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there is much to regret

.. and I have a few

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the solution to being a very old ex-surfer

he gets creative out of the water

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the problem with being a very old ex-surfer

A wave is not just a wave ..

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Melbourne. Now.

Words by Toby McCorquodale

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daz

two men

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smoked cod, cliff richards and living dolls

It's very debilitating.

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The ten mistakes that sunk the Titanic

This is the name of a show on TV tonight. Channel something or other, prime time. Two men in the bar of the Ballina Slipway watching, Jack and Les. Trawlermen. Hard nuts. Rum drinkers. 200kg of prawns inside the local co-op freezer all paid up in full. Crew happy. Back out there in the morning, 4am. Engine spewing carbon monoxide, cables full of rust, boat leaking black oil like an old man with prostrate, everyone thieving on the grounds, prawns full of Richmond River mud, wives doing their housekeeping cold at the RSL, bank muscling in on the home mortgage, sons on the hydro, more demerits than Einstein’s IQ, twenty-five letters from the tax man unopened, credit card burnt, synoptic full of low-pressure onions, the bar breaking at fifteen feet and an ocean that doesn’t love you anymore.

‘Ten? Says Les, ‘fuckers never saw the iceberg, so what are the other nine?’

Brumby’s, Ballina.

Wild horses wouldn't drag me back.

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Brad the Ballina CBA bank teller

Empathy be buggered.

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too many winters

only a surfer has the feeling

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on the fingers of one hand

Friends

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hobbs and raffan 3

It was said in those days, if you were to fly a helicopter along that long stretch of coastline at night, you would mistake the torches seen on the darkened beaches to be almost as many as stars in the sky.

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funny business

river life

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Australia Day plus two

Our hidden history

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from the window

hardy street

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how to clear the water on a good day

.. you get a little help from your friends.

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a coronavirus moment

meet geoff

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coronavirus – the good and the bad

If you've got the bug I hope you get well soon.

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the coppers’ cake

a gesture

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isolation

and prescience

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travelling without a ticket ..

and with a few books

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a life

living on the Richmond River now - watching the water and reading the sky.

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three-pot chitnis and his famous madras curry

a recipe

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cliffy’s copper and farah pahlavi’s gold

looking back

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harry’s cruiser

big business

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