How a Conversation with an Uber Driver Changed Everything for Me

Mohammed’s laugh was loud and easy. It was enough to show he related to my experience. Not so long ago, I was travelling to work in a red Corolla Ascent with my Uber driver Mohammed. He was overly chatty whereas I just wanted to focus on my thoughts. I was happy to just listen to … Continue reading How a Conversation with an Uber Driver Changed Everything for Me

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Did Avengers: Infinity War live up to the hype?

Warning: Spoilers below Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, directed by the Russo Brothers, finally dropped this week in Australian cinemas on the 25th of April following the ground-breaking Black Panther movie, which was released earlier this year on the 18th of February. This newest instalment to the Marvel Universe marks the 19th story in the franchise … Continue reading Did Avengers: Infinity War live up to the hype?

My Cats Sam and Jeremy: A Comparative Review

Like many people who grew up sans cats, I assumed they were pretty generic. After becoming a cat foster-carer I was surprised to learn that cats have as much personality and individuality as dogs. As the parents of four felines my partner Miki and I have differing opinions about the quality of our cats. Miki … Continue reading My Cats Sam and Jeremy: A Comparative Review

How to build an author website following four simple rules

So, here it is, if you’re an author you’ll need a website. So they say. Can’t be too difficult, can it? Let’s check out who’s out there. Tim Winton? Nope. Penguin look after him. Helen Garner? No, her publisher looks after her. I know: Kate Grenville. Nah, same again. And she wrote the book. The … Continue reading How to build an author website following four simple rules

Empathy or apathy: ‘Human Flow’ by Ai Wei Wei

"So, what is your plan?” An interviewer sits, out of frame, with two Afghan woman and a young child, and for the first time they hear of the Syrian-Macedonian border closure. The young child plays with their balloon which is twisted into the shape of a puppy. “We don’t have a plan,” the younger woman, … Continue reading Empathy or apathy: ‘Human Flow’ by Ai Wei Wei

Too Cool For School: Aunty Donna’s Glennridge Secondary College – A Review

Melbourne based comedy group Aunty Donna have exploded onto the scene over the last few years. Once the humble owners of a moderately successful YouTube channel, Mark Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane have now toured America, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and have even just released their very first album, Aunty Donna the Album, … Continue reading Too Cool For School: Aunty Donna’s Glennridge Secondary College – A Review

Does the BBC mini-series Emma (on Netflix) stand up to the classic Austen masterpiece?

If you love Austen’s famously witty and conceited protagonist, Emma Woodhouse, and her lovably stern counterpart, Mr Knightley, then you will love Emma (the 2009 BBC adaptation). Here’s why: Yes, there will be spoilers, but if you haven't read Emma by now, you've only yourself to blame. It’s accurate. There is nothing worse than watching … Continue reading Does the BBC mini-series Emma (on Netflix) stand up to the classic Austen masterpiece?