What Do You Do With a B. A. in English?

At some point in their lives, everyone has come across the quip that arts students will complete their studies only to become cashiers at McDonald’s. Usually I just get a little annoyed before moving on, but sometimes it genuinely hits a nerve. It’s a multi-layered insult – there’s the insinuation that one of my degrees is […]

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Women: What are we good for?

*This post is at risk of being edited when more of my brain is awake and fully functioning. It is six hours into the sixth day of the year, and I really should still be asleep. But the sun is up, which usually means I am as well – and if I’m being perfectly honest […]

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2015: A Summary

When you love someone, you give them a piece of you that can’t be taken back. In the same vein, you keep a piece of them that you can’t really give away. There are many reasons why the first half of this year was painful, but there are just as many reasons why what happened […]

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Take a Look at Yourself, Australia.

I was eleven when the Cronulla riots happened, and I probably don’t remember it as clearly as many others who were older at the time. I also wonder if I would have different memories of it if I had lived in New South Wales at the time. Nonetheless, I remember listening to the news on […]

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Scheherazade, re-written.

The One Thousand and One Nights, or at least one of the stories from this wonderful collection, is quite well known around the world, but its origins not so much. Very basically, it is a collation of stories as told by Scheherazade, an Arabic Queen. Legend has it that the King of the time, Shahryar, […]

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Behind Closed Doors

I was actually going to write and post this yesterday, but I severely overestimated my ability to be functioning after coming home from a lot of very nice Argentinian food and seeing the Basel Chamber Orchestra, so here we are. Yesterday was White Ribbon Day, a day that brings violence against women to the fore […]

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Art Imitates Life. Or perhaps Life Imitates Art?

I am a self-confessed old lady. I drink tea, get cranky at teenagers for being idiots, have an undying love for English literature, will fight anyone to the death over the virtues of physical books over eBooks, I genuinely enjoy watching test cricket, and my favourite television show of all time is The West Wing. […]

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An Episode of Catastrophic Proportions

I am a giant fan of Doctor Who. It’s taught me some great life lessons, allowed me to meet some wonderful people, and given me the inspiration to keep writing. Anyone who has talked to me about Doctor Who knows that I do not particularly like Steven Moffat. He has written some brilliant episodes, but I […]

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My Letter to (for) Peace

The lovely Tiny Owl Workshop is collating a number of Letters to Peace to sell, with the proceeds going to charity. Link to come when it’s complete and published. Here’s a beautifully written synopsis if you want to join in. The world – your life – can turn on a dime. Whenever I hear this […]

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