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Stamp Duty (preview)

May 30, 2015

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The Big Issue has just published Stamp Duty. Here’s how the story starts: MY BROTHER rings. Out of the blue. From interstate, where he’s lived more than half his life. “I’ve been tidying the garage,” he says with a quiet enthusiasm, “and I’ve found your old stamp albums.” I reply, warmly, that I’m mildly curious […]

Radio Days

October 14, 2013

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In October 2013 ABC Radio announced that, due to new arrangements with Cricket Australia, it would not be able to broadcast ball-by-ball descriptions of Sheffield Shield matches. It is the summer of 1968/69. I am ten years old, living in the Melbourne suburb of Mentone. On Saturday mornings I read my cricket magazines in the […]

Thirteen pegs

November 28, 2012

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Mum always said that if you have twelve nappies to hang you only need thirteen pegs. I guess you could never have enough pegs if you had washing for six children. And now every peg is a memory. The first pegs are for memories before my time, memories that one can only imagine, conjured from […]