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Merry Christmas

Orphaned Islands will not post on Christmas Day. The period December 23 until mid January is the annual summer holiday for New Zealand. Most of the country goes to the beach, enjoys barbecues, watches the cricket and tries not to think about work. Unfortunately a website trying to attract and retain readers does not enjoy the same holiday dispensation. So how to produce work when not working?. Do what musicians do of course. When short of material or unable to find the productive spark, rock bands, crooners, songstresses, balladeers, resort to the gold standard filler: The Greatest Hits.
Orphaned Islands has now been publishing exactly 1 year. Over the next three weeks, beginning Monday, December 28, it will post what a selection committee (me) considers its best pieces. An effort will be made to present a range of writing – poignant, funny, quirky and just plain bizarre. Orphaned Islands wishes all its readers a merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.

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