HOME

Laurie Smith

Welcome to my blog. Yes that is me, Laurie the young soldier staring at you. The picture was taken 42 years ago on the coast road at Vung Tau, South Vietnam. I am presently writing, ‘A Medium, or just well done?’ Stories and reflections of my time working as a psychic/medium. It is quite easy to get around the blog. Over to your right you will find a drop down menu which says, select category, some people miss it. The links there will take you to my Writer’s Room photos and a selection of stories on my time in the Australian Army, Queensland Prison Service and Police. All of the photos have been taken by yours truly, most of them with my new toy, a Canon Eos 600. I am a relative beginner and hope to improve as I go along. There are no shortages of subjects to photograph, clockwise from top left:  Two male Kangaroos fighting near our house, you will notice they don’t fight fair. Myself then a rather large frog on a bike, I’ll take a picture of anything. Looking out from the front of our home to the evening show. A winter sunrise a little way down the road and Sunflowers in the Brisbane Botanical gardens. The banner picture at the top of the page is of Magpie Geese, coming in to land on lake Apex at Gatton.

There are links on the right to my first two novels in the Death series. #3, River of Death is available on Amazon right now.  Book #4 has finished its first draft, #5 and a stand alone novel are in progress. I make no apologies for what I write, they are down to earth, gritty adult crime thrillers set in Australia. Nor do I pull any punches with my poetry, I can get sweet but according to my wife not often enough. These poems spring up from within where they have been hiding in some primal, emotional soup and quite often take me by surprise. Do not despair there are some humorous ones. I have updated my about.me page and also added a slideshow on the sidebar. It’s called Peepshow and no, there aren’t any naughty French maids to be seen.

Seeing that you have taken all this trouble to get here, why don’t you sit back, grab a cuppa and take the tour. I can almost guarantee that at some stage you will, laugh, cry, maybe even get a little cranky, and then wonder just who is this Laurie bloke. Seeing that you have come this far why don’t you leave a comment or even a like, that way I can see where my visitors come from. I answer all comments and drop in and see who liked me. Remember, strangers are friends who we haven’t met yet.
Cheers
Laurie.

97 thoughts on “HOME

  1. brendan leach

    hi laurie. i read some were that you may have known jack wilson. just wondering if you could tell me anything about him (good or bad) as he was my grandfather. i know he was in on the mail robbery but not much else. anything would be much appreciated. thanks Brendan Leach.

    Reply
    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Hi Brendan, I knew him when I worked as a prison officer in Wacol jail in the 70′s. That is if anyone could really know him. He always came across as a staunch, don’t take shit of anybody type of a bloke. He kept very much to himself. He only spoke if he was spoken to by officers. I looked at him as an old school type of criminal, he did what he did and I think made no apologies for it. He worked in the metal shop, did his job, never complained. Most of the other crims gave him a wide berth. I imagine when you know the whereabouts of over $300,000 you don’t really want to talk to anybody. As an officer we had a huge variety of inmates to oversee, and there was always something going on. We never had any trouble with him at all. Jack was like a shadow around the place, blending into the background but when he moved something about him changed. Reminded me of a shark in a sea of goldfish. He was always clean, neat and as smart as you could look in prison denims. Other than that there isn’t much else to say, except that you can be proud of him. He didn’t break his code or lower himself into what can be the ugly side of jail life.
      I was as surprised as anyone when I heard he’d been murdered. I hope this helps Brendan.
      Cheers
      Laurie.

      Reply
  2. brendan leach

    Thanks heaps for the email Laurie. It sure does help to get someones opinion of him that saw him probably more then all of us put together.I had been told that he always looked neat and tidy. Unfortunately we only have two photos of him. One in his denims sitting on a swing in the yard and another at a dress up restaurant wearing a judges wig (ha ha).
    Thanks again for the insight mate and if you think of anything else please don’t hesitate to email me at bnhleach@bigpond.com or give me a call on (07) 3206 3552.
    By the way it looks like a beautiful area that you live in and you have some really nice pictures on your blog of the countryside and wildlife.
    Cheers
    Brendan.

    Reply
    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      You are welcome Brendan. As to photos there’s a watch house photo of him lurking online. If you google Beerburrum mail van robbery, there is an entry from a Singapore newspaper with a picture from the Sydney Herald. A head and shoulders shot only and the blonde woman who he was arrested with. I can see the irony of the judges wig. If I think of anything I will let you know.
      Yes it is a nice part of the world, really wouldn’t be anywhere else.
      Cheers
      Laurie.

      Reply
  3. aerial2559

    You are an inspiration Laurie. I am still finding my feet in the blogging world. I wouldn’t have started blogging at all without your encouragement.

    Reply
    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Hey Sis, I haven’t seen you around, have you been unwell?
      Thanks for dropping in, yes I thought the page needed chuffing up a bit. I’m happy with it.
      Bro.

      Reply
      1. patgarcia

        Hi Bro,
        I have a backlog in my own writing, especially my book, that is unbelievable, because I was incapacitated for three or months. I am in the process of getting my manuscript rewritten and edited so that I can send it out. As you know that is extremely time-consumming as well as a lot of hard work.
        Along with the other responsibilities that I have to initiate, my schedule has been packed, and sometimes, even I am exhausted by it.
        But I never forget you. You have my admiration and support. It is so nice and comforting knowing you are out there doing your thing. So keep it up. I think of you and Lorelle often and know that you both understand when I have to drop out for a while to get my own book together.
        Love you and I love Lorelle too.

        Take care.
        Shalom,
        Patti

      2. laurie27wsmith Post author

        Hi Sis, I figured you would be in a bottleneck somewhere with everything you are doing. It’s because I worry about you, so I have to ask if you are well. Those manuscripts can be time consuming, especially the editing. I always say the easy bit is writing it. I feel like the Shadow now being out there, nobody quite knows where but he’s doing his bit. Lol. As long as you are okay that’s all that matters, Lorelle sends her love, so put your feet up and take a quick ten minute nap, then back at it. Love form us here Patti. Keep well.
        Laurie and Lorelle.

    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Thanks Peter, there isn’t a shortage of subjects around the place. If you go back in my writer’s room category there a quite a few pictures there of them. So come on down, there’s plenty to see here.
      Laurie.

      Reply
  4. eightdecades

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Just a new blogger myself, about 4 months. It takes a bit of doing to get around all the bloggers and comments, But as you mentioned, a great bit of delight in it all. Enjoying your writing and posting. Will check back thanks.

    Reply
    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Thank you for replying. Yes it is daunting when you start this journey and it can eat into writing time. Although I count writing my blog as, well writing. It can be hard to get around the blogs, although I look at it as visiting friends. When beautiful artwork is involved it makes it much more enjoyable. I’ll have the kettle on for when you come by next. :-)
      Cheers
      Laurie.

      Reply
  5. Keavaa

    Hi Laurie, My name is Chris and through Biancas’ (bgbowers.com) amazing writing have discovered your blog. Hello from another Australian, based in Sydney.

    Reply
  6. Owls and Orchids

    Things haven’t been the same since we crossed paths and I enjoy each of our communications… it’s refreshing to share memories with someone who understands. I have nominated you for an award – I couldn’t think of a better candidate, raconteur
    and photographer and poet! I hope you like it. Post following …Here is the link for when the work is done!
    http://wp.me/p2FWCD-qE
    Susan x

    Reply
    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Thank you Kavita, the little fellow sat there while I took a couple of shots. Secretly they want to be fashion models. There are plenty more to see if you pop into the Writer’s room posts.
      Cheers
      Laurie.

      Reply
      1. Jo Murphy

        Mountain of Death. I bought it because you live up the road! It does look very interesting.
        I’ll get back to you. I am a freelance writer so sometimes I read – and sometimes I don’t!
        Jo

  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Ah mercy, I do love those old photos. You once stood there so – it is fascinating, is time.

    Reply
  8. Sherri

    Hello Laurie! Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and liking my ‘writer’s angst’ post, I do really appreciate you taking the time to read it.
    I find what I read here about very interesting indeed. Despite so many differences (I have no connection to Australia) but as a Brit who lived in California for the best part of 20 years I resonate with your story in several ways. My ex worked for the Department of Corrections (prison service!) in California and I grew up in a tiny village near Ipswich (in Suffolk, England!). Your Skennar’s Beach could be Montana de Oro which was minutes away from where I lived with my then young family on the central coast of California. I too love photography and use all my own on my blog (but am far from professional) and have come to writing full time as a late-bloomer.
    All this to say, it is a pleasure to meet you and I hope that you will visit me at my ‘summerhouse’ again. I certainly look forward to reading more of your posts :-)

    Reply
    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Hi Sheri, no, thank you for a great blog. You have a lot to look through there and I will try to get over and give it the attention it deserves. Well I’m a Pom in Australia, another connection. It always amazes me how people are drawn together with more in common than differences. Feel free to drop in anytime. Oh, I love your cats. :-)
      Cheers
      Laurie.

      Reply
  9. Eddy Watson

    G’day Laurie, just finished Mountain Of Death, bloody good read. Didn’t know you had it in you old fella, I reckon, right up there with the best of ‘em.
    Thanks for the books, best present one could give.
    Eddy

    Reply
    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Thanks Eddy, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I surprise myself sometimes. If you enjoyed that, well Valley will get you going. Thanks for following Mate.
      Laurie.

      Reply
      1. Eddy Watson

        Just finished Valley Of Death, every bit as good as the Mountain, larger than life characters & set in locations I can relate to. Done it again Laurie, loved it.

      2. laurie27wsmith Post author

        Thanks Eddy, it’s always good to get feedback. I think it makes a difference to be able to recognize familiar places. I could have set it anywhere but I thought, Write what you know Laurie. If you’re interested I will get you to be a Beta reader for the next one River of Death. Contact me privately.
        Cheers
        Laurie.

  10. scottishmomus

    What a lovely welcome to your space. I feel I already know you a little from this one page of chatty comments.
    Looking forward to getting to know you and your work better.x

    Reply
    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Why thank you, I’m actually quite chatty when I get going. There’s plenty to see and read here, from the beautiful to the down and dirty. Welcome to my piece of the world.
      Laurie.

      Reply
      1. scottishmomus

        Thank you. The welcome is very evident in your opening page. I had a little browse around last night. Loved the poem about the ‘dunnies down under’! Looking forward to more.x

      2. scottishmomus

        That’s what was amazing. I was thinking of some of the things that can be written on toilet walls and couldn’t imagine anyone finding them worthy to record and play. ;)x

    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Hi Drew, thanks for dropping by and having a look, it’s always good to have somebody from back home leave a comment. there’s plenty to see here.
      Cheers
      Laurie.

      Reply
    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      I must apologise Susan, I may not have made myself clear. I’m afraid I don’t do the whole award thing. I do accept the generosity in which they are nominated however I don’t partake. Thanks again,
      Laurie.

      Reply
      1. Owls and Orchids

        I understand Laurie, I merely wanted to express my appreciation in the time honoured formula with some aptly chose awards. No pressure to do anything….
        Thanks Susan x

    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      HI Chari, un saludo de Navidad de mi parte en Australia. Me gustaría que la mejora de la salud y th el amor de su familia y amigos para th año nuevo.
      Amor Laurie.

      Reply
  11. Kate Wallis

    Hi Laurie, it was lovely to meet you at Picnic Point today, looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    Reply
    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      Thanks so much for the nomination Kim. However I don’t participate in awards, I do however accept the spirit in which it was awarded.
      Cheers
      Laurie.

      Reply
  12. hitandrun1964

    Hey, I’ve been really patient. I haven’t asked or anything but it’s SUNDAY, my friend, where’s the psychic post?????? :) Hope all is well. Weather here sucks…snow tomorrow (it won’t last but in the 20s at night again). Other than that…everything is pretty cool.:)

    Reply
    1. laurie27wsmith Post author

      The spooks found their way into my automatic posting thingy. I have it set to post here at 0500 on a Monday morning. It didn’t happen, it’s up and running Gigi. :-) All’s well except for a banged up wing. :-( Fell over and knocked my left arm and shoulder around, other than that life is great here. We’re warm, wet and windy at the moment. :-)

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s