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with Captain Chaos
Prawns with Ginger
500 gms green harbour prawns peeled
1 dessertspoon of crushed ginger
5 spring onions cut into small strips
1⁄2 teaspoon of crushed garlic and crushed chili
1⁄2 cup of white wine
Freshly ground black pepper
Stir-fry the prawns in the garlic ginger, chili wine and olive oil until
they change colour. Allow to cool slightly then add the spring
onions and black pepper and toss together.
Ser ve with long grain rice salad and crispy bread.
Last month there was a council clean up in our town and
the piles of junk seemed to disappear overnight. I think
half the town was on the lookout for a bargain; well that’s
what it seemed like with all the vehicles driving around town with
bits and pieces hanging out car windows and boots.
“Hey Chaos, is your trailer empty? ” asked a voice on my mobile.
I could hardly hear him because of the noise of the torrential
rain drumming down on my iron roof.
“I’ve found a boat. A large inflatable in the back lane. It’s
been thrown out.”
“If it’s been thrown out, it must be stuffed.”
“ Well it has a few old patches and holes, nothing I can’t fix.
Bring the trailer.”
I got soaking wet hooking up the trailer and I wasn’t in the
best of moods by the time I found Col. He was standing in the
pouring rain next to a huge pile of grey rubbish.
“It looks rooted to me, Col.”
“Hey, it’s a 12ft inflatable. I’ve checked it out. I think it’ll be OK.”
With a lot of swearing and physical effect we managed to get
it on the trailer, which I then drove to my shed where I had the
thought that this is where I get left with a huge pile of rubber
to get rid of.
Col came around every day after work and I always found
him applying another patch, pumping it up, finding another hole
and applying another patch. I left him to it until the day he came
bounding into my kitchen.
“Chaos, it’s staying up! Let’s take it down to the river. I ’ve
attached that old outboard that was hanging on the wall. I hope
you don’t mind.”
Arriving at the river late in the afternoon we found it was
banking and moving fast. I said something that I had repeated
what felt like a hundred times.
“Do you think it’s going to be OK? ”
“ Stop worrying, Chaos! I’ve checked the whole boat for holes
and I used all those old inner tubes that were laying around
The boat looked like a Ginger Meggs creation covered with
We manhandled the rubber ducky down into the shallow water
climbed in and started the motor then we were off out into the
rushing water. The poor little outboard could just hold its own
against the raging water.
“Don’t let’s go to far down stream. We will have a long way
to walk back.”
“No worries Chaos. I have a long rope we can tie it off and
bring the trailer down to it.”
I looked behind us and suddenly out of the gloom bearing
down on us was a dark object that look the size of a double-
“Hey Col! Head for the shore.”
“ What!? ”
“ There’s a massive tree, roots and all heading towards on us.
Look!” I screamed, pointing over his shoulder. Col looked back
and quickly swung the boat over towards the bank.
The next thing the roots had dug into the side of the inflatable’s
bits of inner tube patches and started to peel off the side. The
boat lurched and then we were scraping along the side of the
tree. I thought it’s time to abandon ship. Too late. A huge branch
crashed into the boat,
“Geezus, Col!” I yelled. “ That’s not a branch it’s a bloody
great black snake!”
Col was up and away, and together we jumped into the river.
As we got to the shallow water we looked back and could just
make out the inflatable slowly disappearing under the water
as the tree rolled over. The black snake swam past heading for
“ You know what Chaos, if the snake hadn’t made us jump out
we would be under that log.”
“You want me to give him a hug?”
“Nah! Let’s walk back to the trailer I smelt something cooking
at your place and need something to warm me up. And I know,
before you say it ... I owe you an outboard.”
Snakes in a rubber ducky
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