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Penny Flanagan

Freelance writer

Sydney

Penny Flanagan

Freelance writer: opinion, humour, news and social commentary. As seen in: The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Choice Magazine, kidspot.com.au, news.com.au, whimn.com.au and babyology.com.

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Dear Uber driver, please don't rate me down for not feeling chatty

I reckon I’m a model Uber rider. I’ve never vomited in an Uber, I don’t stink up the car with food, I say "please" and "thank you" and I’m always ready to go when they arrive. Sometimes I even stand outside my house and wave them in like an air traffic controller because I know the location pin on the app can be a bit screwy.
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'I was fleeced by stealth by the local gym chain'

It all started when the gym was run by the then blue-branded Fitness First. I joined up, frequented it three times a week for about six months, then got existentially depressed by the cardio room and cancelled my membership. I’d tried phoning my cancellation in but was told I had to go to the website.
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Takata airbags being recalled after being ‘fixed’

JANE Toakley is a model “recall citizen”. She should be, she’s had a lot of experience. Her 2011 Corolla Hatch has been the subject of three recalls in the past two years. In July 2016 it was recalled on a leaking fuel tank issue, then in December 2017 it was subject to the worldwide Takata airbag recall.
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Joel Salom reveals his circus disaster stories

WHEN audiences file into a circus tent or gather around a charismatic street performer they don’t always expect an “off-script” performance that could go horribly wrong at any moment. But circus tents and street pitches are the last frontiers of OH & S. Professional performer and comic juggler, Joel Salom has taken this high risk attitude from the streets of Australia to the prestigious festivals of Europe.
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New calls to require families with kids to sit separately on planes

A RECENT survey from Airfare Watchdog revealed something those of us with kids already knew: 52% of travellers dread being near us and find us so annoying with our pesky kids that they want us to travel in a separate section of the plane, reports Kidspot. “More than half (52 per cent) feel that families with young children (age 10 and under) should be required to sit in a separate section of the plane.”.

About

Penny Flanagan

Penny Flanagan is a Sydney-based writer. She is the author of three novels, 'Changing The Sky' (Hodder Headline, 1993) 'Sing To Me' (Penguin Books, 1998) 'Surviving Hal' (Puncher & Wattmann, 2019) and has had various short stories published in Meanjin, Imago and Picador New Writing anthologies. She is a prolific contributor to many high profile digital platforms such as - The Sydney Morning Herald, kidspot.com.au, news.com.au, babyology.com and choice.com.au. Her specialty is humour and opinion but her skill is versatility: she can write in any style on any topic.

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http://ediblegarbage.blogspot.com.au/

Skills

  • writing
  • editing
  • copy proofing
  • social media strategy
  • digital strategy
  • video content
  • video editing