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By Zara Potts

those brilliant, poignant, frequently sardonic items consider a variety of matters from rollerskating to rabbits, from being David Bowie to old flame, heartbreak, and Friday evening fails.

They contain a rare sequence of stories from the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes: "In the times following the earthquake, there aren't any birds flying over town. They’ve taken wing and flown clear of the devastated urban. the one noise at the cracked streets is the deep hum of turbines; the throb of helicopters and the crashing thud of equipment operating in the course of the evening making an attempt with all its mechanical could to place town again together."

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