|AUSTRALIAN 11 METER INTERNATIONAL DX RADIO|
|The mighy Dreamtime snake arose,
It crawled across the black soil plain
To Yumbe where it sank again.
A dyke of stone still marks the trail,
And those who see it dare not fail
To call their children near and tell
The talk of how Mein-djala fell.
One day while hunting in the heat
His dogs had lost an emu feet
Right near Malindji - fatal spot.
Striding up thirsty, hungry and hot,
He tapped a bloodwood tree and drank
The sweet Karimbi from it's tank.
Then sitting down 'neath shady tree,
Looked at that Dream-stone longingly.
His body tired, his eyes near blind,
He craved for food he could not find.
He knew the lore which elders tell,
That shades who guard these places well,
Must not be asked for food, or they
Will smite and kill in magic way.
|But Mein - djala was fainting - weak;
He struck the stone: "Food, food I seek!"
"Old man send me a snake" he cried;
The Umbe stone in kind replied.
For as he spoke a snake he saw;
Then snakes, and on came more, and more.
He moved to get a stick, alas!
They blocked his path; he could not pass.
He tried to dodge; they hemmed him round;
They forced the hunter to the ground.
A writhing mass of snakes was there;
He cried aloud in his despair.
He fought and struggled hard for breath
As he was slowly crushed to death.
And Mein - djala was no more -
Just a warning gone before
Thus all who imitate the great,
Will likewise meet a dreadful fate.
|(From W.E. Harney and A.P. Elkin,
Songs of the Songmen: Aboriginal Myths Retold,
Cheshire, Melbourne, 1949 )
|South Pacific Calling! & DXPACIFIC copyright Ben 43AX101|
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This is my original web site and has not been updated for some time. My present home is a 32' Westsail cutter which is being fitted out for a world cruise over the next few years.
The early part of 2006 will be spent in the remote regions of the NW Pacific, P.N.G. and the Philippines, before cruising westwards and beyond.
This has been a life-long dream!
Hopefully, I will continue to be active on the 11-Meter Band in the coming years using the same call sign. Many thanks to all who voted and made this site popular, and with some luck we may even meet up on the air-waves one day soon.
73 & GD DX
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