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Life in the ‘burbs: Vermont (The Age)

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. It’s a sentiment Vermont feels in its bones, in its sinews. What you think you know about the eastern suburb – Neighbours, it’s really just Neighbours – isn’t actually something Vermont can claim. For it is Vermont South that’s home to the long-running soap, and it has busloads of British backpackers flocking to Pin Oak Court to prove it.

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Grey Today, Gone Tomorrow (SBS The Feed)

Standing in my uncle’s bathroom in Switzerland, a skylight beaming the harsh alpine sun onto the mirror, I found my first grey hair. I was sixteen, and put the appearance of this surprise follicle down to the stress that came with being halfway through my final years of school. I yanked it out, accidentally taking with it several brown strands.

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Mysterious Markings

In 1980 in America’s Bible Belt, a toddler named James Luke had tumours all over his body. An IV insertion caused a linear scar on his neck, while a tumour behind his left eye blinded him and another behind his right ear was biopsied. Twelve years later, James’ mother Kathy had given birth to two healthy children and was welcoming another son. As well as being born blind in his left eye, with a cyst behind his right ear, her newborn son had a linear birthmark on his neck.

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