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MakesYouThink Reflection

Happy Birth-Day, 1942

It is now 75 years since May 8th was recognized as VE Day, (Victory of Europe Day). Usually, thousands of people celebrate with public holidays.

Happy Birth-Day, 1942

Happy Birth-Day 1942 celebrates the anniversary of birth in WW2. It is the first episode in a full-length podcast soon to be released called My Life and Death Diary. As you can see, it is 78 years in the making.

The world of 2020 is vastly different from that experienced by most people in the world in the 1940’s. Yet people who lived then, who can recount those years rarely do so with bitterness. It is more like extreme sadness. They witnessed young men going off to war with such national pride, only to be shot and maimed. (Our story Wheeled Prisons is a classic example).

Happy Birth-Day may be termed ‘black-humor’, but there is much to learn from it.

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MakesYouThink Reflection

Grandma’s Petticoat

CoverGrandma’s Petticoat is a story that began eighty years ago, and yet it may well be a story of tomorrow.  It is about change, and yet we see that sadly many things stay the same.

 

 

 

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Something in Common

Something in Common is a story with many levels. An old lady and a young girl meet one morning, and while they share a common bond, they find they also have shared needs.

The location, the walk along the Brisbane River, through the Queen Street Mall, and onto the beautiful SouthBank is real. So is the exquisite Nepalese Pagoda which forms as a central meeting place.

And in this highly technical world, the basis for this story is becoming more common. Intrigued? All explained in our new story, Something in Common.

Editor’s Note: If you would like to know a little more about Brisbane, the capital city that carries the slogan, Beautiful one day, Perfect the next, click, here

Editor’s Note: FastFictionPodcasts will shortly be opening its portals to receive short stories or one-act audio scripts for dramatisation.  If you would like to submit a manuscript, please do so to fastfictionpodcasts@gmail.com

 

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LifeInTheSlowLane MakesYouThink Reflection

Aunt Jo

Aunt Jo took pleasure in bringing joy and laughter to everyone she met during her life, and makes sure she does the same in death.

This episode introduces Amy Bent as a narrator, and we look forward to meeting up with her in many more episodes.

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The Golden Girl – Part 4. Conclusion

The Golden Girl – Part 4 is the conclusion of the life story of Margaret. In many ways, it is also an overview of life for two couples, during the 40-year span from the 1960s through to the 1990s.

Having started with so much, and finishing with so little, we now gain a glimpse of the motivating forces that pushed this story to its conclusion.

Perhaps we can use it as a cautionary tale. But it’s up to you, the listener, to delve its meaning.

 

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The Golden Girl – Part 2

The Golden Girl – Part 2 is the second of our four-part series.  The runnaway bride reappeared briefly, but the timing was bad.  And now she has a different husband. But has she “stuffed up” again.

The 1966 Aberafan disaster wiped out every child in the village

Sadly we could not bring you the original voices of the Welsh Male Choir, but this version is a good alternative.

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MakesYouThink Reflection

The Golden Girl Part 1

The Golden Girl Part 1 is almost two parts in itself. It begins with a friendship that almost comes to an end on the most crucial of days. But survives, only to falter again, at the worst possible time.

Ten Pound Poms was colloquial for a bi-government initiative between England and Australia – in an attempt to help populate the country. The fares would be paid from the UK to Australia, with a two-year compulsory stay. Otherwise, the fare had to be repaid.

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LifeInTheSlowLane Reflection

Joyce

Joyce: A nostalgic recollection of a brave and special woman.

Note: If you enjoy stories about interesting people, you may like to check out Marcie.

 

 

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CrimeWithoutGrime Reflection Young Adult

The Carousel Club

The Carousel Club: It is the 1960s in Swinging London, a time of high fashion, rock music and fads. Unknown to their parents a couple of teenage girls are ‘out on the town’ looking for a little excitement. They get it – but it’s a little more than they wanted.

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Reflection

Jazz is …

What is Jazz: This is the question jazz keyboard player Clare Hansson asks in a beautiful poem, written for the 50th Australian Jazz Convention in Melbourne, 1995. It was published in a limited edition of The Melting Pot, a small booklet of  jazz thoughts by local musicians.  Claire’s dedication to her craft was much admired at all the events she attended and her sparkling personality is evident in her poem.