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Cycling week

It was a week of complaints. Monday An earlyish ride today. Steamed along, fuelled by a terrible mood. Before riding home today I went to adjust my rear light and the whole bracket thing snapped in half. I have consistently … Continue reading

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Cycling week

This week, we continue our adventure into extremely boring blog posts. It was a patchy week on the cycle commuting, with a lot fewer rides than usual, but, on reflection, most of them were good rides. Monday I ran outrageously … Continue reading

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Cycling week

Monday Rode to work. Sunny. A new neighbour asked what route I take to get to work as she is about to start cycling. Incredibly, she rides a push bike too. One of us! A good ride this morning, except … Continue reading

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Eyelash cycling

I’m going to rebrand this blog (not that there is much of a brand here to begin with) as a cycling blog. It will just be brief notes about my cycle commute each day. It’s going to be boring, everyone, … Continue reading

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potatoes

The rudest thing I do, or one of the rudest things, is sometimes I don’t get back to people. This has been going on for years, and it’s a deranged and filthy habit. It has got so bad, so embarrassing, … Continue reading

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B-roll

Yesterday I was filmed ‘being a writer’, for the Windham Campbell Prize, which is having its ten-year anniversary this year. It was a slightly freaky experience: I’ve always had this fantasy of myself as someone who would be quite good … Continue reading

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Helen Garner’s hair.

‘Went and had a little haircut.’—Helen Garner, 1986 I keep thinking about Helen Garner’s hair. Her short, scraggy, square hair. All through the three volumes of her diaries there are small (but somehow … immense) moments when she thinks of … Continue reading

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New Year’s paragraphs

On Christmas Day a fly was bothering us outside near all the food. My niece Iris ran inside and got the fly swat and presented it to my brother JP, who said, ‘No, we don’t do that outside.’ ‘Yes, otherwise … Continue reading

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Wicked form

I remember the boy and I standing in a trailer in his driveway. He was staring at me, waiting for me to answer his question. ‘Hug,’ I finally said. It was a bad option, but it was the least bad … Continue reading

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Bad News

In the morning there was a Linden treewhose whole body looked on fire.Its branches had grown in a desperate way.It came closer, knowing I’d be trying to write something laterand that I would almost certainly want a tree in it. … Continue reading

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