Slip into the strange light of another world. You might come back safely.

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Fairy tales are the realm of magic, where the ordinary meets the extraordinary. They’re places of wondrous transformations, fairy kingdoms and happy…


I had an epiphany this morning, and I think it had more to do with the jellyfish than the coffee.

I’d just flipped the cover of Julia Baird’s and was gazing ata gelatinous creature glowing on black pages.

It took a few moments for me to realise what I was really seeing.

Before me was something from the deep and dark, something that had remained secret for centuries…


‘The Goldfish Bowl and Other Stories’ shows us there’s a lot below the surface of a story.

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‘The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories’ is a short story that will strike several chords with fiction writers.

Author Neil Gaiman tells the story of his own craft as his character tries to write a short story that won’t be written, but just to be. …


‘I doubt whether it would be possible to mention any author of note, whose personal obscurity was so complete.’

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So wrote Jane Austen’s nephew in ‘A Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family Recollections’. …


The strange charm of the sock, from modern art exhibits to London’s sock police

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No other item of clothing has the obscure charm of that a sock does when left lying around. It is pathetic. It is harmless. It is evidence of a human being’s tenderness towards a foot.

Some sensitive souls have appreciated the deeper merit of socks and brought them to the…


Every time I hear a stable boy speak roughly to one of my fillies I want to pitchfork him

Elizabeth Arden Graham with one of her jockeys (not a whip in sight, of course). Image here.

Horse racing is a controversial industry for good reason. Yet magic happens when the humans involved have sound knowledge and true love for horses.

For a long time, “humans” meant men: horse racing was stiflingly male. This meant the few women on the scene had guts. …


It looks like there’s hope, but enjoy them while you can.

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This is a Very Important Subject.

Have you, in your lifetime, fully appreciated a physical book shop? They’ve been around since ancient Athens, and they may or may not be dying out.

“Books are everywhere; and always the same sense of adventure fills us,” Virginia Woolf once wrote.

“Second-hand books…


Perspective of a supermarket employee in Australia’s latest lockdown

My friend Ashleigh is anxious. She’s showing me a special mask her work gave her for day one of a new lockdown.

“It’s so much better to wear for 10 hours straight. The thing is the straps still hurt. …


Plastic is out: Sustainability is the hot new thing in packaging.

Last year an Australian man caught a fish in 20 minutes using Mentos wrappers as bait.

Greg Western was creeped out by the amount of empty Mentos wrappers he saw in nature every day, so he gave one of the colourful single-use wrappers a second life. …

Ellie Baker

I’m a fan of new perspectives, and hilarity. And birds. I hope my writing makes your day a bit weirder.

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