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April 15, 2002
“The moment I walk in here, I begin to itch!” says Michelle. She’s talking about the Recreation Centre where we come to exercise. Yes, it’s a little ‘down-market’, but it’s clean, and inexpensive, and there’s no body-beautiful-flexing-of-muscles -- like the Northern suburbs gyms -- to make us slightly frumpy people feel demoralised.

They’ve just painted it, in colours that nobody in their right minds would choose. A donation I suspect.

Perhaps I am peculiar, but I like coming here. The sense that there are other ordinary people, getting on with their ordinary lives. It fills me with a sense of calm.