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118 All that matters

The doctor’s talking and I’m trying to focus, but the painting on the wall behind her is driving me mad. 

‘We no longer use the term, “nervous breakdown”,’ she says.

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117 Python Yellow

For a birth, Neile’s is surprisingly easy. Even the doctors say so. At first the contractions are painful, blindingly so. I claw at my skin in silent agony. 

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116 The Sun is also a Star

Not many people know this, but the sun is also a star. Not to be a Debbie Downer but in about four billion years from now it will overheat like a dodgy boiler, sucking up the sea and turning us all into burnt chips.

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114 The Old Hay

During the latter part of the reign of King Christian the Ninth, there lived at Holl in the Tunga District a farmer named Brandur. By the time the events narrated here transpired, Brandur had grown prosperous and very old — old in years and old in ways.

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