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MAGICAL FLIGHT

Your Etihad Business begins with a Priority Pass through boring old Customs, to the usual magical array of Duty-Free Liquor, French Perfumes, jewellery, chocolates enough to put on kilos…You resist temptation, regardless of Oscar Wilde’s famous injunction. At the Etihad … Continue reading

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CLIMATE CHANGE

I had long wondered why all those who deny climate change seem to be on the right of Genghis Khan and Alan Jones. There’s overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change is all too real, and happening faster than expected, and … Continue reading

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KNIGHT IN SHINING CHAIN MAIL

A chill London breeze whipped rain onto Liza’s trousers and into her soaked shoes, twilight swiftly descending. She took the map out of her pocket to check her location. I’m totally lost, she thought, feeling sick. The tube strike complicated … Continue reading

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X FACTOR

The X-Factor has  many meanings, including those to do with mathematics, blood and genes.  I’ll confine myself to the quality of surprise in circumstance or person that has a strong, unpredictable influence on an outcome  and then explore the innate … Continue reading

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WELCOME TO

ATHENS 1995 perhaps jason pilots the olympic airlines flight towards greece    cradle of european civilization  plato’s dialogues  socrates’ philosophy  pythagoras’ secret numbers mythical argonauts gild skies  golden lambswool clouds freshly shorn   afternoon light steals into night timeless   past  present  future  … Continue reading

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VAGRANT

bewhiskered   bedraggled  bewildered sways across the intersection grabs an old beer can    from the gutter no wonder perth’s such a tidy city   we say even the vagrants   pick up litter ecstatically    he lifts the tyre battered relic sips  the last … Continue reading

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ROYAL VISIT

My alphabet has two r’s – oops! Never mind… Who could fail to admire handsome Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his beautiful Kate? Or not fall in love with delightful Prince George, a bubbling, squeaking, kicking, bundle of … Continue reading

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QUEST JOURNEYS

In the mythology of every nation, quest journeys abound. It may be personal – the search for identity, for a missing parent, or for an object. In the Arthurian legend of Sir Galahad it’s the Holy grail. Merlin, the Wizard, predicts … Continue reading

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ONLY THE LONELY

In the last thirty years reports of feeling lonely in the US have doubled. In many countries, including Australia, more people live on their own than ever before. The elderly are isolated by illness and frailty, many far from family. … Continue reading

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JASMINE

Diana was finding it difficult coping with her mother’s  yearly visit. Being a harsh disciplinarian with kids was expected, in her day, she thought, but invariably counter-productive. Yet Nana takes it as her duty to help instil manners in her grandchild, … Continue reading

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