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Phantom Jam

Have you noticed how traffic jams sometimes occur for what seems like literally no reason? One minute you’re cruising down the highway at the designated speed limit, then the car in front of you suddenly slows down to about half speed, and within seconds multiple lanes have ground to a halt. A couple of minutes …

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Grandpa Bushman

My daughter’s family has just flown over from Melbourne! That means the grandkids finally get to visit our new farm up in Northam. We’ve had it for a year now, and the house has finally been built. Time for us to show off the property. My wife and I have been looking forward to this …

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Kids Are Motivating

It’s weird having kids these days – on top of everything else, you have to grapple with the consequences of having brought them into this environmental mess we’re in. Even weirder is trying to explain it and realising that, to them, it’s just normal – the same way that anti-littering ads were normal when I …

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Always Eating

As a father of three kids, something I struggle with is their constant eating. Who knew when you had a kid you actually had to feed them? That’s sarcasm… kind of. But in all seriousness, I had no idea they’d eat this much. I have two sons, seventeen and twelve, and a fourteen year-old daughter. …

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Unfortunate Walk

I was driving the other day, on my way to the footy, when the worst happened. That’s right: my car broke down. I had just gotten to Malvern, getting mentally prepared to deal with a train filled with people. It’s easier to catch the train than to drive all the way to the city. As …

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To Please the Ancestor

The blessed season of Christmas is upon us once again. It’s the season of goodwill, a time for loving and sharing, a month of giving and receiving. Here in the Klaus family, we take Christmas quite a bit more seriously than you may be used to, mainly because we’re descended from the original Santa Claus. …

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Maximal v Minimal

Jeremiah needs to loosen up about our apartment. It’s time for us to take a risk! Open up to some flair… for crying out loud, we’re both in fashion design, so it won’t do for us to have an off the rack, run of the mill, garden variety apartment. What we need is a fabulous …

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Subtlety in Spades

People are always going on about Melbourne being more sophisticated than Sydney, more fashionable, more intellectual… and all because they have a higher proportion of people who dress in all-black, and that effortlessly moody weather. People say that Sydney lacks subtlety. They want subtlety, do they? We’ll give them subtlety. Oh, yes, we’ll give it …

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Pure Imagination?

Once Bernard gets on a roll with an idea, he just won’t let it go. I’m talking about his whole Charles and the Chocolate Shop thing. I haven’t actually read the book or seen the movie, so maybe I’m missing something that would convince me that it’s a good idea. But at the end of …

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