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Mad Week

29 March, 2016

If Easter is a time of rest and reflection, then I can't wait for the furlough to start. Oh wait, that was Easter? Forgive me for forgetting - this week is one big whirlwind. 

From 2am > 6pm across this week I'm hosting the Overnights slot on ABC local radio. While I can't urge you to stave off sleep to catch the chat, I can recommend this bizarro encounter with Monash linguist, Kate Burridge. Just for the callers alone you have to sample this piece of audio, where Kate and I explore secret languages. 

(And while talking audio, try to find a spare 20 minutes to hear LR - alias Liam Runnalls - talk about his cruciverbal grandfather and the great spoonerism stigma in Rhett Bartlett's cool podcast.)

As for that whirlwind, please excuse a break in normal services at DA Central. When not sitting in the graveyard seat, I'll be hosting a Wordburger Powwow at Melbourne's Wheeler, and later  on Saturday: rabbiting about happiness in Sydney. Sorry, that's rabbiting in Sydney about happiness. Let's be clear.

The subsequent videos should be worth a peek, as one puzzle-maker's happiness may be another's pine shape. Have fun while I lie low from e-admin, and gyrate. Keep happy.

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