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'Twixt the Ashen Skies

By Andrew Simpson

Would you like to travel to Mars?
Through a sky of diamond stars?
Join us in the midnight dust,
Devotees of wanderlust.

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Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer

By Andrew Simpson

I never dreamed you'd leave in summer
I thought you would go then come back home
I thought the cold would leave by summer
But my quiet nights will be spent alone

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We're All Going on a Summer Holiday

By Andrew Simpson

On Friday I spent a fabulous evening with a bunch of fellow USyd med-zeroes at the Rose in Camperdown. Some of them I had met previously but most were known only through Facebook so it was great to get to know the people behind the profile pictures. Without exception they were all lovely people and the meet-up only served to reinforce my desire to go to USyd next year. We had a fantastic time and I'm sure some of them will become close friends through med and beyond. I can't wait for next month's drinks!

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Humility

By Andrew Simpson

Last weekend I was at the Youth Off The Streets 20th anniversary gala dinner, feeling very out of place in my slightly-too-large dinner jacket amongst various NSW glitterati. The night was a celebration of the many thousands of people who have been helped by Chris Riley's charity over the past two decades. I found myself deeply moved and humbled by many of the speakers who talked about their experiences with drugs, mental illness and social disadvantage. One in particular - Normie Rowe - stands out. For the less temporally-challenged, Normie Rowe was a big Australian rock star back in the late '60s and early 70s. Despite (or perhaps because of) his fame and accumulated wealth, his daughter ran away from home in her early teens and was found by one of the YOTS workers shooting up heroin and taken into their care. It was a long road to recovery but she has since made it through university and the depth of his gratitude to the organisation was palpable. At the end of his speech, he sang an a capella version of Valjean's "Bring Him Home" from Les Misérables which certainly brought a tear to my eye. It also reinforced the fact that, no matter my struggles and accomplishments, there are people out there who have had it infinitely worse than I have and still managed to come out the other side. For them I have nothing other than the utmost respect.

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The Boy Who Lived

By Andrew Simpson

There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the comparison of one state with another. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.....the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.
-- Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

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