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What, Knott a Magpie?

June 10, 2013

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About two months ago a Williamstown mate who used to live in Ouyen mentioned that a former neighbour played footy for Collingwood, Richmond and Williamstown. One thing led to another – an approach to an editor here and there – and on June 9 the sports pages of The Sunday Age ran a piece called […]

Naming rites

January 29, 2013

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This story was published in The Big Issue in January 2013. A shorter version was broadcast on ABC 774 on 20 January 2017. IT IS the day before Australia Day 2012  and a man is asking me the name of this part of the country. The traditional name. It is six in the morning, on […]

Naming rites (preview)

January 18, 2013

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The Big Issue has just published Naming Rites. Here’s how it starts: It is the day before Australia Day and a man is asking me the name of this part of the country. The traditional name. It is six in the morning, on the beach. Dawn. “I think this is Wathaurong country,” I offer, none […]

Sights set on a new year

December 31, 2012

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Tell tale signs

June 7, 2012

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A chance encounter on a suburban street leads to reflection about how things change – and what gets left behind. She grew up in a lolly-shop near the train station. She used to run with the harriers. She almost drowned at the local beach. We are standing on a footpath next to a dusty demolition […]

Dispossessed: the closing of bookshops

February 18, 2011

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Bookshops are in the news again, with bookstore chains such as Borders and Angus & Robertsons hitting hard times. But what of the small independent bookshops, especially those that sell second-hand books? Here’s a story The Age ran some years back, about a local bookshop. It begins: You turn left at the post-office and there […]