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Aussie in Barcelona writing about work, life and popular culture with a twist of quirky.

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G’day, mates. Thanks for stopping by. I’m Nichola, an Australian lady who lives in Barcelona and writes. You can learn more about me here.

TOP STORIES — Four stories that resonated with other readers.

LIFE LESSONS — Experiences and lessons I learned.

PERSONAL STORIES — Snippets from my life.


A fear that freezes your throat so you can’t breathe

A hand emerging from a dark and gloomy lake.
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The monster waits in the spare room. He waits to snatch me.

He’s lonely, so he takes children deep into the forest to hide them by the lake. They stay children forever, keeping him company.

The monster’s bigger than an adult, but no one knows what he looks like, because…

The Authentic Eclectic

The bemusing musings of my teenage self

Blue Diary with “My Secret Plan to Rule the World Book” written on front cover, on pink background Nichola Scurry Medium
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From ages 12 to 22, I faithfully kept a diary. As soon as my life got remotely interesting, I ditched it and haven’t bothered since. Everything in italics is transcribed from my 1990 diary. Names have been changed to protect the innocent, but nothing else has been altered. …

The Authentic Eclectic

And other fond memories of my grandmother

Little girl hugging an older woman.
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Grandma told me the story about her experience when World War II ended a couple of times. I loved Grandma’s stories. Like her, they were dainty and delicate — a few basic observations were made but the real story could be found in what she omitted.

Grandma was a sweet…

Daughter, diligence, duty

Little girl holding a green balloon with a blurry green background.
Photo by Patricia Prudente on Unsplash

Mum didn’t believe Daisy about the fairies in the flower bush at the bottom of the garden. It hurt. The unfairness of being accused of stealing cake moulded Daisy into someone new. She was now a secretive child who skulked at the bottom of the garden.

That’s what Daisy overheard…

Unless they didn’t get my message…

Hanging lights reflected by mirrors on the walls in a dark room.
Photo by the author.

Yesterday I invited someone from the future to visit me, but they didn’t show up. So I guess that means there’s no such thing as time travel.

I got the idea from the Korean drama series Sisyphus: The Myth. What you do is write a message asking someone from the…

Almost 30 years after finishing school, I still know my uniform code by heart

The backs of four girls in school uniform doing hand signs.
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AlRawabi School for Girls is a Jordanian drama series set in a prestigious girls school. It explores problems that teens commonly face such as friendship, alienation and bullying, as well as some of the cultural issues affecting young Arab women. I thought the series was excellent and recommend it to…

How grammatical gender has changed and how it’ll continue to change

A hand turning the pages of a Dictionary placed on a desk.
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I was recently talking with someone who’d come out as non-binary. The conversation turned to the difficulty non-binary people face with grammar, particularly in Spanish, the language we were speaking. In Spanish, gender affects almost all nouns, pronouns, adjectives and articles.

Except for pronouns and a few nouns that are…

Ambiguous pants — are they pyjamas or are they daywear? Who knows, who cares — for me they’re both.

Perhaps a little late in the day I discovered the fashion marvel that is ambiguous pants. You can sleep in them. You can lounge around the house in them. You can…

Nichola Scurry

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