Heavy metal lover and cricket tragic, D.A. Cairns lives on the south coast of News South Wales. He works as a freelance writer, has had over 90 short stories published, and has authored six novels to date.
Alice in Badland
‘Heated confrontations caused by rash words based upon judgementalism, which is itself precariously balanced on a pedestal of intolerance and ignorance, may make for compelling television drama but does the theatre of fiction truly reflect the dynamic of life?’
Whenever and wherever the sales pitch was heard, Dave the Gadget Lover took it personally. If they said it was all the rage and a real must have, then Dave had to have it. He was always a sucker for a new gadget, a new toy with which to amuse himself. With a high paying, low stress job in the public service and only himself to feed, Dave had more than enough disposable income to accumulate the latest and greatest scientific novelties and technological marvels. He had a wonderful time with his collection of innovative time-wasters. They called them all time-savers but years and years of pouring good money down the gurgler had taught him that they saved him no time and cost him a packet of money.
A gusting westerly tossed and bustled the willows as they struggled to form a guard of honour along a two hundred metre stretch of Raymond Terrace Rd. The sun scorched the earth in anger, melting the bitumen road and causing recently filled potholes to become sticky black puddles. Heat waves danced above the road distorting as they obscured, while the needle rocketed into the red zone taking his temper along for the ride.
In retrospect, Brad should have stayed to deal with the problem, but he’d become proficient at running away. He’d convinced himself it was the wisest choice to leave. He was good at that too. Darwin had shone bright as a city of refuge even after he had landed and been swallowed by the tropical heat and laconic apathy. He’d heard it was a place where exiles and drifters could gather in safety. Everyone was from somewhere else; each with their own story to tell. He needed such a place, so when a job offer had landed in his inbox, working as an electrician on the Inpex project, it had been an easy decision to go. Who could argue with the logic? His departure was probably a source of relief to some.
In the 21st century, everything is apparently of interest to someone and the evidence of this can be found on social media and in reality television. Since the early noughties, reality television exploded in popularity with the advent of Survivor, Big Brother, The Biggest Loser, and American Idol, all of which went on to become global franchises in turn giving birth to a never ending stream of progeny.
A Walk Along the Edge
Ross shuffled towards the edge with leaden feet, knowing he wouldn’t jump, but just as sure he could fall. It was possible. Crisp air cut into his face, burning his skin, penetrating his beanie with its violence. He shivered, took a deep breath, stepped a little closer.
Seatbelts and COVID
In 1970 Victoria became the first state in the western world to introduce laws making the use of seatbelt in cars compulsory. within year and a half the other Australian states followed suit and by 1977, 90% of motorist were wearing seatbelts. Why? Because they recognized that although wearing a seatbelt could be something of an inconvenience, it also prevents death and more serious injury in the event of a car accident.