Sharing a joke cements our common humanity, dress sense be damned.
FORGES of Footscray closed its doors in the same week that France banned the burqa. This bargain mecca had become a heaving mass of thrifty humanity in all its multicultural glory.
Delicate Sri Lankan mothers with their hands full of children's clothes in velour. Gangly Sudanese youths with blue-black skin in caps and oversize jeans. Stooped Greek widows examining cut-price spencers.
Only five kilometres from Melbourne's CBD, and I am in the minority with my pale complexion, freckles, blonde hair and list of cheap items to tick off for my family.
( Who am I to judge these women's motives for wearing the burqaCollapse )