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    Spending The Day With Six Year Old Me Saturday, August 29th, 2015
    “You support the teachers right?” my sister Helen texts. “Bloody oath!” I reply.  “Good. Well then you can look after Alexandra on Tuesday.  There’s a teacher’s strike.”  Which was how I ended up spending a dreamy day dinking my bonnie 6 year old niece on the back of my hefty black Dutch grandmother bike through the blossoming streets ...
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    On Depression. And magnolias Friday, August 7th, 2015
    This time last year I was in the middle of a three month depression. I think it may have been adrenal fatigue. Whatever it was it sucked the enthusiasm, the enjoyment and the energy out of me. I was a husk. The first half of the year had been full on in the best and worst ...
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    Pregnant With Cancer Thursday, August 6th, 2015
    January 30 2009 This day ten years ago, in an attempt to have a second child, I got pregnant with cancer. I didn’t know that you could create your own cancer, but you can. Learn something new every day. We started trying for a second child as soon as the town planning permit had been approved ...
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    Why I haven’t commented on Adam Goodes Monday, August 3rd, 2015
    Someone asked my why I haven’t commented on the Adam Goodes thing. Look, I really don’t understand it at all. I detest football and don’t understand booing ever. When I watch my son’s basketball team I applaud and barrack for all good play. On both teams. Australia is deeply racist. Anyone who needs to be convinced ...
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    Dyslexia and why I couldn’t be a writer without it. Thursday, July 30th, 2015
    I‘M DYSLEXIC. No secret. No big deal. I saw a T-shirt the other day that said Dyslexics Untie! Took me about five minutes to work it out. I love that joke about the dyslexic devil worshipper who sold his soul to Santa. But I would. Because I can. Two of my sons are dyslexic and so, too, ...
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    Windfarms and why they hate them. Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
    They hate ‘the look‘ of the wind farms simply because the wind farms represent progress. Gays getting married, women having power, people with disabilities having the right to access, the internet providing the democratisation of information, abortion being legal, the truth of our treatment of the indigenous no longer being hidden and misrepresented, religion being exposed for the rort it is, education being available to all, ...
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  • GirlsPrivateFeminism
    Melbourne Private Girl School Begs for Money for Equality Just for ‘our girls’ because feminism – Annie Moss Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
    So yesterday I got a really important piece of mail from my old school, one of the more expensive private girls’ schools in Australia. They need my help to support their ‘2015 Equality Campaign’. I know what you’re thinking, how can I help some of the most privileged girls in the country to become more ...
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    Shrine Of Disappointment Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
    I’d like to erect a shrine to disappointment. A mate I met knocking around writers’ rooms in my 20s recently said, ”Dev, gag-writing’s a young man’s game. By our age the disappointment has set in.” I disagreed. But I got it – the disappointment setting in. I was about 10 years old when I realised my ...
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  • football
    Half-hearted escape into the unbearable lightness of footy Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
    YES, I am from Melbourne. But no, I’m not into the footy. How about I stand still while the rest of you skin me alive with broken glass? But I do have a team. Actually a few years back I changed from North Melbourne to Essendon. Informing my family I’d defected felt as if I’d admitted ...
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    Mothers Day Is Bullshit Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
    I say this every year. I do not want/need/require/deserve any Mother’s Day cards, gifts or bullshit. I do not need to be thanked. My kids owe me nothing. I chose to have kids. No sacrifice. I did it for the same reason every woman with full access to fertility control does. Selfish narcissism.  My boys did not opt into this ...
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