Angela Bensted

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American life

March 3, 2017
Girls Indianapolis

Nearly 18 years ago The Husband and I gave away our dog, sold our rusty car, stored our few bits of furniture under friends’ houses and took two toddlers across the planet to live in America. He wanted to do some advanced training with world experts in his field. So he called on his connections and wrote…

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Lucky one

February 15, 2017
Chelsea sick

I went to a funeral today where everyone wore pink; pink dresses, pink ribbons, pink ties. At the end of the service a woman in black gently lifted a cream-coloured coffin by herself, cradling it in her arms as she carried it to the back of the chapel. Then the pastor pushed a button on his lectern…

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Melbourne

January 30, 2017
Melbourne

Roger Federer has just won the Australian Tennis Open, his 18th grand slam victory and his first tournament since taking six months off to recover from a knee injury. He’s 35-years-old. Ancient. Hearts bleed for his opponent, Raphael Nadal, who displayed more courage in the game and grace in defeat than the entire new crop of men’s hopefuls…

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(Almost) Daily Notes

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Feasting

March 13, 2017

Never do the grocery shopping when you’re hungry. It’s a golden rule, an axiom, a given. I was very hungry this afternoon when I grabbed a trolley to navigate the aisles at my local supermarket. At 2pm the only food I’d ingested all day was a milky espresso, and even that was an indulgence. Famine day…

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Bare

March 13, 2017

Paddle Pop stick dipped in white wax. Hot. A shiny glob, stretching Slowly falling from its wooden perch Twisting Catching falling strands. Smeared across soft skin in a swirling eight Smothering curly, wiry strands. Some gray. Coarse, thick, stubbornly attached. Peeping out from granny pants. Some adventurous, rooted outside the elastic. Defiantly public pubes. Pull…

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Louis

Catching up

March 12, 2017

Maybe I should give in and call this column a weekly note? Such has been life’s pattern lately. The craft Oh there’s been writing, tonnes of writing. And my creative talents have been stretched to their limit with the QFA Annual Report*. I agreed to help produce this document during a car conversation en route…

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