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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...

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....

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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