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The Isa in the '80s

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Mount Isa made the news recently (google 'Mt Isa's men 'not top quality either', say women'). The article prompted me to reminisce about my own experiences there, where I served time in the late ?80s as part of my undergraduate obligations. Mount Isa is an isolated place. To describe it as a human behavioural Galapagos Islands is an exaggeration but its inhabitants did learn to adjust and adapt. I suppose I was one of those numerically disadvantaged ?odd goods? competing for the affections of the local girls. My somewhat traditional ideas of monogamous relationships were challenged. It wasn?t exactly Woodstock, but my most successful romantic encounter could at best be described as a ?time-sharing? arrangement. It was a character-building time for me. So too for the some of the females of this western mining town, who on leaving Mount Isa found it difficult to adjust to reduced attention levels.

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