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Kolkata: cosmopolitan chaos

November 27, 2015

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I arrived in Kolkata in the heart of monsoon season, a time when the air is so thick you’re forced to chew as you inhale. I’d flown in on an early morning IndiGo from Hyderabad, a balmier city protected by its high altitude breezes (more on my time in that city here). I hired a […]

The secret stories of bush plants

August 11, 2014

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When I was a child one of my favourite stories was a beautiful little picture book that that told tales of the fairies of the Australian bush.  It was one of my favourites because these flower fairies reflected the plants I saw, smelt and touched on our family’s farm. They weren’t fairies draped in dainty cherry blossoms and […]

Ode to the Ukulele

May 25, 2014

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On first impressions, small things usually seem unimpressive – the ukulele is one such example. It seems too simple; surely an unspectacular instrument with a sound that only suits folk songs and Hawaiian holidays. You can buy one in a kid’s toy shop, after all. But looks are deceiving. As one writer puts it, it […]

Creative Vignettes

November 16, 2012

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I recently completed a short creative writing course taught by Mark Tredinnick. Over a month and a half, we were encouraged to write to a creative prompt each week. It was lots of fun to get my creative nonfiction juices flowing, so I thought I’d share some of my pieces here: The Small Pleasures in […]

Yangshuo 阳朔 (Guanxi province)

June 13, 2011

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I’m currently staying in the little village of Moon Hill, just outside Yangshuo. Yangshuo is about one hour north of Guilin, the province of Guangxi’s capital. The quaint village of Moon Hill sits about 10 minutes out of Yangshuo. Named for the famous crescent shape etched into the mountain behind the village, it is a […]

A Goldfish Point of View

July 12, 2010

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There are very few things more exciting than that suspense you get, anticipating a batch of freshly printed photos from a long forgotten camera film. As a rather impatient person, I generally don’t get too many thrills from waiting, but there is an exception to every rule, and this is mine. I discovered the film […]