Wednesday, December 17, 2014

collection of 80 classic short stories

Author: Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Guy Boothby, Guy de Maupassant, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe
Cathy Dobson
Red Door Audiobooks
Running Time:
7 h 55 min
Format 4

A breathtaking collection of 80 classic short stories inspired by different locations, people and customs across the globe.Australia1. "A Visit to Droughtland" by Banjo Paterson"2." The Drover?s Wife", by Henry Lawson3. "Hughey?s Dog", by Banjo Paterson4. "In the Cattle Country", by Banjo Paterson5." An Error of Judgement", by John Barry6." A Strange Goldfield", by Guy Boothby7." The Dog", by Banjo Paterson8. "The Downfall of Mulligans", by Banjo Paterson Asia9. "The Phantom Rickshaw", by Rudyard Kipling10."Moti Guj - Mutineer", by Rudyard Kipling11. "The Mark of the Beast", by Rudyard Kipling12."The Secret Sharer", by Joseph Conrad13."The Monkey and the Queen?s Jewels"14."The Tale of Princess Sambula"15."The Ass in the Lion?s Skin"16."The Talkative Tortoise"17."The Peach Blossom Fountain"18. "The Lute Girl?s Lament"19".Typhoon off the Coast of Japan", by Jack LondonPlus dozens of other classic tales from around the globe!

A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson

( Andrew Barton Paterson )
1864 - 1941
Australian poet and writer
ANDREW BARTON PATERSON IS known to people as Banjo Paterson. The family owned a race horse named Banjo and in his earlier writings for the Bulletin, Paterson used the pseudonym 'The Banjo'.
Banjo Paterson was born at Narambla Station, New South Wales but considered his home on Illalong Station near Yass, New South Wales as his childhood home. Many experiences duringAustralian writer Banjo Patersonhis childhood, where he was in contact with drovers, bushrangers, and teamsters became the basis for his writings including the Australian Bush Myths.
Paterson was the eldest child of Andrew Bogle Paterson, an immigrant to Australia in 1850, and Rose Isabella (nee Barton). Banjo began his education at the small country school in Binalong and later was sent to Sydney (Gladesville) where he lived with his widowed grandmother Emily Mary Barton. After finishing his education in Sydney, he became a clerk in a solicitor's office. Paterson was admitted as a solicitor in August 1886.
His first published poem was El Mahdi to the Australian Troops.He was only 21 years old when it was published by the Bulletinin February 1885.
Fame greeting Paterson in the publication of his first work, The Man From Snowy River and Other Verses. Published in 1895, it was sold out within a week. For over 100 years, it has consistently outsold any other collection of Australian poetry. It's popularity today is evident is the success of the movie based onThe Man From Snowy River.
Paterson let a very interesting life. His interests included being a crocodile hunter, pearl diver, and amateur sportsman. His interests in politics led him to leave his law studies and become a war correspondent where he covered the Boer War and the Chinese Boxer Rebellion. He continued to travel the world learning first hand about politics.
Abandoning his pursuit of the law, he focused on a career as a journalist. Then while touring Australia in 1902, Paterson met Alice Emily Walker at Tenterfield Station in northern New South Wales. He married her at the station on April 8, 1903.
They made their home in Woolahra, a suburb of Sydney after he was appointed editor of the Sydney Evening News. His two children were born during this period. Looking for a less stressful and confining life, he resigned as editor and bought Coodra, a property in the Yass district. This decision ended in failure and Paterson turned for a short time to wheat farming at Grenfell.
In 1914 Paterson left for England to become a war correspondent during the First World War. Unable to secure a position, he became an ambulance driver instead. He returned to Australia where he enlisted and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the A.I.F. He spent his war years in the Middle East and rose to the rank of Major. Alice joined her husband in 1917 and worked for two years as a volunteer at the hospital in Ismailia. In 1919 the two returned to Australia where he went back to writing. He wrote forSmith's Weekly, edited the Sydney Sportsman along with a variety of fiction, verse and radio scripts. 
Henry Lawson and Banjo debated the aspects of the simple, rustic life of the Australian bush. Their debate in the Bulletin during 1892-1893 came at a time when nationalism was on the rise in Australia. Banjo was often considered a radical of his times for writings such as A Bushman's Song in which he takes the side of the drovers and shearers against the squatters and absentee landlords. 
In 1930 Paterson retired from journalism. The rest of his life was spent writing and enjoying his grandchildren. He was never out of the public eye and in 1939 received the Order of Commander of the British Empire. Paterson's likeness can be seen on the Australian $10 note (Dame Mary Gilmore is on the reverse).
Andrew Barton Paterson was admitted to hospital just before his 77th birthday and died on February 5, 1941.
Banjo was known not only for the song Waltzing Matilda, but also for his attempt to improve the lives of his fellow Australians by exposing their hardships to the public.
Paterson's works include:
  • 1889  Australia for the Australians (political pamphlet)
  • 1895  The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses
  • 1902  Rio Grande's Last Race and Other Verses
  • 1905  Waltzing Matilda (music)
  • 1905  Old Bush Songs (collection)
  • 1906  An Outback Marriage (fiction )
  • 1917  Saltbush Bill J.P. and Other Verses
  • 1917  Three Elephant Power and Other Stories
  • 1923  The Collected Verse of A.B. Paterson
  • 1933  The Animals Noah Forgot (children)
  • 1934  Happy Dispatches (semi-autobiographical of his travels)
  • 1936  The Shearer's Colt (fiction)


The Great Raid

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The Great Raid
Theatrical poster
Directed byJohn Dahl
Produced byLawrence Bender
Marty Katz
Written byCarlo Bernard
Doug Miro
StarringBenjamin Bratt
Joseph Fiennes
James Franco
Marton Csokas
Connie Nielsen
Motoki Kobayashi
Cesar Montano
Kenny Doughty
Music byTrevor Rabin
CinematographyPeter Menzies Jr.
Edited byScott Chestnut
Pietro Scalia
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release dates
  • August 10, 2005 (U.S.)
  • August 12, 2005
Running time132 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$80 million
Box office$10,769,311[1]
The Great Raid is a 2005 war film about the Raid at Cabanatuan on the island of LuzonPhilippines during World War II. It is directed by John Dahland stars Benjamin BrattJoseph FiennesJames FrancoConnie Nielsen, Motoki Kobayashi and Cesar Montano. The principal photography took place from July 4, to November 6, 2002, but its release was delayed several times from the original target of fall 2003. The film is adapted from two books,William Breuer's The Great Raid on Cabanatuan and Hampton SidesGhost Soldiers.
The film opened in theaters across the United States on August 12, 2005, three days before the 60th anniversary of V-J Day.
The real-life efforts of Filipino guerrillas are also specifically highlighted, especially a stand at a bridge that delayed Japanese reinforcements. These units fought alongside Americans against Japanese occupiers during the war.


In 1944, American forces were closing in on the Japanese-occupied Philippines. The Japanese held around 500 American prisoners who had survived the Bataan Death March in a notorious POW camp at Cabanatuanand subjected them to brutal treatment and summary execution. Many prisoners were also stricken with malaria.
The film opens with the massacre of prisoners of war on Palawan by theKempeitai, the Imperial Japanese military's secret police (though factually, it was committed by the Japanese Fourteenth Area Army).
Meanwhile at Lingayen Gulf, the 6th Ranger Battalion under Lt. Col Mucci is ordered by Lt. Gen. Walter Krueger to liberate all of the POWs at Cabanatuan prison camp before they are killed by the Japanese. The film chronicles the efforts of the Rangers, Alamo Scouts from the 6th Army and Filipino guerrillas as they undertake the Raid at Cabanatuan.
Throughout the film, the viewpoint switches between the POWs at Cabanatuan, the Rangers, the Filipino resistance and the Japanese.
In particular, the film covers the resistance work undertaken by nurse Margaret Utinsky, who smuggled medicine into the POW camps. The Kempeitai arrested her and sent her to Fort Santiago prison. She was eventually released, but spent six weeks recovering from gangrene as a result of injuries sustained from beatings.