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A Jasmine Mentality

On Sunday morning, I got up at 5.30am and drove a car load full of stuff to the Camberwell Market. My friend Zoe and I had decided to have a stall to rid ourselves of some unwanted items, and, let’s face it, to make a bit of money too. The choice of mid-winter for said stall was my doing, and possibly one of my less intelligent ideas, but there we were, setting up our trestle tables in the dark in...

The Company of Animals

I’ve been thinking lately about the company of animals. Not as in a company set up by animals – although that would be cool – but about spending time with animals. Last night, Mum and I went to see the film Kedi. It’s a documentary about the street cats of Istanbul going about their daily lives. I’m a cat-lover, and I think most of the audience was too, judging by overheard mentions of ‘fur-babies’ in the ACMI lobby, so obviously...

PNG and Me: A Love Story

Have you ever had a passionate relationship with a place? As if that place is a person? Sometimes you want to be with them all the time; other times you hate them and want nothing to do with them; then, you get back together for a make-up hug and everything is OK again. For me, that relationship is with Papua New Guinea. Like a tumultuous love affair with someone just a little bit dangerous, but all the more attractive because of...

Down and Out in Bath and London

Once upon a time, two Australian girls lived in a cupboard above the stairs, in a town called Bath, in a country called England. The girls were best friends. One was Liz and the other was Isabel. Liz and Iz. This is a true story and it happened ten years ago. Liz and Iz met at high school, and afterwards, went to Melbourne Uni together. After the first year of their Arts degrees, they decided that they needed to go...