Girls in fluro

A few years ago a friend’s kids, Hendrix and Neave, finished high school. They live in a country town and are pretty active in the local community. Before Hendrix finished school a friend of the family offered him a plumbing apprenticeship. A year later, as Neave’s final year of school was coming to an end, … Continue reading Girls in fluro

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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

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

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?

Negative Space in Video Games

Books, music, art, even television and film have been around far longer than gaming, and thus have a more agreed-upon structure. Video games differ wildly from one another, making it much more difficult to define a 'standard' video game. Of course, many share narratives that would be familiar with readers and movie-watchers; a protagonist, an … Continue reading Negative Space in Video Games