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“I know this bloke who is as dark as the ace of spades. He’s spent all his life digging away at and diving around in the shit that he experienced as a kid. He struggles to make sense of the fact that his mother abandoned him and that his father was not as supportive as he might have been, instead placing him in the hands of a tyrant woman who undermined all of his self worth and self esteem. A few times he has been close to putting an end to his life.
Poor bugger on the one hand, but you know he needs to stop playing that tiny little violin, on the other. I think for the sake of protecting his identity, we’ll call him Warren, ‘cos he’s pretty handy on the miniature violin a bit like Warren Ellis. Or maybe it’s because he’s deep underground. Anyway”…

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“There’s this other chap I know who is the absolute salt of the earth. He is a typical English gentleman. He believes in the age of chivalry and really treats people with care and respect. I think we’ll call him ‘Oscar’. As Oscar Wilde once said {A polite man is never unintentionally rude} well it’s true of this bloke, without doubt.

Just the other day he was talking to a lady he had met in the coffee shop. She was waiting to go to an osteopathy appointment before work. This guy helped her through the door, pulled up a seat for her and told her how wonderful she was looking and that her smile was brightening up the morning. She was thrilled with the compliment and said that he had “made my day already”.”…

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“One of the group, well he is a real high flier. He went to Uni, got a degree and post grad and went on to teach, to make massive improvements to the school in which he was teaching. Let’s call him ‘Sir’, after all, all the kids did. He struck a really good level of rapport with the students. The staff was pretty fond of him too. He moved away from teaching because he said that it encapsulated his whole life and that he struggled with finding any form of work life balance. Apparently, he was telling me, he had to complete more and more paper work each year to the extent that he had to stay up at night and all weekend, to be able to do anything for the kids. Shame ‘cos I reckon he was pretty good at teaching and I reckon he’d have been a real loss to the profession”…

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“Then there’s this other geezer. Well, geezer if you want to call it that. I’m calling him ‘Sheila’. He’s more like a woman, if you ask me. He’s so vain it’s unreal. Always looking in the mirror, always taking photographs of him self, talking about him self, putting stuff up about him self on Face book. He goes shopping for new and second hand clothes most weeks. His wardrobe is more like a woman’s wardrobe. Full to the brim. I think he even has more shoes than any other bloke I’ve ever known, too”…

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“And what about this one? He likes to think he’s a bit of a rock and roll star, if you ask me. He’s always listening to punk music, metal, goth, alternative and anything that he says ‘has minor chords in it’. He really loves his music mind, and judging by some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth, he might just be able to pull if off if he put his mind to making music. I know that in his earlier days he spent some time dabbling in the drugs a little. I know it seems a bit dodgy, but looking at some of his creative stuff, I really think the drugs helped him, you know. He has a bit of a psychedelic streak in there somewhere. Definitely the drugs, I reckon. Let’s call him ‘Charlie’. Seems appropriate”…

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“Another of the guys in the group is a bit introverted really. He spends a lot of time considering the impact of his actions on other people, concerning himself with what people might think, how they will have interpreted what he says and how he comes across. A bit of a wall flower really, but nice enough, you know. Wouldn’t say boo to a goose sort of a chap. Loves his coffee and loves his smokes. He’s called ‘Harvey’, ‘Harvey Wallflower’, that’s him. I just wish he’d fucking man up a bit. You know what I mean?”…

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“And then there’s this one. He is always and I say always, drinking. I s’pose we could use names like George (Best), or Oliver (Reed) or maybe even ‘Arthur’. What do you reckon? I think we’ll go with Arthur. That’ll do for the purposes of this. If he has anything he has to do or get through for the day, he won’t do it until he’s gotten half a slab of piss into him. He tells me it takes the pain away. I wonder if that’s the truth any more. He seems to do it habitually, if you ask me. Some times he can be the loveliest and funniest sort of a bloke. Quick witted, lively, friendly and other times he’s aggressive, rude, obnoxious and just doesn’t know when to stop. Always passing out and getting into trouble. Nah, thinking about it as I say that, he has to be Oliver. Just like Oliver Reed, don’t ya think? Don’t want him to be known as George, he’ll start thinking he’s a bit of a hit with the ladies. That he definitely ain’t, not any more. Lost his Mrs and daughter too, you know. They couldn’t put up with his lack of commitment to them. He was always out when she wanted him home. Even at home, he’d be sinking piss. Shame, because I think it’s gotten the better of him, if you ask me”…

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“And last but not least, (definitely not least) there’s me. My name is Andrew. I currently am in between jobs, if you catch my drift. I gave up a very lucrative job in the city about a year ago. I had spent a number of years working for corporate organisations and I just got fed up with the never ending bull shit in those places. I now spend a lot of my time (in between job applications and nothing jobs) meditating, writing fiction, poems and any other shit that comes into my head really. I am a fully practicing mindfulness meditator and am starting to get a sense and a feel for what it might be to be a practicing Buddhist. At the very least, there are certainly pieces of it that I would like to incorporate into my life. Oh and by the way, I nearly forgot. I have a (multiple)personality issue and the people, you know, the group of people you have just been reading about and perhaps even thinking about, beyond what I’ve put on the page? Well, how I can I put it. Ummm, well, they’re all me. Every fucking one of ‘em. Did you guess? Did you see it coming? I bet you did, you liar!!”.

Meet My Community

Fozman

Narre Warren, Australia

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