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  • 03/17/18--19:12: Building character
  • Character in a building makes us smile. Character implies something time-worn and wise, like laughter lines around the eyes. We […]

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  • 03/30/18--22:51: Starstruck in the past
  • There’s a scene in Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ when the 1920s flapper played by Marion Cotillard wishes she lived […]

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  • 04/18/18--00:39: Building bricks of life
  • Recently I was asked to contribute some thoughts about bricks for ABC RN’s ‘Blueprint for Living’. My chat with Jonathan […]

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  • 05/06/18--17:35: Prepare for take-off
  • A consequence of moving to Australia from Britain over twenty years ago has been that I’ve passed through a lot […]

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  • 05/31/18--18:00: What a circus, what a show!
  • Spectacular is the mot du jour. I write this as the annual Vivid festival kicks off in Sydney. Buildings in […]

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    I’ve been thinking about bathrooms a lot lately, mainly because it’s winter and our upstairs bathroom has a heated floor, […]

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  • 06/29/18--18:57: Flights of fancy
  • The other day I was sitting in a packed train carriage and I realised I was the only person not […]

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  • 07/29/18--20:27: Going for a song
  • Sixteen years ago, my partner and I decided we had enough equity in our house to buy an investment property. […]

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    I was delighted to be invited to speak to The Fussy Librarian this week about writing (and my messy desk). […]

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  • 08/30/18--22:34: Waste not, want not
  • Many a mickle makes a muckle is an old Scottish saying which means that a lot of little things can […]

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  • 10/15/18--21:09: A Meanjin moment
  • I’m itching to write about my recent visit to Le Corbusier’s Couvent de la Tourette but in the meantime, click […]

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  • 10/25/18--19:07: Learning from La Tourette
  • The sign at the entrance warns me that this is an espace de silence, a place of silence. I’m thinking […]

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  • 11/28/18--17:25: Bowing beautifully in Japan
  • It fascinates me how one can immediately like a place, whether it’s a city or a whole country. I suppose […]

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