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Keeping Up Appearances

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The bathroom is immaculate like a work of art, i dare not touch anything. The wall paper has a mother of pearl sheen, there are beautiful Japanese prints and a faint smell of Jasmine fills the space. It seems the towels are stacked with the use of a ruler and the toilet bowl itself looks like a delicate piece of china. I had only gone in here because i needed to escape the crowd downstairs. […]

Moms & Malls

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We used to go to the mall often when I was young, me and my friends piled in the back of our big station wagon. My mom used to drive us there on school day afternoons. White kneesocks, plaid school uniforms, all talking simultaneously in our high voices. I never paid much attention to her; window down, her elbow resting on the door, cigaret dangling from the corner of her mouth. When I try to picture […]

The Light that Stopped Shining

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At the dining table Benjamin’s legs were still too short to touch the ground, but his understanding was mature enough to realise he could never please his father; an unspoken accusation always hung in the air. No matter how many green vegetables he finished, straight A’s he brought home or how high he jumped, his father always treated him with the same cold detachment; regarding him as part of the furniture, his voice just a sound […]

Lost & Found

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Before you needed luck: finding that roll of undeveloped film underneath a park bench was no ordinary occurrence. Was it misplaced by accident, causing great grief because of memories now forever lost, or was it purposely disregarded in an attempt to be free from the past? Either way, as the finder of these celluloid treasures peopled with anonymous relatives miming their muted conversation, you were always excluded from the ubiquitous celebrations and endless summer holidays. You […]

So much to say in a silent movie kind of way

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Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times. For the first time I see his face in real closeup, every feature capable of expressing an endless variety of emotions. Fluidly we see compassion and confusion; fear and indignity, happiness and melancholy drift across his face like patches of sunlight over a busy city square; buzzing with people, street vendors, mopeds and crusty pigeons. His famous mustache dances daintily and his eyebrows lead a life of their own. He has […]

Family House

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When you close your eyes and stay very still you can hear them, softly turning the leaves with their gentle wind. In the city it is lost; out-shouted by the urban sound scape emphasizing, distracting; thoughts buzzing like flies in the back of your head. Now there is room for musings and sentiments; memories of extended families having picnics on buttercup covered lawns and variations of the same face on which one can read the […]