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Kilkenny Trains

Dad used to walk me to the train line near Kilkenny station in suburban Adelaide when he felt like a bit of train-spotting. The station was a short walk from my Grandparent’s house, where my Dad spent his boyhood years. … Continue reading

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Grandpa’s House

As I opened the back door to the house, a rushing blast of pent-up air hit me squarely in the face like the onslaught of a summertime northerly. It was as if years of accumulated stuffiness had been expecting this … Continue reading

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An Afternoon BMX Adventure

I.  My BMX had white tires. It was a cheap knock-off brand from K-Mart, but I rode the life out of it. I had initially wanted something cooler like a Mongoose, but I knew I this was a pipe dream … Continue reading

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Small Moments in Love #2

The Church I attended throughout my childhood was small but vibrant. Each Sunday evening we would have a more informal service that was designed to ‘reach out’ to people from non-church backgrounds. I remember these services as a lot of … Continue reading

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The Famous Five and the Spirit of Adventure

It’s funny the things which stick with you from childhood. I am a 37-year-old man who often finds myself remembering childhood moments which captivated my imagination. Just the other day I experienced a flashback to when I was in grade … Continue reading

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Jack T. Chick and The Witches of Nar Nar Goon

The sociological phenomenon known as the ‘satanic panic’ hit the country town of Warragul in the early 1990’s, where for a brief time the locals had become alarmed at the rise in satanic ritual activity amongst the towns youth. Rumours … Continue reading

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Small Moments in Love #1

I was walking her to the train station late one Sunday evening. It was the middle of winter, yet I had not really registered the cold.  She, on the other hand, claimed that she was utterly freezing. I had lent … Continue reading

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Made me Smile #2

I. A tradie reading a Penguin Classic on the train: a glorious contravention of everyone’s expectations. II. Waiting in line at Kinokuniya bookshop- the only place in which an extended cue is fine with me. We are all here to … Continue reading

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Dad’s Forgiveness: A Story of Redemption

I. I discovered early on in life that my father hated being called ‘Dave.’ As a proud David, my Dad has always felt that the somewhat more informal ‘Dave’ is an assault on his dignity. Unfortunately for him, there was … Continue reading

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And the Sax Played On… (Or, why it’s not always a good idea to invite friends to Church)

The pressure to invite my high school friends to Church events wasn’t oppressive, but it was subtly consistent. This pressure- perhaps expectation is a better word- manifested itself through casual remarks made by my Parents or youth leaders, to the … Continue reading

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