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Poe’s Deadly Daughters

Hey, hi, how you been? What’ve you been up to? Me? No, just busy, is all. But I’m hoping to get away soon-ish. Do you tweet? As an early birthday present, I scored an invitation to be part of the fabulous Poe’s Deadly Daughters blog this weekend (this weekend in …

Mind plays tricks

Coming down the escalator at Greenwood Plaza, the long one, at the end of a long day — concentration dead, eyes heavy, brain fritzing randomly — I saw from the corner of my eye a woman two metres down the escalator from me, turned to her left and gazing intently …

The stranger

“I have a story to tell, but if I tell it, they’ll kill me.” “Who will?” I ask, compulsively. Because even sober I’d want to know the answer to that. “When I was 18, I was beaten by six screws. I was naked. Neddy Smith asked me if I’d screamed.” …

Bad pennies

Much excitement at chateau deborahb this morning, but not the good kind. Turns out we had a break-in last night while we were sleeping. And before anyone feels TOO sorry for me, I have to confess that all I lost was a window (400 bucks, thank you very much) & …

Vale Valhalla

So, I’ve only just heard about the demise of the Valhalla Cinema in Glebe, & though it’s a shame to lose that crazy old arthouse den, on the other hand I’m not surprised. Because of the smell. That place always smelled bad. And it was creepy. I felt like I …

I have seen my future. In it, I wear the same shoes.

I’m in town today with my friend K. & she points out that there’s a homeless guy ahead of us who seems to be partying on pretty fiercely. “Gee, he’s having a good time, eh?” she says, as the bum starts ranting & singing & rumaging through a bin & …

Update: Local Guide

So I just saw a guy wheeling a shopping trolley with an office chair in it, all the way down my street. And I’m thinking: why’s he need the trolley? The chair has wheels. Just push the chair. I’m telling you, shopping trolleys are the new mode of inner city …