BOOK TITLE: The Australia Times - TAT Girl magazine. Volume 2, issue 2

Photography Culture Poetry Art Food Music Fashion Life
Vol. 2 No. 2 April 2014
Amy Freund
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Rachel Plank
Creative Editor
Amy Freund
Doing As The Romans Do 4
Nish Kumar Is A Comedian 8
Five Days of Denim 12
Zoe Kimpton Photography 22
Chickpeas and Other Men (Minus the Men) 30
BSKT The Label 34
One Surreal Moment 38
Saskia Agius Illustration 44
Once Upon A Fairytale 52
What Might Have Happened: Vol 1 - The Groom 60
Saskia Agius
Zoe Kimpton
Alexandra Saltis
Celeste Iuliano
Nish Kumar
Laura Moss
Stephanie Hughes
Amy Freund: amy.freund@theaustraliatimes.com.au
Rachel Plank: rachel.plank@theaustraliatimes.com.au
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Most of us imagine Italy as a pic-
turesque country that is home to
beautiful rolling hills, friendly and
vibrant people, free owing wine
and good food. Indeed, this is an
image that tends to hold true when
you arrive there on holiday with
your suitcase in hand, ready to
see the famous sites. However, the
supercial tourist experience isn’t
always the most revealing or fulll-
ing. As the old saying goes, when in
Rome, do as the Romans do.
Recently I began a long tour of
Italy in its fascinating capital, and
I have had the unique privilege
of living with relatives just out-
side the city walls. In only a few
days I experienced a world of
contrasts that somehow both af-
rmed, and shattered most of my
preconceived notions about the
city and its people. Among the
things armed were the fact that
Rome is a breathtaking, vast, and
incredibly interesting place; there
are more things to do and see
there than one person could ever
have time for. But with my uncle
as a guide, I managed to see all
of the well known museums and
monuments, as well as the lesser
visited ones such as the ruins of
Ostia Antica, and the Domitilla
Catacombs. He also showed me
a side of Rome that I had never
conceived of. Tracing the daily
life of a local exposed me to road
rules that serve as mere sugges-
tions, post oces that refuse to
post letters, complicated queuing
systems, and historical monu-
ments that are crumbling because
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there is not enough money to
restore them...or in some cases,
completely dig them up!
Experiencing the frustrating,
sometimes inconceivable, prob-
lems faced by Romans on a daily
basis was almost enough to make
me pack my bags and head to the
next city. Instead, I took it as an
opportunity to learn more about
the real modern culture that
exists alongside the rich history.
Isn’t that why we travel in the rst
place? By choosing to travel we
choose to see new places, meet
new people, and learn about
their lives, language, and culture -
good and bad. In my experience,
if you don’t take the time to talk to
the locals about their reality, you
are only getting half of the picture.
You may learn that not all things
are ideal, but you will still learn.
In fact, I learned some useful and
wonderful things, including:
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That some of the best bakeries
are hidden in the suburbs, and
that often they do not look.
That it is acceptable to eat des-
sert for breakfast, and that din-
ner is usually at 8pm or 9pm.
That sometimes being per-
sistant will get you further than
being polite.
That rain and cobblestones
wont stop anybody from head-
ing out in high heeled boots.
That a little Italian can go
a long way to earning you a
That the locals are willing to
teach you the city’s secrets if
you just ask.
ve greatly appreciated this
chance to step back from the
usually hurried and focused
tourist experience, and to view
Rome as a whole. I’ve seen it’s
best monuments, it’s worst driv-
ers, the smooth operation of its
restaurants, and its chaotic public
oces. What I’ve learned is that
there’s always more to a city than
any guide book can tell you, and
that what you’ll discover is often
a mixed bag. To experience the
true culture of a place you need
to wander from the road most
travelled and live as the locals
do. You will both be surprised,
and surprise yourself. I still have
months to go on my journey, and I
look forward to scratching beneath
the surface everywhere I go. I
know that I’ll uncover things that
make me want to laugh, cry, pack it
all in, and do it all over again.
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Imagine waking up tomorrow and seeing your face splashed all
over the viral realm, your identity an Internet phenomena, spread-
ing across the whole world before your very eyes? This incredulous
moment was felt by comedian Nish Kumar last year, when his iden-
tity was blatantly stolen by an anonymous group and used as the
face of the meme “The confused Muslim.
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New to the Australian comedy scene and
fresh out of a sellout season from London’s
Soho theatre, Kumar brings his show “Nish
Kumar is a comedian” to Melbourne’s come-
dy crowd, focusing on identity and anonymity
in the internet realm.
“I like my comedy to be about really serious
and big subjects, and examine them in quite a
stupid way.
Kumar pokes fun at his own experiences of
what identity means to him, dotted with his in-
cidents growing up with an “ethnically ambig-
uous face,” as well as British binge drinking
and parent disappointment, all accompanied
by visuals of the actual memes that became
such a viral phenomenon.
Kumar heads back to the Edinburgh festival
where it all began this August with a new
show, one he has based on the topic of sub-
jectivity, mainly focusing on why people love/
hate his comedy.
“I’m obsessed with the idea of what drives
opinion, blog culture and how it has become
less important to justify our own opinions
when anonymity is just a mouse click away.
Kumar, not a Muslim himself, was placed at
the forefront of Islamic jokes and racist com-
ments, the meme extracting his face from a
promotional video for the Edinburgh comedy
festival and catapulting him headfirst into the
world of the “meme.
“I didn’t even know what these [memes]
damn things were when it first happened.
I found out through a friend, who was on a
meme website and thought I’d done some
weird type of viral marketing and called me
to laugh at what I’d done, and was surprised
when I had no idea and was like ‘what? Why
did this happen!”
Bur rather than hiding under his pillow and
waiting for the meme to run its course on the
interwebs, Kumar’s response to this surreal
experience is an hour of hilarious comedy that
focuses on what its like to have your identity
stolen, the nature of offence, and just how
damn funny these situations really are.
“You never really stop to think of the backstory
of people in memes, people sometimes really
have no idea what’s going on, and just jump of
the convenient offence bandwagon because
it’s the trend that week, I just still don’t under-
stand why it’s my face?”
is playing at the Melbourne town hall
at 9:45 every night except Mondays
until the end of the festival.
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By Laura Moss
Denim is an intrinsic component to every wardrobe. Yet there is
a noticeable change this autumn, with the humble jean taking on
unexpected guises. As the cooler days approach, now is the best time
to indulge in this season’s washes, prints and lengths. I’ve got your
Monday to Friday denim dilemmas sorted.
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Boy meets girl in this instance.
The boyfriend jean encapsu-
lates everything on-trend this
season – street style inspired
from your boyfriend’s cup-
board. Dont have a boyfriend?
Don’t be deterred. Premier
denim brands, Nobody Jeans
and Lee have produced perfect,
slouchy renditions. Opt for a
lighter shade of denim, cropped
just above the ankle. The more
frayed and exploited the fab-
ric, the better. Team them with
structured pieces and so sil-
houettes to achieve the perfect
autumn ensemble. Its never
been so chic, to look like one of
the boys.
Fashion word of wisdom: Avoid
fashionable frays turning into
gapping holes by spritzing hair-
spray over the distressed areas.
Nobody Jeans
Beau Boyfriend in Saltie Denim
Link: http://www.gluestore.com.au/nobody-beau-boyfriend-jeans-in-saltie-denim.html
Image by www.gluestore.com.au
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The Boyfriend Jean
Link: http://www.dotti.com.au/shop/en/dot-
Image by www.dotti.com.au
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Gone are the days when patch-
work denim was associated
with farmers in overalls, or your
grandmother’s handcraed
quilts. The cool contrast of
dark and light panels unsys-
tematically arranged over high
wear areas, such as the knees
and buttocks, create an edgy
vibe. The patchwork trend
was adopted by a number of
designers at Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week earlier this year,
including Tommy Hilfiger and
Marc Jacobs. Be that as it may,
patchwork fabric shouldnt be
limited to shades of denim.
Textured animal embossed
leather; floral crape, suede and
tartan have given eminence to a
number of pieced and patched
combinations. This conceptual
use of denim will undoubtedly
add a little (or a lot) of diversity
to your everyday staple.
Bradly low-rise slim boyfriend
jeans in vintage wash with
patchwork detail
Link: http://www.asos.com/au/ASOS/ASOS-Brady-Low-Rise-Slim-Boyfriend-Jeans-in-Vin-
Image by www.asos.com.au
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Cheap Monday
Tight Printed Patch Blue Jean
Link: http://www.nastygal.com/clothes-bot-
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Dark shades of denim are the
epitome of cool, and will inevita-
bly become the heart and soul
of your wardrobe this season.
Whether you wear your deeper
denim hues cuffed, slashed,
tapered or above the waist,
you’ll be craving the sophisti-
cated effortlessness rich indigo
or faded grey contribute to your
budding winter wardrobe.
Fashion word of wisdom: Buy a
size smaller. Regardless of how
tight they feel or how much they
restrict your ability to move, eat
or breathe, overtime denim will
stretch. This is a fact. Keep this
in mind particularly if you are
investing in raw denim. Den-
im is usually washed aer the
dye has been applied, whereas
raw denim skips the washing
process. Which means once
they have been washed several
times by you, they will fade in
colour and give in size.
J Brand
Photo Ready Tail Zip in Grey
Link: http://www.asos.com/au/ASOS/ASOS-Brady-Low-Rise-Slim-Boyfriend-Jeans-in-Vin-
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Kylie in black
Link: http://www.mavi.net.au/kylie/w1/
Image by www.mauvi.net.au
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Runways and shopfronts in
2013 were occupied with wet-
look, sheen fabrics and pletha
(plastic leather). This autumn
the tough moto-inspired trend
has remerged, although in
2014 the devil is in the detail.
Multi panel motorcycle denim
jeans have taken sporty luxe
to a whole new level. Mesh
patterned panels; quilted
embellishment, zippers and
badges are just a few standout
ingredients that decorated the
14/15 Autumn/Winter run-
ways. For the ultimate look,
pair with a cropped leather
jacket and tartan scarf (motor-
bike not essential).
Fashion of wisdom: Think twice
before pressing start on the
top loader. Like all other indis-
pensible life provisions (Ben &
Farleigh high waist slim mum
jeans in vintage wash with
90s mono badges
Link: http://www.asos.com/au/ASOS/ASOS-Farleigh-High-Waist-Slim-Mom-Jeans-in-Vintage-Wash-with-
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Jerrys ice ream and pizza), your
jeans should also spend some
time in the freezer. The ‘denim-
in-the-freezer’ myth began with
coated or waxed pants, in order
to preserve the shape, colour
and fit. Your denim will also
benefit from this old wives’ tale.
Place your jeans in the freezer
overnight and hang them up
in the bathroom while you’re
showering the next day. This will
allow them to absorb the steam.
Any crinkles and creases will
have vanished, and your jeans
will be just as they were the day
you bought them.
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The reinstatement of the flared
trouser will see you revisiting
the classic denim look from
the ‘70s this season. The wide
legged pant is a timeless trend
that is proportionally gratifying
and unequivocally sophisticat-
ed. Elect a fitted style that ex-
tends out just above the knee,
in deep cobalt or a crisp white.
Both of these on-trend washes
will provide you with legs for
days, in addition to modernising
the bohemian inspired look.
However successfully execut-
ing the ‘70s bell-bottom will
depend greatly on the way you
choose to accessorise. Sticking
to sculptured leather pieces
and tailored blazers will carry
you effortlessly from board-
room to bar.
Rachel Zoe
Rachel Flare Jean
Link: http://www.shopbop.com/rachel-bootcut-jean-zoe/vp/v=1/845524441932032.
Image by: www.shopbop.com
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From all of my foodie adventures,
my tastebuds are constantly tanta-
lised by the same flavour, be it that
strange concoction known as tahini,
traditional Indian curries or even the
modest celery stick and dip com-
bo, chickpeas have taken over my
eating life, so much so that I will pick
a meal no matter how disgusting it
sounds, purely for the ingredient of
the chickpea, I love it sick!
To be honest, I have absolutely no
idea where this obsession came
from! Normally I have an event or
situation which gives me the love
of a certain food, but this time, my
love of chickpeas has been a more
gradual experience, turning into a
kind of love that lasts forever, one
that can never be broken!
I suppose for the sake of saving this
turning into a love letter to my be-
loved chickpea, I can summon up
one particular experience where I
truly realised my love for chickpeas,
and in fear of sounding like a giant
hippie, it was at lentil as anything!
It all started on one typically
freezing Melbourne night, one
that 25 coats and 13 scarves can’t
cure. I had managed to pack 4 of
my friends into my pocket sized
envelope of a car and were driving
around aimlessly in search of a
good vegetarian place to eat that
wasn’t a trendy and expensive
“hipster hideout,” when my friend
mentioned a place that ran “out
the back of a church somewhere.
Intrigued by this mysterious ren-
egade restaurant, we spent 25
minutes getting totally confused on
how to get there and the GPS inev-
itably taking us in circles until finally
we got to the “hidden location,” the
only knowledge that anything was
there was a scattering of people
outside the church grounds.
As soon as we walked into the
grounds I knew we were in for a
treat, the line was immense, and
the food looked warm; the only
prerequisite to me eating that
night. We finally got through the
door and I caught a glimpse of the
modest buffet, a few silver trays of
food, water jugs and chai tea from
a small window. I was immediately
drawn to the chickpea curry not
quite knowing why, the texture
looked pretty nice and I thought it
would be my best hope of second
helpings and took a giant scoop.
And that magic moment when
those chickpeas entered my mouth
was when I truly realised the love
I had for the humble chickpea.
The texture, the pop of colour on
my plate, the taste as it dissolved
on my tongue was one of those
divine moments that I will treasure
my whole life. Even though it may
have been the warm food and the
hot chai tea on that miserable day
that warmed my body and gave
me shivers down my spine, I really
think it was attributed to those
magical chickpeas in that curry.
So now I end what has become an
ode to the chickpea in the most
traditional way, I of course married
the chickpea, and we lived happily,
ever, aer.
The end.
“lentil as anything” is A non for
profit organisation that runs on
donations from diners, runs out the
back of Abbotsford convent and
comprises of a vegetarian buffet.
To find out more, visit http://lentila-
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With the over-expensive retail indus-
try heading down the tubes, the world
has moved to online shopping for their
fashion x. Many people have chastised
online shopping for damaging the retail
market, shaming all who choose to buy
from the convenience of their bedroom
rather than in store with a pushy sales-
person breathing down their neck as
lazy and “economy crushers”.
As true as that may seem to the com-
mitted shopaholic, online shopping is
now the way forward for young design-
ers and new and upcoming labels, the
online avenue of buying and selling
clothing enabling young designers to
showcase their designs and develop a
line years ahead of when it would be
nancially viable to create a stand alone
Young designer Tiana Kelbel is one of
the many using the online shopping
spree to her advantage, launching her
website “BSKT the label” this month,
which sells and is soon beginning to
design clothing that are on trend, af-
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Life is too short, and I had to nally stop thinking and
planning and take action on following my dreams.
—Tiana, creator
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fordable and easy to purchase from the
comfort of the shoppers bedroom.
“i’ve always been into fashion
but wanted to work my way
through the extremely compet-
itive and challenging industry
my own way. By making my
own online store I’m able to
explore my creative side that
involves writing and designing
as well as thrive on my love for
fashion and style.”
Tiana, aged 20, is currently still at uni-
versity and hopes to further develop her
label and have a self-made business that
supports her nancially by the time she
nishes study, something that would’ve
been a mere pipe dream without the
ability to sell online. So for anyone who
isnt already on it, support young de-
signers and get aboard the online shop-
ping bandwagon!
check out BSKT THE LABEL on their
website http://bsktthelabel.com/
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A Harry Potter and Magic Fara-
way Tree enthusiast, I believe in
the power of imagination, writ-
ing, reading and learning. I love
observing the world and people
with a hot chocolate in hand and
I never say no to a good meal. I
try to be artistic, but often don’t
succeed, and resort to trying (and
failing) to be funny instead. I have
an unhealthily large collection of
scarves and a passion for anything
turquoise. I’m currently in Flor-
ence studying for a semester over-
seas, and I cannot wait to explore
the rest of the world.
By Alexandra Saltris
Photography by Rachel Plank
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Casually exiting an apartment in Rome, turn
a corner and BAM! Monument courtesy of
the Ancient Romans. From someone who has
always lived in the same suburban lull of Mel-
bourne, seeing traces of history from a time
so long ago is incomprehensible and surreal. I
feel like so much of travelling is this way. You
see something that is beautiful, perhaps be-
cause innately beautiful as a historical site or
because it is so forlorn and lonely that it has
become beautiful over time and it is difficult
to comprehend. Maybe because of the contrast
between my Melbourian life and this rich,
historical, full and famous culture. Or maybe
it is that, due to the life that I live in Aus-
tralia- very rushed, savouring nothing- it is
a wonderful shock to have something obvious
and monumental to see and savour nudged
live and it is wonderful to learn how to appre-
ciate and slow down and actually know each
moment that you have. Each surreal moment.
I’ve learnt that reflection is the key to actual-
ly appreciating what you see when you travel.
Actually thinking about things rather than
just seeing them means you begin to appreci-
ate what you’re seeing rather than just using
your $2000 camera to take a photo, and then
moving on to the next sight in such a hurry
that no feeling could sustain that moment of
beauty in your memory. The culture of sight-
seeing lets us know nothing more than what
we can learn from browsing some well-filtered
photos on Google images. But standing out the
front of the Pantheon, imagining the Ancient
Romans standing where you are now and
visualising the profound significance of the
building that you are gazing at- a significance
which is cultural, religious, political, archi-
tectural and historical- helps that surreal mo-
ment become a moment of conscious thought
and appreciation. This idea that you take a
photo and move on is becoming very strange
to me. It seems that people want proof that
they have been to the Colloseum rather than a
memory of what it was like to be there- the at-
mosphere and the feeling of being overwhelmed
and, unfortunately, the obligatory crowd of
American tourists with their over-exclaiming
voices and their harsh accents.
This, I suppose, is what they mean by ‘learn-
ing by experience’. We have to really experi-
ence by seeing and thinking and understand-
ing and then we have to learn by reflecting.
And if you get lost exploring a city, all the
better! If you don’t have the mildest idea of
how to venture back to that great gelateria,
no worries! If you wish you could find that
secret hub of activity but you can’t no mat-
ter how hard you look, don’t stress! Because
the adventure itself, if you are conscious and
if you try and understand it, will lead you
somewhere else that you are meant to be. Or
it will give to you and emotion that you’ve
not yet experienced. Or it will teach you that
you are only one fish in this very big ocean
and that often, what you think is the end of
the world, is in fact nothing at all. Often by
reflecting while you travel, you understand
that you are both terrifyingly and wonderful-
ly insignificant. Without this understanding,
we cannot appreciate anything. For it is only
when we admit that we are very little that
we can appreciate things all over the world
that are greater than us, more significant and
infinitely more sustainable.
Italian culture itself also encourages this
approach of consciousness. Italians do
everything consciously and live in the mo-
ment more than we do in Melbourne. Every
ordinary moment is made incredible with a
piece of pizza from a hidden pizzeria, or a 2
Euro bottle of wine being sipped in a piazza
late at night. Every moment is made to be
something special by the food, the chatter and
the (thankfully) complete and utter absence of
any iPhones at the dinner table. They speak
with gusto. They eat with gusto. They walk
with gusto. And by being so full of this ener-
gy for life, and for pasta and for other people,
they live consciously and, I think, proper-
ly. The Italian culture has its roots in time
immemorial; it is older and therefore wiser
and so has much to teach everyone who comes
to it. Eat some pasta, don’t worry about your
waistline and live a little in each moment.
So this is what travelling has taught me-
look like you’ve never seen, breathe like its
necessary and walk like you have nowhere to
go. If you begin to think that you and your
experience are more important than the
awe-inducing things that you will inevitably
see, you will miss the moment. Perhaps that
one surreal moment that you miss will be the
one that could have changed you.
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Once Upon a Fairytale …
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By Stephanie Hughes
You can do this, James thinks (even his in-
ner voice shakes) as he tightens his bowtie
with sweaty hands shaking.
‘Come on mate,’ calls Wayne from the
doorway. James spins his head to face him
and bleats a pitiful acquiescence before
turning back to his pallid reection.
Can I?
He imagines Rebecca seeing him like
this, and then suddenly, he realises he is
already on the altar. Fear smothers him.
How did I get here? And Bec- she is at
the far end of the aisle, then time, like
an old record, skips, and she is at the
middle without taking a step, and then
she is beside him with tears and teeth
shining pearlescent - Bec is here already.
eir hands are held.
I dont know her, he thinks while she
chokes through her vows and the au-
dience weeps. Mothers, mostly. Wayne
takes photos.
e more I nd out about her, the more I
realise that, he thinks as he recites his, an
eortless performance, an inevitable conse-
quence of months of practice.
How can I join my life with a total stranger?
‘I do,’ she says.
And then it is his turn.
He hesitates.
And Rebecca sees it too. e smile slowly
slides from her face. Her chin drops and
she pulls it back a little. Her eyebrows
imperceptibly jolt up in the middle, her
eyes droop at the sides.
Her mongrel look of disbelief, fear and
He knows this look. He almost laughs
with relief. He knows it.
‘I do,’ he says, because he really does
love her, and knows that even though he
cant predict who she will be, he (mostly)
knows who she has been, and that is what
he loves, and that is enough for him.
e front doors y open and the bride
and groom skim the staircase like silk;
Wayne, a loyal pup, follows them and
snaps photos.
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‘James,’ Bec says breathlessly as they
cross the road, heading to the reception
half a block away. ‘I have wonderful
news.’ Snap.
‘What’s that, sweet?’ he replies.
She squeezes his hand, and squeals, ‘I’m
pregnant!’ Snap.
Bec looks down and away, and Wayne
holds his camera down to let a young
woman pass him. She catches my empty
gaze, and concern itters across her face
momentarily. What does she see here?
A blissful bride, a vacuous, disbelieving
and terried groom, and the persistent
shadow of a photographer? Snap.
And then she passes us, and I am
alone again.
I need to be alone.
James suddenly stops and lets go of
Rebeccas hand.
‘Darling,’ she says, worried, demanding,
‘Come on.’
‘I need to be alone,’ James says and loos-
ens his bowtie. ‘I cant do this.’
‘James, I dont understand.’ She shakes
her head, icking away the buzzing insects
that are her uncontrollable surroundings.
James thrusts the tie into Wayne’s hand.
‘Congratulations, buddy,’ James says.
‘Youve got a real winner.’
‘Mate,’ Wayne starts, but James cuts
him o.
‘I dont know either of you!’ he shouts. ‘At
least I thought I did until I saw you to-
gether, the end result being gestated as we
speak. Have a ripper life, the pair of you. I
deserve better.’
And James hails a taxi, climbs inside, and
says, ‘Airport, please.’
When they arrive, he sighs and looks at
his hands. He ngers the ring there, then
pulls it o and gives it to the driver. ‘Keep
the change.’
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