A Ticket for Perpetual Locomotion (Google eBook)

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Interactive Publications, Jan 1, 2005 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Imagine unlimited access to all forms of transport, in every last part of the earth! Picture yourself in the country with an Arabian horse, or standing in the desert sands with a camel signed over to you in a moment's notice! If you landed in the South Pole, a team of explorer's dogs would be obliged to break their journey and transport you across the icy wastelands. All of this is outlined in a hundred languages in the traveller's manual, with a pictorial explanation if all else fails. A Ticket for Perpetual Locomotion is a gem, full of bubbling ideas. It is a remarkable debut. Gates' work is driven by the whirling subplots which all stream together neatly for a climatic twist. When an author unleashes an imaginative concept into reality, trans-global adventures conspire, relatives are thrown into tizzies, best friends turn detective, guarded secrets are blown wide open, and lovers' trails unfurl. This extraordinary read will dazzle the adventure-minded and armchair travellers alike. - Lauren Daniels, for the judges, IP Picks 2005
  

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Contents

Blue Mountain Blues
106
Eduardoʼs Principles
109
Charismatic
112
Another Scene of Seduction
115
A Midnight Swim
117
Shadows
119
Breakfast Talk
122
20L Theodore Roochi
125

CloseCropʼs Gift
16
Leaps and Bounds
19
The Kiss of the Millennium
21
The Second Visitor
23
From the Suburbs the Prophets do Come
26
OneDay Cricket
29
Art and Paint
32
The Prodigal Son
35
One Happy Parrot
38
Stories of Carlos
40
Cool Jazz
43
The Endless Act
46
Etchings
51
Parramatta Road
53
On Holidays and Cars
54
Back Dock Bob
56
Lightness
59
Peter Morgan BA BS MPhil
60
Weighty Matters
62
Page Three
64
Supernal
65
II Eduardo Marandaʼs Misadventures
68
Perpetual Greetings
71
Customs
73
Real Estate
76
Meeting the Baptist Siren
79
A Suitable Setting
82
The Body of a Woman Sophieʼs Summer
84
Eduardo Marandaʼs Misadventures
88
La Parroquia
91
La Casona del Beaterio
94
Home as an Abstract Concept
97
Fish and Chips
100
Remembering Sydney
103
Sophieʼs Bookshelf
128
Allan the Baptist
130
Safely Behind Bars
133
A Wollongong Reunion
136
III The Last Balloon Ride
141
The Matehuala Itch
143
Eduardoʼs Oaxaca Reading
146
Free Dangerous Signed Books
149
The Taming of the Falcon Speedo
152
Gospel Truth Three stories from Jack and a Sharp Sentence from Frank
154
The Shortest Entry in Eduardoʼs Perpetual Locomotors
158
The Time of their Lives I
159
Place de la Comedie
162
More Recent History Eduardo Under Arrest
164
Layered
168
Muscat Dreams
172
A Free French Lesson
174
The Time of their Lives II
176
A Heroʼs Welcome
178
The Time of their Lives III
180
WheelieBins within WheelieBins
182
The First Sighting of the Balloon
185
A Sign of Things to Come
188
The Last Balloon Ride
190
Hell with a Pleasant Evening Breeze
193
Various Forms of Pilgrimage
195
Eduardoʼs Great Escape
197
Stranger than Fiction
200
The Jacaranda Tree Revisited
202
The Mineshaft Theory
205
Two Sirens
209
LPR
212
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About the author (2005)

After nine years overseas, Geoffrey Gates returned to Australia in 2003. He spent his time overseas teaching English in England and Germany, also traveling to Mexico, the Middle East and Europe. In Germany, Geoffrey was also a member of the Hamburg writers group Work In Progress. Geoffrey now teaches at the Hills Grammar School in Sydney, where he runs a creative writing group for students. Although A Ticket for Perpetual Locomotion is his first novel, his short stories have been published in Gangway, Verandah, Dotlit, Skive and UQ Vanguard.

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