Category Archives: Stories

Magic Miller

One hot day trapped inside a Fremantle cottage the boy discovers card tricks.  After the I’m bored. Forced into finding something other than my offerings. The excitement of washing up is declined. Knock yourself out hanging up the wet washing, I suggest. He will … Continue reading

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Rubbish Man Jogger

An Autumn morning. A splatter of rain. Spits really. The boy is excited. He loves rain. It hasn’t rained for years, he says. It can feel that way. A sky permanently blue. A sun a constant burning white. Today the … Continue reading

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The Giant, the Cook and the Cripple.

Pat Metheny plays. I stare at the knots in the wood of the orange pine ceiling. On my single bed. I remember studying ceilings; a past time of the spinal patient.   I think of yesterday.   On a quad … Continue reading

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Dirty Laundry – Epilogue

Again feeling like a pariah. We all know who she is, but she does not know who we are. It is an unequal relationship. One where perhaps we hold more power. But then again there is always the truth and … Continue reading

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Dirty Laundry

I don’t know what I am doing here.   Call me a no good, sticky beak, nosey parker.   Do you feel better if you have a note pad to look down at and scribble in? Curiosity overwhelms shame. Something … Continue reading

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A Tree

Thinking of a tree. It is the tree of my childhood. It is an Australian tree. It was always big, but the smaller you are, the bigger it seems. It looks like it touches the sky, when you think the … Continue reading

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Park Life

What do you do if your home is the park and the park is closed off by the set-up that is the Blues N Roots? You move to outside their house. That house with the Kombis. You bring your blankets … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Miracle – Revisited

Today I spoke to 150 or so veterinary science and biology students as part of their professional life series. I have an interesting story to tell and they sat and listened. At the end of a lecture, that talked of … Continue reading

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Leunig in the Kitchen

Leunig asks himself, “What is this?” It is his way in to everything. He describes his childhood as one of benign neglect. He grew up in a working class family with four other siblings. He played in paddocks on the … Continue reading

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Imagine

  Imagine you are ten years old and deciding what to do with your life. Butcher, baker, candlestick maker. You have an unimaginable future ahead of you. You cannot perceive of an illness or accident that would prevent you from … Continue reading

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