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Remembering not to forget

“Collopy for Toys” didn’t just sell toys. Not so long ago, in the jaws of Melbourne’s historic Camberwell Junction, where 3 main roads intersect and distribute masses of people and cars in 6 different directions, there stood, nestled in amongst … Continue reading

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The 4th most stupid thing I have ever done.

Last month I had a “Wile e coyote” moment. I was replacing a down-light globe in our kitchen, and as I stretched upward toward the ceiling on an aged aluminium ladder, the side extrusion broke a rivet. The ladder buckled … Continue reading

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Catching up to the future.

Sometimes the future arrives early and catches you by surprise. When our first-born child arrived, late in August 1994, we were totally unprepared – and then we had to roll the dice. Let me preface this story by apologizing for its … Continue reading

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The tubist.

There are many ways to hide in the midst of a choir during an end of year school concert. Stand at the back, move your mouth in sync with others around you, but be careful not to make any audible … Continue reading

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The moth.

Our family was seated for an impromptu dinner at a very popular and busy Thai restaurant in Melbourne late last year. The place was packed with people, and the tables and chairs were overpopulated given the space available. It was … Continue reading

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The world’s best ever backyard cricketer.

Everyone has a moment in the sun. For one young boy, it was for an hour on Xmas day in 2012, when he became the world’s greatest cricketer of all time. Our Xmas day lunches, like many people’s, tend to … Continue reading

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The glue factory.

At a dinner with a bunch of old school mates in 1993, Johnny Fahey, one for controversial statements, boldly made the following announcement. He said, “Ten years from now, none of us will know each other.” The table erupted, we … Continue reading

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The honey chain.

When our daughter Emily was 3 years old (many years ago now), she looked up at me brightly and asked me where honey came from. She was sitting on my knee outside in the back garden and it was the … Continue reading

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