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‘SOME peo­ple have tele­vi­sions. I have my fire out the front of my shack. No Amer­i­can cop shows, just crack­ling flames that I can stare at for hours on end. My thoughts get lost in them. Above me is a whole cin­ema screen: the night sky crowded with stars. Who needs mil­lion-dol­lar py­rotech­nics when you can see the Milky Way for noth­ing? It’s bril­liant. Just takes my breath away. And so does the land around me. Right now in the dark­ness I can’t see it, but I feel it, smell it, touch it un­der my boots. The out­back. It’s part of me, or have I be­come part of it? Ei­ther way, I know I be­long here.’

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