The Magic Pudding

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The strange thing about those Australians who have British heritage is that we might be several generations removed from our ancestral lands but many of us still cling to the tradition of eating a plum pudding at Christmas even if the temperature is way above 40C. The tradition is so strong that during the war years my mother sent a plum pudding to my father who served in New Guinea. I can report from his letter back home, the pudding did not survive the heat of the tropics as it arrived looking like it was covered in green tinsel!

And this is the perfect opportunity to show you what is considered by many to be the greatest political cartoon ever- and it involves a plum pudding and a war, though not the one my father fought in! The Plumb-Pudding in Danger by James Gillray, the artist widely regarded as the father of the modern political cartoon, shows Napoleon and the British prime minister Pitt the Younger tucking into the world, cutting off thick continental slices with evident relish. (

DownUnder we take our plum pudding a little less seriously as most people of my age (and those that admit to being a little older) were brought up on The Magic Pudding: Being The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff, an Australian children's book written and illustrated by Norman Lindsay in 1918. This year we celebrated the 100th birthday of this wonderful book. It is a comic fantasy, and a classic of Australian children's literature. Unfortunately I can't remember what kind of pudding Albert (the pudding) was but he definitely wasn't a Christmas pudding. Someone might remember. Was he a steak and kidney pudding? Ugh! Not for me thank you.
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The story is set in Australia with humans mixing with anthropomorphic animals. It tells of a magic pudding (Albert) which, no matter how often he is eaten, always reforms in order to be eaten again. It is owned by three companions who must defend it against Pudding Thieves who want it for themselves. (Wikipedia)
(Credit: Vintage Novels)

The book is divided into four "slices" instead of chapters. There are many short songs interspersed throughout the text, varying from stories told in rhyme to descriptions of a character's mood or behaviour, and verses of an ongoing sea song.
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Follow this link for a Summary of the plotand if you still have a local library borrow it to enjoy over the cold winter up north or while you’re relaxing on a beach down south. If you don’t have a library join Chris of Kent’s Protest Movement as seen below.

Advent 23 December

A very different advent picture for you today from Chris of Kent who reminds us never to forget how important books are - especially ones about magic puddings and as Chris has shown- ones that fly!

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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