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March 25, 2012


Owen R. Clement tells the satisfying tale of the chance meeting of former university roommates.

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December 21, 2011

An Unexpected Reward

Owen Clement agrees with the statement that there is nothing like singing for generating that feel-good factor.

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December 15, 2011

The Journal

Owen Clement absorbs himself in the thoughts and journal of Nobel prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck.

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September 08, 2010

Aladdin's Adventures Continued

...What good, he wondered, was all the opulence and wealth, if it meant that he and his beloved bride would be in constant peril from the evil magician, Mustapha and the more dangerous Grand Vizier? The genie, as important as he was, could not guarantee Sabrina’s and his safety as he only came when he was summoned by the magic lamp, which could not possibly be on hand at all times. A solution had to be found...

Owen R. Clement brings a sparkling addition to an age-old story.

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September 01, 2010

Good Intentions

Old friend Ken turns up after many years with dramatic news.

Owen Clement tells a tale concerning a troubled man.

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August 25, 2010

Josh And The Greens

Owen Clement tells the tale of young Josh, a lad who turns out to be a super salesman with a heart of gold.

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March 21, 2010

Sunday Best

A brother is not always pleased to see his sister, as Owen Clement's tale reveals.

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Sunday Best

A brother is not always pleased to see his sister, as Owen Clement's tale reveals.

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October 23, 2009

The Soldier

Owen Clement tells a disturbing Australian ghost story.

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October 09, 2009

Where's My Daddy Gone

Owen Clement tells the story of family conflict resulting from the global financial crisis.

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August 28, 2008

Men's Business

Owen Clement's story concerns a young man who is determined to wear an army uniform.

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July 24, 2008

Returning To India

Owen Clement's return to India, the country in which he spent his boyhood, was a journey into disappointment.

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July 17, 2008

Thoughts On Singapore

Owen Clement gives his impressions of the city that is also a state.

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July 10, 2008

A Matter Of Understanding

Owen Clement's tale brings understanding of why one young one man turned to crime.

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July 05, 2008

Duty Bound

Owen Clement tells a tale of faithful infidelity.

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June 11, 2008

Treasured Possessions

Owen Clement’s story emphasises that a good book deserves an appreciative reader.

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December 13, 2007

India-Australia Connection

Owen Clement reveals the historical links between India and Australia.

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September 13, 2007

The Entrepreneurs

Disappointment turns to amazement as the La Plantes seek backing for a new taste sensation.

Owen Clement tells an appetising tale.

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August 30, 2007

The Arrival Of Sir Galahad

A horse called Sir Galahad canters into the backyard - and true love is revealed.

Owen Clement tells an emotionally charged tale.

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August 23, 2007

True Lies

Owen Clement tells a searingly believable story of a teenager's attempt to discover the name of his father.

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August 09, 2007

The Blonde Budgie

Owen Clement tells a tale of prickly relations between a store manager and the store owner.

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July 19, 2007

The Blue Cloud

Owen Clement tells a sobering sci-fi tale.

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July 05, 2007

A Day For A Ghost

So would you expect to see a ghost on a hot day in a small town in Australia?

Owen Clement tells a fine tale.

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June 28, 2007

Cherry Red

Owen Clement tells a story of a young girl in crisis.

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March 05, 2007

Papa's Letters

A bundle of letters can be worth much more than money - and sympathetic understanding is priceless, as Owen Clement's story reveals.

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December 18, 2006

Crazy Lamby Days

...Lamby could very well have been a professional dancer. At the annual fund-raising concerts at the local Railway Institute he was always called on to do his Snake Dance. His painted, oiled, almost naked and surprisingly supple body would go through the extraordinary contortions of a writhing python...

Owen Clement recalls a unique, almost unbelievable, character who brightened up the social scene in a railway town in Bengal.

For more of Owen's tales please click on Clement's Corner in the menu on this page.

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November 13, 2006

Simon And Janine

Owen Clement reveals the chasm which both divides and unites a married couple.

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November 06, 2006

The Bill Bryson Phenomenon

Owen Clement pays tribute to one of his favourite writers - Bill Bryson.

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October 30, 2006

The Ashes

Owen Clement tells a tale of how a woman's ashes were stolen while being taken on a trip round Australia.

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October 23, 2006

Family Values

Lawrence Powell has assembled a valuable collection of books - but what of his sense of values?

Owen Clement tells a satisfyingly moral family tale. For more of Owen's stories please click on Clement's Corner in the menu on this page.

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October 09, 2006

Never Ventured

Owen Clement tells a tale of ups and downs in business and marriage.

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October 02, 2006

Ten Minutes To Go

Owen Clement presents an urgent ten-minutes-to disaster tale.

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September 25, 2006

Sandra's Dream

Owen Clement's story involves a strange dream and an astonishing meeting.

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September 18, 2006

The Portrait

So why did the world-famous tenor choose an almost-unknown artist to paint his portrait? Owen Clement tells another gripping tale. For more of Owen's imaginative stories click on Clement's Corner in the menu on this page.

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September 11, 2006

Loose Change

Lionel Fitzgerald was a chap who always flashed the big notes, not wanting to deal with small change. When Lionel died his son made an astonishing discovery.

Owen Clement tells another of his intriguing tales. For more of Owen's stories click on Clement's Corner in the menu on this page.

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September 04, 2006

Parallel Lives

Dorothy and Jack have been married fifty years, but how close to one another will they be now that Jack has retired? Owen Clement tells a tale of parallel lives.

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August 28, 2006

Devil's Own Luck

The irony in this this tale of bad luck by Owen Clement is to be found in a broken mirror.

To read more of Owen's intriguing and surprising stories click on Clement's Corner in the menu on this page.

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August 21, 2006

The Erlking

After singing Schubert's heart-rending work The Erlking Leslie Browne encounters an old man in the deserted Opera House - a man to whom the work has a very special meaning.

Owen Clement tells a tale in which sadness turns into companionship.

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August 14, 2006

A Price To Pay

Owen Clement tells the tale of John Matheson, who lost his reputation for fair trading with one shrewd deal too many.

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August 07, 2006

No Forgiving On Thanksgiving

Not every family Thanksgiving reunion is filled with joy and laughter, as Owen Clement's tale reveals.

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July 31, 2006

Carmen's Secret

Carmen told the most wicked lie that a wife can tell to her husband.

Owen Clement's story reveals the extent of her shocking perfidy.

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July 24, 2006

Marigolds Stink

Can an innocent bunch of marigolds break up a marriage? Owen Clement presents a tale of floral conflict.

Read also Owen's vivid life story. Click on Highlights In The Shadows in the menu on this page.

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July 17, 2006

A Twist Of Fate

Tom had been searching and searching, then, late at night, in a truck stop, he sees an old guy wearing a battered felt hat…

Owen Clement tells a tale that leaves you guessing all the way through to the last paragraph.

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July 10, 2006

Only Yesterday

John has an important secret, something he should have told his wife. Owen Clement tells an intriguing domestic tale.

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July 03, 2006

The Beachcomber And The Bag

So what is in the black bag which Brett buries on the island? And is the beachcomber who sees him do it a friend or a foe? Owen Clement tells a tense intriguing tale.

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June 26, 2006

Strange Coincidences

…Feeling the dull ache move from his chest to down his arm he realized that out here in the late evening completely on his own, his situation could be dire…

Has someone connived to put Frank’s life at risk. All kinds of thoughts run through a man’s mind when he is in dire straights, as Owen Clement’s story reveals.

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June 19, 2006

The Eternal Student

So why did the eternal student stop visiting the home of his friends? Owen Clement's story brings an unexpected answer.

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June 12, 2006

Transportation Required

There’s nothing to beat a good book when it comes to stimulating conversation on a long flight, as Owen Clement’s story reveals.

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June 05, 2006

The Offer

…Their paper packaging business would certainly be worth well over a million dollars, a lot of money in those days. What was the catch, I wondered? No one offers you something so valuable without conditions attached….

And there really was a condition, as Owen Clement reveals in this remarkable story which is based on something that really did happen to him.

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May 29, 2006

The Windfall

“You don’t remember me, do you?” The alcoholic soaked voice, the heavy beard and unkempt appearance resembled no one I knew, or wished to know.
“No. I’m sorry, I don’t.” I answered brusquely, keen to continue walking.
“Henry Carson.”

Retired reporter Chuck has an unexpected encounter with his former editor-in-chief in this story by Owen Clement.

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May 22, 2006

The Cross-Dresser

Why on earth is Leslie Carlson, a man in his mid-forties, dressed up as a woman? Owen Clement’s short story brings a surprising answer.

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May 15, 2006

A Matter Of Honour

In this cliff-hanger story Owen Clement reveals that there is honour among thieves.

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May 08, 2006

A Call For Help

Owen Clement’s story is a perfect illustration of how not to respond to a call for help.

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May 01, 2006

Images In A Landscape

Harry Madison is in a hospital bed, believing that he is dying. He asks his nephew for an unusual favour, as Owen Clement reveals.

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April 24, 2006

Almost Murder

“I think I killed a bloke today. A decent bloke too.”…

There’s a fascinating tale hiding behind those two sentences, as Owen Clement reveals.

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April 17, 2006

The Uninvited Guest

David and Dawn Clarkson are giving a party when an uninvited guest arrives. And David sees trouble ahead... Owen Clement tells a tale in which a man's past catches up with him.

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April 10, 2006

Sylvia's Dilemma

Sylvia has been given just one week to make the most important decision of her career. She’s been offered a job in Singapore. But what will happen to her mother? Owen Clement writes of a family dilemma.

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April 03, 2006

Relatively Speaking

Ada Lane’s brother-in-law suddenly shows up on her doorstep. She hasn’t seen him in more than a year. He didn’t even attend the funeral of Ada’s husband, his own brother. Where has he been?

Owen Clement tells an intriguing family story.

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March 27, 2006

Pro And Con

A man murders his identical twin brother. But who is the victim, and wich one is the criminal? Is it Pro, or is it Con? Owen Clement tells an intriguing tale.

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March 17, 2006


The bathroom mirror lies shattered on the floor. There’s a blood-stained body on the bed…

What have these things got to do with luck? Read Owen Clement’s intriguing tale and find out.

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March 03, 2006

Michael And The Professor

Beautiful Irene is dead, and her boyfriend has some shocking news for Professor Tate in this story by Owen Clement.

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February 24, 2006


Stefan seems to be a loner, a man who walks within his own four walls. Until, that is, he confesses to what happened 20 years ago… Owen Clement tells a thoughtful tale.

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February 17, 2006

Justice Prevails

The old man’s letters from his Italian mother have been stolen, but his alert daughter works out a cunning plan to get them back, as Owen Clement reveals in this tale.

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February 11, 2006

A Day Trip To Calcutta In 1938

“The distance between Kharagpur and Calcutta is only seventy-two miles however the sooty grimy journey lasted over four hours. I did not find the trip boring, as I have always loved people watching, particularly if they were unaware that they were being onserved. I saw farmers ploughing their rice paddies, villagers daubing the mud-walled houses with cow-dung slurry, fellow travellers on bullock carts, bicycles and the odd motor vehicle on the trunk road running alongside the track.

The most fascinating of all for me were the railway stations. Anyone who has travelled in India will agree that railway stations are a microcosm of India itself. The train finally pulled into Howrah’s huge soot-soiled glass domed building with the echoing sounds of banging doors, tooting and wheezing engines, conductors whistles and people, hoards of people. For me it is an unforgettable cacophony and symphony of sound.’’

Owen Clement recalls a noisy, colourful train journey to Calcutta in pre-World War Two days.

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February 04, 2006

Kindred Spirits

Is it Ross Gerhardt’s lucky day when he nods off at the wheel and his car crashes into a large gum tree? Owen R Clement’s story involves a meeting of kindred spirits.

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January 30, 2006

Donna Maria's Burning Desire

Owen R Clement tells an intriguing tale of a singer whose voice fails to reach the heights of her ambition.

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January 28, 2006

The Blank Page

… I simply cannot imagine someone going to all the trouble of carefully inserting an old yellowing blank page between two sheets of cardboard, wrapping it in brown paper and finally adding an obscure quote from who knows where and then posting it…. An author is puzzled by the arrival of a mysterious package in this intriguing story by Owen R Clement.

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January 25, 2006

The Old Woolly Jumper

An old woolly jumper can have a deeply significant history, as Owen Clement reveals in this well-told tale.

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January 13, 2006

The Riddle Of The Tombstone

...My wife and I decided to try a new route back to Sydney from Brisbane. The New South Wales country town we drove into seemed somehow strangely familiar. "Have we been here before?” I asked...
Owen R Clement tells us of the strangest day he has ever known.

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January 06, 2006


The central character in Owen R Clement’s tale gets much more than she expected when she goes to the annual art exhibition.

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December 21, 2005

The Spectre In The Sea

Owen Clement remembers a sad event on a voyage from India to England in 1946 – and a strange spectral appearance while travelling on the Madras Mail to join the ship.

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December 14, 2005

Hunting Experiences With My Father

“Hunting weapons were always in our home during my childhood in India. My father hunted for the table rather than for trophies. By trophies I mean stuffed heads of wild animals particularly snarling tigers or panthers….’’ In this evocative article Owen Clement recalls two hunting expeditions with his father.

There will be another article, featuring a spectral experience, by Owen in next Wednesday’s Open Writing.

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