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With the first spell of sunshine in days last Thursday, it was time to do the laundry in Constantia, the jerseys and trousers slung like hides over a stretch of fencing alongside the freeway, and a traffic sign brought into service to air a blanket too large to drape elsewhere.

Perhaps the residents of homes in the suburb had done their washing too, but you couldn’t tell for the high walls and obscuring greenery...

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