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Twenty-Three Tweets I Never Tweeted

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Obviously Social Media is a recent invention. I love it as much as you do. In fact, I love it so much that I wish it had been around for my entire life, but being an ageing Gen X-er, this simply wasn’t possible. So I have performed a brave thought experiment. In the manner of […]

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War of the Egg Cups

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My mother is a hoarder, however not the kind you’ll see on reality television. Her home is neat and uncluttered. All the hoarded items are neatly stored away in cupboards. Many of the things she has kept are decades old. I was at my parents’ house on Saturday and I was looking for some teabags […]

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Seek Wisdom

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Today is my birthday. So I beg your indulgence for the rambling that is to follow. I’m a Capricorn if you believe in such things. Scorpio rising, but credibility sinking for about half of you reading these first sentences. But wait, there’s even more astrology. According to the Chinese, I’m also a Fire Horse. The […]

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Things I Learnt This Christmas

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So here are some loosely assembled thoughts I have had and observations what I made over this Yuletide season, my friends. I like Christmas. I’m an Atheist, but I still enjoy the celebration. (Stay your keyboards, all those who would explain that Christmas was originally a pagan festival that Christians appropriated. Fine. And while we’re […]

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Send Her Victorious

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“I think we need a new national anthem,” my brother stated as we drove away from our parents’ place last night. I’ve known my brother (who declines to be named in my ‘blog so “my brother” he shall remain) for more than 40 years, so the abruptness of this assertion, the positing of this notion […]

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Van Man

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It’s my ‘blog and I’ll tangent if I want to, even–as in this case–that tangent is the introduction to the piece. Back in 1979 British comedians Jimmy Mulville and Rory McGrath wrote a radio comedy called Glompus Van Der Hloed’s Tales From The Crypt. It starred people like Mel Smith and Andrew Sachs. And the only […]

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Methodical Nigel

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  My brother Nigel has always been methodical. And rather private, so he isn’t actually called Nigel. When we were little kids we shared a bedroom. Whenever our room was in a mess, it was in fact my mess. His stuff was always packed away in drawers or stowed in the toy box. My idea […]

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Coffee Review #002

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Been shopping at Melville Plaza and thinking – must have a coffee and sit down? Suss out the Bean Scene. They’re better than your average supermarket cafe. The range of food is good. A giant Afghan biscuit was $3.50. The flat white I drank was $3.90. And the rating for the coffee itself was a […]

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Those Who Can, Do

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According to the Internet we have George Bernard Shaw to thank for the following line: “People who are able to do something well can do that thing for a living, while people who are not able to do anything that well make a living by teaching.” He wrote it in MAN AND SUPERMAN apparently. It […]

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Welcome to the Minitropolis

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This very week, I complained to a friend about not being able to buy a meal past 9.30 pm. We’d been to a flick that started at 7pm, it was after work so there wasn’t sufficient time to make or even buy dinner. By the time the screening was over, all non-fast-food options were closed […]