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A calculating lover

A calculating lover

My uncle Nick is a highly respected life actuary. Normally you would not want to get seated beside one at a dinner party (“so, you predict death for a living…FASCINATING!”). But Nick is a ton of fun. He can tell a joke like it’s nobody’s…

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WHY? The one question you should ask yourself before shacking up

WHY? The one question you should ask yourself before shacking up

My grandmother would never ever have shacked up before marriage. The expected flight pattern for a respectable young woman of her day was from the family home to the warmth of the marital bed.  There may have been a connecting flight living with a same-sex…

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Gabe’s big bushy red beard

Gabe’s big bushy red beard

My older son, Jake, met a friend called Gabe in university residence this year. Gabe is a colourful guy, dresses like a lumberjack, and always has a prank up his sleeve. You can spot Gabe a mile away – his distinguishing feature is a big…

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Appending the launch letter to my son

Appending the launch letter to my son

Last September, our eldest son left the warmth of our family nest and flew east to university. In my launch letter (that I tucked into his suitcase) I gave invaluable motherly advice to eat well, study hard and pursue extracurricular interests beyond beer pong. But…

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