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    Episode 7: It’s the wrong time, and the wrong place

    References and resources The quote “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” is attributed to the Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw. He was a fascinating man and I love many of his works (particularly and predictably the musical adaptation of Pygmalion, My Fair Lady) but one of the things that’s always tickled me is that his housekeeper and cook released a cookbook of Shaw’s favourite vegetarian recipes. Sabayon is a dessert thought to have originated in Italy, where it’s known as zabaglione or zabaione. It’s made exactly as the pillow talker describes, by placing egg yolks, sugar and some sort of liquid…

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    Episode 6: Red

    References and resources There’s a lot of information out there on how colours enter the world’s languages, but I really ejoyed this vid: Why The Ancient Greeks Couldn’t See Blue. Offred is the protagonist in The Handmaid’s Tale. “Betty and Veronica” refers to Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge, the two girls that have kept Archie torn for the past 82 years in Archie Comics. It’s All Right With Me is a song written by Cole Porter for the musical Can-Can. Here are my favourite versions: By Frank Sinatra By Ella Fitzgerald By Tom Waits By Oleta Adams Finally, check out The Cone of Silence 2 – ain’t she sweet? This…

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    Episode 5: Not the person I thought I knew

    References and resources The quote Con H. refers to is from Walden, by Henry David Thoreau: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”. You can read or download Walden in a range of eBook formats for free at Project Gutenberg. If you’ve never heard the word “puttana” before, here’s a definition. Kulfi is a a frozen Indian dessert found in several Asian countries; it’s flavoured with saffron, cardamom, and pistachios and is quite delicious. My favourite recipe for it is from Kitchen @ Hoskins Finally, if you’re concerned (and I hope you are) about having diverse, accurate, and reliable media, check out what Kevin Rudd is up to…

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    Episode 4: Reading in bed

    References and resources Dylan Thomas at Poetry Foundation Recent paper on romance fiction from The Journal of Popular Culture – Genre Worlds and Popular Fiction: The Case of Twenty‐First‐Century Australian Romance The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer How to Be Good by Nick Hornby This episode’s stories I Really Was a Wanker by Thylan Domas A Fine Romance by J. Stott Feminist Frenzy by Anonymous How To Be Good, In Bed by Edie Submit your story

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    Episode 3: Kissy boys

    References I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression by Terrence Real “Those aren’t pillows!” from Trains, Planes, and Automobiles This episode’s stories Comfortably Numb by Anonymous A Little Vulnerability and Looking Into Each Other’s Souls by Sam Those Aren’t Pillows by Matty He Saved My Life by Peter Submit your story

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    Episode 2: That’s not what I was expecting

    References and resources Looking for the unexpected by Erik Pevernagie If you have experienced early pregnancy loss: SANDS (Australia) The Pink Elephants Support Network (Australia) The Miscarriage Association (UK) Tommy’s (US) If you are experiencing intimate partner violence: White Ribbon Australia (Australia) National Domestic Abuse Helpline (UK) National Domestic Violence Hotline (US) This episode’s stories We Would Have Had to Have Been Idiots by Nick ILYBINILWY by Betrayed but Better Mr. Celsius by Sou Hakiadakis He Blamed Me by anonymous Submit your story