'S  DOWN ON SOME RESTLESS FLIES. 

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

It had been definitely proved by scientists that flies transmit over 30 different diseases – some of them could be deadly.

People are apt to brush a fly away from their food mechanically; or flick a fly out of their cup on with no further thought … of drinking that cuppa; or eating a piece of bread that a fly has just walked over.

If people realised just a fraction of a fly’s loathsomeness there would develop such a horror of these broadcasters of filth and diseases that would result in a nation-wide campaign that would not cease until every fly was exterminated.

FOUL TONGUE, HAIRY FEET

Bred in filth which it carries on its foul tongue and hairy feet, the fly not only contaminates food but by settling on a child’s face; it’s inoculates immediately. Drastic efforts should be made to destroy flies and their larvae.

All garbage should be incinerated or covered until removal. Manure in stables should be raked up daily and the heaps rammed down so hard that the great internal heat generated will kill any eggs. In the home, an approved exterminator should be sprayed.

Not only does it kill flies, mosquitoes, moths, silverfish, fleas and cockroaches, but the housewife who sprays daily will protect her own health as well as the health and comfort of her family.

<< Northern Daily Leader, 1930.


HAPPY EASTER! Final! Blackie Rabbit meets a pair of bilbies

INTRODUCTIONS: WE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE OURSELVES KNOWN -- WE ARE THE BIBLY TWINS. 

We ran and ran until we were exhausted.

FRANK MORRIS

“I’m the eldest of the two Bilbies”, said Edison. Both Sandy and I would be given as an official gift to William, Kate and baby Cambridge of the royal family when they come to Australia.

Edison continued:

“The head guy thought a plush toy bilby and other gifts, like a classic book and a $10,000 donation to the Taronga Zoo’s bilby’s preservation theme would be best.”

Blackie butted in.

“Oh, we don’t have anything like that here …”

“As I was saying,” said Edison, “they had us penned-up in a squatter hat in front of a battery of news and television people. And then it happened.

“The hat was tipped up and we ran for our lives. We ran, and we ran and we ran until we dropped down exhausted. We were done in. We slept and nothing would disturb us. And then we ended up here.”

“Just when you’re having a mighty nap,” said Blackie. “Come, let me introduce you to some of the animals. As a matter of fact, they are like no other animals you’ve ever met.”

“Before we go there something I like to say,” said Edison.

“Our clans want to us become the Easter Bilby. I might add, it’s catching on fast. You find chocolate replicas in the shops. Dozens of them. It’s growing.”

“THE EASTER BILBY!” Blackie screamed out. “Well, let me tell you something – we don’t have Easter or Christmas in La La Land. So there, there, there!”

Blackie gathered his wind. The bilbies would have been faster if they managed to keep up with Blackie. They were very, very tired instead.

“How ex-tra-ordinaaaary! How ex-tra-ordinaaaary!” he yelled. They’ll go to sleep and end up where they started from.”

“How ex-tra-ordinaaaary!”

<< The Blackie Rabbit Adventures was created for Grand Years.


Let’s Laugh! First aid kit – what to take with you!

Don’t worry if your medicine bag takes up more space in your luggage than anything else. It should do. Medicines are very expensive abroad and you don’t want to be stranded away from a doctor and chemist when you need them. If you have any chronic illness, it is important to see your doctor before you travel. The doctor may prescribe and supply an adequate supply of any specific items you might need to take with you.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 29 March 18

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