Angela Bensted

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Sports writing

February 18, 2018
Sports writing

Wedged against the window at 38,000 feet, I’m flying home after three days in Melbourne, where I wore my communications hat at the Junior National Fencing Championships. The job has a wobbly definition.  It doesn’t involve much writing. But I do a lot of listening, gathering personal stories and history. I also take a lot…

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A better bio

November 24, 2017
better bio

An article appeared on my screen recently claiming to answer the perennial question ‘What should I include in my personal bio?’. As someone who struggled for days with the ‘About’ page on her website and recently took more time to write a 50-word bio than the 1200-word story attached to it, I read the article…

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Homeward bound

September 29, 2017
Homeward bound

Resolve Departure heralded good intentions. No champagne, no sugary post-meal treats. Instead, the flight from Brisbane to Hong Kong was all water and fruit and naked salad. Seven days and a couple of extra kilos later I’m returning home, strapped in and waiting to push back, cursing my lack of discipline. Bircher muesli with fruit…

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(Almost) Daily Notes

Sports writing

Sports writing

February 18, 2018

Wedged against the window at 38,000 feet, I’m flying home after three days in Melbourne, where I wore my communications hat at the Junior National Fencing Championships. The job has a wobbly definition.  It doesn’t involve much writing. But I do a lot of listening, gathering personal stories and history. I also take a lot…

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staying the course

Staying the course

February 14, 2018

Tonight I looked up from my book, a novel I started more than a year ago, dusted off for a second chance over a gin and tonic, and noticed the sky. Between the dense foliage of my neighbour’s trees the dying light gave a final, defiant shout. Bands of baby boy blue and lobster pink…

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Farm Days

January 2, 2018

Technically it’s two minutes into the second day of the year. But I’ve been thinking about this note for a couple of hours so I’m going to fiddle with the clock and date stamp it 1st January 2018. It’s important that I start the year well (by cheating? No! Writing). Waste Not Want Not The…

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