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Ben Laycock

The Road to Darwin

December 14, 2019 |

Chapter 4 – The Alice

Rolled into Alice Springs, literally: a strong head wind burnt up all the petrol. As the sun set in the west (I presume it was the west because that’s where the sun sets where I … Read More

Bob’s Convoy

June 6, 2019 |

by Ben Laycock

PART ONE : The Long Road to the Far North

We set off from Castlemaine on a glorious afternoon: three enthusiastic, intrepid activists on a journey into the heart of darkness. We are not alone. Bob … Read More

The Queen Must Die!

February 10, 2019 |

An Australia Day Reflection (satire)

by Ben Laycock

I don’t celebrate Australia Day, because l am a traditionalist. The blackfellas have a long tradition of not celebrating Australia Day, dating back many thousands of years. It is this ancient tradition … Read More

Greetings From Beyond the Pale: Expulsion from the Garden of Eden

December 6, 2015 |

Ben Laycock  

A long days journey into night finds me stranded once more. Far from home, far from civilisation, far from certain of my place amongst this motley crew of cowboys, tomboys (Carol), ferals and hippies.

The camp is … Read More

Greetings from Beyond the Pale: Carol

November 5, 2015 |

Ben Laycock  

After fully immersing myself in the various mud-baths on offer around Derby, it is time to move on. Always time to move on. I am approaching my final destination …

I set off many moons ago … Read More

Greenwash: Big Jamboree
in Sleepy Hollow

October 4, 2015 |

Ben Laycock

Thinking people all around the world are coming to the inescapable conclusion that the whole God-damn place is run by a cabal of Corporate Psychopaths. If you count yourself amongst the cognoscenti who share this unshakable belief, you … Read More

Greetings From Beyond the Pale: Fitzroy Crossing

August 1, 2015 |

Ben Laycock  

We bid a fond farewell to the Mary River and head south till we hit the Fitzroy River; the longest river in the Kimberley and one of the last wild rivers on earth: No dams, no diversions, … Read More

Greetings From Beyond the Pale: A Gathering of the Clans

July 3, 2015 |

Ben Laycock



What have l stumbled upon here? Part conference, part corroboree. There are mobs from Beagle Bay and one Arm Point, Kolumbaru on the Timor Sea, Oombulgari, Yakanarra, Jigalong, Lajamanu. Turns … Read More

Greetings from Beyond the Pale: Wolf Creek

June 1, 2015 |

Ben Laycock


Having been evicted from Balgo for transgressing a Christian sacred site, l am standing with my thumb out in the blistering heat. A car going the other way pulls up in a cloud of dust and hands … Read More

Greetings from Beyond the Pale – Balgo: the second most dangerous town in Australia

May 2, 2015 |

Ben Laycock


After crossing The Great Sandy Desert, we limp into Balgo belching black smoke. The funeral is in full swing. A string of fairy lights dangles from tree to tree. There is much wailing and moaning.

I make … Read More