As journalist Lindy West puts it ‘…every year we declare the outgoing year to have been the worst year ever. This time, we may finally be right.’ There’s no denying it – 2016 has been a shocker. Perhaps even ‘the … Continue reading Reflection & Hope: Musings for a New Year
Bringing a giant influx of people into public places has more benefits than what’s immediately apparent. It’s great for business, and you can bet restaurants and cafes are capitalizing on the craze while it lasts. Pokemon Go has certainly been … Continue reading Pokemon Go Improves Public Places
For the last time, I don’t have a boyfriend! I’ve just spent a month at school in Japan. As one might expect, there were a lot of differences to adjust to. But the slippers, squat toilets and afternoon cleaning sessions … Continue reading Japanese exchange: School Chronicles
In January 1936, Dmitri Shostakovich opened a copy of Pravda at a Russian train station and read the headline: Muddle Instead of Music. Shostakovich’s opera, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, had fallen out of official favour two years after it had premièred. … Continue reading Review: The Noise Of Time by Julian Barnes
Us Australians are well known for a fair dose of larrikinism. Our humorous attitude and sometimes downright idiocy has earned us a (not altogether favourable) name overseas. But what strikes me as strange is that we insist on fabricating elaborate … Continue reading We don’t need dropbears – the real Australia’s weird enough!
Let’s start the year with a bang… or at least a quick rundown on why feminism matters in 2016, writes Isabeau Schindler. OK, I confess that I felt under pressure to write something on which I could use the tag … Continue reading 2016 – Feminism still in fashion?
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet” (‘Romeo and Juliet’, Shakespeare) What does a person’s name tell you about them? Some might tell you it’ll show their values or … Continue reading What’s in a name?
~When advertisements go too far: below, readers will find a satirical advertisement, delving into things better left buried~ Introducing duck-o-suction: The simple solution for vegetarians Has there been a time when your animal-free diet has gone astray? Maybe those chips … Continue reading What has the world come to? (Feat Duck-o-suction)
Before the 19th century, art was easier to define simply, because the majority of artists still aimed to depict scenes of meaning. Their works told stories, or preserved information. Rembrandt’s work is an example of this. In modern times, however, … Continue reading Art and Meaning – or lack thereof
I met Kate Grenville on Friday, at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival! Let me set the scene: my sister and I sat on white plastic chairs, amongst a forest of similarly cheap and hardy furniture. The dirty white canvas of … Continue reading Kate Grenville and “The Secret River”