Wombats poop in cubes

Not only is a wombat the kind of playa that eats roots and leaves, but they’re also likely to deposit a cube of shit on the way out. That’s right. A CUBE! How’s that for gangster? How these bad boy marsupials came to have square shaped buttholes is unclear, but at least if you ever […]

Goonies, Grunge and the Lost Generation – by Rebecca Pickett

To me 1979 will always be two very important things – a song by the Smashing Pumpkins, and the year I was born. This also means I was born on the verge of an important cultural shift; a generational cusp. The 80’s brought us Madonna, personal computers, new wave music and the fall of the […]

T2 and Choosing Nostalgia – by Lucy Watson

As I walked out of Westgarth cinema two weekends ago, having just seen T2 Trainspotting for the first time, I felt that great rush; when you see something that gets under your skin, and makes you feel that odd, longing sensation somewhere between your heart and your stomach. The one that only certain cinema gives […]

Public Grief and the People Who Hate You For It – by Nick Caddaye

So far, 2016 has been a funny old year for public grief. With the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman this week there has been an outpouring of emotion, matched quickly by an outpouring of sniffy commentary about how such public displays of mourning for celebrities are, if not self-serving, then at the very […]

Cheerleaders, Groupies and the Female as Spectator – by Lucy Watson

Back in 2005, I was at the Edinburgh Fringe, and it was one of those mornings where we were hanging with a gang of comedians outside the Gilded Balloon as the sun was coming up, deciding where we would kick onto. I was chatting to a comedian mate of mine (a really nice guy, who […]

Taxis, Ubers and the Bitter Pill – by Lucy Watson

Ok, so it’s a Friday night, and you’re a bit thirsty. This a perfectly reasonable thing for you to be feeling – it’s the weekend. You’ve had a tough week at work and you’d just like to unwind. So imagine you walk into a bar. After all, bars serve drinks, don’t they? And drinks are […]

Stubble in Paradise – by Rebecca Pickett

On the 2nd July 2015, an eruption from an Indonesian volcano sent the lives of thousands of Australians into disarray. They could not even deal. Their perfect plans had been thwarted. What ensued in the following weeks can only be summed up one way: #Bogangate2015 How DARE you God/Mother Nature? Why couldn’t you just let […]

A Guide to Healthy Living – by Lucy Watson

You are not your weight. You are not “what you eat”. You are what you experience, what you feel, what you make, what you do, what you say, how you love.   Eat healthy food, because it is delicious. Understand your food and what is in it, because unprocessed, real food is a joy. Exercise […]

Advancing Australia Fair – by Lucy Watson

With the passing of another Australia Day (or Invasion Day, or Hottest 100 Day, or January 26 – whatever you want to call it) the idea of what it means to be Australian started buzzing around my head again, like flies around a pile of freshly barbied lamb chops. When trying to pinpoint this meaning, […]

The Myth of the Cool Girl – by Lucy Watson

“I just want a girl who’s really cool.” Guys, I’ve heard a lot of you say this when describing the kind of girl you want to be with. On the surface this sounds great. You want a girl who’s interesting and fun and intelligent. You want a girl who is passionate about something cool, like […]