Month: September 2014

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Saturday Night Fire

It was soon after dinner when we were watching television that FIL smelled something funny. Well, he always smells something funny so we didn’t really pay it much heed but when everyone else began smelling something funny, and the fire engines began tearing down the road, their alarms Nee Nawing away, Hubby Dear followed to …

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The Stranger

Every friend starts out as  a stranger. At least in the beginning. It all starts with a fleeting look into someone’s eyes. Tentative, inquiring, wondering. Then comes a blink , two blinks maybe , and then a spark of recognition. A sense of meeting a kindred spirit. That’s how most friendships start. And sometimes friendships …

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Flapping Wings

There are seventy five families living in my building and each day I come across some of them who make me smile. The BFG is one of them I went down to pick up Wow Dinga and came across the BFG who was ambling along in his usual way, body tilted slightly to the back, …

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Fleeting rainbows

When the monsoons are about to end we often have days of brilliant sunshine with the occasional rain shower. That’s when we get rainbows so faint and fragile that you almost miss them in the bright sunshine. There’s nothing so thrilling as catching the fleeting beauty of this gorgeous swathe of colour as it sweeps …

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Marking Time – The Futility of Marching.

This morning’s peace was shattered not in the usual way with screeching brakes or honking horns, but with the shouts of Lef, Lef, Lef, Rye, Lef. Indeed, I realised how soon yet another academic year has passed us by when  the girls in the school opposite begin their marching practice for the Inter-Schools Athletic meet …

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The Case of the Shrinking Wash

Old timers like me will remember book shelves in their homes with titles like “The Case of the Velvet Claws” written by Earle Stanley Gardner who was widely read by our parents. The iconic detective Perry Mason was immortalised by a television series that ran for the longest time. Somehow detective novels, crime and mystery …