Her social anxiety manifests on her occasional visits to town, which is mainly Charters Towers. Walking down the street is a challenge. Standing in a queue waiting to make a purchase is its own special nightmare.
BUSH character Ron Pearce reckons it’s getting harder and harder to get a gig as a bush poet these days. Too many young blokes with the gift of the gab getting in the way, but he still keeps audiences entertained with his offerings of the classics from Banjo Paterson. But, no, he won’t do The Man from Snowy River. He loves it, but these days the audiences don’t have the capacity to listen to such a long poem, especially if they are “on the turps”. “When you’ve got drinkers, they’re more interested in drinking than listening to you go on with a long poem,” said Ron, pictured holding a black headed python that’s part of his act. He’s been a ringer, head stockman, horse breaker, tourist park operator, but now at 79 he’s happy to recite a bit of Banjo’s verse to the tourists in Winton. Just don’t expect to hear about “the colt from old Regret that got away”.