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In an almost unheard of break with our family’s long-standing tradition of avoiding one another, my parents are currently staying with my Aunt Poodle-Perm and her husband Under-The-Thumb. This, I cannot help but feel, will be a precursor to some … Continue reading

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I Hate The Phone

Don’t call me [Unless you are my Viking Sousaphonist. For you, I am happy to make an exception]. Why? Because I probably won’t pick up the phone. Why? Because I find it annoyingly invasive. It rings and rings like someone … Continue reading

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Guilt and responsibility

A friend who signed up with my personal trainer, Jaymes, in February this year has lost 13kg. Which sounds great, doesn’t it? Except that she wasn’t exactly obese to begin with and should have stopped at 10kg… even worse, she’s … Continue reading

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Never mind the Romans, what can the Romano-British teach us?

Ever since the BBC’s splendidly practical Adam Hart-Davis took up Monty Python’s challenge and answered Reg’s burning question: Reg:┬áBut apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the … Continue reading

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Love, war and poetry

Searching through the picture archives of the Imperial War Museum’s online collection for a planned children’s book to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, I came across this: Its the manuscript of Wilfred Owen’s poem ‘Dulce … Continue reading

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Um, it seemed like a good idea at the time…

…is probably what I’ll be saying in approximately 3 and a half months time. I’ve signed up for the Sydney half marathon on 18th September. I know. WTF? That’s 21 kilometres (13 miles). I am currently running 8-10km comfortably, and … Continue reading

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In which I find myself in the middle of a tunnel, herding cats

So, its been a month now since my Viking Sousaphonist took the last chance I offered him and finally decided he wanted what I wanted, which is for us to be together. Except, of course, that we can’t actually be … Continue reading

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