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July 15, 2011

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It’s exciting, it’s expensive, it’s environmental, it’s a e … cargo ship. And it’s probably one of the reasons I stopped flying. When you’re grounded, these big, industrial suburbs on water become more and more attractive (possibly in a last man in the world way). In March 2012, for the one year anniversary of flightlessness, […]

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In the summer, when it sizzles

July 6, 2011

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It’s 23 degrees in Paris today. There’ll be that balmy swagger of men and women baring arms as they conquer the hills of Belleville. There’ll be some serious wine swilling in Montmartre. Someone will drowse on the Metro. It’s 13 degrees in Melbourne today. The trams make an icy sound as they slip through the […]

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This burning Australia

June 24, 2011

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About three years ago I was trapped at Canberra airport waiting for a delayed flight back to Melbourne. The sun was pounding in those epic north-facers of the airport cafe – probably one of the nicest places in Canberra – and I didn’t give a shit that the plane wasn’t there. I was reading The […]

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What’s hot and what’s not?

June 19, 2011

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What’s hot and what’s not? In the world of climate change, you could argue that it’s all HOT HOT HOT and getting hotter. (Yes, yes, I know we’re all numb-toed and pointy nippled here in Melb …) A quick look at Mel: Hot or Not – a guide to what’s hot (and not) in Melbourne […]

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On the road again

June 14, 2011

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The theme for this post is asphalt. Asphalt that took us to Torquay this weekend and a holiday more relaxing than any I’ve had overseas. Asphalt that will take my boyfriend 27 hours on a bus to Brisbane and back for the ‘Say Yes’ (to a price on pollution) camp this weekend. Asphalt. Asphaltum. Don’t […]

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It’s a bird!

June 7, 2011

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Oh yeah, planes fly over all the time. I’m not some strange ‘living in an area that doesn’t have a flight path’ person. We get them over Brunswick too, you know. But now I stare at them with the wonder and horror that I love in good art – the beauty and the terror of […]

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The others …

May 30, 2011

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‘Plane travel is the forgotten baggage on the green-home carousel’, says Michael Green in an article about not flying There are others …! http://michaelbgreen.com.au/flying http://theage.domain.com.au/green/screening-our-flights-20110528-1f9ja.html

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Some people

May 30, 2011

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Some people they tease one another Take pride in themselves Keeping the other one down Well I’m not like that at all – Cliff Richard Some people procrastinate on facebook or write blogs that noone reads. Some people surf porn. Not me. I look at freighter travel … ooooh … cargo …

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And the surgeon said to the pilot …

May 23, 2011

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Going to hospital is like catching a plane. I booked months in advance to get a cheap one. They sent me the ticket in the mail with the details highlighted: ‘you are booked for surgery on Tuesday 10 May. Bring tissues. Do not blow your nose. Do not eat …’ I cleared two weeks. I […]

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The luxury of squeamishness

May 8, 2011

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‘That’s how he is – absolutely indifferent to human suffering in general, but indulging himself in the luxury of his own forms of squeamishness. And to this we owe our lives …’ Marguerite Duras La Douleur. I’m writing a short story collection. It’s set in Cambodia. One of the themes that keeps coming up (not […]

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