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May Day, May Day
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Two people made fuck, out on the concreted area in front of the apartments. I recognised the act by her cries. He had her sprawled over a car bonnet with his hand around her throat, ...read more
The Great Fire
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Only Shirley Hazzard could end a novel by writing explicitly of a virgin woman's clitoris - which she describes with a kind of cheerful poetic simplicity as 'the final fleshly inch where he could wake ...read more
music unfolds in the Funkhaus, live and barely planned
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Today we will be making a new song, the first towards Cathoel & the New Government's eventual second album. First album prompted 50s jazz impresario Bob 'King' Crawford to say, "In my opinion you will ...read more
don’t stand so far from me
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Och, my heart's pounding! I just queued in the supermarket next to a man taller than me (rare) with whom I conceived one of those fleeting yet it stains your day - your weekend! - ...read more
mansplendour
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I was working in a cafe, head down, muttering the words aloud under my breath as I forged down the page writing for hours. The man next to me started to take an interest. I ...read more
hand to hand
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I went to a new physiotherapist today for my injured hand, and experienced all the Germanness. Me and the therapist, who is 23, have to call each other Mrs So and So, Mrs So. Her ...read more
this one time?
I came home after a long day, festooned with groceries. The bench on the subway platform was occupied by two girls and their shopping. I said, "Excuse me," in German, and they said, "Excuse me," ...read more
refugee dinner
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This is the lunch I had today, in a Saturday cafe set up by a refugees welcome committee (one of the many) in Berlin. When I ordered, a smiling Syrian woman plump and beautiful in ...read more