SUPERSTITION

Originally posted on THE ONLY CIN:
I’ve wasted seven bags of salt; a handful flung for each small spill, supposedly keeping the devil at bay. My granny said I should! I’ve lost the chance to meet my fortune, all because of old wive’s tales: I’ll never venture past the garden gate if the thirteenth falls…

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PLAYING HIDE-AND-SEEK WITH ELUSIVE PURPOSE

Originally posted on THE ONLY CIN:
WARNING/DISCLAIMER: VERY DEEP POST, NOT ABOUT FOOD. I had a deeply intense conversation with a new friend yesterday. We sat in the shade in my garden and she related her story of a particularly wretched time in her life and her recovery through taking a course of a-three-weekend programme,…

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SELF-PORTRAIT IN ROSY BELLIBUTTON

Originally posted on THE ONLY CIN:
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Self Portrait. In her book, The Thornbirds, Colleen McCullough describes a dress-fabric in a shade of ‘ashes of roses’. I was entranced and it became my personal favourite palette forever, with periodic and brief forays into brights. But I always return to pastels… Montage on…

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THE RELIABILITY OF REAR VIEWS

Fitzgerald didn’t know how to write the weirdness of his unfolding life so he just wrote Zelda’s diary in some places and the exact dialogue of what actually happened, verbatim, and changed the names and there was This Side of Paradise and most of Gatsby, as if he’d had a webcam, you know? Like filling…

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WALKIN ALL HOURS AND BOOK PIGS

15 October 2017, Old House, Grahamstown I had good intentions to pack a few boxes of my stuff to start moving to storage – to make space for the next room due for the onslaught of the Denvet Gang in the ongoing restoration project of Old House – and then the radio played Patsy Cline…

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SURFING THE WHALE

  I still get nightmares. In fact, I get them so often I should be used to them by now. I’m not. No one ever really gets used to nightmares. Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves — SURFING THE WHALE Road, Eternal road Yellow line constant bend Black; here; is it wall or Fall I’m…

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SHIT GETS REAL

I became an optimist because I knew that telling people the truth in response to ‘howzitt going, Doll? ‘ is generally going to be a bore. I mean, you can hardly just pop out with ‘oh, just keeping up appearances, but I am constantly thinking of a way to die which would least inconvenience people…

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TAUPE TALK AND ZWIEBEL

Portrait in grey taupe with rapidly-growing guineafowl: We were talking about our favourite colours. I said mine was rose taupe. Nobody had heard of it. I tried to clarify by saying it is the colour of Zwiebel. That didn’t help at all … Katie, the youngest of the stylists at work, says she doesn’t know…

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AN INTERVIEW WITH CHEF JOHN VAN COLLER

Did you always want to be a chef / how did you become a chef? Actually wanted to be an actor. But they said I was too short and ugly. Haha. My cousins, both excellent chefs, got me involved. Started work as soon as I finished school. Tell us about your latest venture and where one…

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