Breeding Hate

This past weekend, I’ve been preparing for night shift. Quite simply, it means staying up until about 5am and then going to sleep and waking up somewhere around noon. Upon being awake, I usually check Twitter first (and then PokemonGO, to see if the servers have fixed themselves). And it was the same yesterday – […]

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The Apathy of Youth

And so it ends. It has been a long, tricky eight weeks. Eight weeks of trying to sort through political rhetoric, of trying to read between the lines. During these eight weeks, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were named the presumptive nominees of their parties in the lead up to the U.S. election, the U.K. […]

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Inspire TALK

Caution: this post contains thoughts and words on suicide and depression. Please read with care, and if you do need to talk to a professional, contact the appropriate mental health service in your country. If I know you personally, please do not hesitate to give me a nudge if you need to talk. Interning for […]

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Bronte & Shakespeare – Literary Heroes

This year is the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth, and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Let’s start with Shakespeare – after all, he’s been getting all the attention lately, right? I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Shakespeare’s writing. It really is something special, and I think I knew this even when I […]

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Stung! to make honey?

In my majestic quest for additional means of procrastination, I stumbled across a show called Scorpion. I’d seen ads for it before, but never had the time to sit down and watch an episode. As luck would have it, I was up late one night and it was the only showing that wasn’t news, psychics […]

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Tony Talks, Wanting to Make a Difference

Tony Abbott’s op-ed in the Quadrant smacks of ignorance and self-aggrandisement, of a man beating his own chest over the pleas of others in his own party. He writes as a man maligned and unrepentant, and even the title itself, “I Was Right on National Security”, reads a petulant response to all those who have […]

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We Are Not ‘Girls’

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day – and today marks the start of the inaugural Queensland Women’s Week. I am very fortunate to be living in an age and a country that allows for the celebration and discussion of such issues, even if they are, at times, drowned out in a sea of other, ‘more important’ […]

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International Celebration of Women in STEM

As a species, we seem to love proclaiming international days for particular things, or events – whether it is for pancakes, peace, friendship, or to combat desertification and drought. Most of these pass us by without a second thought (unless you really, really like pancakes), but there are some that I think deserve more recognition […]

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Review: Brooklyn

I’ve never been a big movie person. Maybe it’s because I didn’t really go to the cinema much when I was young, but I’ve always preferred to sit down and ruin my eyes by staring at words on pages instead of at a giant screen in the dark. That being said, I do always end […]

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