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"And when people ask me why I wasted my youth... in the vast Australian outback, all I can say is that my youth was not wasted."

IAN, PARKES - A Youth Not Wasted

"People who truly live in the outback listen to it. What they hear I do not know...What the country says is beyond words."

IAN, PARKES - A Youth Not Wasted

"How can mere red dirt and stones and scrubby trees and shrubs and rises and falls in the land and haze and a vast blue sky be so potent? Such was it's power, even in the intense heat, even at night - sometimes, especially at night - the landscape seized you."

IAN, PARKES - A Youth Not Wasted