Day: October 6, 2017

Sandwich Américain

The main temple bell at the entrance to the inner sanctum rang in a disorganised syncopated fashion, from the hands of worshippers that reached out to clang the knocker. In the small vestibule, the resonant tintinnabulation provided me with the mental distraction to the endless chant of the Brahmin priest. I had invited my Australian …

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Man or Mouse?

‘What are you a man or a mouse?’ ‘Squeeeeaaak!’ ‘Not funny. We need more money!’ ‘We need to live within our means.’ ‘What’s that smart-arse comment supposed to mean?’ ‘Well Hon, we do spend a lot of money on things that are not necessary.’ ‘So you are blaming me?’ ‘No. I am just saying we, …

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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men Pieter loved his job as a park ranger and tour guide in Kruger National Park. At the age of 37 he was single, childless and devoted to the animals of Africa. At the age of 17, he had left school, and, against his parents’ wishes, chosen not continue on to university, …

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The Technology “of Mice and Man”

In a small country town in Far North Queensland, Parents with worried looks visit yet another Doctor with their sick child. Johnny who is twelve years old is listless, pale and feverish. “Could be the flu” was a fair diagnosis its winter and the flu is about. Time goes by and the next Doctor says …

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Walk to Work.

It was not so much the basking sun he felt, as he stood there with his Stop/Go sign. It was the impatient glare of drivers, needling his mind, that radiated the heat within him, as he dared to pause their journey on this section of tourist road. A section that had to be repaired fast, …

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Of (Field) Mice and a Man

There was havoc in the paddock, the plough turning the earth, upending safe havens for myriad creatures, hovering, quarrelling birds looting the spoils. The boy running behind the plough was oblivious to the life laid to waste until he stumbled over a clod and spied a field mouse too dazed to elude capture. He pounced, …

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Of Mice and Men‘Revolving Door’

Revolving Door Waking from a short night Lennie and Candor emerged from their nest of sawdust and wood shavings. Rubbing her bulging eyes with her pink claws Lennie complained that she was sick of playing games to obtain food. Candor said he didn’t mind the games as the food was good and their nest was …

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