Book review: <i>Call Waiting</i> by Michelle Cunnah


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America's answer to Bridget Jones flops spectacularly, in a book that is an embarrassment to read for any fans of the Chick lit genre or Helen Fielding.

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Short story: <i>Stillness</i>

An orange on the counter with a thumbnail indentation.

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A school play, a butterfly farm, and leaving Nicaragua.

The virgin on parade. Again.

After Leah left we had a mere scrapping four weeks left on our Nicaragua sojourn, which we were somewhat dismal about. We'd really started settling in and enjoying ourselves, and realised that of course, we'd been starting to take the whole experience for granted until it was indicated to us that soon, we wouldn't be here to have the experience anymore. Like I said, dismal. Combined, in my case, with food poisoning.

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Short story: <i>Keeping Up Appearances</i>

I was wearing one oven mitten in a floral print and holding a dishcloth with a picture of a kitten in the other hand, leaning over the oven and pulling out a tray of biscuits when I felt something at my feet.

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Ear infections, Masaya Volcano, and a pleasant bout of food poisoning

It's okay, Telepizza. I have reservations about large groups as well.

Obviously, getting back home from our five star vacation took some getting used to. There was the lack of five starness in our house, for example. And the lack of swimming pools. And the lack of zoo. We begrudgingly got used to these things and set about a little more relaxation in the couple of days before Leah took off.

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Short story: <i>Not This Time</i>

She looked back at me, trying to be penitent, trying to look contrite and like she was honestly sorry and like she knew what she'd done and how in the wrong she was.

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Book review: <i>Hoot</i> by Carl Hiaasen


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When Roy sees the strange boy running away from the school bus on a school day, he has no idea that soon, he and an unlikely collection of friends will be desperately trying to save an endangered species from near extinction via pancake house...

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Short story: <i>At The Pub</i>

I admit it, I was a bit pissed.

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San Juan Del Sur, a water taxi to Majagual, and a bottle of suave vodka...


Eagerly awaiting the arrival of our boat taxi on the shores of San Juan Del Sur.


On our final full day in San Juan Del Sur, we decided it was time to get out there and actually swim in the pacific. We didn't want to swim at the actual San Juan Del Sur beach, because it was fairly oily looking from all the moored boats, the sewerage from the town was outlet right into the middle of the bay, and on top of that all the local dogs appeared to use the beach as their toilet. So we booked a water taxi to take us to one of the less accessible northern beaches: Majagual. We packed a picnic lunch, farewelled our awesome villa, and wandered down to the beachfront to catch the boat.
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Short story: <i>Aspiration</i>

I like to ensure that, before I leave the house for the morning, my beard is freshly trimmed, my teeth are shining like a toothpaste commercial, and the tips of my shoes are gleaming with reflected early morning sunlight. I use cold cream on my face at night to keep my skin elastic, and every second evening place cucumber slices over my closed eyes to restore that green glint, to reduce redness, and to slow down the aging process.

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Biography: Charlotte Brontë



(On being told that literature is not a woman's business) "I trust I shall never more feel ambitious to see my name in print; if the wish should rise, I'll look at Southey's letter, and suppress it."

Charlotte Brontë is remembered for her literary masterpieces and her short, tragic life. Her contribution to English literature has been highly praised, and is not likely to fade into obscurity any time soon.

Short story: <i>Leaving</i>



I’m going to leave now.

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Book review: <i>Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow</i> by Peter Hoeg


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A rather lovely blue-green photograph of a body silhouetted in water, under some understated silver text. Nicer than the library's hardcover, which was a bland white thing with cartography and so forth.

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Short story: <i>Everyone's Favourite Teacher</i>



Now Bill, you’ve just been doing an excellent job this year, excellent.

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Book review: <i>The Dice Man - A Novel</i> by Luke Rhinehart


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Instead of killing himself, Luke Rhinehart decides to give up his life in a different way - to the roll of a dice. The Dice Man challenges the notions of psychiatry, psychology, and how people live their lives.

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Short story: <i>Last Day Of School</i>

She walked towards the table in the middle of the classroom where the plastic time capsule lay open, like a treasure trove of memorabilia for the kids to open at their tenth reunion.

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A Halloween party, margaritaville, Leah and Hillary Duff, and a room for every occasion...


When in doubt, black is the halloween colour...


Because we were completely unprepared to dress up, Leah and I took the lots-of-black-clothes-and-black-eyeliner-counts-as-dressing-up-for-halloween path. After much deliberation, we managed to make Kaleb a bang-up ninja costume cunningly crafted from tie-pants, one of my black hoodies, Dave's singlet, and several well placed safety pins. Then we hurried down to the bar to take advantage of happy hour, and a few more rounds of margaritas.
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Short story: <i>A Nice Cup Of Tea</i>

People say that beauty is only skin deep, and that it’s what’s inside a person that really counts, but when you look like me, people tend to forget that there might be anything inside me at all worth looking for.

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Genre: <i>Airport novel</i>

The criteria for an Airport novel is simple. They must be fast paced, easy to read, relatively engaging, and not involve too much complex thought.

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Short story: <i>Malaria</i>



“I reckon maybe you have malaria.”

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