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And you’d better
hold me hard
and bring me close,
because I don’t care anymore.
I live on love
you know
    how love
I’ll be drowning forever,
floating forever,
swimming forever,
  wrapped in
eternity waiting,

For love to hold me close.

For love is forever
forever is where I want to be

In love,
In you
In me



These moments
         we last
Through eternity.


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Please, A Whistle

a whistle?
send a whistle,
through amorphous ways
gossamer films coating my ears
covering a withering heart

a whistle?
some sweet sound from your lips?
I ask for no more words –
your delicious words
sitting in wells
have they vanished?
gas swarming my air
are they still there?
were they ever?

a whistle?
some finespun tune
chirping from the beak
a dainty little bird
could you send him?
I’ll sit at my window –
an eternity

a whistle?
come to me aromatic blooms
a rush of air,
let me know you are there
if you have gone…
je t’en prie do not linger me on
whistle your good-bye
so I can keep it close –
a flute wrapping joy,
to remind me evermore

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After yesterday’s disappointing sandwich, I jumped on a tram and headed to the opposite end of the CBD to check out another sandwich on the Melbourne’s Top 10 sandwiches list.

Banh Mi – N.Lee Baker ($5.50)

I’ve eaten many banh mi (Vietnamese pork roll) in my time and I was pretty sure this would just be another one to add to the list. When I arrived, the huge line spilling out onto the street tipped me off that I might be mistaken. Although long, the queue moved fairly quickly as the staff efficiently filled lunch orders.

It doesn’t look like much, but we all know how deceiving looks can be.

On first bite, I notice how delicious the bread is. A perfect baguette that was crunchy on the outside, but ever so soft on the inside. The pork cold cuts and the creamy pork-liver pate was delightful when paired with…

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Silicon Spatula

For years, Microsoft was regarded as the elephant in the computer room.  It was big, it was boring, and it was impossible to go one conversation without begrudgingly mentioning the computer behemoth.  But now, with the meteoric rise of Apple, things look a little different – and possibly more favorable, for the world’s largest software company and its decisive push into hardware.
For nearly ten years, Apple has had a lock on hardware, creating gorgeous aluminum-and-round-edged devices that impressed techies and average users alike. Apple excelled at crafting dependable software that worked with – and only with – their devices.  And in quick succession, Cupertino pushed out the iPod, iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad – each one not so much inventing a field as re-imagining it, tying it into Apple’s expanding, if heavily curated, ecosystem of music, TV, movies and apps.

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