I don’t think I’m alone in eyeing phone calls suspiciously these days. If I’ve got a work call pencilled in or I’m awaiting a takeaway, I might be prepared for my pocket to ring. But without those caveats? A ringing phone is a curiosity and a concern. Who wouldn’t just text?


Certainly, as I sat at the hairdressers back in February 2018, taking some welcome respite from the chaos of an international house move, I didn’t expect my phone to ring. I didn’t anticipate a call from the shipping company that had my worldly possessions in transit. And I certainly didn’t expect that answering the call would signal the beginning of a chain of events that would change my life entirely, courtesy of a shipping disaster.


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