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Justin Mackee had baked 258 cakes to get through isolation, but cake 259 was different, my story for the ABC

Update: My story of Justin’s epic baking efforts was picked up by the ABC. It’s attention so well-deserved by him and his a marathon of flour sourcing, carrot grating, rainy scootering and hot oven handling. Read it over at the ABC: Justin Mackee had baked 258 cakes to get though coronavirus isolation in Tokyo, but … Continue reading

Coronavirus and a three-year-old

  A three-year-old, two minutes, a mic and no warning: Welcome to Finia Fridays. In this first interview, we talk COVID-19, social distancing and the locked-down state of international air travel. Kind of. Me: Finia, what’s in the air and what are we scared of when we touch each other? Three-year-old: Um, coronavirus. And what … Continue reading

On running and crying

  There’s a part of my running route, a short and gentle uphill climb that turns a right corner at the top, where the path curves round a busy set of traffic lights.  I’ve come to remember sections of my runs by what I was listening to when I trod each section. Or maybe it’s … Continue reading

That’s Bondi, baby. My piece for The Guardian

Bondi Beach: how the Australian icon became a coronavirus hotspot –Bondi is one of NSW’s most famous destinations, drawing 2.6 million visitors a year. Has its popularity made it vulnerable to Covid-19?– A block from Bondi Beach six female travellers, all aged between 22 and 31, share a two-bedroom flat, each paying $200 a week in rent. … Continue reading