Category Archives: 2000 words

The Traveller

The Antarctic is a land mass whereas the Arctic is a basin of water. Northern ice is a floating kaleidoscope of frozen sea and precipitate, windblown wave-twisted miles of endless white. Southern ice is the spawn of a mountainous land, … Continue reading

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The Future

Despite the early winter dusk, in the abandoned underground railway tunnel below the city there was a dim glow from the shipping containers that had been set down about five hundred metres from the entrance. At this time of night … Continue reading

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What Mattered Then

What Mattered Then; What Matters Now. What mattered then was that the Great Barrier Reef was threatened with imminent extinction and I had not seen it yet. Headlines have often predicted the death of the coral reef. Even back in … Continue reading

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The Smuggler

‘Hello, is that Mr Carter?’ ‘Yes, what can I do for you?’ ‘I am from the Australian Federal Police, calling from the airport. We have a man here who has you listed as his primary contact in Australia. Do you … Continue reading

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The Revolution

“While the Prime Minister had promised to roll out the program, The Digital Education Revolution, at a cost of $1 billion, it has now turned into a $2 billion program with half the number of promised computers. THOUSANDS of broken … Continue reading

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The Lost Daughters

Penny insisted the caller was impersonating her sister, screamed violent abuse down the phone line, hung up. Her behaviour was consistent with past performances which had led to an impression, rightly or not, that she could possibly be mentally ill. … Continue reading

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The Bush Concerto

THE BUSH CONCERTO The ocean swell disappears leaving the waters flat and unruffled except by the wind chop. To the south an intricate system of creeks pushes deep into the national park. The foreshores are rocky with the occasional swampy … Continue reading

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