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Pinned down by gunfire in Afghanistan watching Summer Heights High on a laptop on the floor. This and other stories from Geoff, who talks about his international development and humanitarian assistance work in 'the most messed up places in the world'. Geoff also talks about his recent experience of adjusting to 'civilian' life' as an American living in Australia. The talk then moves to his use of 'Bolivian products' and overcoming addiction. All set against a soundscape of Australian summer cicadas and the plaintiff meows of Chutney the cat (brother of Paul's cat, Kitty).
An unsent note found in a school uniform casts Kass into the underworld. Kass takes us through her journey. Telling us about feelings of childhood abandonment, living between Greece and Australia: the Western Districts of Victoria, Athens, Camberwell, the Blue Mountains, fine wool marino sheep, and the constancy of her grandparents. She then tells of the note in her pocket that changed everything, teen pregnancy, going to the same school as Nicola Lynas and Carmen Chan, her continued feelings of displacement within two cultures, her family and herself. Kass talks of her desperation for something different, her search for God and meaning beginning on the floor of a psych ward flipping through the Yellow Pages. Trauma, injury, the anaesthesia of heroin, the madness and toil of getting clean, staying clean and rebuilding herself to the woman Paul describes as 'a damn decent human being', full of hope and striving for integrity.
Bassam drops in to tell us about growing up a Muslim boy in a Catholic School, his Christian friends, and his desire to become an altar boy! Bassam runs away from the family home, lives with his grandmother and opens his own cafes in his 20s. The story of the successful migrant family hits a bump when Bassam gets entangled in a world of drug dealing and jail. But it is while he is serving time at a prison dairy farm that Bassam befriends Bongo 2256. It is here Bassam makes a decision to lead a more compassionate life. A decision he practices to this day ...
Paul's good mate Ineke talks about falling off a four-storey building while sleepwalking, the very public murder of her father, being a high-flying PR woman in London and New York, becoming a heroin addict, and then pulling it all back together to live a life where there's 'not much to report': just how she likes it these days.