A Deduction: What motherhood takes away

When you’re about to become a mother, people tell you, all the time, “Ooh, you won’t know what’s hit you!” That makes it sound exciting. 

But motherhood doesn’t have a moment of impact. Instead, you’re stuck in an interminable holding pattern, circling the airport and dumping fuel. And the in-flight entertainment is broken. It just goes on and on, tediously. I was praying for something to hit me, just to break up the monotony.

The sound of silence

When there are footsteps hitting the ground around the station, they can be detected. When a wild brumby gallops past, it’s detected.

And when a nuclear bomb is tested in North Korea, here, in the desert, it’s detected.

Heteronormativity, my dear Watson!

An undeniable joy in reading the Sherlock Holmes stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the sheer number of times that Watson ejaculates at Holmes, including the most perfect five-word erotic story ever written, found in the pages of The Resident Patient‘“My dear Holmes!” I ejaculated.’

Living in the moment for 20 years

“You can drink your next sip of coffee mindfully, and then you can go back to normal mode,” she says, sipping her coffee, mindfully.

“There’s nothing wrong with normal mode. But choosing moments of mindfulness allows us to pause and check-in with what’s going on. This space allows us to choose freely what we want to do and how we do it.”

Why I love the nanny state

It really steams my clams when I hear an Australian, like Mr Living-The-Dream, espousing the “freedoms” available to them in southeast Asia. Safety standards have to exist before you can choose to buck them, and without any education about personal safety, the residents of these countries are hardly making such a “choice”.

A study of the human heart

Walking slowly along the shelves of specimens, she indicates a spleen, preserved in fluid and encased in perspex, and says, “Yes, I remember that patient.” A bit further along, she points to the cross-section of a tumour. “That’s from another I have met.”

The outback GP

The first thing you notice about Dr Sam Gubicak is he’s on a horse.

Because it’s not every day—nor indeed any day—that an interview subject turns up on horseback.

On Location: Siding Spring Observatory

It takes a couple of minutes to get from Mars to Earth. Assuming you stick to the speed limit.

On the World’s Largest Virtual Solar System Drive, a kind of drive-thru model of the solar system, you start at Pluto, a fibreglass model of which is located in Dubbo, NSW. (Pluto, as we all know, is no longer regarded as a planet, but I guess it seems unnecessarily cruel to strike it from the itinerary.)

When doctors abuse doctors

Dr Louise Stone from the ANU Medical School is telling a story that is so hard to tell, and so hard to hear, that it was almost never told at all.

“I’m a GP, and one of my patients, herself a doctor, came to see me.

"She was a very assertive woman, but this time she looked completely diminished."