Chopsticks

Marseille scares me. It’s not the people, it’s the buildings. Buildings that look as if they’re about to crumble and fall on you. And it’s not just the buildings, it’s the never-ending work going on around the city, for the tramway, for the train station. Bulldozers, everywhere. Men in hard hats and steel-toed boots, shouting.…

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A Few More Beats – And Maybe A New Sound

The sky was dark yesterday morning. These last few weeks I’ve been waking up to sunshine. Yesterday I knew it would be a different day. During the afternoon the sun picked up. Jumped into 28°C pool water. And I dove and I dove into the water trying to touch the bottom. The pool is an…

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Funky Town

Funky Town by Lipps Inc came on the radio, that irritatingly catchy song, where the singer keeps on singing about wanting to get to funky town and how it’s the town that’s right for her. When the song ended, Jul, irritated, turned to me and said, “She doesn’t even say what she’s going to do in funky…

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Nekkid

There were two girls by the poolside slathering each other’s backs with lotion, and I was thinking, “Wow, wonder where they got swimsuits that perfectly match their body colour…” And then I went for a swim and they were facing me and I thought crossly, “Well, they should’ve at least bought matching bikini tops/bottoms, flesh…

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Major BooBoo

During the Spanish revolution, Emilio Aguinaldo held court for Filipino freedom in Cavite, and Andres Bonifacio in Manila. Since it was inevitable that these two powerful forces joined, the two leaders set a date, a time, and a plan for the First Revolutionary Battle of the Philippines as a whole against the Spaniards. The plan…

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Waterlily in her Left Lung

“THE MANAGEMENT gave Colin plenty of money – but it was too late. Everyday he had to go and see people. They gave him a list and he had to bring bad tidings a day before they were going to happen. Everyday he went out into the crowded streets or into society. He went up…

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Helpful Elevators

One of the books I read obsessively as a child is The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Excerpt below that is all the explanation you need: “Yeah, yeah,” said Zaphod as the elevator doors opened. “Hello,” said the elevator sweetly, “I am to be your elevator for this trip to the floor of…

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