Monthly Archives: August 2010

Three typhoons

One closing in from the southwest, one strengthening in the Strait and headed in the opposite direction, and a third skimming past the Northern end of the island on the way to the Yellow Sea. Taiwan: typhoon magnet! Sogginess all round. … Continue reading

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Something clicked

Argy bargy in the bedroom. Didi with a blocked and runny nose crashing around the big bed, from corner to corner, propelling himself by donkey kick and headbutt as he semi-slept. The other three of you just cotton-draped roadkill in his … Continue reading

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That volcano

That volcano’s been glowering down its wooded flanks at you for more than 18 months now. About a vertical kilometre above your neighbourhood at the top, say 800 metres where the saddle road tops out between two peaks. You’ve been … Continue reading

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12 syllables, thereabout

Saturday am: terrific splash-up with the clan at the small persons’ pool at the sports centre. Arrive mid-morning, depart just too late for the perfect lunching hour. That hint of hunger takes its toll. By the time you’re all home, … Continue reading

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So you had a spat

So you had a spat. Picking daughter up early afternoon from playschool. Baking hot. She wants as always to be carried in the crook of your arm. Tired, all played out, probably hungry and crotchety too. Has every right to … Continue reading

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Learning to walk slowly

First thing on another bright morning making out to be another too-warm day: check the scores. Your team put four goals past a Swiss outfit called Young Boys. Doesn’t sound like a fair matchup. Now the team progresses to the … Continue reading

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Try 17 words instead

A small blow to your self-esteem in the morning. Fire up gmail, a message from HR back yonder: application not successful. Breakfast on chopped nectarine, black plum, Fuji apples. A side dish of fried turnip pudding and simmered sweet potato. … Continue reading

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