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Harry the Xmas (& Beyond) Dog

As a volunteer instructor at a local dog club, I’m often asked for advice on choosing a dog. A common misconception among prospective dog owners is that the main concern is matching a dog to your living area.

White walls, sweet antiseptic, tubes and wires, electronic beeps and the laboured, wheezing breath of my shrunken father.

Loopholes by Thirroul based author, Susan McCreery, is a collection of microfiction, or very short stories. Wiktionary.org defines the genre as, “Fiction that has a significantly shorter than average length.” Synonyms include drabble, flash fiction, flashfic, short-short story, sudden fiction and even twitterature.

Ben Elton set Three Summers in the southwest of Western Australia, at a fictional folk festival, Westifal. Over three consecutive summers, we meet an ensemble cast of characters, who bring to the festival campgrounds their individual stories and issues. Elton has described the film as "Australia in a tent".

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White walls, sweet antiseptic, tubes and wires, electronic beeps and the laboured, wheezing breath of my shrunken father.

The bench outside the school headmaster's office was hard. It was designed to make you squirm. But once you'd sat down, you daren't wriggle to...

"Fiction writers, magicians, politicians and priests are the only people rewarded for entertaining us with their lies." ~ Bangambiki Habyarimana

"And now the piece de resistance," the old Colonel announced, leading his guest into a sunlit garden. "What do you think, Mr Evans?" he enquired, waving...

My class had a lesson on "conservation" at school the other day. Miss said that this was where people reused old things or used new things more...

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As a volunteer instructor at a local dog club, I’m often asked for advice on choosing a dog. A common misconception among prospective dog owners is...

"When you deal with nonfiction you deal with human characters." ~ Marya Hornbacher

Jet joined our family on the 8th March 2014. It had been two-and-half years since we'd lost our dear old Lab, Harry, and Jet was just on...

 Last year I gave a talk to the children at my son’s childcare centre about dogs, titled Can I Pat That Dog. I divided the talk into three parts: 1)...

Each year my local dog club runs a season-ending Fun Day with events designed to be fun and to test the bond between club members and their dogs....

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One "ordinary Monday morning", an image invades 67-year-old Abel Marvin's thoughts as he swims his regular laps: the "twisted, burned-out hulk of a...

Vu Tran’s debut novel, Dragonfish, opens with a letter from a mother to her daughter, with whom she has lost contact. She recounts the first night...

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