July 26, 2021

‘Daddy, this will be your second Christmas home from the war,’ Her eyes ever vigilant as another couple of rough miles roll by, the old Bedford lorry hauls little Virginia Livingstone and her father over the unsealed roads back to home near Mareeba. ‘Daddy, do you think little Jim will like our Christmas treats?’ The

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July 5, 2021

There’s a Songbird That Sings ‘Look. An old hut.’ 25-year-old Robert knelt behind a eucalypt tree. His arm out protective of Leora his 21-year-old girlfriend. They have been on foot traversing the rugged mountain range since they fled the large mushroom cloud that rose above the capital city. Madness and mayhem, a constant stalker tracking

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June 28, 2021

Deep beneath the umbrella of dark leaves that hang from great boughs which illuminate grass and flowers at their root. An earthen path wide enough for three winds idly. One man has a mane of dark hair and an authoritative beard, medium height, bright eyed and confident paces in pleasant conversation. Next to him in

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June 21, 2021

Blind. I can see what needs to be. My family, their needs. I gather money. It’s not greed. Higher and higher we must fly. You know I will never die. There are those around us who fail. There’s nothing I can do for them; I won’t post bail. Why should my shoulders be burdened with their care? Look around discrimination, and

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June 14, 2021

Expo 88, and the world invited has arrived on Brisbane’s recently cultured Southbank. Under the Hawke/Keating government we celebrated Australia’s Bi-Centennial and contemporary materialism. Tonight, my want is to help spread Australian’s convivial spirit with one of the more alluring visitors to our sunny shores. A mate has given me the name of an exclusive

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June 14, 2021

Here I am, tapping away at my computer. I need a good story. But I can’t write post-modern.His submission is due in less than ten hours, and I don’t have a clue what he wants. I wish this guy could write more efficiently. Why put me in this predicament? I mean, he’s the one under

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June 7, 2021

The sting of his hand on her young face is compounded by echoes in the grotty storeroom. ‘You’re here to earn money slut. This is how you’re gonna earn it.’ One hand grabs the petite teenager by her hair tight, the other tears off her light blouse. ‘You, young slant eyed girls have great tits.

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June 7, 2021

‘Stop it. Stop it. Leave Mum alone, you dickhead.’ The back of Keith’s hand squarely finds my nose and lands me flat on my back over the bare floor. He grins. ‘You want to fight your old man, hey? Think you’re good enough to take me down. Well, come on, you little prick. I’ll show

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June 1, 2021

WHUMP prattle the house quivers from the base up. My old bed rattles on the loft’s timber floor. I leap to the window to look down the three floors to our London Street where routine appears normal. My mind races. It can’t be an earthquake. What the… was that? Better check and see if any

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May 31, 2021

Psychedelic colours flash to the water quack calls his mate within reflective rings …   ‘Can you see the aura of yon tree?’ ‘Aura, Master?’ ‘Yes. Under clouded sky. The clear light space outline that imposes its individuality like a barrier of life essence.’ ‘Is that the life force that is said to leave when we die? Is that life, Master?’ ‘Life is

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