Almanac Real Life: Tommy

Andrew Starkie tells the story of ‘Tommy’ who has battled long and hard, jumped more hurdles than most, been put through more hoops than many. But he’s resilient and, with a little help, seems to be coming through it to a better place. [An uplifting story – Ed.]


Evocative, moving writing from Andrew Starkie on memory, on place and on gratitude.

Only one thing going for him

It’s Sunday evening and the dining room at the Missionaries of Charity Men’s Refuge and Soup Kitchen, Fitzroy, is almost empty.  The men have eaten, scraped their plates in the bin and headed into the night.  I’ve mopped the floor and piled the chairs, but one man is hanging around.  He’s new, I haven’t seen [Read more]