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Leap of faith (preview)

November 16, 2018

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The Big Issue has just published Leap Of Faith, a story about the Christmas, long ago, when I fell down the steps outside church. It was the Christmas, I like to think a little too neatly, that God and I parted ways. It was not a dramatic falling out – only those few steps – […]

The Final Quarter

September 24, 2018

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Here, in full, is The Final Quarter, first published in The Big Issue (#570, 7 – 20 September 2018). Your local vendor may still have some back issues. (So to speak.)   Leonard Cohen probably never kicked an Australian Rules football but I know what he meant when he sang “I ache in the places […]

The Final Quarter (preview)

September 9, 2018

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It’s been a while since I’ve written for The Big Issue Australia. The Final Quarter is another footy story but it quotes Leonard Cohen at the start: “I ache in the places where I used to play”. Find your local vendor and ask for the latest edition, # 570. Cheers  

Down the Garden Path (preview)

September 23, 2017

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The Big Issue has just published Down the Garden Path. Here’s how it starts: My neighbor pulls up as I’m standing in my front yard looking, again, at all the weeds, wondering where on earth to start. “What’s the plan?” he asks cheerily, closing his car door. “Oh, there’s no plan,” I say. “There’s never […]

Tour de Failure

July 28, 2017

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Here’s the cycling story The Big Issue ran a few weeks back under the headline Tour de Flat. (#540 30 June to 13 Jul7 2017). Cheers. Flat tyres fill cyclist Vin Maskell with dread but he always gets back on his bike. Eventually. I was stranded by the roadside, about eight kilometres from home.  Flat […]

Tour de Failure (preview)

July 1, 2017

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Never thought I’d be in a magazine with Nicole Kidman on the cover. The latest edition of The Big Issue Australia features the Kidman story (written by Margaret Pomeranz), an interview with Ben Mendelsohn, a look at The Handmaid’s Tale – and a yarn about cycling and the existential perils of getting a flat tyre. […]