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A Long, Long Way

Geoffrey Alleyne Edwin Reading (1915–2005)

Educated at the same school as his father and grandfather, Geoffrey became captain of everything – the school, football, tennis, athletics and so on.

He also possessed an active mind and literary talent. He studied at the University of Tasmania, and published verse and prose by ‘Horatio Blewbaum’, castigating censorship, God, King and country, and loud-mouthed ostentation.

During WWII he served as a war correspondent. He pioneered the term ‘Kokoda Trail’ in a story for the Daily Mirror, filed from Port Moresby in 1942. His motivation was purely practical... ‘I did it because along with the other correspondents at the time, I didn’t know what to call it … I got sick of typing descriptions such as ‘Imita–Ioribaiwa–Nauro track’. I called it Kokoda Trail to save typing’.

Nursery Rhymes for a Psychopath (1938), by ‘Horatio Blewbaum’. <br />‘Sometimes my cerebrations taste very bitter in the mouth. <br />And I realise that I am eating the body of Christ’
Nursery Rhymes for a Psychopath (1938), by ‘Horatio Blewbaum’.
‘Sometimes my cerebrations taste very bitter in the mouth.
And I realise that I am eating the body of Christ’

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