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I can Jump Puddles

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A childhood autobiography by Alan Marshall, was first published in 1955. Outstandingly popular both in Australia and overseas, the book has been translated into several languages and was ...

I can Jump Puddles

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The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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2005
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... can Jump Puddles , a childhood autobiography by Alan Marshall , was first published in 1955 . Outstandingly popular both in Australia and overseas, the book has been translated into several languages and was produced as an award-winning film in Czechoslovakia in 1970 and as a television series in Australia in 1981 . The story of a young boy's adjustment to paralysis of the legs after contracting polio at the age of 6, it is also a vivid picture of Victorian country life between the wars. Particularly memorable are Marshall 's portraits of a range of...

I can Jump Puddles

I can Jump Puddles  

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A childhood autobiography by Alan Marshall, was first published in 1955. Outstandingly popular both in Australia and overseas, the book has been translated into several languages and was produced as ...
MARSHALL, Alan

MARSHALL, Alan (1902–84)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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40 words

...MARSHALL, Alan ( 1902–84 ) Australian author , best known for I Can Jump Puddles ( 1955 ), about his experience of being crippled with polio as a child. His other books include People of the Dreamtime ( 1952 ), a collection of aboriginal...

Borg, Sonia

Borg, Sonia (1931– )   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
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Literature
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131 words

...of Australian television drama. Her screenplays include Storm Boy ( 1976 ), for which she received a Penguin Award, and Blue Fin ( 1979 ); her television dramas include episodes of Rush, Homicide, Division 4 and Matlock , and adaptations of Power Without Glory and I Can Jump Puddles , as well as the play Alinta , which also won a Penguin Award, and Ratbag Hero . In 1982 she collaborated with Hyllus Maris in Women of the Sun , a television series about the Aborigines. She is a Member of the Order of Australia ( AM...

Marshall, Allan

Marshall, Allan   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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167 words

...The first volume of his autobiography, I Can Jump Puddles ( 1955 ), recalls his rural childhood battling disability within a loving family. His determination to walk, ride, fight, and play is inspirational, and the book has been adapted for television and film. In Whispering in the Wind ( 1969 ), Peter sets off with a horse, a stock whip with supernatural properties, and a magical leaf to find a beautiful princess. Together with a wise kangaroo, Greyfur, he finds the princess, who has been locked up until she can pass her school examinations. Fight for...

Green, Cliff

Green, Cliff (1934– )   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
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Literature
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... Boy Soldiers ( 1990 ), based on his screenplay for children's television; and Evergreen. The Story of a Family ( 1984 ), a history of his family from 1800 . Among his adaptations for television are the series Lawson's Mates ( 1978 ), Lucinda Brayford ( 1980 ) and I Can Jump Puddles ( 1981 ). Green has received numerous Awgies and Penguin awards and was nominated Best Writer in the 1978 awards in Hollywood for his screenplay Picnic at Hanging Rock...

Marshall, Alan

Marshall, Alan (1902–84)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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2005
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Literature
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866 words

...horse-drawn and motorised caravan, gathering messages from servicemen's families to be published in A.I.F. News ; he also lectured for the army education service. Enthusiastic about the outback, he continued to travel widely in Australia after the war and spent some time in Hong Kong and China. Although Marshall's reputation as a writer was slow to gain ground, it increased dramatically after the publication of his childhood autobiography, I Can Jump Puddles (q.v., 1955 ). The book has sold over three million copies, has been translated and published in...

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Australian Broadcasting Corporation   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (2 ed.)

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2005
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Literature
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2,101 words

...Lindsay festival (adaptations of six novels) in 1972 , Frank Hardy 's Power Without Glory in 1976 , Kylie Tennant 's Ride on Stranger in 1979 , Eleanor Dark 's The Timeless Land and Sumner Locke-Elliott's Water Under the Bridge in 1980 , Alan Marshall 's I Can Jump Puddles in 1981 , Roger McDonald 's 1915 in 1982 , Thea Astley 's A Descant for Gossips in 1983 , and Locke-Elliott's Edens Lost in 1989 . Several of these series have been repeated on commercial television, which has also represented the work of Australian writers in...

Photography

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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2008
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Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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15,606 words
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...of photography—the digital artist can modify an image to fulfill his or her creative vision. But this freedom may be bought at the cost of photography's power, at least of one source of its power—that which derives from the photograph's credibility, from its perceived special connection with the world. With the loss of this perceived connection, photography's special surreal fascination may be lost. Consider, for example, Henri Cartier-Bresson 's Behind the Gare St. Lazare . The photograph shows a man jumping over a puddle; captured in mid-leap, his image is...

London

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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Literature, Society and culture
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76,697 words

...wife, her servant, and his gold safely away, he climbed ‘to the top of Barking Steeple and there saw the saddest sight of desolation that I ever saw’. He and his wife went to church at St Olave's in Seething Lane where, after her death ( 1669 ), he set up a bust that he could see from his pew. He died at Clapham Common and is buried in the crypt at St Olave's in the same grave as his wife. The Mermaid Theatre in Puddle Dock, Upper Thames St. , opened in 1959 (now a conference centre), was the first theatre to be built in the City for 300 years. Chaucer,...

grog

grog v. 1 (Aus.)   Reference library

Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...to a grog-on. 1999 G. Seal Lingo 48: Then there is grogging on, grog artist, on the grog and a grog up . 2001 (con. 1945–6 ) P. Doyle Devil's Jump ( 2008 ) 126: Jack Davey and his socialite crew might be there for some after hours grogging on. ▪ In phrases grog up ( v. ) ( also grog on ) to drink heavily, to drink to excess. 1955 A. Marshall I Can Jump Puddles 178: It's the kid who never sees men grogging up who takes to it when he grows up. 1968 S. Gore Holy Smoke 90: And if you try tellin' me that ‘shicker’ isn't a...

scrub

scrub n. 2 (Aus.)   Reference library

Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...rendered them slightly eccentric. 1955 A. Marshall I Can Jump Puddles 152: Father […] was familiar with the ways of swagmen […] The beared men who kept to the bush he called ‘Scrub Turkeys’ [AND]. 1973 F. Huelin ‘Keep Moving’ 178: Scrub Turkey , bagman who has gone Bush. Usually slightly mental or eccentic [AND]. 2 a contemptible woman. 1957 D. Niland Call Me When the Cross Turns Over ( 1958 ) 195: You scrub turkey! I've had better women than you'll ever know how to be. Women, real women, I've had. Not like you – not grubby, dirty bitches like...

stitch

stitch n. 1   Reference library

Green's Dictionary of Slang

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2011
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... n. 1 [metonymy] a tailor. 1655 Mercurius Fumigosus 34 17–24 Jan. 268: She snatch'd off his Hatt, flung it in a dirty Puddle , and stamp'd upon't, whereupon patient Stitch , walked away bare-headed . c. 1698 B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Stitch a Tayler. 1772 Foote Nabob in Works ( 1799 ) II 318: You frightened a preaching Methodist tailor […] how poor Stitch capered and jumped! 1785 ‘Mistress Stitch in Clover’ in Nightly Sports of Venus 29: Stich liv'd like any Lord. 1800 ‘Holiday Time’ in Jovial Songster 69: Here is a poor...

big

big adj.   Reference library

Green's Dictionary of Slang

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2011
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...party begins to jump steady again, the big toast shouts, ‘Play on in if you can't cut a rug make like a bouquet.’ big Tom ( n. ) see big dick above. big top ( n. ) [ 1970 cit. is reference to Leavenworth Prison, Kansas] ( US Und. ) prison, esp. the main cellblock. 1929 C.G. Givens ‘Chatter of Guns’ in Sat. Eve. Post 13 Apr.; list extracted in AS VI:2 ( 1930 ) 131: big top , n. Prison. 1934 Weseen Dict. Amer. Sl. 1955 R. Graziano Somebody Up There Likes Me ( 1956 ) 145: I am on top of the heap in the big top. I was a man now and...

money

money n.   Reference library

Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...potential] ( US ) the vagina. 1961 T.I. Rubin In the Life 41: Well, hole, snatch. You know, my money machine, that's what I thought of. The cash register. 1971 Rader Government Inspected 13: That's a money machine down there.…I ain't no charity worker, dummy [HDAS]. money-maker ( n. ) [the commercial potential] 1 the vagina. 1890–1904 Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues . 1934 ‘ J.M. Hall ’ Anecdota Americana II 21: Liza […] saw the reflection of her pussy in one of the puddles. She playfully pointed her finger at the...

shit

shit n.   Reference library

Green's Dictionary of Slang

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...You aren't going to score a single goddam point tonight, Meecham, 'cause I'm gonna be on you like stink on shit. 1986 L. Heinemann Paco's Story ( 1987 ) 129: There were Marines and sailors all over everything, like stink on shit. 1998 (con. 1960s) G. Washington Blood Brothers 14: They were on Cheese like stink on shit. [Ibid.] 41: I jumped on that gook's ass like stink on glue. [Ibid.] 53: I jabbed the knife into him two or three times. It was all over in a matter of seconds. I was on his ass like funk on a skunk. 2002 (con. 1998–2000 ) J....

Marshall, Alan William

Marshall, Alan William (1902–84)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Australian History

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2003
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...experience as a victim of poliomyelitis formed the basis for his internationally successful autobiographical novel, I Can Jump Puddles ( 1955 ), which portrayed his determined fight to lead a normal childhood. Marshall had already written prolifically—short stories, newspaper articles, and articles for the communist press in the 1930s and later for the AIF News —but with limited popular recognition. The enormous success of I Can Jump Puddles , which was later made into a Czechoslovakian film and a television series in Australia, turned him into a national...

turkey, head over

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A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms (5 ed.)

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2014
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...1906 Edward Dyson Fact’ry ’Ands 234: ‘One was dumped down two flights, ’ead over tuck, with a fat punch.’ 1915 C. J. Dennis The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 43: ‘E swallers lysol, throws a fancy fit, / ’Ead over turkey, an’ ’is soul ’as flit. 1955 Alan Marshall I Can Jump Puddles 46: ‘I knock Sir Frederick Salisbury, or whatever his name is, head over turkey into a clump of...

cigarette swag

cigarette swag   Reference library

A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms (5 ed.)

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...swag A very thin swag, indicating destitution 1943 Baker 20: Cigarette swag A small swag carried by a tramp when he comes to a city. 1955 Alan Marshall I Can Jump Puddles 158: ‘He was humping a cigarette swag,’ explained The Fiddler. ‘We all dodge blokes with a swag like that. They never have anything. They bot on you for the lot.’ 1966 Tom Ronan Once There Was a Bagman 235: I was in my twenties and at least did have a couple of horses and some gear. Hughie was well in his sixties, with nothing but a cigarette...

dog-leg fence

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A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms (5 ed.)

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...and it looks quite pretty as it goes up and down the gullies. 1901 Henry Lawson ‘Water Them Geraniums’ Prose i 577: The clearing was fenced in by a light ‘dog-legged’ fence (a fence of sapling poles resting on forks and x-shaped uprights). 1934 Steele Rudd Green Grey Homestead 75: Crossing your legs to steady yourself, and looking like a section in a dog-leg fence, your eyes will meet Josie’s by accident. 1955 Alan Marshall I Can Jump Puddles 171: A decayed dog-leg fence, erected from trees felled along its line, encircled the paddock, in which...

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