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The Rock-itt : May 2011
supplement their diet but found it difficult to get them onto the hook. Errol decided to use another of his survival tricks he had used in New Guinea and threw a plug of dynamite into a school of Garfish and moments later they were loading the dinghy to capacity with fresh fish. Lighting a fire they cooked the fish in coconut milk and ate a good feed but as the tide went out they found clusters of oysters on the exposed rocks and armed with whatever implements they could find onboard Sirocco, they sat naked with their backs to the sun and shucked as many as their stomachs could take before spending the rest of the afternoon swimming and lazing about the beach. Rather than sleep on board that night they opted to sleep on the beach until soon after bunking down they were attacked by hordes of sand flies that virtually chased them back to the safety of Sirocco. Next day they did a bit more exploring of their island paradise and from the higher ground could see lots of hidden coves and inlets. The island, however, proved to be uninhabited with the exception of wild goats of which one they shot for food and another, a small kid, they took on board and christened "Percy". Eventually it was time to set sail and head further north. No one wanted to leave this beautiful piece of paradise. I think I would be selfish not to let Errol describe Percy Island in his own words. "None of us wanted to leave Percy Island. It is one of the loveliest islands I have ever seen. It was fascinating to study the swarming marine life left in the little reef pools at low tide. I never tired of swimming over the reef with a pair of pearl diving goggles, examining the brilliantly coloured marine growths and the many strange shimmering fish." We are heading into the part of Australia that I love most and obviously so did Errol. It's still a long way to Hollywood and so many great places still to come before then so stay with us and we will meet up again when we share the amazing life of Errol Flynn in "Hobart to Hollywood". If you have missed any of the instalments of "Hobart to Hollywood" and can't lay your hands on a hard copy from one of our outlets. You can go back to where the serial began in 2009. Log onto: www.therockittmagazine.com.au click on ARCHIVES at bottom right hand side of your screen for previous issues. Any problems email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org Percy Island where Errol and the crew of Sirocco landed and enjoyed