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I became a super commuter and felt like if there was a system, I had gamed it. Then came the pandemic

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Five years ago I had a teeny tiny house deposit and a desire to settle down (sort of). The only place I could afford was the regions, so I bought a cottage there and left Sydney (sort of). I was not one of those peopl...

I missed four lockdowns. Now I’m living in Sydney with a fridge stuck in my bedroom

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To bastardise Cold Chisel, the last plane into Sydney’s almost gone. There’s around a dozen of us on this Virgin flight, entering a city – as they say on the news “that’s on a knife’s edge”. Covid numbers are up but ...

From crackpot Covid theorists to antivaxxers, hubris and fear haunt the wellness community

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It’s not unusual to meet people with alternative beliefs at a Sufi meditation course on a rooftop in Ubud. But when a mild, vaguely apologetic Australian woman in her mid-50s explained to me that she was responsible f...

Huge domes of dust drift across my floor. Where do they come from – and why do I feel so afraid?

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Is it Covid or is it dust? Since I moved into this apartment, I frequently wake up with a runny nose, an inflamed throat and watery eyes. I’ve never lived in a place that’s so dusty. The amount of dust I must deal wit...

The six ages of driving – or how I went from heroin alley speed junkie to terrified city motorist

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The amusement arcades in Russell Street were the place in Melbourne to buy heroin in the 90s and early 2000s. But I went there to learn how to drive. My housemate and I would wander down to the city after classes and...

I locked eyes with a stranger crossing the street and felt the blast of pure eros

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It was June 2020, really early in the morning, still dark around the edges, and I was crossing the big intersection at Spencer and Bourke streets in Melbourne. I was half asleep and the only people around were tradies...

Daniel Johns and the fame trap: get famous enough to buy back the freedom you once had

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Fame. You wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy, particularly not if your enemy was very young. Fame of the extreme kind – when you are a household name and your image is worshipped on bedroom walls and all manner of f...

I once worked as a dish pig in a seminary. It was character-revealing

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“I’m training”, says the badge, or “Trainee”. Or they tell you “I’m new”, and that it’s their third shift. The last fortnight, I have been staying in the Bellarine peninsula – a popular holiday spot west of Melbourne....

Teeth grindingthe sound of the pandemic

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“You’ve got bruxism,” said my GP, printing out some information for me from the internet. “No I don’t. How dare you!” She asked me if I knew what bruxism was and I confessed I didn’t, but doubted I would have an infe...

In this strange summer it feels like the wheels are falling off faster in 2022

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Arriving home to a heatwave, I open the front door to see the house has swollen in the heat. It’s an old miner’s cottage built on dirt, no proper foundations. It seems to breathe and change form depending on the weath...

I was pretending to be a hedonist – but I was actually the opposite

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Catching up with old friends this week and talk turned to a party we had between 2020 blocchi. In the rented beach house there was dancing on tables, jugs of cocktails, late-night swims and lots of singing. “How abo...

A letter to New Zealand, from Covid-ravaged Australia

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Dear New Zealand, Kia ora! I guess by now you have received Omicron, the unwanted visitor that we in Australia hosted over the Christmas season (and beyond – the guest that stayed all summer!). No doubt you have been...

Did I just pay someone to bash me up? The horror of a rough massage

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that an author who hands in her manuscript must be in want of a good physiotherapist. After more than two years working on a book about Stoicism, my body had calcified around my ...

A stranger who lived in a van gave me moneyand some incredible life advice

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I’d never done a reverse park before, and in the empty train station car park, my instructor directed me to reverse in beside the only other car in the area – a grey van. Reverse parking is horrible. I don’t understan...

Money might save your property, but who wants to live in a country where the poor drown and the rich are saved?

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Imagine a future even more dystopian than the present – a world where catastrophic climate change meets catastrophic income inequality. In this near future, floods and fires get more intense and the government’s respo...

Confessions of an old learner driver: would I get my license despite not knowing left from right?

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The journey began – like all good journeys – in the Downing Centre local court. I had just successfully contested a driving charge (failure to wear a seatbelt) with my friend Jemma (I was the passenger, she was drivin...

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