Jock Serong is an exceptional Australian writer. He also needs to stay away from the native wildlife. Should I have helped him escape the clutches of New Zealand’s tuatara? Possibly. But he’s a living fossil, and an endangered one at that, for God’s sake. He needs to be handled carefully…. the tuatara, I mean. Jock’s a surfer. He’s more than capable of looking after himself.

(Disclaimer 1.1: no live tuataras or Jock Serongs we’re harmed in the making of this photograph. Disclaimer 1.2: No, I am not still ensconced at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, more’s the pity. Just taking a trip down memory lane.)

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