Published on 24 May 2011
Here’s a virtual movie of Australian bush balladeer, poet and journalist and writer of “Waltzing Matilda” A B ‘Banjo’ Patterson reading one of his most famous and popular poems “The Man from Snowy River” . ”The Man from Snowy River” is a poem by Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson. It was first published in The Bulletin, an Australian news magazine, on 26th April 1890. The poem tells the story of a horseback pursuit to recapture the colt of a prizewinning racehorse that escaped from its paddock and is living wild with the brumbies (wild horses) of the mountain ranges. Eventually the brumbies descend a seemingly impassably steep slope, at which point the assembled riders give up the pursuit, except the young hero, who spurs his pony down the “terrible descent” to catch the mob. Two characters mentioned in the early part of the poem are featured in previous Paterson poems; “Clancy of the Overflow” and Harrison from “Old Pardon, Son of Reprieve”. The Snowy River is indeed a real river in Australia, with its headwaters in the Snowy Mountains, the highest section of the Great Dividing Range near the easternmost part of the border between New South Wales and Victoria. While the location of the ride in the poem is left unspecified, it clearly takes place somewhere along the Great Dividing Range. The poem is set in the area of today’s Burrinjuck Dam where Banjo helped round up brumbies as a child and later owned property. This is recorded in his selected works. Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson (17 February 1864 5 February 1941) was a famous Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including the district around Binalong, New South Wales where he spent much of his childhood. Paterson’s more notable poems include “Waltzing Matilda”, “The Man from Snowy River” and “Clancy of the Overflow”. Banjo Paterson was born at Narambla, near Orange, New South Wales, the eldest son of Andrew Bogle Paterson, a Scottish immigrant from Lanarkshire and Australian-born Rose Isabella Barton, related to future Prime Minister Edmund Barton. Paterson’s family lived on the isolated Buckinbah Station until he was 5. When Paterson’s uncle died, his family took over the uncle’s farm in Illalong, near Yass, close to the main route between Melbourne and Sydney. Bullock teams, Cobb & Co. coaches and drovers were familiar sights to him. He also saw horsemen from the Murrumbidgee River area and Snowy Mountains country take part in picnic races and polo matches, which led to his fondness of horses and inspired his writings
GW: Today’s ”Brumbies” are our out-of-control political class & so they too have to be ”rounded up” just as the ones in A B Paterson’s description above were. However tptwtb have already sensed ”the mood” & are bringing out a new ”toy” for the General Sheeplic to play with? But – just a minute – it’s not really ”new” is it. In fact they actually bought it second hand on Gumtree to give to the children as a present on their Brexit Birthday but some of the children know it’s not ”new” because, despite the fancy wrapping paper, it’s got a ”used” look about it somehow. Should we tell the others?
- Telegraph 1 February 2019: New Brexit party has more than £1m in pledges and slate of over 200 candidates, including Nigel Farage
- Meanwhile however – The gilets jaunes are forming not one but two political parties
- Daily Mail 8 April 2018: Secret plans for a new political party have been drawn up with £50million backing by entrepreneurs, donors and philanthropists keen to ‘break the Westminster mould’ – Franks’ company – Project One Movement for the UK – is said to be a probable vehicle for the scheme, which has the support of a number of former Tory donors.But there is reportedly consensus that candidates will run in the 2022 General Election if the movement decides the current system is defunct.Either way, a party of some sort is expected to launch later this year after the Liberal Democrats failed to fill the space between Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-left Labour Party and the Conservative government.The platform is mainly aimed at centre-left voters with its plans to tax the rich more and release more funding for the NHS.But one source said Brexit supporters are involved in the group and tighter immigration controls are on the agenda.
- Anne Marie Waters For Britain Party
- Statement regarding Anne Marie Waters appearance on today’s BBC Big Questions Programme
James, Grays, United Kingdom,
Any party that scraps the divisive PAYE tax system in favour of flat rate and scraps our first past the post voting system to proportional representation gets my vote.
span4ever, Walsall, United Kingdom,
Call it “Britannia” and fight for true British people’s rights for a change! I am sick of being a second class citizen in my own country and paying for it !!
watt tyler snr, Burscough, United Kingdom,
Can’t say we are living in utopia at the moment with this gang of Tory deniallists, especially in the murder capital of the world LONDON!
Night Owl, Cambridge, United Kingdom,
Fair enough, as long as it is legal and democratic. The only thing I don’t want to see is money buying power.
If they can stop people being sheep and just voting the way their parents voted or voting a certain way because they always have (providing their policies are sound and ‘for the people’), more power to them. We shall wait and see…
dmogc, Newcastle, United Kingdom,
They were going to try and form a new party made up of honest politicians but had to abandon the idea when couldn’t find any.
Aph53v, TRURO, United Kingdom,
First past the post favours the Tory and Labour party. When one party can get millions of votes and get one candidate and another with a similar vote gets 30 candidates you know it’s wrong and time for a change
Beenice, Derbyshire, United Kingdom,
People are fed up with Party Politics n want people of integrity that can think for themselves & willing to check stuff on our behalf – most of the lot that are in now don’t bother checking stuff like they used to cos they thought the EU was doing everything write. But were not
Ben.Shepherd, Leeds, United Kingdom,
And that’s why lobbying and sponsorship in politics should be illegal
:eloracbmulp, Manchester, United Kingdom,
This is Tony Blair and G.S.Oros idea, of getting a load of suckers to vote for a second referendum. “An ex-New,Labour politician,and a Labour benefactor,”who do you think that might be ????
Before anything else we need true proportional representation so that every vote counts towards electing MPs. Left wingers cant get over the shock of what happened when every vote counted. Take away the advantage Labour gets every election, more seats for fewer total votes because of small urban left leaning constituencies and see what happens.
Until a Party proposes complete reform of the Police, Courts and Prisons I will continue to abstain.
Shephard, London, United Kingdom,
Ann marie waters and her party FOR BRITAIN will have my vote this time.
katonggirl, Countryside, United Kingdom,
Didn’t The Jury Party try that about ten years ago, to put together a group of Independents under one umbrella? Sadly that didn’t work but I would much rather be represented by an Independent with no allegiance to a party or requirement to toe the line, who would represent the people of the area which they were elected to serve. I am sick and tired of the tit for tat of our political parties who spend their whole time blaming each other and trying to get their own agenda in place instead of working together for the greater good, with the best policies taken from all parties.
mercman11, Sheffield, United Kingdom,
We need a new party to uphold traditional British beliefs with Christian ethos and return to caring for one another, and support a more family caring society. The opposite is unthinkable.
M3D3, aberdeen, United Kingdom,
I like the idea of limiting the number of times one person can stand for MP there are far too many who believe that being a backbencher is a job for life. If an MP has not been on a big committee or a fact finding shindig or introduced a private bill or made X number of speeches(speeches, not comments) during 2 5yr terms they should be let go. If such a rule had been brought in 20 years ago we would not have to be putting up with Corbyn and his entourage today.
greylag, manchester, United Kingdom,
Clowns to the Left of me, Jokers to the right. Here I am stuck in the middle with you. 🙂
GW: I beg your pardon ”greylag” – more like stuck in the middle with U! Can I just add – No political dynasties either i.e. the Blairs trying to get Euan elected & the Kinnocks getting Stephen on the gravy train. The Hurds also spring to mind.
- Guardian 10 April 2018: Euan Blair on the board of political group set up by Simon Franks, sources are told
- Standard 1 October 2018: Politics? Euan Blair says he’ll stick with Tech
- 17 December 2018: Is the ‘People’s Vote’ Tony Blair’s trojan horse back into mainstream Politics? On Saturday, Tony Blair made a speech on the People’s Vote platform at the Royal Academy. Margaret Beckett turned up somehow representing the People’s Vote, and on Newsnight last week was one Peter Mandelson crowing about the same.