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Three taxis

Over the past week I have been blessed with some wonderful insights from three taxi drivers… The first conversation was with a Chilean man in his 50s, a former mining engineer who moved to Sydney 15 years ago. He fretted that his new car smelled of vomit (I assured him I hadn’t noticed). He rarely […]

Sleep spindles

I have often wondered why some people have no difficulty falling asleep on a plane or bus, maintaining their blissful slumber impervious to light, noise and movement, whereas others will be woken by the squeak of a mouse or a toilet flushing, and are highly sensitive to light and other disturbances. Unfortunately, I happen to be on the extreme […]

Chronotypes

There are two types of people I have always envied: morning people, otherwise known as ‘larks’, and heavy sleepers (the latter will be the subject of another post).  People who are fortunate enough to possess both qualities are a double blow. As an ‘owl’, who naturally prefers to go to bed late and sleep late, and […]

The Asterisk

The spines of the asterisk press hard into his back. Only the taut fabric of his suit jacket prevents them from piercing his flesh. Stooped by its burden, briefcase in hand, he hurries to the tram-stop in the dull evening rain after another long day of Hardly-Passion-Inducing work. Many of us have an asterisk. For some, […]