Life Encapsulated

When I’m in my 70s, if I make that far, I’d like to be as fit, active and seemingly delighted by life as the couple at number 33. They’re forever flitting around in their abundant garden, looking for all the world like a pair of pixies, leaving trails of magic dust (not to mention stray …

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No More Tarts

I’m SO done with Bling Dem Tarts. I’m not even at the final level, only the final set of levels, and I can’t get past that one where you have to create a delicate water crust tart filled with blueberries and vanilla custard. Those things do not go together! Every time I fail at this …

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Unite!

Well. Well. This does seem like something that is a thing, most definitely. I told the council when they had the underground car park built: this will be nothing but trouble! It’ll weaken the foundations of the building, but also, people’s minds will become different down there in the dim light. They’ll be tempted to …

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Little Plunger Boy

Oh, the drains are gurgling again! Knew I should’ve been a bit more careful when shaving. Oh well…at least I can fix it easily, and it’s not blocked up with something that’s going to start smelling foul. It takes me back though, gosh. Mother and Father were never treating the drainage system right, and whenever …

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Bianca de la Vérité

Well…I knew this was coming. Got an invitation to my school reunion lunch, it’s in three months, and even that isn’t enough time to properly prepare myself. I’m still up in the air over whether I’ll go at all. Depends how beautiful and successful and accomplished I’m feeling in August, I suppose. Chance of that? …

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(B)ute Times

Among my fondest childhood memories are those involving my mum’s trusty ute. Weekends away at my grandparents’ farm, the dogs planted excitedly in the back, were a highlight. So was doing the rounds at hard rubbish time in search of the most outlandish outdoor seating arrangement, and picking up a winter’s worth of firewood before …

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Village of the Jammed

Katrina has her mind set on ‘scaling up’, and it’s starting to make me uncomfortable. I mean, we’re a small jam business, not a Silicon Valley startup. It’s great that she’s taking financial growth seriously; I just don’t know if we’re equipped to bring in more people at this point. Where are going to put …

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I En-Treat You

Persuading people to invest in an idea is never easy. In fact, it’s one of the trickiest skills I’ve ever tried to master, which is possibly why I’ve spent so much time working on it. Now, people assume that it must come naturally to me, which is annoying. It’s just as hard for me as …

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Hospitals: Healthy?

Hospitals are such weird places. It’s like, they’re ostensibly about health and healthcare, and yet they’re deeply permeated with illness and injury. As soon as you set foot in one, you immediately feel your health points drop – unless, of course, you’re urgently in need of medical treatment that you can receive only in a …

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